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.
Making Miis and watching them grow is the best part of Tomodachi Life. So why not share some of that joy with the rest of the world? What's that you say... because doing so is unnecessarily confusing?
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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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.
Earlier this week, we helped publicise a fan-made petition that set out to get gay marriage support in the upcoming Nintendo game Tomodachi Life, which allows players to hang out and start relationships in a weird, surreal alternate universe habitated by Mii characters. Nintendo has responded to that petition with a statement to the AP, and it's truly tone-deaf.