I’m not much of a gamer. Other than my Gameboy Color, I never owned another gaming system until this year, when I bought a Wii off of Craigslist from a girl who was selling the gift her ex boyfriend got her as revenge.
There is, however, one game that has held my allegiance for years: The Sims.
I first discovered The Sims when I was a kid and my Dad bought home the first Sims game home for our family PC. the Sims was simple back then, with no fancy expansion packs, just simple gameplay. The graphics were mediocre at best, but you know what? It was a lot of fun to create families, control lives, and let a story unfold. I soon became the only one in my family who played The Sims, and as the years came and went, I bought the expansion packs and new generations of Sims games with birthday and Christmas money. As I grew into my teenage years and started working, my Sims collection grew and grew. Then I came to college, where life was too busy for The Sims… until Winter and Summer Breaks. Then I spent even more money on The Sims and caught up on the “best of the best” expansion packs.
My current Sims collection
The latest expansion pack, The Sims 3 University Life, peaked my interest as soon as it was announced. While I never actually owned The Sims 2 University expansion pack, the thought of sending my Sims to college intrigued me. It probably had something to do with the fact that I graduate this year and I’m feeling nostalgic, but I reeeally want University Life.
However, the expansion packs usually cost about $40 when they first come out… which is extra money I don’t really feel like spending when the expansion pack comes out tomorrow. I figured I’d wait a few weeks and buy the game to enjoy during spring break.
However, I watched the trailer for University Life this morning and quickly changed my mind.
For the first time that I can recall, The Sims are marketing towards the LGBT community in their video trailer. While most of the “marketing” seems to be stereotypical jokes, the fact that it’s there means a lot.
At 0:26, a male character transforms into an obviously trans woman as the narrator says “Be who you are, or who you want to become.”
At 1:15 and 1:16, two same-sex couples make out and it is implied that they will “Woohoo,” the Sim word for have sex, as the narrator tells the audience to “Live in the moment because University is the best place to get your “Woohoo” on.”
I tweeted to The Sims 3 and EA Games asking about it, but I haven’t heard back from them yet.
— Ginger Sass (@THEGingerSass) March 4, 2013
If you can play a trans player and/or have a “coming out” moment, this is a HUGE step for The Sims, its huge LGBT fanbase, and videogames. (Note: There hasn’t been any set “sexuality” in any of the previous Sims games, which is wonderful. The Sims have the ability to fall in love, date, and “woohoo” with any Sim of their choosing. Same-sex Sim couples cannot create a baby together, but as far as I know, there can be single-parent Sims adoptions. I actually haven’t tried to perform any same-sex marriages with the Sims, which is probably something I’m going to try now.)
I’m looking forward to this next expansion pack. I might just have to buy it when it comes out tomorrow. After all, a game that is accepting of myself and my friends is certainly worth the money. Perhaps, in some dream world, EA and The Sims will see this post and donate some of their proceeds towards LGBT groups? 😉
I can’t wait to play University Life.
Note: This post is in no way associated with EA Games or The Sims empire. I’m simply a Sim-mer who is truly excited at the idea of The Sims being more inclusive of all types of players and Sims!