Thank you all who have supported #Miiquality and helped spread the word. Without your efforts, this movement couldn't have been a success.— Miiquality (@Miiquality) May 10, 2014
Response from Tyeforce on NeoGAF (10 March, 2014)
Okay, so I want to post a proper update here. First of all, thank each and every one of you here who supported #Miiquality and helped spread the word. This success could not have been achieved without your efforts. The NeoGAF community has been especially helpful towards the movement, and many of you here helped tremendously in getting #Miiquality off the ground.
I've been unable to read and update this thread over the last few days due to the overwhelming amount of attention I've been getting from the media and all, so I apologize for leaving you all hanging here. However, I've since skimmed over the threads and read a lot of your comments, and I want to say that I really, truly appreciate all of the kind words from many of you here. Some of your comments of support have literally brought me to tears (hey, I'm an emotional guy, lol). So thank you for that. I can't say that enough.
I also want to thank those of you who have been upholding the original message of my #Miiquality video among all the spin from the media. I'm really not happy with a lot of the headlines out there, and I don't like how many reports have spun the story in different directions. I especially don't like that so many reports are attacking Nintendo so harshly and calling them homophobic, because that was never my intent. However, I suppose it may have been necessary in order to get a response like this from them. At least it made international news. I just hope that the media coverage of this can take a positive turn after Nintendo's latest response.
Lastly, here is the update I've posted on the Miiquality pages regarding Nintendo's response:
#Miiquality has succeeded in its primary goal—to bring the issue to Nintendo's attention in hopes that future iterations of Tomodachi Life will support same-sex relationships. Despite its relationship limitations, please consider purchasing Tomodachi Life to support the development of future, more inclusive Tomodachi titles, as Nintendo has promised. Miiquality will continue to bring attention to Tomodachi Life and subsequent titles, and act as a hub for LGBTQIA Nintendo fans as well. We hope that the success of Miiquality will continue to influence the video game industry and raise awareness of other equality issues in video games and other media, and in general. Thank you all who have supported Miiquality and helped spread the word. Without your efforts, this movement couldn't have been a success.
Nintendo of America's second response (9 May, 2014)
We are committed to fun and entertainment for everyone
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's response (7 May, 2014)
"Nintendo never intended to make any form of social commentary with the launch of 'Tomodachi Life,'" "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."
"The ability for same-sex relationships to occur in the game was not part of the original game that launched in Japan, and that game is made up of the same code that was used to localize it for other regions outside of Japan,"
"We have heard and thoughtfully considered all the responses," "We will continue to listen and think about the feedback. We're using this as an opportunity to better understand our consumers and their expectations of us at all levels of the organization."
The below post was created by Tyeforce on NeoGAF (27 April, 2014), source: http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=808594
#Miiquality | A movement for same-sex relationships in Tomodachi Life
EDIT: Unfortunately, the video was removed from YouTube due to a violation of "Community Guidelines," but it has been uploaded to Vimeo, Facebook, and Tumblr instead.
I know there are a lot of people who are excited about Tomodachi Life for Nintendo 3DS. I'd like to be as well...but there's a problem; the game doesn't support same-sex relationships. For myself and many other LGBTQ individuals, this is a big problem, because relationships are such a big part of the game.
So, I wanted to do something to try to change that. That's why I've started this—the Miiquality movement. I've made a video for the movement below:
Use the hashtag #Miiquality on social network sites to speak up and tell Nintendo to add same-sex relationships to Tomodachi Life!
I'd really like for this movement to pick up and become noticed. You can help by spreading the word however you can! Even though it would be crazy to expect the game to be changed before release this June, there's always hope that Nintendo may release an update for the game sometime after release, or at the very least consider adding same-sex relationships in a sequel. Speaking up and making some noise will do more than doing nothing at all, after all! It can't hurt to try!
You can follow Miiquality on Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr to show your support and stay updated.
I plan to post regular updates on the Miiquality pages once the movement picks up, and if you have an article, video, or anything of your own regarding Miiquality that you'd like to be shared, let me know and I'll post it!
I hope we can make a difference together, for Miiquality!
Articles about #Miiquality
- The Gay Gamer — Spread the word: #Miiquality
- GayGamer.net — The Fight For #Miiquality
- Kotaku — Fighting For Gay Marriage In A Nintendo Game
- Polygon — Tomodachi Life fan campaigns for Nintendo to add same-sex relationships
- Geekosystem — New Campaign Asks Nintendo For Representation of Same-Sex Relationships
A great idea that everyone should get behind, y'know, if you want to. You have the freedom and choice afforded you to express yourself in that way, y'know, if you wanna.
UNLIKE WHAT NINTENDO IS OFFERING. GET IT? Y-YEAH.
I know we've got some duders (a term that encompasses every, all and no gender at the same time, thanks @snide) on our site here that would find themselves at the business end of the limited options offered to them in Tomodachi Life. How much of A Thing is this matter to you, your friends, your family, your loved ones? Of course, this has been A Thing for pretty much as long as video games have been a A Thing; but do you feel that the relentless march of progress has brought what you'd like to see offered in games more into line with what we actually get offered in games These Days?