Nintendo say sorry to gays, but...
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.