Family Friendly Gaming, the industry leader in covering the family friendly video games is shocked that Nintendo has come out and attacked marriage. One radical (Tye Marini from Mesa, Arizona) stirred up social Internet circuits on a campaign to radically change Tomodachi Life. What did he want? He wanted Nintendo to redefine marriage in this Nintendo 3DS game to fit his extremist views on homosexuality. He wanted to play homosexual in the video game. His campaign was recognized by Nintendo of America in their statement on May 9th.
“Nintendo is Committed to Fun and Entertainment for Everyone
Redmond, Wash. -- 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.
-- Nintendo of America“
Nintendo immediately drew fire from the super majority of Americans who do not want marriage redefined. Nintendo also faces some major hypocrisy. When have they provided for Christians? In fact they have demanded Christian images be removed from games (crosses taken off tombstones). They have denied licenses to companies making Christian games (remember Wisdom Tree). Nintendo has a long history of discrimination against Christians. For a decade they have been asked to include a church in Animal Crossing. They have been asked to put God in their games instead of a false goddess. Nintendo continues to fail in terms of providing for Christians.
Yet Nintendo has never bothered to apologize to Christians for all of the slights. Why is that? Why is their culture so hostile to Christians? I guess Christians are not part of the everyone they are talking about. Every single time we ask Nintendo to be inclusive of Christians they completely ignore it. Other organizations have made the same request, and Nintendo ignores them as well. Yet one radical stirs up a militant redefining group who attacks Christians and they quickly issue an apology. Talk about a major double standard.
Nintendo is completely wrong. They can not pick one side of a hot button issue and provide for both sides. Putting redefined marriage into a game is going to offend billions. So they will make a few people happy, and offend many more. Nintendo would have been much wiser in keeping silent on this issue. Because now they have opened themselves up to all kinds of problems. They have attacked traditional marriage. They are admitting they arrogantly think they know better than billions who have accepted the definition of marriage for thousands of years. Nintendo is saying they do not want money from every single person who believes in traditional marriage. Their apology slaps traditional marriage folks right in the face. How will Nintendo provide for traditional marriage folks?
World Vision recently took a stance like Nintendo and it hurt them. Chick-Fil-A took a traditional marriage stance and it helped them financially. If Nintendo cares about their business they will take note of what has happened with these two companies. One radical is not going to keep their business going over the long term. When will Nintendo issue an apology to Christians? BTW will Tomodachi Life include a church, pastor and/or priest?