7 posts tagged lgbtq
Nintendo of America’s apology for neglecting to include same-sex marriages in Tomodachi Life, following its tone-deaf response to complaints over the matter earlier this week.
The company headlined the apology with “Nintendo is Committed to Fun and Entertainment for Everyone.” Really happy to see Nintendo recover from its misstep and promise to provide more inclusive experiences in the future. Also really happy that we can go back to talking about how fun and weird the game looks.
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I don’t know what to say about Tomodachi Life ⊟
We’ve talked a lot about the mess Nintendo made out of same-sex marriages in Tomodachi Life. We discussed it on the TinyCast with Christian and Fran, where we all expressed annoyance over how the company has handled it, but then returned to talking about our excitement over the Mii-centered life sim.
It’s hard to stay as excited about the game — one of most interesting releases Nintendo has ever put out, and likely a game-of-the-year contender for the 3DS — after hearing Nintendo of America’s absolutely tone deaf response yesterday to recent campaigns calling on the company to add same-sex marriages to Tomodachi Life.
Like, that wasn’t going to happen, right? At least not when the game’s release date is already set for a few weeks from now, and not when the development, localization, and QA teams are already assigned to other projects. Still, this shouldn’t have been overlooked in the first place, and NoA should’ve prepared a more placating message if the resources weren’t available to make the change when it started localizing the game.
But I’m unsure what else to say on the matter. I’m kind of in the same boat as Christian, who put up probably the definitive blog post about it, even if we both came to the same uncertain conclusion: "I find it difficult to sum up all of my feelings and thoughts on what Nintendo could have done or should do with Tomodachi Life into a neat package. Things are more complicated than that.”
I’m feeling like Bill Trinen’s Tomodachi Life Mii right now, just rolling around an NES controller carpet because I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know.
Pokemon XY's implied transgender trainer ⊟
The English translation here isn’t as suggestive as her Japanese text, which reads, “I was a Karate King just half a year ago; the power of medical science is awesome, wouldn’t you say?” Note that “Karate Kings”, or “Black Belts” as they’re known in the West, are a male-specific character type in the Pokemon series, their female counterparts going by “Battle Girls.”
Hurray for more diversity in Nintendo games! We have a podcast episode coming up that talks about this trainer and Japan’s approach to queer characters — please look forward to it! (Or ignore it if these conversations grind your gears. Whatever makes you happy!)
It’s a beautiful day today
Smashueatu just started playing today, so forgive him for not knowing about the in-game screenshot feature yet! Anyway, don’t forget to grab your Rainbow Screen from the Post Office before the end of the month.
Crossing a Line: Gender Identity in Animal Crossing
[Writer and game creator Anna Anthropy (Dys4ia) examines how Animal Crossing: New Leaf is the series’ most queer/transgender-friendly game yet, but also explains why she’s weary to applaud Nintendo for this seemingly progressive stance. Image above is via Derek Rose.]
animal crossing has always been ripe for queering. i founded my last animal crossing town — in city folk for the wii — with my partner and our mutual then-girlfriend (my partner took great satisfaction in demolishing her house after we broke up). there’s really no getting around the fact that animal crossing is a very capital-affirming, binary-enforcing game by a publisher that recently edited gay marriage out of one of its games.
player characters in city folk are born with gendered clothing attached to their bodies: BOYS get t-shirts and pants, GIRLS get dresses with poofy sleeves. the same piece of clothing magically transforms according to the body it comes into contact with: a flowery dress will become a flowery t-shirt, worn over shorts, the second a “boy” tries to put it on.
player characters are also born white: there are over fifty kinds of animals represented in the game, but all humans are pale and pink. for animal crossing, enforced whiteness is nintendo’s path of least resistance to the question of player race. you do get a choice of gender, but it’s between two identity-erasing extremes: do you want to wear a dress for the rest of your life, or never?
No more same-sex relationships in Tomodachi Collection
Nintendo is patching the bug in its Japan-only 3DS game Tomodachi Collection: New Life that allowed two male characters to date, marry and even procreate. The company’s Google Translated announcement describes the bug as “Human relationship is funny.”
The update also fixes problems users might have booting up the game, saving the game, and other issues. It’s unclear if those problems are related to the same-sex glitch, but that likely won’t appease those who hoped Nintendo would overlook the bug — or would allow female characters to have the same rights.
As NetBuff insightfully pointed out, “By fixing this bug, they are actively calling attention to the fact that Nintendo released a ‘life simulator’ game in 2013 that doesn’t take homosexuality into account.”
Shout outs to NintenDaan for making most of these images for us!
"Boy or Girl" a new Pokemon comic exploring unexpected gender-bending in the series, illustrated by Mare Odomo and featured at Attract Mode. Every Mare Odomo Pokemon comic is a gift. Don’t let this one go to waste.
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