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Miiverse Developers Study Male Anatomy (Iwata Asks Parody)

By Kevin on Nov 24 2012 02:23 PM
In a recent Iwata Asks interview, Miiverse developers discuss the challenges of implementing auto-detection for "unsavory" art. The following excerpt from the interview discusses the hurdles and challenges that the team were faced with.

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Iwata: I agree. The unique feature of the Miiverse is being able to send drawings, not just text. But since the advent of the internet, there have always been those who have used it for unsavory purposes.

Kurisu: Right, auto-detection of bad words is very simple.

Iwata: Yes, text messages may be easy to moderate; however, drawings are much more difficult.

Yuzawa: (laughs) I think I know where this is going.

Kurisu: Let us get this out of the way then. (laughs) We anticipated that some users would draw…

Kato: Can we even say the word?

Iwata: Go ahead. (laughs)

Kurisu: Ahem, uh. Some users would take to drawing penises.

Everyone: (laughs)

Kurisu: Well, it’s true. It seems to be more of a phenomenon found in the west.

Motoyama: Yes, we never had such a problem with our Hatena services. But, when we brought Hatena Flipnote to the West, we were caught off-guard by the amount of penises drawn by people.

Kurisu: So the team and I had to come up with a way to create a system that auto-detects those types of pictures.

Kato: Kurisu-san suggested we study different types of penises in order to create figure out the relative shape and size people would draw. We spent a week doing that before we realized that we should have been looking at drawings of penises rather than real-life pictures. (laughs) We were very embarrassed about that.

Kurisu: My judgement on these types of situations is poor. (laughs)

Motoyama: After a week, we made very good progress on the system. Then we tested the system with Nintendo of America and told them to start drawing. It went horribly.

Kurisu: What we learned is that people enjoy drawing penises. Multiple ones. (laughs) The system was not prepared to handle that.

Iwata: I do not think your team anticipated how difficult this would get!

Kurisu: No. (laughs)
Yuzawa: I was disheartened myself. We spent a few more weeks trying to get a system working.

Motoyama: Nintendo of America really took the system to its limits.

Yuzawa: You know what surprised me. No one drew a single vagina.

Everyone: (laughs)

Iwata: So, in the end, it all worked out?

Kurisu: Yes, we can safely say that we have a very good system to detect penis drawings. Hopefully player’s Miiverse experiences will be a fun one!

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Comments: 8

Well this made me giggle...
eww is nintendo being gay or something.? It would of been better if they were talking about Vaginas and Boobs. Not that theres anything wrong with drawing a penis though.
lmao. this is hysterical. this has to be the hardest thing to develop. i mean nintendo is considered family friendly so this must have been important to them. they want to protect the younger audience.

I personally dont care either way. I mean I find it funny.

View PostBuffinator, on 24 November 2012 - 05:12 PM, said:

eww is nintendo being gay or something.? It would of been better if they were talking about Vaginas and Boobs. Not that theres anything wrong with drawing a penis though.

No, this is fake.
HA!
Omg id be the perve to draw a penis but only to my friends that would also find it funny.. i wonder if some would find this to be a challenge?

I bet i could sneek a dick passed nintendo!
I do have to say I sent a Swapnote to a friend and then realized, neither one of us at the time knew how to delete notes. I can see myself having the same issue with the Wii U, but having company over so it pops up on my TV.

View PostDarthArk, on 27 November 2012 - 12:51 AM, said:

I do have to say I sent a Swapnote to a friend and then realized, neither one of us at the time knew how to delete notes. I can see myself having the same issue with the Wii U, but having company over so it pops up on my TV.

Excuse me, but what's your name again?