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Fire Emblem Fates Will Feature Same-Sex Marriages

by Donald Theriault - June 23, 2015, 7:36 pm PDT
Total comments: 50 Source: Polygon

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Fire Emblem Fates will feature the option for same-sex marriages.

Following the discovery of an "A+" social rank in the game's Japanese release, Nintendo issued a statement to Polygon confirming the option: "We can confirm that Fire Emblem Fates for Nintendo 3DS, which launches in Japan on June 25, 2015, and is coming to the U.S. and Europe in 2016, includes the possibility for a same-sex marriage to take place between the main character created by the gamer and another character in the game."

The Birthright version of the game, which follows the Hoshino storyline, will allow a female main character to marry a female character, while the Conquest version's Nohr storyline will allow a male avatar to marry a male character. The third, downloadable version of the game will feature both of the characters that can achieve the A+ relationship.

Talkback

AqueousJune 23, 2015

Well, great for those who want it and a step forward for gaming. I might use it to get all the supports and call it quits on the feature, if I go for all the supports for once, lol.

ObbyDentJune 23, 2015

Yay!

Evan_BJune 23, 2015

That's very cute. With all the uproar about Tomodachi Life, I can see why they would make the effort.

But I honestly don't care at all about such a feature, either way.

EnnerJune 23, 2015

Official Nintendo yaoi and yuri! Huzzah!

Ian SaneJune 23, 2015

Doesn't this game cover multiple generations?  If you go same-sex does that not happen then?  Adoption perhaps?

I thought the Tomodachi Life controversy was a little overblown.  A lot of games don't offer same-sex relationships so why was Nintendo singled out?  Also same-sex marriage is still illegal in many States.  You expect Nintendo to encourage breaking the law in one of their games?  If they put it in they would be making a statement about current laws.  That's controversial stuff.  That would be like having a character in a Nintendo game lighting a joint, something legal in some States but not all.  So I get why they figured that not having it was the more neutral position.  Had they put it in there would have still been an uproar, just from different people.

I only hope that this isn't handled as it was in Mass Effect 3 where suddenly a male friend of my character, that showed no signs of being bisexual in the previous games, awkwardly hit on me.  I understand the intention to accommodate all players but it can be done a little more seamlessly, no?

Spak-SpangJune 23, 2015

It will be pretty funny, if this is a quick patch that lets the couples have children. 

SorenJune 23, 2015

This makes me so happy.

hhgjfJune 24, 2015

I personally don't give a shit but I suppose it's never a bad thing to give people who do an option. Now give us a release date, would you?

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Doesn't this game cover multiple generations?  If you go same-sex does that not happen then?  Adoption perhaps?

Yes, they'll adopt.

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I thought the Tomodachi Life controversy was a little overblown.  A lot of games don't offer same-sex relationships so why was Nintendo singled out?  Also same-sex marriage is still illegal in many States.  You expect Nintendo to encourage breaking the law in one of their games?  If they put it in they would be making a statement about current laws.  That's controversial stuff.  That would be like having a character in a Nintendo game lighting a joint, something legal in some States but not all.  So I get why they figured that not having it was the more neutral position.  Had they put it in there would have still been an uproar, just from different people.

1) It's a fantasy game, your laws don't apply here.
2) The law in question will be a non-issue by the end of the month.
3) /facepalm

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I only hope that this isn't handled as it was in Mass Effect 3 where suddenly a male friend of my character, that showed no signs of being bisexual in the previous games, awkwardly hit on me.  I understand the intention to accommodate all players but it can be done a little more seamlessly, no?

Translations of the scripts are available (I'll post them here if requested because well, they're giant spoilers) and it appears to be the culmination of an existing relationship.

lolmonadeJune 24, 2015

If this game's marriage system is the same as Awakening, there'll literally be no implications other than you and the character you're married to having good co-operation in battle. 

This news doesn't really pertain to me much, but good for those who find value in it.

