Nintendo Unveils Miiverse Social Network

Nintendo Co. has taken the wraps off Miiverse, a social network designed for players of its upcoming Wii U video game console.

Standing in Nintendo’s Kyoto headquarters below the company’s motto written in Japanese calligraphy that translates to “creating something unique,” Nintendo’s Chief Executive Satoru Iwata in their video insisted that the Wii U, and Miiverse, will be a game-changer for the console business, which has been in steady decline over the last three years as consumers shift their focus and dollars toward games on smartphones and tablets, as well as social games on Facebook.

“People are gathered together in the same room, but they are not truly connected. They are paying more attention to their devices than to each other,” Iwata said. “We have to wonder what this will mean for the nature of human relationships moving forward. So one of the challenges we set for ourselves was creating something that will help unite people rather than divide them.”

While users will be able to access Miiverse posts and comments on a browser and mobile devices, its primary use will probably occur on the Wii U console.

Central to the Wii U is a tablet-sized controller with a 6.2-inch touch screen, dubbed the GamePad in a nod to the Nintendo Entertainment System’s controller in the 1980s with the same name. The television screen, meanwhile, shows the avatars of other players on the network, clustered around the game titles they happen to be playing at the time. A front-facing camera lets players initiate a video chat, with the person they are talking with appearing on the TV screen.

Iwata said he hoped Miiverse would foster “a new degree of empathy between players. We consider the small screen as the social window…. Miiverse can connect your living room with those of others, regardless of space or time.”

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Source: Los Angeles Times

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Andrew Keen: Facebook Is ‘Zucking Up’ Human Society

Something even dodgier than a potential stock market fraud is going on. By sabotaging what it really means to be human, Facebook is stealing the innocence of our inner lives. It may even be “Zucking” us up as a species.

We are creating a world in which our sense of identity, of who we actually are, is defined by what others think of us. Social media’s ubiquity means that we are losing that most precious of human things — our sense of self . Our devices are always on; our “Timeline” is there for everyone to see; we are living in public on a radically transparent global network that, by 2020, will be fed by 50 billion intelligent devices carried by the majority of people on the planet. Yes, digital narcissism is a narcotic.

It’s time to wake up to the truth about social media. Networks like Facebook have turned us into products in which their only economic value is our personal data. Like any other addiction, we need recognize its destructive reality. Facebook is free because it sells our most intimate data to advertisers. Forget about last week’s dodgy IPO. The fraud is on anyone who has ever used Facebook.

At the dawn of our brave new networked 21st century world, we are faced with two options. Either, we succumb to the narcotic of digital narcissism, turn ourselves inside out and let our kids inherit a world in which the quiet mystery of the disciplined private self becomes a historical artifact. Or we fight our growing addiction to social media so that we are no longer enslaved to the personal update, the tweet or the check-in. Privacy or publicness? It’s not a hard choice. Zuck-up or save the species. I trust you’ll know which one to make.

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Source: CNN

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