Computer games firm Nintendo has got into a queer controversy over its Sims-like game, Tomodachi Life.
The company has said it will not give in to pressure to allow players to engage their game characters romantically with characters of the same sex in English editions of million-selling Tomodachi Life.
In a statement, Nintendo said it “never intended to make any form of social commentary”.
Of course, a world in which only mixed-sex couples are allowed to exist is its own social commentary, endorsing some kinds of relationships and erasing others.
Nintendo’s line is that, “the relationship options in the game represent a playful alternate world rather than a real-life simulation.
“We hope that all of our fans will see that Tomodachi Life was intended to be a whimsical and quirky game, and that we were absolutely not trying to provide social commentary.”