In games with character creators, the ability to choose different body types and physical attributes is a huge selling point. Players enjoy designing themselves, and they want to feel included in what’s available to them. Which is why a new update for “The Sims 4” has the differently abled and trans/LGBTQ communities very happy.
The new patch gives players the ability to add medical wearables, top surgery scars, and shapewear to their characters.
This most recent patch includes medical devices such a glucose monitor and hearing aids to be added to toddler, teen, or adult characters. For teen models and up, top surgery scars are applicable, as well as binders and lower body shapers. This means a lot for the transgender and nonbinary communities. Some are mildly disappointed the binders don’t change the shape of the Simmer’s chest. But it’s still a big step in the right direction for EA to include LGBTQ gamers.
Of course, inclusivity and sensitivity to different groups in games or media doesn’t fail to grab the attention of naysayers. These additions are like any other cosmetic in the character creator. It’s the decision of players whether or not to utilize them. But that hasn’t stopped people from criticizing the update- claiming that such cosmetics “shouldn’t be available in a game children play.”
Regardless of the complaints, these cosmetics are here to stay. Perhaps “The Sims 4” can start forging a path for other devs to follow. Character creators should include more in their player base as a matter of course.