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Fire Emblem: Fates Changes Controversial Support Conversation in Western Regions

by Curtis Bonds - January 20, 2016, 9:53 pm PST
Total comments: 50 Source: Statement from Nintendo of America

There will be "no expression which might be considered as gay conversion or drugging" in the localized version.

Nintendo of America, in a statement to us, has revealed that a controversial "drugging"/"gay conversion" support conversation in the upcoming game Fire Emblem: Fates will not be present in the North American and European versions of the game.

“In the version of the game that ships in the U.S. and Europe, there is no expression which might be considered as gay conversion or drugging that occurs between characters.” a Nintendo representative e-mailed us this morning.

In the Japanese version of Fire Emblem: Fates, you can gain S-Support, the highest level of a bond between to characters when pairing them together in battle, with several characters in the game. Most of these supports end in a marriage proposal, after several conversations between the characters.

One of the female characters, Soleil, is attracted to women, and often gets flustered and weak in the knees when she's around them. She often fears that she can't be a "strong and cool woman" because of this. Later in the support conversations if you pair her up with the male protagonist, he spikes her drink with a "magic powder" that makes her see women as men and vice-versa to help her "practice" around women. This was done without her knowing, as she fails to recognize the protagonist at the start of the conversation. Once the magic wore off, she found herself attracted to the male protagonist, and ends up proposing to him, saying that she fell in love with the female version of him, but now loves him as a male.

This was interpreted by many as not only casually drugging someone in order to alter their state of mind, but as a means of "gay conversion therapy", a method used by many religious organizations to change one's sexual orientation from gay to straight. This method is often seen as scientifically unfounded, abusive, and heteronormative.

Nintendo did not elaborate on how exactly these scenes would be changed in localized versions

Talkback

EnnerJanuary 20, 2016

*Prepares Internet Flame-Away Umbrella*


Ah, right. I expected this. Also, good on Nintendo of America for being forward with this after what happened with Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water and Xenoblade Chronicles X last year.


Let the voluminous cry of "censorship/traitorous editing" being! Hopefully, not so much in this corner.

Evan_BJanuary 20, 2016

...You know what, I'm fine with this one.

I can't believe how uch this franchise has become a combat dating sim.

CultClassicJanuary 20, 2016

So, I think there's been a lot of loose interpretation of this scene, and the way news sites have been spinning it is very manipulative. Disgusting, really. Soleil wants to be a cool, smooth woman, but cannot help comically fainting in front of cute girls. Corrin aids her by temporarily making it so Soleil sees men as cute girls as well, allowing her to talk normally with him and get over her problem. At no point is Soleil explicitly confirmed to be homosexual, though she may be bisexual. Corrin is upfront with his actions and Soleil is in complete control of herself. She is not "cured" of her like of cute girls, she's is merely taught to not allow it to cause her to get dizzy.


Now, while I can't say I'm a fan of the romance aspect of this support, I can say the same for many of the romances in the game, which are kind of haphazard anyway. However, the writers have every right to not have their silly anime shenanigans altered because a select group had to play hero.   

S-U-P-E-RTy Shughart, Staff AlumnusJanuary 20, 2016

Fire Emblem turned me gay

TraciTheWeebJanuary 21, 2016

I would like to point out one small fact: the people who play moral police over games and try to channel their inner Jack Thompson, rarely ever actually play the games that they complain about. Changing a game to appease an audience that does not purchase or play the games will only confuse the people who do purchase and play the games. In this case, the character's lbgt tendencies are a major part of who they are, and changing this will entirely rewrite the character's dialogue, actions, etc., all to placate people who were never interested in the game anyway.




A wise man once told me: if it isn't broken, don't fix it.
This applies here.

S-U-P-E-RTy Shughart, Staff AlumnusJanuary 21, 2016

Laffo at gamergators registering just to post in this thread. Did you guys get mad when they took out the boob size slider for the 13-year-old character in the other game too?

Maybe these things are being changed not because of "moral policing" or whatever, but because they are objectively terrible.

internetakiasJanuary 21, 2016

Here's the ""controversial"" conversation: http://pastebin.com/bgQC0yEa

OedoJanuary 21, 2016

If the scene is really that bad, it's a no-brainer to take it out or alter it. You'd have a hard time convincing me that this conversation no longer being in the game is going to reduce your enjoyment of Fates in any meaningful way, whereas it's easy to see how leaving it in might really affect someone in a negative way.

