As the Left continues to pressure the world with regards to “tolerance” – at least of anything pertaining to their agenda – it seems that few are less than willing to succumb to labeling sneers. Most recently proving that to be the case was Nintendo as they have most recently come forward to share that they will not be providing users the opportunity to act in a homosexual manner in their newest virtual reality game.
The game is called “Tomodachi Life,” and is set to be a type of life simulation game in which users can, “give Mii characters items, voices and personalities, then watch as they rap, rock, eat doughnuts and fall in love,” according to the trailer. That “fall in love” part however, is what has people all up in a huffy.
The game came equipped with the capability to sustain a relationship solely between a man and a woman. Obviously, as cultures differ from nation to nation, this aspect of the game reflects just that as homosexual marriage is illegal in Japan, whereas it’s not – in some places – here in America.
23-year-old Tye Marini from Mesa, Arizona has recently started up a campaign in which he hopes to reverse the decision of the entertainment giant and ultimately allow Mii’s (Nintendo’s version of avatars) to flirt, date and ultimately marry, Mii’s of the same sex.
“I want to be able to marry my real-life fiancé’s Mii, but I can’t do that,” Marini argues. “My only options are to marry some female Mii, to change the gender of either my Mii or my fiancé’s Mii or to completely avoid marriage altogether and miss out on the exclusive content that comes with it.”
However, it doesn’t seem that the company is willing to bend on the matter as they more recently announced, “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.”
The game began selling over in Japan in December of last year and has since sold over 1.83 million copies. As for America, its release date is June 6 in North America and Europe, Marini is hoping to change Nintendo’s minds before then.
He recently started up a Twitter account with the handle #Miiquality in hopes to raise awareness of the issue, but claims he doesn’t want anyone to boycott the game – just yet. “It’s more of an issue for this game because the characters are supposed to be a representation of your real life,” he notes. “You import your personalized characters into the game. You name them. You give them a personality. You give them a voice. They just can’t fall in love if they’re gay.”
Although Nintedo has politely declined the request to offer homosexual relations in the game, it seems as though they didn’t shut the door entirely. They relayed, “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.”
So what do you think – does a company have the right to do as they please when it comes to the general parameters of a game, or do they have an obligation to listen to the public? After all, they know the financial effects it will have on their company for both outcomes no matter what they choose, right? So isn’t it ultimately their decision?
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