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Technologically Advanced, But Socially Stuck: Nintendo 'Fixes Glitch' To Eliminate Same Sex Marriage In Tomodachi Life

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05/09/2014 12:56 am
PopWrapped | Gaming
Technologically Advanced, But Socially Stuck: Nintendo 'Fixes Glitch' To Eliminate Same Sex Marriage In Tomodachi Life
Media Courtesy of Polygon

Jonathan Frahm Staff Writer


Earlier this year, gay and LGBT-friendly gamers around the world were filled with joy to see gay marriages confirmed to be a part of Nintendo’s upcoming life simulation, Tomodachi Life for the 3DS. Subsequently, they were instantaneously disappointed to see that it was all just a glitch, and Nintendo didn’t seem very fond of reworking their game code beyond patching the glitch out of its system.
Of course, that drew heavy backlash from the LGBT gaming community, with fans around the world shouting in protest against the renowned game company’s decision. A campaign called Miiquality was even created in support of the official inclusion of gay marriages in Tomodachi Life, which drew major fan support. As a result of this, Nintendo responded with the following: “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.” It goes without saying that this only issued more backlash towards the upcoming title across nearly all Internet venues where the news was reported. It’s a sticky subject, truly, with several potential pros and cons to weigh. Ultimately, I’m under the belief that it won’t matter much what Nintendo does with Tomodachi Life in terms of allowing gay marriage within it or not. It’s a game made with children in mind in a world that has yet to fully accept gay marriage as a norm. While it would be an absolutely brilliant social statement to make if Nintendo were to do such a thing, it is hard to expect it from a company rooted in a foreign tradition which calls out such ceremonies as illegal. The current Japanese mindset is made-up, but as the sparks of a positive world-changing revolution continue to flare, surely companies like Nintendo will begin to see the good in doing something like providing a game which advocates for gay rights, even in terms of subtle disputed allusions as seen in Frozen. In the meanwhile, though? Try not to hate on Nintendo. We have to come to terms with one others’ differences in this world to come our closest to achieving harmony. We aren’t all quite there yet in terms of seeing the joy in love of all kinds and it’s unfortunate. Hopefully cultural differences like that will one day be non-existent. We just have to be patient. We’ve made a lot of steps in the right direction thus far, and surely they’ll catch up. In the meantime, give the latest Sims titles a try. They allow gay marriage and are proud of it! What say you on this issue? Sound off in the comments section below! Keep Up With PopWrapped On The Web!



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