Tagged With tomodachi life

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I imagine that parents get struck with a revelation in the process of rearing a child that helps them appreciate the enormity of the task before them. I say "imagine" because I've never had a child. At least, a real one. But I was struck by that revelation recently thanks to a small, weird Nintendo game of all things.

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One thing people have always loved about The Sims is its quirky made-up language. It's become so popular since the series debuted that fans now affectionately refer to it as "Simlish." It doesn't make much sense, but half the fun comes from deciphering what sims are trying to tell you by the tone of their voice and the little emoticon-style icons that hover above their heads.

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How do I describe Tomodachi Life? I'll start with the name. "Tomodachi" (友達) is the Japanese word for "Friend", so the title of Nintendo's new 3DS sim game translates literally to "friend life". That's a bumbling phrase. But it helps illustrate why I've had such a hard time explaining the game's appeal to friends and colleagues, even the ones who are more seasoned gamers than myself.

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"Maybe you don't know what the nights are like for people who can't sleep," the poet Rainer Maria Rilke wrote in his Book of Hours. I've fought with insomnia as long as I can remember. Rilke's line here has always struck me as the best description I've read of the experience.

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One of the first things that you're told in Tomodachi Life, Nintendo's newest life-sim for the 3DS, is that characters in the game can have babies. Specifically, it will take your first imported Mii, and it will show them holding a baby with a faceless person of the opposite gender.

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Tomodachi Life is problematic.

When Nintendo patched the Japanese version of Tomodachi life, removing a glitch that allowed players to participate in same sex marriages, what they did was actively remove the ability to create an apparently unintended type of relationship. Then, in the patch notes, roughly translated. The patch ‘fixed’ the ability to create relationships that are “altered”. Nintendo maintains this change was made to prevent an issue where the game could not be saved.