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Tuesday, September 9, 2014


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EA is working on amending an error with The Sims 4 online gallery's automated filtering program that is preventing users sharing Sims that have lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender-related naming conventions or descriptors.
Tested out and confirmed by KotakuThe Sims 4 players are unable to upload their characters to The Gallery if LGBT-centric descriptors such as “Lesbian,” “Homosexual,” “Queer,” or "Gay" are used in a character’s name or description.
“The Sims has a long history of supporting stories that players want to tell, irrespective of gender preference,” an EA Australia representative told Kotaku. “The Gallery uses an automated filtering program that filters out certain words, including some of the ones you mentioned below. We are aware of have been working on a fix, which will be out soon.”
The issue was brought to the forefront when German gamer Anna Eichenauer, creator of gaming and pop culture YouTube channel “Why Stuff Is Great,” published a video demonstrating the inability to share one of her Sims with any of the blocked terms in its name or description.
Where the original Sims offered no marriage and The Sims 2 included a "joining party" for same-sex relationships, fully-fledged gay marriage was introduced with The Sims 3.
The Sims 4, launched last week, includes both same-sex and heterosexual relationships. The title received an R18+ rating in Russia due to a law restricting the depiction of same-sex relationships to minors.
You can view our The Sims 4 review progress right now and for an in-depth guide on getting started, secrets, creating a Sim and more, be sure to check out our wiki.
We've reached out to EA for more information.


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