Nintendo's Way Behind on Gay Rights
Critics weigh in as company apologizes for game's straight-only relationships
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted May 12, 2014 12:04 PM CDT
This photo provided by Nintendo shows the cover of "Tomodachi Life."   (AP Photo/Nintendo)

(Newser) – A Nintendo game's failure to allow gay relationships is prompting a hard look at the video game industry, which critics say is stuck in the past. Studies show that players can form powerful bonds with their in-game avatars, and these virtual relationships are tied to self-esteem, writes Mark Griffiths at The Conversation. "The sexuality of a character for a player may be of fundamental psychological importance," Griffiths notes. Yet compared to TV and movies, "there is a relative lack of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender representation in video games."

The lack of gay relationships in Tomodachi Life "appears to be ill-judged, ill-informed, and outdated," Griffiths writes. "Games in which identity content can be generated by … users [need] to reflect the world in which the gamers live." At the Daily Beast, Tauriq Moosa puts it in starker terms: "Anti-gay bigotry remains ensconced at Nintendo." The company has said it didn't intend to offer "social commentary" with the game, yet it altered the original version, which did allow same-sex relationships. Amid the controversy, Nintendo has now apologized, the Guardian reports. The company says it can't change the existing game's design, but any sequels will aim to be "more inclusive."

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geo wells
May 15, 2014 4:44 PM CDT
Anti-straight bigotry of a commenter believe describes it. Just assume that the culture must be changed contrary to the morals of the vast majority. That's the evil of cultural marxism that brings us a clamor for diversity. Diversity is a codeword for White genocide.
Riffran
May 15, 2014 12:47 AM CDT
oh for crying out loud....IT'S A VIDEO GAME! should Donkey Kong wear a dress now? .IT'S A VIDEO GAME! whining idiots
True-News
May 14, 2014 10:58 AM CDT
As is usually the case, The true news is hidden and overlooked by all but the astute. "and these virtual relationships are tied to self-esteem" What a sad commentary on society that we now have so many individuals that have more interaction with make believe, fantasy, fake lives than real relationships. Anti - straight bigotry now permeates the news media to the point that the absurd demands of the homsexual community to be accepted as "normal" by the majority of society, are treated as "progressive" and "enlightened". As others have alluded to; The agenda of the homosexual activists demands not just "tolerance" but complete acceptance, support and embracing a lifestyle that others find extremely offensive and destructive.