The Sims opens up avenues of expression for players. It has always been LGBTQ+-friendly, but for Pride Month 2019, they’re going bigger and better.
Last weekend, Electronic Arts announced its partnership with the non-profit LGBTQ+ organization It Gets Better Project in which players can get exclusive pride in-game clothing in The Sims 4, The Sims FreePlay, and The Sims Mobile. They also included Pride-related items, including a gender-neutral bathroom door. Players can download all of these on June 18.
We can be anyone we want to be in The Sims. Same-sex marriage? Let’s do it. Polyamorous relationships? Damn right, we can. Date the Grim Reaper or have an alien baby? Uhm, okay then.
As a young queer person, growing up with the game gave me space to explore what I like. It might be through random WooHoos or dating prompts in the game but it’s still nice to be seen.
It’s harder for us to express ourselves in the “real world.” So with games like The Sims acting as a safe space, it helps a lot.
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