Even the appearance of impropriety should be avoided, and "conversion therapy" is illegal in some US states (including California) and is about to be made illegal in at least one Canadian province.

(fixed typo)

SorenJanuary 21, 2016

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Here's the ""controversial"" conversation: http://pastebin.com/bgQC0yEa

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"I managed to get my hands on a kind of magic powder… I’m really sorry, but a little while ago, I poured some of it into your drink."

C'mon guys, everyone knows a dude's totally scummy and terrible act is immediately negated when he confesses to it.

I'm glad all these new members are here to clear the air on this subject matter. Thanks, guys!

MonadoMkIIJanuary 21, 2016

Hey, I had a few thoughts.


While Soleil does get flustered, that's not the worst of it; in her first support conversation with male Kamui/Corrin, she mentions that she outright faints on the battlefield at the sight of "cute girls". This severity is what gives Kamui/Corrin the idea of using this sort of 'exposure therapy'. In the real world, it's usually used for phobias, but the principle of controlled exposure to something that creates an unwanted reaction is the same. His intentions with this intervention were pure, as a commander worried about his subordinate.


It is correct that Kamui/Corrin initially gives Soleil the powder in secret; however, once Kamui/Corrin confesses, Soleil is understanding of his intentions and agrees to more of this "special training". I felt it was a little disingenuous to not include this second part.


Finally, there's a factual error; it's not Soleil who proposes to Kamui/Corrin, but the other way around. He attempts some sweet-talk by comparing her to the sun, she asks if he's hit his head, and he offers a sun-shaped ring. As further evidence of his purity, Kamui/Corrin also rejects Soleil's encouragement to touch her chest, saying he shouldn't touch a woman's body before marriage.


Thank you for reading.


Also:

Quote from: S-U-P-E-R

Laffo at gamergators registering just to post in this thread. Did you guys get mad when they took out the boob size slider for the 13-year-old character in the other game too?

Good job mistaking Lin for the customisable player character. This is the sort of thing that fuels accusations of moral police who don't actually play games.

SorenJanuary 21, 2016

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...His intentions with this intervention were pure, as a commander worried about his subordinate.

It is correct that Kamui/Corrin initially gives Soleil the powder in secret; however, once Kamui/Corrin confesses, Soleil is understanding of his intentions and agrees to more of this "special training". I felt it was a little disingenuous to not include this second part.

No it's not. Her consent after the fact doesn't justify his initial actions. The first time he drugged her without her consent and unless you're going for the "despicable shithead" character arc, it's out of character for someone who's supposed to be the hero of the game.

ejamerJanuary 21, 2016

I find it disappointing that sexuality is apparently viewed a checkbox: gay or not. Seems like this could have been a chance to make it more of a spectrum, where falling in love isn't strictly about gender and depends more about the person and taking time to build a relationship than what specific bits and bobs they have. But that's pretty heavy for some people, and hard to pull off decently in a video game script.


The (very limited) stuff I've read online made me think that's what the scene was going for instead of the "conversion" idea - but people are calling it out very strongly. Assuming those people have done their homework instead of just believing half-baked media reports about what actually happens, maybe it's good the scene has been cut.

MonadoMkIIJanuary 21, 2016

Quote from: Soren

No it's not. Her consent after the fact doesn't justify his initial actions. The first time he drugged her without her consent and unless you're going for the "despicable shithead" character arc, it's out of character for someone who's supposed to be the hero of the game.


I can see it working for other character types. I haven't read a lot of other Support translations yet, but given Kamui's awkward flirting in the S support and the sketchy act of drugging Soleil in an (unsuccessful) attempt to solve her problems, I can see the man as a sort of misguided helper with poor communication skills. Like I said, I haven't read enough of the script to know if this is actually the case, but from the limited things I've seen, it seems a valid interpretation. The outrage about this Support seems to rely on the worst possible interpretation of the character and his actions, which is what I find disingenuous.

ejamerJanuary 21, 2016

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Laffo at gamergators registering just to post in this thread.

Yeah!  Get out of here with your "ideas" and "opinions".  We don't welcome that stuff here.
;)

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Did you guys get mad when they took out the boob size slider for the 13-year-old character in the other game too?

I was mad... but mostly because they didn't make it a gender neutral option so that I could have sexy moobs on my hero. Of course, then they'd need to let him wear a bikini (or some other kind of upper body support) too, so maybe it's a bigger can of worms than I thought?


