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Nintendo concerned about possible “smear campaigns” against its products by Miiverse users

Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata feels that “product bombing” campaigns is a problem that Nintendo needs to pay special attention to when building the Wii U’s Miiverse.

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Snookies122693d ago (Edited 2693d ago )

Lol, why would they be worried about this unless they know they're doing something wrong? What are they going to patrol it 24/7 to make sure no one talks bad about them? There are going to be haters on every system, no use getting all worked up over it Nintendo. At least those "smear campaign" people have bought your system. You're getting their money, so what's wrong with them being complaining idiots?

shackdaddy2693d ago

I heard that those rumors about wiiu being less powerful than PS360 by those anonymous developers a while back really pissed Nintendo off and hurt their stocks or something. So they may be talking about things like that...

WeskerChildReborned2693d ago

Yea anonymous developers but some well known have been talking positive things about it.

BrutallyBlunt2693d ago (Edited 2693d ago )

I guarantee you that if people here on N4G had to post with their real Facebook accounts you would not see the same sort of conduct from many of the users. People like to hide behind their anonymity.

Nintendo needs to be cautious because there are folks out there who get off being idiots, plain and simple. They are also right in trying to get a balance of free speech and negative campaining. Look at there on N4G and some regulars who do the same thing, they do nothing but smear campains against a company or a system they don't like. There's a distinct difference between having valid complaints compred to those who do nothing but complain and are nothing but negative. They aren't just satisfied letting others know they aren't happy, they want those they are venting to be unhappy about it as well.

I can just see the comments on Miiverse. "why are you playing that game, that's for noobs and casual gamers". "Are you a soccer mom? Hey everyone, i just teabagged a soccer mom".

Jadedz2693d ago

With them being a family orientated company (Nintendo), you can only imagine the backlash they would receive if something inappropriate would happen during an individual's gaming experience.

Imagine if you owned a Restaurant...

What if "certain" consumers were spreading fluff about how dirty your establishment is, or how your workers don't wash their hands before preparing a meal.

Some human beings are devious by nature, which is the ultimate form of anti-repellent to me (I choose not to communicate with those who are willing to spite for you the sake of it).

Mounce2693d ago

I feel sorry for dem Sony FBI agents who lurk on PS Home to ensure no ones spreading lies and slander about Sony or Sony's products! Sony should fear those people and their 'smear campaigns' while playing a game of Pool or something....

This is, honestly, sad.

If Nintendo doesn't want people talking shit in a Smeary-way, then do shit right more often or, turn into a communist empire. You can't stop people from speaking and to be afraid of it is a scary thing, let alone the moderation of people watching to ensure you don't have a potty mouth on the Miiverse or whatever.

This Network of Nintendos just sounds tighter than a freaking virgin, in a very uninteresting way.

ronin4life2693d ago

@mounce
Read the article. This is about stopping people from making false statements with the intent to make something look bad, not to stop people from posting honest opinions.

This is something Nintendo has always had to deal with(Dragon Quest 9 and MH3G where 2 games to be blasted by fanboys because of their appearance on Nintendo hardware), and Sony nearly never does. So it makes sense that Sony wouldn't worry about it.

BrutallyBlunt2693d ago (Edited 2693d ago )

Mounce said:
"If Nintendo doesn't want people talking shit in a Smeary-way, then do shit right more often or, turn into a communist empire. You can't stop people from speaking and to be afraid of it is a scary thing, let alone the moderation of people watching to ensure you don't have a potty mouth on the Miiverse or whatever. "

Sure you can because it's still their service. You abide by THEIR rules. If you don't like it then you can choose to go elsewhere. I'm tired of people who think it's their God given right to be a moron. Miiverse is a public domain within a private service. You don't think Nintendo doesn't want to control their image? Nintendo makes family oriented entertainment and those consumers shouldn't have to be plagued with immaturity in disguise to bother others. There is nothing stopping you from sending private messages saying whatever you want to say. In Miiverse that's different.