Bman87301June 24, 2015

Quote from: Ian

Doesn't this game cover multiple generations?  If you go same-sex does that not happen then?  Adoption perhaps?

I thought the Tomodachi Life controversy was a little overblown.  A lot of games don't offer same-sex relationships so why was Nintendo singled out?  Also same-sex marriage is still illegal in many States.  You expect Nintendo to encourage breaking the law in one of their games?  If they put it in they would be making a statement about current laws.  That's controversial stuff.  That would be like having a character in a Nintendo game lighting a joint, something legal in some States but not all.  So I get why they figured that not having it was the more neutral position.  Had they put it in there would have still been an uproar, just from different people.

I only hope that this isn't handled as it was in Mass Effect 3 where suddenly a male friend of my character, that showed no signs of being bisexual in the previous games, awkwardly hit on me.  I understand the intention to accommodate all players but it can be done a little more seamlessly, no?

*face palm* Someone clearly doesn't understand how the law works...

In the context of same-sex marriages, being "legal" refers to them being specifically sanctioned by the government. It's not the same as with the traditional use of the word in which the alternative is a criminal act (like smoking pot). Here in the U.S., it is not, and never has been ILLEGAL for any same-sex couple to either be together or to declare themselves "married". In fact, the 1st Amendment guarantees the freedom of expression and assembly-- so, even though they may not be legally binding in every state, gay marriages don't actually break any laws anywhere in the U.S.

Ian SaneJune 24, 2015

Something isn't sanctioned by the government in all States.  Putting it in the game gives the idea that you disagree with the laws as is.  That is a political statement.  You can't comprehend how a major company would want to outright avoid something like that for fear of controversy?  It blew up in their face anyway but I can understand why they thought that was the right decision.

And, again, why was NINTENDO singled out when a gazillion games don't offer this.  Can you have same-sex marriage in Harvest Moon?

Triforce HermitJune 24, 2015

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And, again, why was NINTENDO singled out when a gazillion games don't offer this.  Can you have same-sex marriage in Harvest Moon?

Because it triggered someone and they complained. And the media latched onto it like a fly to shit.

DONKHATANT123 KongJune 24, 2015

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Something isn't sanctioned by the government in all States.  Putting it in the game gives the idea that you disagree with the laws as is.  That is a political statement.  You can't comprehend how a major company would want to outright avoid something like that for fear of controversy?  It blew up in their face anyway but I can understand why they thought that was the right decision.

And, again, why was NINTENDO singled out when a gazillion games don't offer this.  Can you have same-sex marriage in Harvest Moon?

Wut? You can murder prostitutes in GTA and I'm fairly certain that's not a political statement or a disagreement with the law, it's just a video game.

Ian SaneJune 24, 2015

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Something isn't sanctioned by the government in all States.  Putting it in the game gives the idea that you disagree with the laws as is.  That is a political statement.  You can't comprehend how a major company would want to outright avoid something like that for fear of controversy?  It blew up in their face anyway but I can understand why they thought that was the right decision.

And, again, why was NINTENDO singled out when a gazillion games don't offer this.  Can you have same-sex marriage in Harvest Moon?

Wut? You can murder prostitutes in GTA and I'm fairly certain that's not a political statement or a disagreement with the law, it's just a video game.

Well I wouldn't see it as such but some of the moral watchdog groups sure see violence in videogames as an endorsement of it.  I guess that's really a political statement since there isn't any movement I know of arguing that murdering prostitutes should be legal, but it can be taken as a statement in general.

Same-sex marriage is a hot political issue right now.  Nintendo didn't get want to get involved and I can totally understand why a company would want to remain as politically neutral as possible.  I think they thought that by not offering it they weren't taking a side but it ended up being seen as taking the side against same-sex marriage.

Ian SaneJune 24, 2015

I meant to say that's NOT really a political statement in regards to the murdering hookers thing.  Lousy disabling of edits.

Bman87301June 24, 2015

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And, again, why was NINTENDO singled out when a gazillion games don't offer this. 