Kidding aside, I wish someone would put a beekcake slider option into games. I'm sick of playing as super thick, steroid-driven avatars instead of having the option to be a better representation of my actual lean self.

MonadoMkIIJanuary 21, 2016

Apologies for having to post twice, but my previous post has really small text despite me not touching the font size and there doesn't seem to be an edit function.

Quote from: Soren

No it's not. Her consent after the fact doesn't justify his initial actions. The first time he drugged her without her consent and unless you're going for the "despicable shithead" character arc, it's out of character for someone who's supposed to be the hero of the game.

I can see it working for other character types. I haven't read a lot of other Support translations yet, but given Kamui's awkward flirting in the S support and the sketchy act of drugging Soleil in an (unsuccessful) attempt to solve her problems, I can see the man as a sort of misguided helper with poor communication skills. Like I said, I haven't read enough of the script to know if this is actually the case, but from the limited things I've seen, it seems a valid interpretation. The outrage about this Support seems to rely on the worst possible interpretation of the character and his actions, which is what I find disingenuous.

ejamerJanuary 21, 2016


(There is a problem on these boards sometimes - if you delete lines while editing, it can mess with the text size. Super annoying in the Talkback thread, because there is no ability to edit your post after the fact. Using the Preview button sometimes helps, and sometimes you can cut and paste into a text editor and then back into a new edit window if there are problems. Sometimes that doesn't work either though.)
:(

I recommend that when you post in TalkBack you should use the Quick Reply box at the bottom of the page instead of going to the full editor. I've never had those formatting problems doing it that way.

MonadoMkIIJanuary 21, 2016

Thanks for the tips, both of you, and sorry for derailing the thread with my stupidity. I'll try to use Preview more. Ninja-edit: that glitch happened again when I refreshed while writing this! Also, "null" appeared four times at the end of the preview box... Anyway:

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I find it disappointing that sexuality is apparently viewed a checkbox: gay or not. Seems like this could have been a chance to make it more of a spectrum, where falling in love isn't strictly about gender and depends more about the person and taking time to build a relationship than what specific bits and bobs they have. But that's pretty heavy for some people, and hard to pull off decently in a video game script.


The (very limited) stuff I've read online made me think that's what the scene was going for instead of the "conversion" idea - but people are calling it out very strongly. Assuming those people have done their homework instead of just believing half-baked media reports about what actually happens, maybe it's good the scene has been cut.

I think this is a very interesting take on the Support. As you pointed out, stuff like that is hard to do; especially in something like Fire Emblem, since Awakening and Fates so prominently feature biological children. Fates does apparently have same-sex relationships, though, so I guess that proves it's not impossible to include.

Triforce HermitJanuary 21, 2016

My thoughts have already been posted earlier
VVVVVVV

Quote from: Evan_B

...You know what, I'm fine with this one.

I can't believe how uch this franchise has become a combat dating sim.

ClexYoshiJanuary 21, 2016

I don't even want to come near this one.


What I DO want to address here is my disappointment in one Mr. Ty Shugart.

May I remind you that this is a man who regularly slips substances such as Catnip onto his fight stick to drug his immortal sexy Nekomata slave into playing Killer Instinct for him for hours on end so he can continue to be top ranked at a game that nobody gives a shit about in Japan becasue Bonchan and Momochi are too busy getting ready for SFV.

Notice that he deflects Kamui's sins, and thus his own sins, onto gamergate supporters as a scapegoat!


The moral of the story is, Don't do Catdrugs, no matter how S-U-P-E-R they may seem.

broodwarsJanuary 21, 2016

I am perfectly OK with this change. That entire support conversation was really creepy and could be interpreted as borderline rape-y.

S-U-P-E-RTy Shughart, Staff AlumnusJanuary 21, 2016

Quote from: MonadoMkII

Good job mistaking Lin for the customisable player character. This is the sort of thing that fuels accusations of moral police who don't actually play games.

Actually I did make a mistake, the 13 year old had the super revealing clothes and not the boob size slider. My bad!!!