Read the article, it's about keeping freedom of speech while still maintaining the integrity of what it's supposed to be.

WeskerChildReborned2693d ago

I don't really see a problem cause if the people hate Nintendo or the console so much then why would they have bought it?

CouldHaveYelledUiiW2693d ago

What you guys don't realize is that this is a common tactic in business. They will pay people a minimal price to run-down their competition. Not say that Sony and Microsoft do this but businesses do it.

"Look it up"

GribbleGrunger2693d ago

is this perhaps a comment to cement the way to a possible removal of the feature? many have already said that it's going to be a nightmare to monitor and peoples TV could end up filled with swear words and racist comments. Mother's aren't going to want that to happen.

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modesign2693d ago

so nintendo is worried about the people that buy the wiiu to smear the wiiu. irony

R_aVe_N2693d ago

So there is no free speech in video games "gasp" jk I really don't think it will effect much at all. Unless they are leaking information that your product is crap before it releases that is.. The more you try to tighten leashes the more haters you are going to get.

auragenz2693d ago

And shortly after Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata concluded the meeting topic on "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all", he moved onto more pressing meeting issues involving the WiiU like "Half the specs for a next generations system is better than no next generation system at all."

CouldHaveYelledUiiW2693d ago

What you guys don't realize is that this is a common tactic in business. They will pay people a minimal price to run-down their competition. Not say that Sony and Microsoft do this but businesses do it.

"Look it up"

And they may have some evidence of this type of thing occuring.

Everybody acts like this type of claim is sooo outside the vein of human experience. I guess you've lived charmed lives where there is no crime and no one gets jealous and backstabs.

-EVEN NINTENDO games have devious People (villians) in them, so you must be in Heaven.

auragenz2693d ago

So what your saying is in this awful economic climate, Nintendo is trying to put people out of work by discussing how to stop their competitors from hiring people to voice their companies opinion?

The U.S. Supreme Court already ruled corporations should have the same rights as people to voice their opinions basically, even to the point of allowing them to fund outside sources to voice that opinion... I smell a lawsuit abrewing if Nintendo wants to proceed in this anti-capitalism, anti-jobs, and anti-speech posturing :)

CouldHaveYelledUiiW2693d ago (Edited 2693d ago )

You seem like a specific-troll BUT...
Anyway...

Nintendo said that they were concerned about it, NOT that they would directly stop it.

Nintendo said that they would put their faith in the greater community, in being able to tell the difference between slander and a honest negative opinion.

So, then what lawsuit do you suppose to levy against my client? The fact that Nintendo as a corporation chose to exercise its speech to voice a concern? How hypocritical of you, sir!
Is only the right of Negative-opinion- the right to slander- the right to be unethical- your concern?

Do take note however, that PROVEN Slander IS Very Much a Crime.

If, you don't like Nintendo's projected solutions or concerns, then leave THIS VERY WEB Site, from which you impugn Nintendo, because “N4G.com” seems to have the same concerns and the same solutions (see red button).

It was reported that my client said,
“Also, if a number of game players put a remark to indicate “I think this comment is inappropriate,” the subject comments will be seen as unreliable and thereby decreases their influence on other consumers.”

(Note: 'Iwata warned that Nintendo may not allow the community to moderate itself on its own.' by Debabrata Nath were Omitted due to conjecture by the article writter but still site moderation is not outside of the realm of US law.)

"We cannot afford to always act on “the ethical doctrine that human nature is fundamentally good.” At the same time, however, we would like to believe in the possibility of “the wisdom of crowds,” which could create a very interesting and fascinating world, and make efforts for the services to realize it in one way or another.”

So, in other words if you assertion is WRONG, I can’t go ALONG!

If the allegations don’t FIT, it must be worth SPIT!

(Nintendo is a Japanese Corp. but I am sure doing business in the US subjects/privies them to some of the freedoms/laws of a US Corp)

Editted due to a yummy Pasting mistake.

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