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Electronic Arts inundated with hate mail regarding same sex relationships in Mass Effect 3
Posted: 05.04.2012 03:47 by Comments: 3
Electronic Arts has been under a constant barrage of fan protests lately. From being voted as "Worst Company" in The Consumerist reader bracket vote to having fans complaining about the Mass Effect 3 endings, now the company is being attacked by fundamentalist Christian right wing groups about the inclusion of same sex relationships in Mass Effect 3 and Star Wars: The Old Republic.

The chief protesters are Florida-based Christian pressure groups The Family Research Council, headed by Tony Perkins, and Focus on the Family, led by James Dobson. Both have accused Electronic Arts of bowing to gay and lesbian activists to include them in their games, something EA vociferously denies. The groups also accuse EA of "indoctrinating" children to homosexuality by forcing them to be exposed to a homosexual lifestyle.

"EA has not been pressured by any groups to include LGBT characters in our games. However, we have met with LBGT groups and sponsored industry forums to discuss content and harassment of players in online forums. In short, we do put options for same-sex relationships in our games; we don't tolerate hate speech on our forums," EA VP of corporate communications Jeff Brown stated.

Furthermore, no one is forced to play a gay character in the games, and the games certainly are not aimed at children, since the ratings have always been M (Mature) rated. "Every one of EA's games includes ESRB content descriptors so it's hard to believe anyone is surprised by the content. This isn't about protecting children, it's about political harassment," Brown informed.

Said groups also complained that their forum posts were being deleted - which was true, Brown stated. EA forums specifically ban hate speech including racism and homophobia from their forums.

According to Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) associate director Matt Kane, the anti-gay groups have a fairly consistent agenda and modus operandi.

"Anti-LGBT campaigns are falling into a pretty consistent pattern these days, in which messages of hate directed at our allies are met with an overwhelming outpouring of support for our allies in response," Kane said, noting the backlash against anti-gay crusades against Starbucks and JC Penny, the latter of which "One Million Moms" attempted to have openly gay comedienne Ellen Degeneres fired as the company's spokesman.

Both campaigns failed.

In the meantime, Electronic Arts will have to deal with the threat of a boycott from a demographic that generally doesn't buy videogames in the first place.

Comments

By Smithy9999 (SI Veteran Newbie) on Apr 05, 2012
Smithy9999
Is it really news that the fundamentalists are complaining, I mean no-one pays attention to them.
By SiyaenSokol (SI Elite) on Apr 05, 2012
SiyaenSokol
Though I am not a major fan of how EA does business and how they dominate the market, I do support them in this situation. People love to complain when it comes to homosexuality, and using their children as an excuse.

You choose at the end of the day. If you don't want your children to be exposed to these things, then keep them locked in their rooms, and also the games have ratings for a reason. People are really full of nonsense.
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on Apr 05, 2012
FoolWolf
Well, I for one think that open gay characters is better then characters that swings both ways and are overly happy to do the bedtime jumbo-mumbo after a pat on the shoulder...
I rather have options as to be friends or evolve the relationship in one way or another. And having characters that demands something of you actually make more of an incentive to make a replay of the game. One play through and you can have it all - usually tends to simply note off things on a big black list of stuff to do before the ending ruins it all ;) Achievement in the case of gaming.

So - good for EA - this is the one thing they improved on at least - and riling up fundamentalists is a bonus in its own worthy of praise! :D