Nintendo of Japan Patches Out Same-Sex Relationships in Tomodachi Collection: New Life

May 13, 2013 -

Kotaku reports that the same sex relationships enjoyed by male characters in the Japanese game Tomodachi Collection: New Life have been patched out. Last week it came to light that male characters in the cutesy Japanese life sim for the 3DS could have relationships with each other. Nintendo promised a patch but many had hoped that the game would patch those same kinds of relationships for females into the game.

Apparently Nintendo saw this as a "bug" and not a "feature." In patch notes released today Nintendo revealed some of the things the update to the game fixed:

The inability to boot up the game

Error messages

Human relations that become strange

The inability to save

(emphasis ours)

Apparently same-sex relationships are "human relationships that become strange." Some Japanese gamers on Twitter are urging players who want to keep those same sex relationships to avoid patching the game, according to Kotaku... Nintendo has not publicly commented on the update or the same-sex relationships that were possible before this latest update.

Source: Kotaku


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Wow, Nintendo.  Way to make EA look good.

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It wasn't exactly a progressive option, from what I can find about it. It only works between men, and one of them is immediately and irreversibly designated a woman upon doing it and only remains a man visually. The "woman" can apparently get pregnant, among other things, while the "man" cannot.

Because of the obvious character corruption caused by shoehorning it into code not meant to support it, it's not just a matter of flipping a switch to enable it for female characters as well, that would just spread the character corruption and get female characters incorrectly flagged as male.

Honestly this whole system, allowing same-sex relationships only if one member becomes a reproductively functional member of the opposite sex, sounds worse than not allowing it at all.

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I completely agree.

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But if the character looks outwardly like a man, why not just patch the pregnancy to make it an adoption? Bug fixed and no one has to be discriminated against.

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Or patch it so pregnancy does not happen.

There were likely all sorts of ways they could fix the internal issue, they choose to do it this way.

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Changing the pregnancy to an adoption is creating a whole new process. Patching it so it doesn't happen is the same as creating a functional same sex marriage, that is creating a whole new process for marriage.

Once initiated, these are not same sex marriages, one member's data is corrupted so that they are now a functional female, visually distinguishable as a male to the user but data identical to a female to the game. I can't find any information about divorce or remarriage in the game, but if it were allowed, the corrupted partner could leave the marriage and enter into a marriage with another male which the game would also see as herterosexual. However, two corrupted characters who got divorced could not get married because the game sees them both as female.

This bug can probably be fixed by replacing an OR operator with an XOR operator (| with ^, depending on the language) a process taking minutes, and parsing the character database once for corrupted characters.

The alternatives that are being offered as "simple" and "easy" require new processes, new features, entirely new extensions of the code. Things that take much more time than fixing a conditional check, meanwhile data corruption spreads and would still need to be fixed, and it would still invalidate existing marriages.

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Yet another thing they've done arse backwards. It's like they want to see their relevance decline.

 
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