BattlechiliJanuary 21, 2016

How very upsetting. This is happening so frequently of late that I find it difficult to support Nintendo of America at times. This removal of content is particularly troubling because it is actively changing some form of character development such as that of Soleil. Its also removing some content that might've been enjoyable for gay and bisexual fans of Fire Emblem, all for the sake of not being offensive or uncomfortable for some players. I'd argue that people should be allowed to access the content in its original state and decide for themselves how they feel about it, and that its not NoA's place as a localization company to decide what people find discomforting for them nor is it their place to decide if something in a game developed in another region is a bad idea to put in or not. I also feel that this is harmful to video games as an art form, as such forms of editing discourage content creators from putting in potentially upsetting content in their works as well as simply prevent works with their original intentions from making it to the West.
If a work has something that could be conceived as bad in it, I would find it preferable to be criticized in its original state than to be changed for a Western audience out of fear of criticism.

Actually the criticism has already happened, has been judged to be valid, and has led to a positive change.


Things went right, here.

BattlechiliJanuary 21, 2016

Actually the criticism has already happened, has been judged to be valid, and has led to a positive change.Things went right, here.

BattlechiliJanuary 21, 2016

Oops, I made the same mistake as another user. Sorry about this. Admittedly I first came to this site because this is where I first heard this news, and so I thought I'd add some personal input. I'm not really used to this site's formatting quite just yet. :(

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Actually the criticism has already happened, has been judged to be valid, and has led to a positive change.


Things went right, here.

That's not quite what I meant. I mean the game is already completed. Such criticism should be used in the production of later works, not the changing of current pre-existing works that have already been released in my personal opinion. And I feel that the criticism should be taken and judged by the original creators, not by a localization company such as NoA. In this case, the criticism is being taken and used by the wrong people. If one considers such content to be a fault, the original creators should be the one to change it in response to it since its criticism of their own game.

Once again though, these are just my personal views on the subject. I do not mean to sound like my view is end all or anything.

The "game is already completed" so it shouldn't be touched argument seems arbitrary, in the current context: it was released in one region, drew criticism, and Nintendo had time to respond to that criticism within the time they gave themselves to localize the game. There's no real reason a company shouldn't use that localization window of opportunity to take in criticism and respond accordingly.


As for the "only the creators can change their work" argument, the people involved in making this chapter of this franchise, worked for Nintendo. It's Nintendo's intellectual property, Nintendo paid their salaries, and Nintendo commissioned the work. If Nintendo later sees content they oppose and choose to change it, it's their call.

Luigi DudeJanuary 21, 2016

That's not quite what I meant. I mean the game is already completed. Such criticism should be used in the production of later works, not the changing of current pre-existing works that have already been released in my personal opinion. And I feel that the criticism should be taken and judged by the original creators, not by a localization company such as NoA. In this case, the criticism is being taken and used by the wrong people. If one considers such content to be a fault, the original creators should be the one to change it in response to it since its criticism of their own game.


The thing is NOA is meant to be Nintendo's American branch that markets Nintendo's products in America.  In America, things that can be considered close to Rape are taken a lot more serious then in Japan which has a pretty disgusting history on how they handle it and is still the worst 1st world nation when it comes to how they treat Rape as well.  When it comes to womens rights issues, Japan is basically a 3rd world nation in how they treat women. 

So yeah, NOA is doing their job in this case by changing something that the Japanese should be ashamed of, into something more marketable in the West.

Luigi DudeJanuary 21, 2016

Talkback really needs an edit button.

Quote from: Battlechili

That's not quite what I meant. I mean the game is already completed. Such criticism should be used in the production of later works, not the changing of current pre-existing works that have already been released in my personal opinion. And I feel that the criticism should be taken and judged by the original creators, not by a localization company such as NoA. In this case, the criticism is being taken and used by the wrong people. If one considers such content to be a fault, the original creators should be the one to change it in response to it since its criticism of their own game.

TOPHATANT123January 21, 2016

While I prefer localisations that are closer to the original intent of the creators, I totally get why it would get changed considering it's being released in a different market with different cultural acceptances and NOA has an image to maintain yada yada yada. Though the thing is if you don't like the changes made to make it more marketable in the west, there's nothing stopping you from playing the Japanese version or playing the fan translation.

MythtendoJanuary 21, 2016

I'm glad they are making the change. Gay conversion therapy is cruel, inhumane, and conveys the false message that being gay is somehow wrong or a choice. Nintendo can and should fully support gay rights, which some of their games do.

