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Nintendo says no to virtual equality in life game

Published: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 8:50 a.m. CDT
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This photo provided by Nintendo shows a screenshot from the video game, "Tomodachi Life." The gaming company said Tuesday, May 6, 2014, it wouldn't bow to pressure to allow players to engage in romantic entanglements with characters of the same sex in the English version of "Tomodachi Life" following a social media campaign launched last month seeking virtual equality for the game's characters, which are modeled after real people. (AP Photo/Nintendo)
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FILE - In this June 5, 2012 file photo, Scott Moffitt, executive vice president of sales and marketing for Nintendo of America, presents Nintendo 3DS at the Nintendo All-Access presentation at the E3 2012 in Los Angeles. The gaming company said Tuesday, May 6, 2014, it wouldn't bow to pressure to allow players to engage in romantic entanglements with characters of the same sex in the English version of "Tomodachi Life" following a social media campaign launched last month seeking virtual equality for the game's characters, which are modeled after real people. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, file)

LOS ANGELES – Nintendo isn't allowing gamers to play as gay in an upcoming life simulator game.

The gaming company said Tuesday it wouldn't bow to pressure to allow players to woo characters of the same sex in English editions of "Tomodachi Life." This follows a social media campaign launched by fans last month seeking virtual equality for the game's characters.

The fans had urged Nintendo Co. to add same-sex relationship options to the English hand-held Nintendo 3DS game ahead of its June 6 release.

The game was originally released in Japan last year and features a cast of avatars based on real players living and playing on a virtual island.

Several past life games like "The Sims" and "The Elder Scrolls" have allowed players to create characters that can have same-sex relationships.

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