Target: Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata
Goal: Allow same-sex couples in the game Tomodachi Life
An upcoming game from Nintendo will allow players to make friends and form other relationships. In this virtual world, players can flirt, get married, and even have kids. The game is Tomodachi Life and will be coming to the United States shortly, but the game is stirring controversy in the LGBT community because as a game that focuses on relationships, same-sex couples are omitted.
A growing movement, named #Miiquality, is hoping to change Nintendo’s mind . It was recently launched, headed by 23-year-old Tye Marini. It is garnering support on Facebook and Twitter, where other gamers are asking the same thing from Nintendo. Marini states that by “excluding same-sex relationships in a game that’s focused around relationships like this one, they’re really excluding a lot of people.”
The game focuses on the player’s Mii, an avatar that can interact with other Miis. Marini states that Nintendo’s decision “wouldn’t have been a big deal” if the game didn’t focus so heavily on relationships. As someone who is attracted to the same sex, he feels that it “really takes all of the immersion and fun out of it for me.”
Nintendo unfortunately has not changed their stance. “Nintendo never intended to make any form of social commentary with the launch of ‘Tomodachi Life,'” stating that the “relationship options in the game represent a playful alternate world rather than a real-life simulation.
Other games have allowed same-sex couples, like The Sim or Skyrim, why can’t Nintendo offer the same feature? Both games are also extremely popular and very successful. Sign this petition and urge the company to reconsider and allow Tomodachi Life to have same-sex couples be an option in this game.
Dear CEO Satoru Iwata,
It has recently come to my attention that the game Tomodachi Life does not feature same-sex couples, which has sparked outrage and controversy in the LBGT community. As a game that focuses heavily on relationships, many are wondering why it din’t include same-sex couples. I understand that your company didn’t want to make social commentary but there are other games who have included same-sex couples with little controversy or negative impact. In fact, many of these games are popular and successful.
I am writing to urge you to reconsider your position. I do not believe adding same-sex couples will hurt your company’s position. In fact I believe it will help, as acceptance and tolerance should be traits all companies should share.
[Your Name Here]
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