Maybe there are more important things in life that whether a Japanese video game has same sex marriage in its virtual world. Then again, maybe there aren’t.
Tye Marini, a gay 23-year-old Nintendo fan from Mesa, Arizona, launched the campaign last month, urging Kyoto, Japan-based Nintendo Co. and its subsidiary Nintendo of America Inc. to add same-sex relationship options to English versions of the hand-held Nintendo 3DS game [Tamadochi Life].
The game was originally released in Japan last year and features a cast of Mii characters — Nintendo’s personalized avatars of real players — living on a virtual island. Gamers can do things like shop, visit an amusement park, play games, go on dates and encounter celebrities like Christina Aguilera and Shaquille O’Neal.
“I want to be able to marry my real-life fiancé’s Mii, but I can’t do that,” Marini said in a video posted online that attracted the attention of gaming blogs and online forums this week. “My only options are to marry some female Mii, to change the gender of either my Mii or my fiancé’s Mii or to completely avoid marriage altogether and miss out on the exclusive content that comes with it.”
It doesn’t outrage me that Nintendo might put gay marriage in a simulation game; but I am amused that there are those who Kirking Out because there is no ghey marriage in Tomodachi. Shouldn’t You Have a Real Life Before You Start Whining About a Fake One?