EnnerJanuary 21, 2016

The action of spiking a friend's or ally's drink, regardless of intentions, was never going to fly as a plot point. I hope everyone can understand that, but... well, internet. Speaking out of complete ignorance of the societal fabric of a foreign country, maybe Japan never had enough public messes that Intelligent Systems and company was comfortable that they could play this particular action as some rom-com goof or slapstick. For better or for worse (?!), that is not the case elsewhere no matter how hard it is desired otherwise.

On the bright side, this is something that you can write around and keep the character intact. My quick thought is to try to replace it with counseling (hello, psychology degree!).

As for the larger conversation on the philosophies of localization, I'm finding myself being more open to less-literal adaptations. Perhaps I'm being too complacent in thinking that something as radical as Robotech won't happen again.

Maybe I'm just getting too old or have been too sheltered, but spiking someone else's drink just never stroke me as an "okay" thing to do.

S-U-P-E-RTy Shughart, Staff AlumnusJanuary 21, 2016

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Maybe I'm just getting too old or have been too sheltered, but spiking someone else's drink just never stroke me as an "okay" thing to do.

B-b-b-b-but, artistic vision!!!

broodwarsJanuary 21, 2016

Quote from: Enner

As for the larger conversation on the philosophies of localization, I'm finding myself being more open to less-literal adaptations. Perhaps I'm being too complacent in thinking that something as radical as Robotech won't happen again.

Hey now...Robotech's one of the greatest strokes of creative adaptation ever made!  ;)

(Yes, I know what you meant by that, but I do really like Robotech in its American form)

Ian SaneJanuary 21, 2016

I never knew about this until now but upon hearing about it I'm kind of shocked that a character essentially date raping someone else made it past enough decision-makers to get released in Japan as is.  No one thought "this is kind of creepy" during development and said something?  Well someone in NOA did and why wouldn't they?  Even from a strictly business perspective there was just no way you could release something like that in North America.  People would freak and then Nintendo is the pro-rape anti-gay company?  Is that worth not "censoring" something? 

This is something you expect would upset people, including members of your target audience.  You would expect it to make people uncomfortable.  Sometimes art does that on purpose to make a point.  But are the devs trying to make a statement here and make us think about something or are they just going for what seems like a dumb gag in poor taste?  I don't think they're trying to make us uncomfortable to make a statement, I think they're doing it out of ignorance.  I could think of it as censorship if the whole intention was to shock and appall everyone and NOA was taking the bite out of the message.  But I think it's just "hee hee, tricking a lesbian into falling for a man is funny!" from someone with an immature sense of humour who is oblivious to how much it would bother people.

It's not like this is the gay conversion game where the dev's whole goal was to spread this specific message in favour of it and NOA is destroying the whole point of the game by censoring it.  No, this is one small element likely intended as an attempt at humour, otherwise unrelated to the core themes of the game, that's is getting the axe because it's offensive.

EnnerJanuary 21, 2016

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Quote from: Enner

As for the larger conversation on the philosophies of localization, I'm finding myself being more open to less-literal adaptations. Perhaps I'm being too complacent in thinking that something as radical as Robotech won't happen again.

Hey now...Robotech's one of the greatest strokes of creative adaptation ever made!  ;)

(Yes, I know what you meant by that, but I do really like Robotech in its American form)

To be honest, Robotech is great and did an important job in bringing those series to a wider audience. The late Carl Macek and company did what they had to bring those three anime series on to American television, and I am grateful for that. All things considered, I think the adaptions were largely faithful even with the heavy localization to have them all fit one continuity (Though, it has been long since I watched any of it). Thinking on it, most of my ire is on the legal wrangling that has resulted on the later Macross series never seeing an official USA release. Not saying people are missing out on classics, but it is still a shame.

S-U-P-E-RTy Shughart, Staff AlumnusJanuary 21, 2016

It's too bad the artistic vision of Robotech was soiled by removing the episode with the gender-bending date rape drugs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhqfdpIkXKA

pokepal148January 21, 2016

Quote from: Battlechili

How very upsetting. This is happening so frequently of late that I find it difficult to support Nintendo of America at times. This removal of content is particularly troubling because it is actively changing some form of character development such as that of Soleil.

Because we all know that having her drink spiked by a potential suitor is one of those truly irreplaceable life changing experiences for young women everywhere.

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Its also removing some content that might've been enjoyable for gay and bisexual fans of Fire Emblem, all for the sake of not being offensive or uncomfortable for some players.

