Nintendo say sorry to gays, but...

12 May 2014

Nintendo Last week, we spoke about Nintendo's insensitivity regarding Tomodachi Life. Basically, they made a life-simulator game where your Mii could go on dates and get married and all that, but if you were gay, you'd have to pretend you were straight.

The game company's response wasn't exactly the softly-softly approach: "Nintendo never intended to make any form of social commentary with the launch of ‘Tomodachi Life.’ The relationship options in the game represent a whimsical and playful alternate world rather than a real-life simulation. We are a games company first and foremost and our main objective is to create games and consoles for players to enjoy."

A number of outlets pointed out that Nintendo were acting like berks, and now, with a bit of bad press and some reflection, the company have decided to apologise. They said 'sorry', but added that they can't really do anything about it because it is too late to change the English edition of the video game.

Tye Marini, the man who originally launched the social media campaign to try and get Nintendo to rectify the problem, said that he's happy with Nintendo's response.

"I don't believe they are a homophobic company at all," Marini said. "I think that the exclusion of same-sex relationships was just an unfortunate oversight."

Hopefully, the debate will have made a few games developers look at who they have as a central character. There's very few non-straight characters in central roles in gaming, and we're pretty sure everyone's grown up enough to play as someone with a different sexual persuasion to them.

TOPICS:   Games


  • Dave
    Call me old fashioned but I wouldn't particularly like my child playing a game where they are taught that it is normal or acceptable for two people of the same sex to get married or have a relationship. I'm sick and tired of the PC brigade turning every little thing into their own personal crusade against "discrimination". I say well done Nintendo for not bowing down to this nonsense.
  • Mark H.
    You're old fashioned Dave. You're also a bigot.
  • Alf H.
    Well said Dave. Mark you're clearly as straight as a roundabout.
  • JonB
    @Mark: You need to read a dictionary. A bigot is "someone who treats or views other people with fear, distrust or hatred on the basis of their characteristics". I don't see any fear, distrust or hatred in what Dave said.
  • Richard
    I feel like I have to even this out, since clearly there's an abundance of absolute retards here, Mark is correct, all the other people are disgusting homophobes
  • Bogbrush
    But Dave, it is normal human behaviour to have sex, be in relationships and get married. Gay people are humans & have the same needs and desires as non-gay people. In the game a gay character (should one be chosen in the first place) would be FORCED to hide their sexuality, gayness is hardly rammed down kids' throats (oo-er!). Children are increasingly likely to see openly gay couples in the real world so it's pointless putting your hands over their eyes to stop them seeing two men holding hands. Silly PC brigade stopping people from being treated as second class citizens! they'll be wanting to give women the vote next! Or making it a crime to daub racist graffiti on immigrants' houses!

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