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One Year of Mii (December 4, 2007)One Year of Mii (December 4, 2007)
When Jose saw a primitive version of an Ackbar Mii hit a popular video game message board a year ago, throwing together the initial web site that was MiiPlaza.net was more of a knee-jerk reaction than well-executed idea. Over the last year, the response from the masses has provoked and encouraged further development, as more and more artistic and inspiring contributions were added to the gallery. Less than a year later, MiiPlaza.net hit 1,000,000 visitors and had become the world's largest public suppository for Miis. It's safe to assume a few real-world icons who have been Mii-ified have come to laugh and enjoy their fan-made avatars, and really, how cool is that?
The twisting and positioning of Mii parts is not unlike many other avatar creation systems found in past video games; however, the limiting selection and use of the avatar in WiiSports on Nintendo's first hit console in generations were the key factors in elevating the act of designing a Mii from a tedious pre-game process to a hobby. Though seperate in motive, it is this tie that bonds us in enjoying the creations of our peers: the games we play and love. It is this connection that makes the 'art of Mii' unlike any predecessor.
All the same, the act of decidedly placing pieces in the Mii editor to form familiar imagery will likely never be decreed as high art. MiiPlaza.net has been the place for thousands to share their creations and receive feedback, whether it's a world-famous Jack Black or a perfect rendition of your Aunt Sally. It has been a pleasure to provide, and continue to provide, this service to the gaming community. Perhaps as a collective, as a movement, the art of Mii as a whole may be inspirational enough to future artists and game developers to warrant a small place in art history. Only time will tell.
We salute those who have contributed to the community enough to draw the eyes and mouse clicks of the many in 2007 with the year's top ten.
Didn't come up on the lists? No fear. 2008 is a new year, and we have a lot in store. We've been working hard this year to form relationships and allocate resources, and MiiPlaza.net will be seeing a large rework in short time.
As for what's in store in early 2008, we hope to bring more ways for you to share Mii creations, rate games, find opponents, and be involved in a creative community of video gamers around the world. Expect more user-centric content, personalized pages, upgraded Mii collection tools, and easier ways to contribute, collaborate, and find what you're looking for, as well as some big surprises. We can't share all the details yet, so keep checking back to see what's new.
In the mean time, while the current site is in it's development stasis, you can help support the community effort by voting for your favorite MiiPlaza.net artists in the Check Mii Out Channel. We're particularly proud of seeing Bobby Bobby recently dethrone "Ninja," the Master Mii Thief, and we hope to see more long-time MiiPlaza.net Mii artists pop up in that top 100!