I highly doubt anyone who is familiar with gay conversion therapy is going to be particularly thrilled about this one. Especially people who are in the LGBT community.

MonadoMkIIJanuary 22, 2016

So I've been reading some more takes on this whole thing, including some of Soleil's other supports, and it seems that people have misinterpreted the script when it comes to Soleil's sexuality; while she gets excited around "cute girls", flirts like crazy with them and likes their company enough to get a stat boost when fighting with them, she's not actually interested in a romantic relationship with them, which is supported by all of her options for S Supports/marriage being male.


With this known, I think it's important to ask how the situation in any way resembles gay conversion therapy. Soleil's not gay in the first place, and the intention of the powder was an attempt to help her not faint around women, not to make her stop liking them entirely. I also noticed that the article still says it's Soleil who proposes to the male Kamui when it's the other way around; are you going to fix that?

Triforce HermitJanuary 22, 2016

The entire scene itself was horrible written. They are rewording it. Nintendo is using the "gay conversion therapy" as the word of the day here, but the scene needed to be rewritten period.

SorenJanuary 22, 2016

Quote from: MonadoMkII

So I've been reading some more takes on this whole thing, including some of Soleil's other supports, and it seems that people have misinterpreted the script when it comes to Soleil's sexuality; while she gets excited around "cute girls", flirts like crazy with them and likes their company enough to get a stat boost when fighting with them, she's not actually interested in a romantic relationship with them, which is supported by all of her options for S Supports/marriage being male.

With this known, I think it's important to ask how the situation in any way resembles gay conversion therapy. Soleil's not gay in the first place, and the intention of the powder was an attempt to help her not faint around women, not to make her stop liking them entirely. I also noticed that the article still says it's Soleil who proposes to the male Kamui when it's the other way around; are you going to fix that?

Not really. Soleil's S rank conversation with Corrin pretty much makes an explicit confirmation of Soleil's bisexuality: (bold emphasis mine)

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Kamui: Uh. Since the day you saw me as a girl? You couldn’t possibly mean… that you fell in love with the female me!?
Soleil: Yep!
Kamui: Oh God…
Soleil: But it’s okay. Right now, I also love the male Kamui. (...)

Even then, you only say Soleil is only interested in romantic relationships, which isn't the same as sexual relationships. Maybe Soleil only wants to get married to male characters, but that doesn't nullify any potential sexual attraction with female characters.

The further this mess seems to go the more it proves most writers aren't able to properly handle LGBT characters with any grace or subtlety. The writing team at IS have also had troubles with most character support conversations from A to S now that characters can get married. Most just fumble around until hey surprise, now we're popping the question and we're married.

ejamerJanuary 22, 2016

I've read all the lines now.


The writing is bad. The whole "I slipped you some magic power when you weren't looking" idea is straight out bad. Things being changed makes sense and isn't offensive at all.


However, I find the discussion going on around this whole event really distasteful. People are throwing around "date rape" and "gay conversion" in ways that aren't fully deserved. (I see the parallels, but what happens in game here is not equivalent. And that's significant.) In both cases, I strongly believe that using this language trivializing some truly horrible and disgusting real life events.


I also find it really distasteful how many people talk about sexuality as a switch instead of a spectrum. Is she a lesbian? Is she straight?  Shame there aren't any other options... (?!) As long as she's making her own choices, with a clear and sober mind, and not hurting anyone in the process then I don't see why it's such a big deal who she does or doesn't like.


But hey: what do I know. Honestly, not much.

GloDemJanuary 26, 2016

My whole problem with this argument is it automatically loses when you drag nintendo into it they have the worst track record in history, if this were an Atlas decision or NIS or any other company ( besides Konami and Capcom )I could give it the benefit of the doubt but we all know damn well Nintendo sensors the living s*** out of their games and has since the very beginning of their history here in America. If any other company was involved with this I could give them the benefit of the doubt but not Nintendo I never trust Nintendo two nearly three decades of this has made sure of it.

RulesFebruary 04, 2016

So, how is this story drugging or conversion? Why is it such a big deal?


I guess I'm just tired of how censors always read too much into a scene.  It's never that a producer wants to tell an interesting story, its that they're promoting some deviant behavior and thus the scene must be taken out.  People just can't take it for what it is, an interesting an fun story. Personally, I think this story is not an issue of conversion but rather teaches people to be open on the labels people attach themselves with.


