In news that is bound to anger many gamers, Nintendo will not allow gamers to play as gay in an upcoming life simulator game called Tomodachi Life.
Nintendo said Tuesday that it wouldn’t cave to pressure to allow players to engage in romantic activities with characters of the same sex in English editions of the game. Fans had launched a social media campaign last month seeking virtual equality for the game’s characters, which are modeled after real people. Sadly, Nintendo isn’t ready to go down that warp pipe.
“Nintendo never intended to make any form of social commentary with the launch of ‘Tomodachi Life,’” Nintendo of America Inc. said in a statement. “The relationship options in the game represent a playful alternate world rather than a real-life simulation. We hope that all of our fans will see that ‘Tomodachi Life’ was intended to be a whimsical and quirky game, and that we were absolutely not trying to provide social commentary.”