As promised (just so Chachi’s heart can grow even bigger than it already is…click here to donate to Chachi Plays), it’s time for everyone’s FAVORITE!
Rizz Rant! …This is where you add your own little guitar riff. I can’t really do it now…but, hey, that’s the thing of…you know what? Let’s get to the story, shall we?
Nintendo’s new social game is coming out and in this game you’re allowed to live a virtual life, kind of like the world in Second Life, but only in the world of Mii’s…or MiiVerse. The only thing is…not everyone is happy about living in a virtual world when the virtual world has rules, a la only a man and a woman are the only ones who are allowed to be virtually married to each other’s Miis. .
As you can probably guessed, this sparked outrage. Outrage that poured out into a movement called “#Miiquality” (click the hashtag for the original Kotaku article) and an outrage that grew wings and flew pretty high, in this cut and dry world of ours. So much so it got the attention of Nintendo America, who is going to release Tomodachi Life next month, to respond to it in such a way that can be described as…well…by the book.
Nintendo never intended to make any form of social commentary with the launch of Tomodachi Life. The relationship options in the game represent a playful alternate world rather than a real-life simulation. We hope that all of our fans will see that ‘Tomodachi Life’ was intended to be a whimsical and quirky game, and that we were absolutely not trying to provide social commentary.
They are pretty much saying that doing something like not having same sex marriage in Tomodachi Life wasn’t a form of “social commentary”, It doesn’t matter if it was intended or not, it’s 2014. If a “whimsical and quirky” game doesn’t have “social commentary” then why block a controversial thing like not having a man to virtual marry another man or a woman virtual marry another woman? Also, what if in an “alternate world” a man or woman who is straight wants to be “whimsical” and “quirky” and, you know, wants to be with someone of their own sex?
To say that Tomodachi Life is a “whimsical” “alternate world” game and not allowing to have all of the options open, like gay marriage and adoption, is just a walking contradiction. But wait, there’s more:
The ability for same-sex relationships to occur in the game was not part of the original game that launched in Japan, and that game is made up of the same code that was used to localize it for other regions outside of Japan.
It’s Japan’s fault.
We have heard and thoughtfully considered all the responses. We will continue to listen and think about the feedback. We’re using this as an opportunity to better understand our consumers and their expectations of us at all levels of the organization. We have been looking to broaden our approach to development whenever possible as we put all our energy into continuing to develop fun games that will surprise and delight players.
Let me paraphrase this, “Here’s a suggestion box, don’t worry we don’t read it.”
It’s almost like they didn’t know this was going to happen. It’s 2014, people. Things can happen in video games. Additions can happen in a heartbeat. I got a FIRST DAY DLC TO FIX THINGS IN VIDEO GAMES and you’re telling me that the nitwits over at Nintendo can’t change something to make a whole bunch of Nintendo fans happy? Not to mention, Nintendo’s sales have taken a nosedive in the past…year?
Why must Nintendo say the dumbest things? The brand doesn’t need any more bad press, they already have a system nobody is buying, no games have “Zelda” attached to it for the new system that nobody is buying and, now, this? Having a movement to try to make their game acceptable to EVERYBODY?
Right or not, Nintendo needs to fix this and needs to fix this fast.