With that being the case, it is a sign of the times that even this somewhat immature industry has begun to introduce a broad range of realistic relationships to its games. Specifically, homosexual relationships. The pioneer in this field is Electronic Arts who has allowed same sex relationships into its games as far back as 2000 with the introduction of the best selling The Sims. While the relationships were completely nonphysical aside from some awkward smooching, the fact that any character could flirt and fall in love with any other character caused a bit of a stir. This outrage didn’t last long as the overwhelming popularity of the game and its dollhouse-like nature drowned out whatever opposition there was. The offended parties might as well have complained about little girls making their Barbie dolls kiss each other.
Unlike previous attempts to market “titillating” sexuality as a selling point, like this:
“A lot of game makers are realizing that in order to create a believable universe it has to be a universe that is very diverse, and in some ways it sort of reflects the make-up of the culture we live in as well. I think it’s very logical that you’ll start to see more LGBT characters appearing in games.”This is the essence of the current campaign against EA by the Florida Family Association. The FFA, coming off of its “triumph” in getting Lowes’ hardware to pull its advertising dollars for the terrifyingly normal All American Muslim, has decided that just including the option of homosexuality is somehow “trying to capture the minds of our children through the intense emotions children encounter when playing video games.” Of course, this ignores that fact that these games are rated “M” for mature and require an adult to purchase them. This means that these “vulnerable” children have been allowed, by their parents, to play games with potential homosexuality in it. While it is true some parents don’t pay attention to the ratings or content, many do and for a group that claims to venerate “the family,” the FFA sure is intent on taking away the power from parents to decide what is best for their children.
But then, these groups are never about “family,” they’re only about spreading hate and intolerance under the guise of religion.
Justin Rosario has been playing video games since he was 5 years old and you can have his controller when you pry it from his cold, dead fingers. He has never stared for an indecently long time at Lara Croft’s assets and resents any implication to the contrary.
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