Nintendo has caved in to recent pressure from gay activists, who were angered that their new Tomodachi game did not allow same-sex marriages. The company has responded by saying that although they are unable to change the current game, they would introduce gay options and allow same-sex avatars to marry each other in future releases.
"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," wrote Nintendo.
Fans angry about the gay marriage exclusion had pushed for mainstream media and TV shows to maintain pressure on Nintendo, and John Oliver in the HBO series "Last Week Tonight" allowed fans to submit a video for the show that displayed various Nintendo characters such as Mario, Toad, Link, Bowser and Yoshi engaging in gay marriage ceremonies and other homosexual activities. more >>
Nintendo said that it will not be adding the option of same-sex relationships in one of its popular life-simulation games after a social media campaign called for such an inclusion.
"Nintendo never intended to make any form of social commentary with the launch of 'Tomodachi Life,'" Nintendo of America Inc. said in a statement, according to The Associated Press. "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 social media campaign to the video games giant was launched by a 23-year-old gay man from Mesa, Arizona, who said that he wanted the option in the game to marry his real-life partner. more >>
NEW YORK – Members of several of the world's main religions, including Christianity, Buddhism, Islam and Judaism, warned that the grave prospect of a nuclear weapons catastrophe looms dangerously over the world, and urged leaders to move toward disarmament at a United Nations conference on Wednesday.
Archbishop Francis A. Chullikatt, permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, said that although religious leaders are not experts on nuclear weapons, they still have the responsibility to speak out and take the floor on this particular issue.
"We know that we are not experts on disarmament, we do not have technical solutions, but we do have a voice to act," Chullikatt said, adding that the group of religious leaders have taken on the subject partly so that future generations do not accuse them of not doing anything. more >>
PS4's 1.70 update came with update 3.15 for the PS Vita and PS App, and these improvements have boosted features on the devices.
Features such as auto device registration, PS4 remote play, and PS App push notifications have been updated reported Polygon. Now the PS4 and PS Vita will be able to link better for remote play by automatically connecting the two through sensors.
According to Polygon, PS App 1.70 adds iPad resolution and push notifications for the PlayStation 4. more >>
Call of Duty's next game hit the rumor mill today with the reported name "Patriots" set to take place in a during World War I setting.
According to Bubble News, Call of Duty: Patriots will follow the character of Smith Black as he takes up arms for WWI, which would be in contrast to the numerous WWII games available. The game will reportedly be for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
Further reports indicate the setting will have a bit of a fantasy element as it will be in an alternate version of the WWI era. The character will also be an alternate version of a past CoD character as well. more >>
A major pro-choice organization is applauding a move by Google to remove "deceptive" ads by pro-life crisis pregnancy hoping to reroute those searching for information about abortion, while pro-life advocates argue that the technology company's policy has thus far not impacted their advertising efforts.
NARAL Pro-Choice America announced Tuesday that it has successfully lobbied Google to remove advertisements that appeared to publicize abortion but in reality did not offer the service.
Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL, praised the tech company for agreeing to remove advertisements following a campaign the organization started earlier this year. more >>