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Miiquality campaign pushes for virtual equality in videogames

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MESA, Ariz. - Videogame maker Nintendo says no to same sex couples in its newest release and now a Mesa man is launching a campaign to get the company to change its mind.

23-year-old Tye Marini is a huge fan of Nintendo video games, so he was looking forward to next month's release of Tomodachi Life, a virtual life game where your characters are called Miis.

The characters can shop, go to amusement parks, dates, get married and have children, but the game only allows for male and female Miis to get married.

"You know, it's limiting the number of people who can fully enjoy the game since it's a game that is based so heavily on relationships," said Marini.

Marini, who is gay, started an online campaign for Miiquality, allowing same-sex Miis to get virtually married.

"I wasn't sure what to expect when I started the movement, but I've got a lot of support and it really makes me happy seeing so many people come out in support of this."

Reacting to the social media campaign, Nintendo released a statement:
"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."

Marini says he'll still buy the game, but hopes for changes in the future.

"I'm sure they're going to continue making these titles, and I hope that future releases do support same sex relationships."
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