Because Nintendo is seen as a conservative company and that automatically makes them a target to the media.

LucarioJune 24, 2015

u know I'm really looking forward to this game..

ObbyDentJune 24, 2015

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Something isn't sanctioned by the government in all States.  Putting it in the game gives the idea that you disagree with the laws as is.  That is a political statement.  You can't comprehend how a major company would want to outright avoid something like that for fear of controversy?  It blew up in their face anyway but I can understand why they thought that was the right decision.

And, again, why was NINTENDO singled out when a gazillion games don't offer this.  Can you have same-sex marriage in Harvest Moon?

Wut? You can murder prostitutes in GTA and I'm fairly certain that's not a political statement or a disagreement with the law, it's just a video game.

Well I wouldn't see it as such but some of the moral watchdog groups sure see violence in videogames as an endorsement of it.  I guess that's really a political statement since there isn't any movement I know of arguing that murdering prostitutes should be legal, but it can be taken as a statement in general.

Same-sex marriage is a hot political issue right now.  Nintendo didn't get want to get involved and I can totally understand why a company would want to remain as politically neutral as possible.  I think they thought that by not offering it they weren't taking a side but it ended up being seen as taking the side against same-sex marriage.

What in the fuck


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SorenJune 24, 2015

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Same-sex marriage is a hot political issue right now.  Nintendo didn't get want to get involved and I can totally understand why a company would want to remain as politically neutral as possible.  I think they thought that by not offering it they weren't taking a side but it ended up being seen as taking the side against same-sex marriage.

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And, again, why was NINTENDO singled out when a gazillion games don't offer this.  Can you have same-sex marriage in Harvest Moon?

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Because it triggered someone and they complained. And the media latched onto it like a fly to ****.

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Because Nintendo is seen as a conservative company and that automatically makes them a target to the media.

C'mon guys. This controversy is less than a year old.

Lest we forget why this was an issue when Tomodachi Life first released, Nintendo's response to the fan petition after the gay marriage bug in the Japan version of the game went public was incredibly tone-deaf. So much so that they had to go on full-apology mode two days later. Why? Because that initial statement was anything but politically neutral.

Nintendo can make whatever design decisions they want.But releasing a game in 2014 focused primarily about relationships and marriage and not including options for same-sex marriages is social commentary. Their short-sighted statement about how "The relationship options in the game represent a playful alternate world rather than a real-life simulation" only served to echo the thoughts some people had about the state of society in our current times.

SorenJune 24, 2015

Sorry, instead of "less than a year old" I meant "barely a year old".

Triforce HermitJune 25, 2015

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Nintendo can make whatever design decisions they want. But releasing a game in 2014 focused primarily about relationships and marriage and not including options for same-sex marriages is social commentary.

There are Visual Novels where you can romance women, ghosts, pigeons, and mythical creatures and have sexual interactions and that is the entire point. A very, very, very large majority of them appeal to the straight, male audience. No one cries that this is oppressive towards homosexuality.

98% of the VNs on Steam are meant for straight people. I've seen 1 (2?) that feature yuri. You know what the main complaint on Steam is about every VN? That they censor out all the pornographic content. Not that the homosexual community is under served. And these aren't buried either. They tend to make the front page whenever they release.

Rune Factory has the same purpose where a large portion of the game is romancing, but didn't feature same sex marriage. RF4 was released late 2013.

There is no "social commentary" until someone makes it one.

Triforce HermitJune 25, 2015

Actually, this crap reminds me of the bullshit with how Team Fortress 2 is supposedly "misogynistic and close-minded" because women aren't playable.

BiteThePillowJune 25, 2015

Wow, I'm actually very proud of Ninty for doing this. Now, it will be interesting to see if gay men in their games are represented by something more than the typical femmy, emotionally hypersensitive, flamboyant stereotype that is common in Japanese media. Someone on RFN put it well when he said, "A Japanese joke about gay people, is that gay people exist." I think it was Johnny Metz, going on about the LoZ character Tingle, and how Japanese often use that stereotype as a form of comic relief.