The character is interested in another character and gives her a potion to make her see him as a man as a means to try to interact with her. (I am unclear if his 'original' intention was to woo her based on the spoilers I've seen).

In any case, I admit giving somebody something without their knowledge is a bit unethical and a bit fishy. 


However, in this context I don't really see it as terrible thing, and I wouldn't call it an act of drugging or conversion really.


First, it happens in everyday life all the time. How many times have you bought your wife flowers or your girlfriend chocolate in order to influence their mood (okay a bit less shady).  Is it just because its a 'magical potion'...some chemical reaction that we make such a big deal over it?  That can't seriously be the whole issue here. Let's be serious, this is a lukewarm hallucinogen at best. It doesn't affect her emotional state. It doesn't inhibit her ability to make a rational decision. It ONLY affects her physical perception of people. All the realizations that happen to the character as a result of the potion are hers alone. At no time during her affected state does the male character take advantage of her so what's the big freaking deal. Chocolate produces chemical reactions as an aphrodisiac.  Should we  ban every boy from giving girls chocolate on Valentine's because it affects girls' emotional states and could therefore be considering drugging... or conversion(converting a girl to a singular love-interest over another)? About the only thing wrong with this scene is the context that people happen to take it too far and so loosely associate it serious drugs and the stories they hear from them.  What I say to these people is this, get a grip on reality and learn to take a story for what it is. Perhaps we should outright ban Disney and Pixar.  Poison apples...magic that makes a girl's mother turn into a bear so they can bond?  Really, I don't see a difference.  The only thing I can point out is who its happening too.

Oh, but the person is getting a potion that makes them see girls as boys. Seriously! Is this really a bad case of  sexual conversion?  If you argued to me that this person's only goal in life was to make a lesbian women straight and ditch her later I might agree with you. People never look at motives before they determine the intention behind a story.  In any case, if your really trying to woo someone that's inaccessible I think its reasonable to assume that some might take some slightly unorthodox measures in hopes of creating an opportunity.  How is this any different than if the person themselves decided to dress as a transvestite? Definitely not drugging potentially more creepy. If you like someone, your going to do weird thinks to get their attention.  And that's all this potion really is. It buys the character a few more seconds in front of the girl so she can get the chance to know the real him. She still has to come to her own realizations and in no way did the potion directly affect her ability to reach those realizations. As long as there's no advantage taking of the person during their altered state and the act is completely confessed how we call this any more than an innocent attempt at creating an opportunity for someone he happened to like? 

In any case, even if this character's goal was to woo her, its not as if his goal was to change her sexual orientation specifically.  He just ended up creating opportunities for himself that he might not have otherwise had. This person just happens to be a guy and she just happens to be labeled a Lesbian.  Congratulations, you have a 'Lesbian' girl(I hate labels) who happens to be interested in one guy in the entire universe.  I really don't think we can call this conversion of her entire sexual preference because now she happens to like one guy in the universe.  Throw out the labels, and its really a case of Person B realized he/she/it is more into A than he/she/it thought. 


Here's a strange variation of the same exact story, an ugly toad an a princess meet. The ugly toad starts to like her but can't say anything because he's a toad and he's ugly...so she'll never approach him (basically the same idea as strapping on a Lesbian label). He decides to trick into her drink a magical potion to turn her into a toad for a few days so that they can talk and in the end the princess realizes she likes the toad regardless if he's ugly. (Forgive such a ludicrous analogy.) But does this story sound as creepy.  Is this conversion?  No!  Now its about an innocent frog and a princess and we've completely removed the notion of labels on sexual orientation.  It is simply one person creating for themself an opportunity they may have otherwise not had.

The fact that she's Lesbian in this particular story has nothing to do with the literal meaning. In the end it boils down to the simple paradigm."

"Person A likes person B. Person B has no initial interest in Person A.  Person A tries to do something to create an opportunity for himself with Person B.  Person B either rejects A still or realizes that she really can like person B and starts paying more attention to B.

RulesFebruary 04, 2016

Quote from: ejamer

I've read all the lines now.


The writing is bad. The whole "I slipped you some magic power when you weren't looking" idea is straight out bad. Things being changed makes sense and isn't offensive at all.


