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Nintendo Apologizes For Tomodachi Life, Promises Future Inclusivity

Tomodachi Life
In response to the backlash they received for disallowing gay relationships in their sim game Tomodachi Life and the subsequent doubling-down on their position, Nintendo released a statement on their website promising to be more inclusive in the future. Their statement said:

We apologize for disappointing many people by failing to include same-sex relationships in Tomodachi Life. Unfortunately, it is not possible for us to change this game's design, and such a significant development change can't be accomplished with a post-ship patch. At Nintendo, dedication has always meant going beyond the games to promote a sense of community, and to share a spirit of fun and joy. We are committed to advancing our longtime company values of fun and entertainment for everyone. We pledge that if we create a next installment in the Tomodachi series, we will strive to design a game-play experience from the ground up that is more inclusive, and better represents all players.

Actions will speak louder than words, but it's good to see them acknowledge their misstep, which is far more than most companies are willing to do.

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  1. "We pledge that if we create a next installment in the Tomodachi series, we will strive to design a game-play experience from the ground up that is more inclusive, and better represents all players."

    "IF"?

    Well I won't be buying your product until you do.

    Posted by: Liam | May 11, 2014 4:43:20 PM


  2. Liam,

    I also find it odd that the whole same-sex thing they had in the past was apparently a "bug" that they "fixed" ... so how is it that they can't reverse it with a post-ship patch?

    Posted by: theotherlee | May 11, 2014 5:20:53 PM


  3. Liam,

    I also find it odd that the whole same-sex thing they had in the past was apparently a "bug" that they "fixed" ... so how is it that they can't reverse it with a post-ship patch?

    Posted by: theotherlee | May 11, 2014 5:20:57 PM


  4. To be fair version 2.0 should REQUIRE everyone to be gay.

    It's not a bug, it's a feature!

    Posted by: Hansel Currywurst | May 11, 2014 6:23:41 PM


  5. "Actions will speak louder than words, but it's good to see them acknowledge their misstep, which is far more than most companies are willing to do."

    But that's just it. They didn't at first. At first they said that it wasn't their intention to make a social statement at all, totally ignoring the fact that they DID make a social statement, regardless of their intent.

    The other curious point is that mentioned by THEOTHERLEE above: when gay relationships were detected before in their software, it was declared a bug and patched immediately. Yet, here, they are saying that it simply can't be patched. I've been developing software professionally for over 30 years, so I can see how that is possible, but it would show extremely bad software design.

    Posted by: Mike | May 11, 2014 6:57:05 PM


  6. "such a significant development change can't be accomplished with a post-ship patch"

    Unless the gender roles are even stricter than the elimination of gay sexual orientation, I can almost guarantee you'll see this game hacked in short order, with exactly this fix in it. The hacked version will probably be quite popular.

    Posted by: Randy | May 11, 2014 7:31:42 PM


  7. Its too hard to take the "hate" out of the games code.

    Posted by: Adam | May 11, 2014 11:27:27 PM


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