It seems that same-sex marriages is not only an issue in real life but in video games as well. Nintendo has been placed in the spotlight recently over its 3DS game, Tomodachi Life, for not having the same gender the option to form a relationship.
Tomodachi Life is an unconventional life simulation game that is centered on an island full of Nintendo avatars called the Miis. The game is about the relationships of the Miis, where they can be friends, foes, best friends and even husband and wife. However, some gamers have noticed that same-sex marriages are not allowed in the game, which prompted them to come up with a digital campaign called Miiquality. In a statement released by Nintendo America, it is pretty clear that the company refuses to give in to social pressure and have decided to maintain the game the way it was made. Nintendo said that, “it never intended to make any form of social commentary with the launch of the ‘Tomodachi Life.’” It also took note of the game’s objective to provide an “alternate world rather than a real-life simulation” for the players of the title.
In spite of Nintendo’s defense of the game, it promised to consider the thoughts and comments of its gamers in its future developments. The issue has brought to light a cultural divide where Japan does not allow same-sex marriages but other countries in the West do so. Adding that the company has been “looking to broaden their approach to development whenever possible as we put all our energy into continuing to develop fun games that will surprise and delight players.” The company also explained that as the code for the game used in Japan, which does not allow same-sex marriages, is the same code used in their international versions, gamers who expect a change would not see it happening anytime soon.
[via Nintendo Life]