Well, this is… awkward.
The Sims has always been one of the few games that embraces the ability to play as you like, however you like, regardless of creed, race, gender or sexual orientation. The Sims 4 is no different, but as it turns out now it’s only okay as long as you don’t tell anyone publicly about it.
Actually, that’s a bit unfair given EA’s and Maxis’ history with the franchise, but clearly there’s been some slip-up. The Sims 4 allows players to upload their characters to a public gallery, but unfortunately right now it blocks any character that includes words such as “lesbian,” or “homosexual,” in either their name or the biographic description. Heterosexual terms seem to be completely okay.
“The Sims has a long history of supporting stories that players want to tell, irrespective of gender preference,” said an EA spokesperson, stating that the faux pas was the result of the automatic filtering program operating on the public gallery, and they’re in the process of correcting it. It’s likely an honest mistake given the series cred, but props to Anna from the WhyStuffIsGreat YouTube channel for picking up on the filter. You can watch her video pointing out the issue after the jump.