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POLL: Is the Gay Content in EA's Games Inappropriate?

Electronic Arts is getting a lot of flack from family groups for including gay and lesbian content in some of its games, like 'Sims 3' and 'Star Wars: The Old Republic.'

Redwood City-based video game company Electronic Arts (EA) has joined the ranks of similar companies that have come under fire for including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) content in some of their games. However, the company is less than thrilled about being inducted into the club.

Examples of the criticized content include such scenes as a lesbian marriage proposal and a kiss between two male military officers in "Sims" games, and the option for players of the game "Star Wars: The Old Republic" to have their characters engage in same-sex relationships.

The Family Research Council has accused EA of "crossing over to the dark side," and the Florida Family Association warns against the dangers of "exposing small children to gay Stormtroopers."

EA is not taking the criticism lightly; nor is the company letting it influence decisions or policy.

EA's vice-president of corporate communications, Jeff Brown, told Patch's sister publication, Huffington Post, that the company views the backlash, criticism and pressure to remove the content as nothing short of "political harassment."

Brown said the company will not tolerate players harassing other players in online forums for the games.

"In short, we do put options for same-sex relationships in our games; we don't tolerate hate speech on our forums," Brown told Huffington Post.

Examples of some of the content are shown in the video that accompanies this article.

Patch wants to know - what do you think? Do you think the content is fine for those who wish to play it? Or do you think the content is inappropriate? Vote in our anonymous poll below, and feel free to expand upon your choice in the comment below.

Tami April 09, 2012 at 02:14 PM
I think it is a good thing that there are LGBT characters in the games. Many of the kids playing these games are LGBT themselves, of course, and it is is only appropriate for them to see characters that represent them in the games. I am proud that EA is standing behind their decision to include such characters!
chris okeefe April 09, 2012 at 02:40 PM
there should a parental control option to turn it off if the parents do not agree with those lifestyles. i personally find it annoying when playing a game that your party relies on friendship and you accidently end up in a homosexual relationship with them.
Jennifer van der Kleut (Editor) April 09, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Personally, I think some of the sexual content in general is inappropriate. If you watch the video, there are strippers giving lap dances in their underwear! I find that a lot more inappropriate than a girl proposing marriage to another girl. On one hand, parents should be more cautious of what kinds of games they let their children play, if they think the sexual content is too mature for them. On the other hand, these games are marketed to children, so the highly sexual content is a bit in appropriate in itself, I think. Again, it all comes down to the parents staying involved. Thanks for sharing your thoughts everyone!
Diana Reddy April 09, 2012 at 04:50 PM
I completely agree. Parents clearly have a choice about the games they buy for their children. And, I regret that some of this wrath isn't saved for games that are overly sexualized, straight or not, and extremely violent.
Kirufu April 09, 2012 at 05:14 PM
This "poll" is stupid. Mass Effect 3's "gay content" isn't risque compared to what you'd find on primetime TELEVISION, much less an R-rated movie--and Mass Effect 3 is rated M for Mature, the highest (non-pornographic) rating there is. Saying the content is "inappropriate" just because it's gay is absurd. You're choosing to play a game with that content in it. "Sexual Content" and "Partial Nudity" are RIGHT ON THE BOX. Don't want your CHILD playing a game with SEXUAL CONTENT? Read the box!
Alex Szatkowski April 09, 2012 at 05:22 PM
T or M rated games should not have parental controls. Period. If parents want to censor such real world issues from their kids, they shouldnt have become parents.

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