Pick of the Week
Tomodachi Life (3DS, June 6th)
There’s a good chance you’ve only heard about Tomodachi Life due to the “Nintendo hates gay people!” furor that erupted over it recently. Basically, the originally Japanese version Tomodachi Life had a glitch that allowed two male characters to produce a baby, which lead to other issues, so Nintendo patched the game removing this “feature”. A lot of outlets looking for a sensational headline reported that Nintendo had callously removed same-sex relationships from the game, when in reality they had never truly been in the game to begin with, which is its own issue, but one Tomodachi Life shares with most Japanese games with relationship building elements.
If you’re feeling leery about the game due the same-sex relationships issue, take into account the fact that Tomodachi Life isn’t really a dating game. Also, you as the player don’t enter into any relationships (you’re essentially a God-like caretaker). You load your Miis into Tomodachi Life, give them basic personalities and observe their activities. Most of these activities are very wacky. Basically the game is an absurdist comedy, with the extended joke being “look at the insane things this game is making my friends and family do”. The relationships and babies are just another joke — hey look, the game made my two friends who don’t really like each other f-ck and have an ugly baby. Would it be cool/hilarious if the game made your two jockiest male friends do it? Absolutely, but it not being included doesn’t necessarily break the experience. Regardless of your sexuality, Tomodachi Life has enough wackiness to go around.
Not a bad week (depending on how Soul Suspect turns out). Any games you’re itching to get your hands on that I failed to mention? Hit the comments and let the world know.