SorenJune 25, 2015

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There is no "social commentary" until someone makes it one.

And in this case, Nintendo made it social commentary when they released their statement after the Miiquality petition. They could have strictly said it was a programming issue and it was too late to change the current game but they were taking all comments into consideration for future games, and it probably wouldn't have been an issue. Instead we got this:

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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.

PhilPhillip Stortzum, June 25, 2015

Good news. For some reason, maybe it's because the game is so far away for us in the West, I'm not yet hyped about Fates yet.

pokepal148June 25, 2015

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Actually, this crap reminds me of the bullshit with how Team Fortress 2 is supposedly "misogynistic and close-minded" because women aren't playable.

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And, again, why was NINTENDO singled out when a gazillion games don't offer this. 

Because Nintendo is seen as a conservative company and that automatically makes them a target to the media.

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And, again, why was NINTENDO singled out when a gazillion games don't offer this.  Can you have same-sex marriage in Harvest Moon?

Because it triggered someone and they complained. And the media latched onto it like a fly to shit.

What is this, a #gamergate discussion on twitter?

lolmonadeJune 25, 2015

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Actually, this crap reminds me of the bullshit with how Team Fortress 2 is supposedly "misogynistic and close-minded" because women aren't playable.

Misogyny is one of those words thrown around the internet waaay too liberally.  That said, there's what, 9 choosable classes in the game?  I think "Why aren't there any female characters?" is a fair enough question.  I mean, Left 4 dead has them, why not TF2?

Mop it upJune 25, 2015

Now watch it end up be some sort of "joke" path.

Triforce HermitJune 25, 2015

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And in this case, Nintendo made it social commentary when they released their statement after the Miiquality petition. They could have strictly said it was a programming issue and it was too late to change the current game but they were taking all comments into consideration for future games, and it probably wouldn't have been an issue. Instead we got this:

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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.

Where in that quote are they referring to social issues or commenting on them? Nintendo tiptoed around the issue entirely. Social media continued to freak out (shocker) and blew this over proportion (double shocker).
Could they have worded it differently? Sure. But there is nothing wrong with this statement to provoke the shitstorm it did.

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Misogyny is one of those words thrown around the internet waaay too liberally.  That said, there's what, 9 choosable classes in the game?  I think "Why aren't there any female characters?" is a fair enough question.  I mean, Left 4 dead has them, why not TF2?

Because TF2 takes place in a time where men were expected to work and fight and that is the universe it is in (the 1900s, not sure when off the top of my head). L4D takes place in the 2000s and isn't about hired mercenaries, but instead survivors against the apocalypse. And because TF2 is a PC game, there are plenty of female character mods (over-sexualized and not) that anyone who doesn't enjoy playing as a male can easily fix themselves and even make themselves.

But that requires a brain and it is easier to go complain to Valve about a 7 year old game that they have only 3 people updating. To add females at this point would require hitbox restructuring and fixing cosmetics to work with the new models. Both are incredibly unlikely and are pointless when a game that typically peaked at at 1,000,000 players now can peak 100,000 occasionally.

SorenJune 25, 2015

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Where in that quote are they referring to social issues or commenting on them? Nintendo tiptoed around the issue entirely. Social media continued to freak out (shocker) and blew this over proportion (double shocker).
Could they have worded it differently? Sure. But there is nothing wrong with this statement to provoke the shitstorm it did.

You mean other than mention social commentary twice in a single paragraph, while insisting they weren't making any type of social commentary? I fear you're just looking at the social media backlash over feminist and queer issues and unilaterally applying it here. Like I've already mentioned, there was plenty of legit criticism over how Nintendo handled the #Miiquality petition. You cannot expect a game based heavily on relationships and marriage to only offer heteronormative options and have that not be a form of social commentary, specially after news of the sorta-maybe-not-really gay marriage bug on the Japanese version of the game.

pokepal148June 25, 2015

Team Fortress is well known for how seriously it takes its plot and setting...

