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Nintendo Won't Include Gay Characters in Sim Game

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Today in international tech news: Despite pressure, Nintendo won't include gay relationship options in an upcoming videogame. Also: Vodafone asks an international arbitrator to resolve its Indian tax headache; the First Lady tweets about an African kidnapping; and Huawei launches a new -- rather expensive -- smartphone.
Nintendo won't include same-sex romantic activities in English editions of an upcoming life simulator game.
The company has faced pressure, including a fan-fueled social media campaign, to let users have gay relationships in Tomodachi Life, a game whose characters are modeled after real people.
The company never meant for the game to be a "social commentary," Nintendo of America said in a statement. Instead, the game is meant to be "whimsical and quirky," with relationship options representing "a playful alternate world."




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