EA games respond to letter writing campaign complaining about the inclusion of gay and lesbian characters in recent games.
Recently, some EA titles have had the option for characters to engage in same sex relationships, this option was not forced on players they could also choose a member of the opposite sex as a partner. The latest games to offer this choice are Mass Effect 3 and Star Wars: The Old Republic, but EA have been giving players this freedom for years with games like The Sims. However, EA have received thousands of letters complaining and even saying that they will boycott EA games if this option is featured in future games.
Luckily, EA have responded by saying that they will not be changing their policy on the matter and have denied claims made by the letter writers that they were pressured into including gay and lesbian characters by ‘extremists’. A lot of the letters came from a group in Florida called the Florida Family Association. It was this group that recently voiced an action against Star Wars: The Old Republic. EA will continue to include gay and lesbian characters and say that the campaign ‘isn’t about protecting children, it’s about political harassment’.
It wasn’t too long ago when being gay was considered a crime. Thankfully we’ve come a long way, but we still have yet to reach equality. One thing I’ve never understood is why children still need to be protected from characters that are gay. It would be extremely hard for a person to live their entire life without ever meeting a gay man or woman, so why not teach kids about it while their minds are still open enough to take it in. Not only are gay characters not included in children’s programming, they are actually removed from shows that come from other, non-English speaking, countries. Through changing dialog in dubbing and editing, or even taking out, scenes the character’s storyline is no longer present. With more and more gay characters being introduced in day time dramas it’s hard to believe that kids won’t see at least one representation of homosexuality on TV, so why is it still taboo for child oriented shows? There are some shows that are aimed at children and have characters that it implies are gay, yet it is never officially clarified.
I’m glad to hear that EA stood by their policies and weren’t intimidated by the campaign against them. Hopefully, by doing so they will send a message to the people behind the letters and maybe some of them will change their minds on the issue. Most probably won’t, but many some will.
What do you think? Would you prefer if EA didn’t feature gay and lesbian characters? Do you think that the letter writers were wrong to take the action in the first place? How do you feel about the whole issue? Let me know by voting and leaving a comment in the section below. Also, don’t forget to follow and click the like button, if you enjoyed this post.
GAME, the UK’s largest video game retailers, have announced plans to enter administration, this comes after suspending the trading of their shares on the London Stock Exchange.
The past few months have been tough on the company, which recently were unable to stoke the game Mass Effect 3, meaning they could not fulfil the prepay orders for the game. However, the problem goes back further than that. Sales have been declining for years, not just in GAME, but other video game retailers too, GameStop went through a similar situation in the US. Why is the number of annual sales falling? It is in part due to the large number of cheaper online alternatives. People can by games from websites and at lower prices.
If you’re buying a game for yourself, there is really no problem going online and finding it as cheap as you can, but if someone that isn’t familiar with games, maybe a parent, wants to buy a game for someone else, then having a place with actually staff that can help is a necessity. There is a market, a niche market, but still a market. Also, having a shop allows for browsing the shelves and finding games you didn’t even know existed. Finds like that aren’t as easy when you have to type in keywords to find a product.
Though it has been questioned recently whether console games will even survive or if they will be destroyed by online games, I think it’s fair to say that this isn’t going to happen anytime soon, but if game shops begin to shut down the possibility becomes a lot more realistic. Despite their announcement, GAME will not be closing all its stores, at least not yet. Some will inevitably close, but hopefully, and this has happened with companies in the past, GAME will manage to survive administration and continue trading.
What do you think? Do you shop in GAME? How would you feel if they closed down stores near you? When were you last in a GAME store? Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below. Also, if you like this post, please follow and click the like button.