Tuesday, May 20, 2014

John Oliver examines how Nintendo's Tomodachi Life decision will affect VG marriage equality

One subject I didn't want to touch here was the kerfuffle surrounding the same-sex marriage debate in the upcoming Tomodachi Life.

I've written about the need for video games to be more inclusive toward same-sex relationships a few times before, but the uproar this time around seemed to be caused by the media who read a bit too much into Nintendo's not-quite-apology apology on the oversight.

The long and short of it is this: Tomodachi Life is a silly little 3DS game that allows your Mii to do just about anything, like chase a bowl of cornflakes or merge with a deer, but one thing it doesn't allow you to do is marry a Mii of the same gender while it will gleefully match you up with a mate of the opposite one.

Tomodachi Life isn't even available yet in the west, but a progressive fan got wind of this exclusion and started a "Miiquality" campaign to have the game's localization changed.  This would be an incredibly expensive thing for Nintendo to do this late in the game's development (y'know, when it's pretty much shipping...) so Nintendo apologized but said it couldn't change it.

Then the press went crazy over Nintendo's statement which lacked any sort of expressed empathy. So the Big N apologized again - this time pledging that if it creates "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."

Awesome news, right?  Well, the ever-hilarious John Oliver thought so when he dug into the implications of Nintendo's new inclusive stance for the Mushroom Kingdom and neighboring lands of Hyrule...

Now, hopefully, everyone can accept both of Nintendo's apologies and realize the issue was caused by crossed wires in the culturalization of the game and that it wasn't done maliciously.

And when they're done with that, they can enjoy the hell out of the 'shipping going on in the video above.  Who new Bowser and Donkey Kong connected on such a deep level?