It’s decided. My autobiography will be titled “Miiverse: The Road to Fame and Fortune”. I’m done with Facebook, not even tried Twitter. Miiverse, I now realise, is where it’s at (especially for closet nerds like myself). Terrible puns: hell yes. Stupid drawings: absolutely. Inane chat: more than likely. Overused memes: you bet. Everything we’ve come to expect from social media is on Miiverse, the only difference being that it revolves around gaming as a hobby. That and a conspicuous absence of internet bile. Add me!
I want to apologise for a long absence from the blog again. Partly, it’s because of my real life workload (as discussed here). But there’s also the fact that my social calendar is now full thanks to Miiverse. Which feels rather odd to say given my complete lack of interest in online gaming. It’s great that there’s an online service that accommodates singleplayer gaming – I can solo play without gaming alone! Instead those singleplayer experiences can be shared with likeminded individuals who also appreciate bad/dodgy jokes.
For those who do game more publically than I, it’s a way to stop spamming your friends/family on Facebook (who, as much as they love you, think you’re a bit old to be playing with “toys” ¬¬) and share sentiments with people who care about games. If you like the art/sketch side there are some real Picassos out there too! It’s really amazing what people are capable of doing with such a limited palate. The final big “Yeah!” for Miiverse, and there’s no way of getting around this: I love dobbing people in for posting explicit content. On Miiverse, it pays to be passionate about moderating.
So yeah, Miiverse is awesome. And it’s just one part of a bigger picture too – the entire Wii U interface is a huge step beyond anything I’ve experienced on other consoles. It’s got all the user-friendliness and accessibility of the Wii, without feeling limited or gimped. With the exception of Alundra and a bit of Sega Saturn, I’ve been gaming exclusively on the Wii U, and the overall interface/Miiverse loveliness is the reason why. (I’m throwing shade on the PS3’s computer-like interface by the way, which pales in comparison…)
My only wish is that I was inflicting my crappy drawing skills on a truly global audience, and with only 13 million Wii Us out there it’s not nearly enough! (3DS is now connected to Miiverse which helps. Got to get an audience.) Miiverse was never a factor when I was considering getting a Wii U, but it’s shaped up to be one of the coolest things about the system, games aside. Dare I say it: it’s one of Nintendo’s best ideas since… since… since I don’t know. In a long time.