Nintendo: Wii don't like Gay marriage

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Nintendo's forthcoming Tomodachi Life game lets players engage in romantic activities and get married--but not with characters of the same sex. "Nintendo never intended to make any form of social commentary with the launch of 'Tomodachi Life,'" they said to AP. And yet, that's precisely what they've done.

23-year-old Tye Marini, a gay gamer in Arizona, created a video and an online campaign in April urging Japan-based Nintendo and Nintendo of America to add same-sex relationship options to the upcoming English version of the hand-held 3DS game.

AP:

The game was originally released in Japan last year and features a cast of Mii characters — Nintendo's personalized avatars of real players — living on a virtual island. Gamers can do things like shop, visit an amusement park, play games, go on dates and encounter celebrities like Christina Aguilera and Shaquille O'Neal.

"I want to be able to marry my real-life fiancé's Mii, but I can't do that," Marini said in a video posted online that attracted the attention of gaming blogs and online forums this week. "My only options are to marry some female Mii, to change the gender of either my Mii or my fiancé's Mii or to completely avoid marriage altogether and miss out on the exclusive content that comes with it."

"Tomodachi Life" has been a hit in a Japan, where Nintendo said last December it had sold 1.83 million copies of the game.

Nintendo plans to release the English language edition of 'Tomodachi Life' on June 6, 2014.

Late Friday afternoon, the traditional time to dump news you want to bury, the company issued an apology.

"We apologize for disappointing many people by failing to include same-sex relationships in Tomodachi Life," a statement on the company website reads.

"We are committed to advancing our longtime company values of fun and entertainment for everyone. We pledge that if we create a next installment in the Tomodachi series, we will strive to design a game-play experience from the ground up that is more inclusive, and better represents all players."

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  1. "Nintendo never intended to make any form of social commentary with the launch of 'Tomodachi Life,'"

    Regardless of which choice they make, it's social commentary.

  2. @rossleonardy then asks:

    Do you really not consider gay relationships "vanilla"?

    I appreciate your question, but let's not beat around the bush here.

    Thecorrectline is straight up saying that gay marriage is a lesser form of marriage and gay relationships are to be compared to sex acts involving bondage, sadism, masochism, etc.

    These lesser gays cannot be "accommodated" for without having to include "everything and everyone" else under the sun.

    Thecorrectline is now in the company of these bigots that also gives us some further ideas on who and what this "anyone and everything else" is:

    This is... the correct line.

  3. Couple of false equivalencies there.

    BDSM relates specifically to a type of sex act, which would make it a subject matter not appropriate to a children's game (LGBT and straight people engage in BDSM - because it's not an orientation, it's a sex act). Gayness as such is a sexual orientation and no less appropriate or 'vanilla' than straightness. Obviously, gayness and straightness both connote types of sex acts, too, but they more broadly connote sexual identity. Parents wouldn't hide their gayness or straightness from their kids, but they'd probably hide their bondage gear. If including gay relationships is too risque for this 'vanilla' family game, then including romantic relationships AT ALL is.

    As for trans gender options - they're kind of built in already. As with many games where identities can be constructed, trans folks have the option of playing as a gender that may not align with their physical/birth sex. The 3DS doesn't analyze the player's genitals and force them to create a cis-gendered Mii avatar.

  4. Where is the option for me?

    ☐ I am a man seeking a woman
    ☐ I am a woman seeking a man
    ☑ I am a homosexual seeking the eternal fires of damnation

  5. Uh, no, I can't psychically predict your sexual orientation, but I can read what you wrote.

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