It’s become pretty clear by this point that Russia isn’t exactly the most tolerant country when it comes to LGBT relationships. They even adopted of a new law last year that makes it essentially illegal to portray gay relationships (or as I like to call them, gaylationships) in media that could be targeted toward minors. It was only a matter of time before this could be targeted toward our beloved video games.
According to a tweet by the Russian Sims 4 account, The Sims 4 has officially been rated R18+, the equivalent of an AO rated game by the ESRB. As much as I would like to believe that my dream of Grand Theft Auto: Sims Edition has come to fruition, the truth is much more intolerance-y.
Russia’s law 436-FZ bans “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations” among minors, and this includes gay Sim relationships. Now what are Russian kids going to do when they want to pretend they’re living real life? Live real life?
Kudos to EA for letting Sims fans know it’s okay to be gay, but not so much to Russia for putting the kibosh on such things as “tolerance” and “love.”
-Brian “XIIIBlades” Bishop