However, I find the discussion going on around this whole event really distasteful. People are throwing around "date rape" and "gay conversion" in ways that aren't fully deserved. (I see the parallels, but what happens in game here is not equivalent. And that's significant.) In both cases, I strongly believe that using this language trivializing some truly horrible and disgusting real life events.


I also find it really distasteful how many people talk about sexuality as a switch instead of a spectrum. Is she a lesbian? Is she straight?  Shame there aren't any other options... (?!) As long as she's making her own choices, with a clear and sober mind, and not hurting anyone in the process then I don't see why it's such a big deal who she does or doesn't like.


But hey: what do I know. Honestly, not much.

What I find sad is people just associate the concept of the magical potion as if its a direct allusion to date rape drug.  Its nothing more than  a lover trying to create an 'innocent' opportunity to woo her. In the end the drug didn't affect her personality so his attempt could have seriously backfired.  People are way to quick to draw conclusions and snap a simple concept as magic potion administered discreetly to the sinister notion of date rape. I wish people would take the time to see things as they really are and not see the worst in every little detail.

LucarioFebruary 04, 2016

Quote from: ejamer

I've read all the lines now.


The writing is bad. The whole "I slipped you some magic power when you weren't looking" idea is straight out bad. Things being changed makes sense and isn't offensive at all.


However, I find the discussion going on around this whole event really distasteful. People are throwing around "date rape" and "gay conversion" in ways that aren't fully deserved. (I see the parallels, but what happens in game here is not equivalent. And that's significant.) In both cases, I strongly believe that using this language trivializing some truly horrible and disgusting real life events.


I also find it really distasteful how many people talk about sexuality as a switch instead of a spectrum. Is she a lesbian? Is she straight?  Shame there aren't any other options... (?!) As long as she's making her own choices, with a clear and sober mind, and not hurting anyone in the process then I don't see why it's such a big deal who she does or doesn't like.


But hey: what do I know. Honestly, not much.

But hey that's just a theory...

paleknight1February 08, 2016

Some how doesn't surprise me due to damage controllers.

pokepal148February 08, 2016

Quote from: Rules

First, it happens in everyday life all the time. How many times have you bought your wife flowers or your girlfriend chocolate in order to influence their mood (okay a bit less shady).  Is it just because its a 'magical potion'...some chemical reaction that we make such a big deal over it? 

Well yeah, that's kinda how drugs work.

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Let's be serious, this is a lukewarm hallucinogen at best

If you know of any lukewarm hallucinogens that can make me see everyone as a hot babe, hook me up.

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What I say to these people is this, get a grip on reality and learn to take a story for what it is.

I am taking it for what it is: It's a poorly written piece of crap.

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Chocolate produces chemical reactions as an aphrodisiac.  Should we  ban every boy from giving girls chocolate on Valentine's because it affects girls' emotional states and could therefore be considering drugging... or conversion(converting a girl to a singular love-interest over another)?

Considering the person knows you are giving them chocolate and gives them consent then yes.

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Congratulations, you have a 'Lesbian' girl(I hate labels) who happens to be interested in one guy in the entire universe.  I really don't think we can call this conversion of her entire sexual preference because now she happens to like one guy in the universe...

...Here's a strange variation of the same exact story, an ugly toad an a princess meet. The ugly toad starts to like her but can't say anything because he's a toad and he's ugly...so she'll never approach him (basically the same idea as strapping on a Lesbian label). He decides to trick into her drink a magical potion to turn her into a toad for a few days so that they can talk and in the end the princess realizes she likes the toad regardless if he's ugly. (Forgive such a ludicrous analogy.) But does this story sound as creepy.  Is this conversion?  No!  Now its about an innocent frog and a princess and we've completely removed the notion of labels on sexual orientation.  It is simply one person creating for themself an opportunity they may have otherwise not had.

The fact that she's Lesbian in this particular story has nothing to do with the literal meaning. In the end it boils down to the simple paradigm."

"Person A likes person B. Person B has no initial interest in Person A.  Person A tries to do something to create an opportunity for himself with Person B.  Person B either rejects A still or realizes that she really can like person B and starts paying more attention to B.

You do know that Soleli actually has your standard set of second generation marriages with male characters right? She isn't even the character who can enter a same sex relationship with a female Corrin. For someone who hates labels so much you sure seem eager to be the one doing the labeling.

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Some how doesn't surprise me due to damage controllers.

I could see someone encountering the sequence in the Japanese version and flinging their 3DS across the room until the wall breaks it.

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