Same-sex relations deemed, “strange,” by Nintendo executives.
Anyone know what is the Japanese equivalent of, “chill the fuck out”? In an incredibly stupid move, the Nintendo powers that be have decided to call a virtual “same-sex” avatar option as “human relations that become strange.”
Do you hear that? That’s the sound of thousands of gay men and women walking away from Nintendo. And that other sucking sound? Oh, that’s all the money the stockholders are going to lose because some small-minded Nintendo executive forgot about their public relations department before sending out that fairly awkward statement.
Unsurprisingly, there have been a largely negative response from users, including calls on Twitter to boycott the company, and appealing for people not to download the patch for Tomodachi Collection New Life.
However, this is yet another example of gay rights becoming a contentious issue in the gaming world. In 2012, Electronic Arts (EA) received thousands of abusive letters after introducing gay characters into their Star Wars multiplayer game, and in March this year they held an event in in New York, which focused on LGBT issues within the gaming industry. Discussions centred around how the industry could become more inclusive but also about the origins of homophobia within gaming and how this can be changed.
But really, come on Nintendo! Out of everyone, you young game-plaing crowd are probably the least likely to care about who is banging whom. Let love reign free in the land of escapism. We have enough social rules strapping us down.
Here’s another word, for the Nintendo executives, backlash; I’ll have to look up the Japanese equivalent.
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