The Sims 4 has recently been updated to remove all gender restrictions from the Create-A-Sim process. Gone are the days where you wished you could put that angled bob haircut on a male Sim, or give that female Sim an edgy short hairstyle. Players now have the freedom to make Sims that talk, walk, dress, and act in whichever way they choose.
The Sims franchise has been around for more than 16 years, and is known for giving players an open gameplay experience with the freedom to customize almost anything in their virtual world. Each installment has brought us more customization options, but without the help of user-created content the options available for the Sims themselves has always felt a little limited. With this update, more than 700 items that were previously gender locked have been adapted to work with any Sim, regardless of gender.
Maxis, the developer, took a year to work on this update. They teamed up with GLADD, an LGBT advocacy group, in hopes of making the update as respectful as possible. In a blog post on the game’s website, they stated “The Sims is made by a diverse team for a diverse audience… We want to make sure players can create characters they can identify with or relate to through powerful tools that give them influence over a Sims gender, age, ethnicity, body type and more”.
As expected, some players don’t agree with the developers decision to make Sims gender neutral, but overall, player reaction has been supportive. I applaud Maxis for this update. They understand the diversity of their audience and want their players to be able to express themselves, and create characters that they are able to relate to. The Sims is meant to be a real life simulator, and this update definitely makes the game more realistic.
The Sims 4 update is now available for all PC and Mac users.