ShyGuyJune 25, 2015

Is this the sequel talkback thread to this one? http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/news/37361/nintendo-comments-on-lack-of-same-sex-relationships-in-tomodachi-life-localization#talkback

SorenJune 25, 2015

Yes! The sequel where everyone got amnesia and it's not as good as the original...

Triforce HermitJune 26, 2015

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You mean other than mention social commentary twice in a single paragraph, while insisting they weren't making any type of social commentary? I fear you're just looking at the social media backlash over feminist and queer issues and unilaterally applying it here. Like I've already mentioned, there was plenty of legit criticism over how Nintendo handled the #Miiquality petition. You cannot expect a game based heavily on relationships and marriage to only offer heteronormative options and have that not be a form of social commentary, specially after news of the sorta-maybe-not-really gay marriage bug on the Japanese version of the game.

Yes, Nintendo could have handled it better. I haven't denied that. Like they could have ignored it completely like most companies ignore social media petitions. And yes you can expect games with relationship and marriage options to feature only hetero options. Ffs, there are hundreds of games with no gay marriage options. The Fire Emblem series as a whole is a blazing good example aside from this game. The game was singled out because of the bug and that is it. They didn't put a bug back in the game and everyone thought that = Nintendo hates gays. If that line of thought is what is going on here, I'm done.

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Team Fortress is well known for how seriously it takes its plot and setting...

Oh God. You are one of THOSE people. Just because you don't care about the plot or the universe doesn't mean that everything should go your way. Hold, I have a quote somewhere on this......

"Valve won't do it because it's unneccessary catering to a small fraction of the fanbase of TF2. I'm sure a lot of Transexuals play TF2, and a lot of Gay or Lesbian people play TF2, but that doesn't mean that they need to be appealed to just because some of them want a character for them. And the reason Spy does all of this is because he is a parody of spies such as James Bond (The suit) and the reason has a knife and revolver is because some people can have a suspension of disbelief to a certain point. Ditto with the buildings and teleporters. Plus, pretty much every high tech machine in this game was invented by someone using Australium, which is a plot device that lets someone gain the intelligence to build advanced machines. Alternate Universe doesn't mean "Anything can happen because it's different so do things I want"".

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Yes! The sequel where everyone got amnesia and it's not as good as the original...

It's just like my Japanese animes!

lolmonadeJune 26, 2015

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Misogyny is one of those words thrown around the internet waaay too liberally.  That said, there's what, 9 choosable classes in the game?  I think "Why aren't there any female characters?" is a fair enough question.  I mean, Left 4 dead has them, why not TF2?

Because TF2 takes place in a time where men were expected to work and fight and that is the universe it is in (the 1900s, not sure when off the top of my head). L4D takes place in the 2000s and isn't about hired mercenaries, but instead survivors against the apocalypse. And because TF2 is a PC game, there are plenty of female character mods (over-sexualized and not) that anyone who doesn't enjoy playing as a male can easily fix themselves and even make themselves.

But that requires a brain and it is easier to go complain to Valve about a 7 year old game that they have only 3 people updating. To add females at this point would require hitbox restructuring and fixing cosmetics to work with the new models. Both are incredibly unlikely and are pointless when a game that typically peaked at at 1,000,000 players now can peak 100,000 occasionally.


As someone who has thrown several hours into TF2, I have never been aware of any story whatsoever until your comment.  After reading wikipedia, it seems like Valve released some semblance of a story through comics?  Frankly, that's about as weak as Bungie requiring you to read Grimore cards to get any semblance of story in Destiny, and weak rationale as to why they didn't include female playable characters.

Do I get the business case as to why they wouldn't bother updating it now?  Yes.  Does that mean a weak "story" not even included in the game proper should drive a decision like that?  In my opinion, no.

lolmonadeJune 26, 2015

Since I can't modify my comment, I'll have to amend what I wrote here:

Do I get the business case as to why they wouldn't bother updating it now?  Yes.  Does that mean a weak "story" not even included in the game proper should drive a decision like while being made?  In my opinion, no.

