Nintendo has apologized for not recognizing same-sex relationship in English edition of Tomodachi Life, a life-stimulation video game that includes Mii characters, who are based on real players, living on a virtual island.
Although Nintendo said sorry, the company has also claimed that it’s too late to change the current version of the game. Nintendo promised to commit to build the virtual equality into the next version of Tomodachi Life game series. However, some game experts revealed that Nintendo can make changes to the current game by releasing a patch for the game.
Nintendo said the following in a statement:
“We apologise for disappointing many people by failing to include same-sex relationships in Tomodachi Life. Unfortunately, it is not possible for us to change this game’s design, and such a significant development change can’t be accomplished with a post-ship patch. 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.”
Meanwhile throughout Social Media, many people had urged Nintendo to allow users to play as same-sex couples in Tomodachi Life game. Tye Marini is one of those Nintendo fan from Arizona who launched the campaign. The 23 year old gay has done this because of not able to use his favorite character as it couldn’t marry.
In this game users can play with their favorite Mii characters as the customized avatars of real players, virtually living on a island. Like in real life, these gamers can do many things in the virtual world, such as go on dates, get married to another player, play games, go on a shopping and meet the celebrities like Shaquille O’Neal and Christina Aguilera.
In Japan gay marriage is not legal, but in Europe and North America it’s legal. Hence many gamers and analysts expect Nintendo to “localize” the game in these countries, despite having the cultural divide. For your information, many role-playing games developed by EA (The Sims), Bethesda Softworks (The Elder Scrolls) and Microsoft Studios (Fable) allows players to create and customize characters so that they could impress other players of same sex, ultimately to marry and have children.
Sarah Kate Ellis, president and CEO of GLAAD said in a statement:
“Nintendo has taken a first step, but if the company’s longtime values are rooted in `fun and entertainment for everyone,’ then it needs to catch up to peers like Electronic Arts, which has been inclusive of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) gamers for years.”
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