On June 11th, 2013, President of Russia Vladimir Putin outlawed any and all information pertaining to the mere mentioning of homosexuality or anything outside of heteronormativity to minors under the age of 18, aptly named “On Protection of Children from Information Harmful to their Health and Development”. Make of that what you will, but, as such, this law would be spread across all of Russian media, including video games. Now, by law, the upcoming life simulator The Sims 4 has received an adult 18+ rating because of its content that allows players to have same-sex relationships.
Personally and obviously, I see this as unfortunate, but what’s law is law. Is it a stupid law? Sure, it’s unfathomably stupid, but it’s their law. Nevertheless, it’s better than outright censoring and omitting all possible homosexual content from the game. Fortunately, however, this rating is not likely to cover copies of the game to countries outside of Russia. In fact, The Sims 3 was actually considered suitable for ages 6 and up in Germany. Cool stuff, Germany.
The Sims 4 is still slated for release later this year in the Fall for PC and Mac. Be sure to stay put as we bring you more details on the game as it’s revealed on the way to release.