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Nintendo Apologizes For Not Allowing Same-Sex Relationships In Life Sim Game 384

Posted by Soulskill
from the standards-change dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Nintendo has been taking heat recently for their decision not to allow same sex relationships in Tomodachi Life, an upcoming life simulation game for the 3DS. An advocacy group for LGBT issues said, 'In purposefully limiting players' relationship options, Nintendo is not only sending a hurtful message to many of its fans and consumers by excluding them, but also setting itself way behind the times.' The group also pointed out that The Sims allowed such choices over a decade ago. Nintendo originally replied that the game was not intended to be social commentary, and pointed out that the U.S. release of Tomodachi Life is just a localization of the Japanese version (gay marriage is not legal in Japan). Now Nintendo has officially apologized for 'failing to include same-sex relationships' in the game, and they promised to build a more inclusive experience if they make a sequel."
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Nintendo Apologizes For Not Allowing Same-Sex Relationships In Life Sim Game

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  • by tepples (727027) <tepples@[ ]il.com ['gma' in gap]> on Saturday May 10, 2014 @10:40AM (#46966879) Homepage Journal

    Racial equality wasn't achieved by black people voting with their wallets.

    Are you claiming that the Montgomery, AL, transit boycott of 1955-1956 [wikipedia.org] didn't help?

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 10, 2014 @10:41AM (#46966889)

    As far as I know without some modification you can't have same sex marriages in Skyrim either. Get over it.

    Skyrim always allowed same-sex marriage.

  • by s.petry (762400) on Saturday May 10, 2014 @10:45AM (#46966919)

    Try approximately 1% of the population. The wiki here [wikipedia.org] shows 3.8% average but when you look at how they estimate numbers their estimates are grossly incorrect. For example people that express "curiosity" are counted, as are those that may have experimented at some point in time. Here is a quote to show the inaccuracy clearly.

    According to the Williams Institute review conducted in April 2011, approximately 3.80 % of American adults identify themselves being in the LBGT community; wherein, (1.70%) identify as lesbian or gay, bisexual (1.80%), and/or transgender (0.30%);

    The way they get the 3.8% number is to tally up all of the results, yet there is no control preventing people from answering to multiple categories. Depending on who is running the study, bisexuals may automatically be counted as lesbian or gay. Other studies may ask the questions separately, but a bisexual person would normally respond that they have same sex relationships so are also lesbian or gay. People identifying themselves as transgender are bisexual, gay, or lesbian (don't make the mistake of jumping to circular reasoning on that one) almost all of the time.

  • Re:Overreacting (Score:3, Informative)

    by jez9999 (618189) on Saturday May 10, 2014 @10:50AM (#46966951) Homepage Journal

    I'm all for LGBT rights and such, but really to criticize a game just cuz it don't include your sexual orientation..? I dunno about that. What's next? Is the LGBT community going to demand air time in Disney cartoons next?

    No... but they might start demanding that CEOs be fired for small private contributions to a campaign whose message is contrary to their opinion about how marriage should be redefined...

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 10, 2014 @11:10AM (#46967095)

    Is 1:10 people really an anomaly?

    1 out of 10 people being homosexual is a gross exaggeration. That number includes bisexuals and any heterosexuals who admitted to a survey monkey of having once had a homosexual thought. 9/10 adults are straight to the core, and 9/10 of the 1/10 are 99.9% straight.

  • by Vapula (14703) on Saturday May 10, 2014 @11:17AM (#46967141)

    If you take recent studies done to correct population sampling (more than 100000 people, randomly selected), you fall under 5% for LGBT (some studies made on more than 500000 people lead to less than 3%)

    In most of these studies, Bisexual account usually for half of the people which leads to 1-2% homosexuals...

    Can 1-2% be called an anomaly ?

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