Penny Arcade has a definite point, here.
Nintendo’s online offerings prior to the Wii U have been… online offerings, I guess you might say. Literal interpretations. We can tell now that they were not full attempts, and it’s clear, because when they actually try to do it it looks like this.
The “Theme Park” metaphor leveraged in NintendoLand is purposeful – that’s what they think it should be like to interact with people online. It should be like Disneyland. Everyone is there to have fun, and fun is in ready supply. But it must be guarded jealously, like a jewel; it requires secret police and strong image recognition software and constant vigilance to strain the c[*]cks out of the public soup.
I’ve been doing this for a decade now, and it’s an inconvenient truth that any site that lacks comment moderation is the equivalent of an unwalled city in Eurasia during the Mongol invasions. Maybe the Horde will stop by. Maybe it won’t. But if it does, your site is pretty much screwed. You can talk about various ‘libertarian’ theories all day long*, but it still comes down to this: our society tolerates people going online anonymously and being a*sholes. The only way to stop that is to control who can comment and post on your site.
And that’s the way it is.
*Scare quotes because it’s startling how many self-defined ‘libertarians’ out there can’t seem to get it through their head that places like, say, MoeLane.com or dailykos.com or wikipedia.com are all private property. And that people who own or lease private property retain certain rights. Which explicitly includes the right to limit other people’s speech.