Ian SaneJune 26, 2015

There are times where there have been reports where corporate execs have mandated unequal representation in a game for what they perceive as sales reasons.  I have heard stories about this, particularly with female protagonists.  "Make sure it's a white male lead because that's what sells!"

But I think sometimes it's just the developers not thinking beyond their own personal lives.  You might see a game and say "how come all the characters are white?" and then you see the dev team and it's all white guys from white neighbourhoods with white friends.  They're not intentionally trying to be exclusive, they're just oblivious.  A good suggestion for writing is to write what you know.  So when you're making your fictional world you're going to take inspiration from your personal life.  I think a big reason why male protagonists are so common is that most of the game development industry is male and they're making characters they relate to.  As a man I couldn't write a female character from personal experience for obvious reasons.  I also don't know what it's like to be a minority or to be gay.  When creating such a character I would have to talk to people that do know what that's like... or with a deadline looming I can go with stereotypes or recycle depictions I've seen in other works or just not bother and make the main character someone like me.  I suppose laziness and obliviousness aren't good things either but they're still better than outright malice.

EnnerJune 26, 2015

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As a man I couldn't write a female character from personal experience for obvious reasons.  I also don't know what it's like to be a minority or to be gay.  When creating such a character I would have to talk to people that do know what that's like... or with a deadline looming I can go with stereotypes or recycle depictions I've seen in other works or just not bother and make the main character someone like me.  I suppose laziness and obliviousness aren't good things either but they're still better than outright malice.

I'm gonna risk it and say that laziness, being oblivious, and ignorance can be worse than outright malice due to how insidious, ingrained, and normalized things can become.

As for creating experiences that a person doesn't know first-hand, I believe that rigorous research and/or consultation can do just fine if the creator is serious. Or maybe they could just hire a person with first-hand experience.

DasmosJune 26, 2015

So I guess this isn't breaking any laws anymore!

DasmosJune 26, 2015

I should have put "breaking any laws" in quotation marks, because it was a pretty ridiculous argument.

Link LinkJune 26, 2015

You know what else is ridiculous?

Dasmos.

ThePermJune 26, 2015

I've ridiculed him a few times, but then he ridiculed me back worse. He won. That cat with the top hat, monocle and pipe wins every time.

nickmitchJune 26, 2015

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Because TF2 takes place in a time where men were expected to work and fight and that is the universe it is in (the 1900s, not sure when off the top of my head). L4D takes place in the 2000s and isn't about hired mercenaries, but instead survivors against the apocalypse. And because TF2 is a PC game, there are plenty of female character mods (over-sexualized and not) that anyone who doesn't enjoy playing as a male can easily fix themselves and even make themselves.

But that requires a brain and it is easier to go complain to Valve about a 7 year old game that they have only 3 people updating. To add females at this point would require hitbox restructuring and fixing cosmetics to work with the new models. Both are incredibly unlikely and are pointless when a game that typically peaked at at 1,000,000 players now can peak 100,000 occasionally.

I'm confused as to why it's so easy for a player to add female characters, but so hard for the developer.

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There are times where there have been reports where corporate execs have mandated unequal representation in a game for what they perceive as sales reasons.  I have heard stories about this, particularly with female protagonists.  "Make sure it's a white male lead because that's what sells!"

To be fair, this is exists in the movie industry.  We can see it from the leaked Sony emails.  So, it's really not a stretch to think it exists in another big budget entertainment industry.

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The only way the whole "write what you know" thing works is if you don't know any women, gays, or minorities.  You can easily make a "diverse" character by just finding someone you know in real life and asking them if they would like to be the basis for a videogame character.  Like, if you wanted a black guy in your game, I would think just modeling one after a black guy you know in real life would be easy enough.  It's keeps you from relying on stereotypes at least.

My apologies for poking at hot-button topics.

