NY Times Reports on Improved Sexual Identities in The Sims
The New York Times has published an article regarding the variety of sexual identities available in The Sims game. While players were able to create males and females, there were certain limitations. Now, however, these restrictions have been removed, allowing players to create any combination of male and female characteristics. You can read more about it here:
In the popular simulation game The Sims, players have long been able to create male and female characters — but only up to a point. That changed this year. In May, Electronic Arts, the publisher of The Sims, released a patch for the game that removed all gender barriers, freeing players to create virtual characters with any physical attribute.
For Blair Durkee, the shift was significant. The day after the patch was introduced, Ms. Durkee, a student at Clemson University in South Carolina, logged into The Sims and started designing her first transgender character. She named the character Amber, gave her a deep voice and broad shoulders, and made her infertile, “which is really the only attribute that all trans people have in common,” said Ms. Durkee, 28, who transitioned to female at 24.