The makers of My Ex-Boyfriend the Space Tyrant – one of the lamentably rare queer oriented games out there – have released version 1.5, which aims to increase the game’s accessibility, while dropping Nintendo references in protest of the Japanese giant’s handling of Tomodachi Collection: New Life‘s same-gender relationship bug.
My Ex-Boyfriend the Space Tyrant now includes subtitles for the hearing impaired and a high-contrast mode for those who have difficulties with vision. According to Up Multimedia developer Luke Miller, despite having the “limited resources of an indie company” it was rather simple to implement some of the practices put forward by the Game Accessibility Guidelines.
Meanwhile, it has stripped references to the Nintendo classic The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time that were originally part of My Ex-Boyfriend the Space Tyrant. According to Miller, from an Up Multimedia press release:
…as gay artists, how can we give icon status to a company that actively removes same-sex references from its games?
What is particularly disheartening about Nintendo’s actions is that it shows that the near absence of gay and lesbian characters in video games is not always an oversight but often the result of deliberate decision-making by developers to exclude people like us from computer games.