Friday, May 09, 2014

Nintendo's rejection of gay relationships gives fans a lot to be angry about

I wish Nintendo would let gay people have their pretend gay marriages in their pretend life world. The argument that allowing what gamers want would turn a virtual reality game into a propaganda tool for social commentary is comical if it weren't for the fact that it's condescending. Just as most people in America know someone with autism, people know somebody who's gay. Besides, if the game glitch of the past allowed gay marriages and they supposedly "fixed" it, that sounds more like social commentary than anything else, not to mention it's sad to give something and take it away. What is this, virtual Prop 8?

Look, I hate that the Covet Fashion app game only has one obviously ethnic face mold for virtual models, and it's the Asian face with particularly small eyes, as if that face should represent a billion + people world wide in every Asia-related event from "Ninja" to "Geisha" to "Chinese New Year". It hurts that only one type of people can be stereotyped, and the California game maker can get away with it for the lack of fear of a lawsuit. The game makers could argue that private game companies can do what they want, but people will still say that that sucks, and likewise their company, Hollywood and the entire West Coast.

I'm not saying every political end should be leveraged, because that sucks, too, but real life is hard enough, and games are supposed to be a fun escape; there's nothing wrong with making their game more inclusive and fun. Nintendo's rejection of gay relationships gives fans a lot to be angry about - Nintendo of America will not allow gay relationships in Tomodachi Life, and their logic for doing so just doesn't add up. Yannick LeJacq Thursday 8 May 2014 Guardian

UPDATE: Nintendo has apologized and promised that a new installation in the future will be more inclusive. Nintendo: We are committed to fun and entertainment for everyone