International: The publishers of the hugely popular life-simulation “Tomodachi Life” game has officially said that it will not allow same-sex characters and let its game to take the form of social commentary.
Nintendo of America Inc said they wouldn’t bow to pressures to allow romantic activities with characters of the same sex as”the ability for same-sex relationships to occur in the game was not part of the original game.”
Nintendo in a statement said the game was “never intended to make any form of social commentary” and that the “relationship options in the game represent a playful alternate world rather than a real-life simulation.”
This came after a gay fan last month launched a social media campaign for Nintendo to allow same-sex relationships between its characters as much for social equality as for the game itself. Married characters in the game have access to features denied to single ones.
Only characters of the opposite sex are able to flirt, date and marry. Same-sex relationships are not allowed in the game launched last year in Japan where marriage between same-sex couples is not legal.
The game is scheduled for release June 6 in North America and Europe, parts of which have legalized marriages between same-sex couples.
Nintendo said last December it had sold 1.83 million copies of the game.
“Tomodachi Life” game features a cast of “Mii” characters living on a virtual island. The game allows its characters to do things such as shop, go on dates and meet with celebrities. “Tomodachi” means “friend” in Japanese and its packaging advertises “Your friends. Your drama. Your life.”
Tye Marini, a gay 23-year-old Nintendo fan from the United States had started the campaign when he urged Japan-based Nintendo Co. and its US subsidiary to add same-sex relationship options to the English version of its “Tomodachi Life” game.
“I want to be able to marry my real-life fiancé’s Mii, but I can’t do that,” Marini said in a video posted online and was taken up by gaming blogs and online forums.
“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.”
Several similar role-playing games such as “The Sims,” ”Fable” and “The Elder Scrolls” that are produced by English-speaking developers have allowed characters of the same sex to marry and have children.
Source: bbc.com; abcnews.go.com