One of the greatest gifts to television was political homosexuality. It allowed TV producers to put soft porn clichés into their shows and pretend they were being cutting edge rather than just sleazy. In fact, in many episodes, lesbians would kiss and then some oafish male character would act all hot and bothered by seeing it. So they knew what they were doing to their male demographic and enjoyed doing it even while they pretended they were showing a social conscience.
And now Nintendo has promised to do the same for the gaming world. As I wrote, they got in trouble for not allowing same-sex Miis to marry. For a moment it seemed they might show some integrity. But it didn’t take long for them to cave:
We apologize for disappointing many people by failing to include same-sex relationships in Tomodachi Life. Unfortunately, it is not possible for us to change this game’s design, and such a significant development change can’t be accomplished with a post-ship patch. At Nintendo, dedication has always meant going beyond the games to promote a sense of community, and to share a spirit of fun and joy. We are committed to advancing our longtime company values of fun and entertainment for everyone. We pledge that if we create 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.
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