ThePermJune 26, 2015

There is also the reverse problem. A bunch of white guys get together and make a game with black guys in it, and it winds up stereotypical and then the game comes off more screwed up and ethnocentric. Actually, anyone play Dead Rising 2? I thought the way they portrayed that guy at the beginning of the game was all racist and fucked up.

OedoJune 26, 2015

I'm having a hard time following the "poor Nintendo/game devs" thing. Yeah, every now and then stuff gets blown out of proportion, but at the same time, this did need to happen at some point and I'm happy they did it. At worst, this adds nothing to your experience. To a good number of people (gay or otherwise), I'm sure it's a very welcome addition and might change the game for them in a considerable way. Nobody loses, a lot of people win. Those are typically the moves you want to make, needless to say. Completely useless features get put into video games all the time, so I don't think it's asking too much to include something that a lot of people want and will find useful (when it makes sense).


You shouldn't have things like this for the sake of having them. You shouldn't shoehorn in any group of people (gay people, men, women, whatever) if it doesn't make sense for the game or if it's completely out of place. But if relationship building over which the user has control is a central theme in your game, yeah, options for gay relationships probably need to be in your game in some capacity. I'm glad Nintendo is learning the right lessons when it comes to things like this (assuming that they handle it appropriately in the game, which I'm pretty confident they will).

Triforce HermitJune 27, 2015

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Because TF2 takes place in a time where men were expected to work and fight and that is the universe it is in (the 1900s, not sure when off the top of my head). L4D takes place in the 2000s and isn't about hired mercenaries, but instead survivors against the apocalypse. And because TF2 is a PC game, there are plenty of female character mods (over-sexualized and not) that anyone who doesn't enjoy playing as a male can easily fix themselves and even make themselves.

But that requires a brain and it is easier to go complain to Valve about a 7 year old game that they have only 3 people updating. To add females at this point would require hitbox restructuring and fixing cosmetics to work with the new models. Both are incredibly unlikely and are pointless when a game that typically peaked at at 1,000,000 players now can peak 100,000 occasionally.

I'm confused as to why it's so easy for a player to add female characters, but so hard for the developer.

Because hitboxes need to be fixed and so do a couple hundred cosmetics. With a mod, if it conflicts then you just deal with it. For many people, the mods are their cosmetics so they don't care.

Earlier in the TF2 lifetime Valve said they considered it, but now they it's so late, they just won't do it (at least that is what I've heard from the TF2 forums).

pokepal148June 27, 2015

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Is this the sequel talkback thread to this one? http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/news/37361/nintendo-comments-on-lack-of-same-sex-relationships-in-tomodachi-life-localization#talkback

Post edited by moderator because it broke several NWR Forum Rules.

nickmitchJune 27, 2015

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Quote from: nickmitch

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Because TF2 takes place in a time where men were expected to work and fight and that is the universe it is in (the 1900s, not sure when off the top of my head). L4D takes place in the 2000s and isn't about hired mercenaries, but instead survivors against the apocalypse. And because TF2 is a PC game, there are plenty of female character mods (over-sexualized and not) that anyone who doesn't enjoy playing as a male can easily fix themselves and even make themselves.

But that requires a brain and it is easier to go complain to Valve about a 7 year old game that they have only 3 people updating. To add females at this point would require hitbox restructuring and fixing cosmetics to work with the new models. Both are incredibly unlikely and are pointless when a game that typically peaked at at 1,000,000 players now can peak 100,000 occasionally.

I'm confused as to why it's so easy for a player to add female characters, but so hard for the developer.

Because hitboxes need to be fixed and so do a couple hundred cosmetics. With a mod, if it conflicts then you just deal with it. For many people, the mods are their cosmetics so they don't care.

Earlier in the TF2 lifetime Valve said they considered it, but now they it's so late, they just won't do it (at least that is what I've heard from the TF2 forums).

So, the onus should be put on users to create purely cosmetic representations because it'd be too much work for the people who actually made the game?  Laziness is a piss poor excuse.

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