Now that games are finally recognized as an art form everyone is reading more into the meaning behind them. On one hand we have theories that Mario is a Kafka-esque struggle toward an unobtainable goal. On the other hand we have a bunch of assholes saying that video games are a vehicle for the gay agenda. No, I’m not joking.
A Florida group (most likely the Florida Family Association) has started a letter
campaign against EA. They claim that EA was pressured into including homosexual content in both Star Wars:The Old Republic and Mass Effect 3. The letters also call out BioWare staff for regulating hate speech on the game forums. It goes on to claim that these games are made for children.
Starting backwards, the claim that the game was made for children is erroneous. It’s rated M as in for Mature. The ESRB website explains this rating as, ”Titles rated M (Mature) have content that may be suitable for persons ages 17 and older. Titles in this category may contain intense violence, blood and gore, sexual content and/or strong language.” I don’t think that seventeen year-olds qualify as children.
The letter claims that children are “forced as a captured audience to participate in homosexual content”. The problem with this is all the homosexual content is entirely OPTIONAL. Meaning you must choose to engage in it. As was said in GameIndustry’s interview with the VP of Corporate Communications, ”This isn’t about protecting children, it’s about political harassment”.
That’s one lie, but what about Bioware snuffing out free speech, is that a lie? Yep.
Their new code of conduct says, “These forums are for BioWare, video game and related topic discussion and are to be engaged in a pleasant and fun manner”, that they “reserve the right to edit or delete any content found on these sites”, that “[t]here is a zero tolerance policy on any form of abuse towards staff, moderators or other Community members”, and finally, “[u]sing these forums is a privilege, not a right”. BioWare is stating here that they will not tolerate hate speech, not that they won’t allow civil and polite discussion.
Alright that’s two lies. Were they at least pressured into adding LGBT content? Well yeah, sorta. They weren’t pressured by LGBT groups, but they were pressured by reality. Gay people exist. They are on the news, T.V. shows, video games and *le gasp* even in real life. As Matt Kane from GLAAD said to GameIndustry, ”A lot of game makers are realizing that in order to create a believable universe it has to be a universe that is very diverse”. That means that gay people will be represented in games, and there is nothing that homophobes can do about it. Well nothing except write some angry letters that EA, and anyone else with half a brain, will call out for being untrue and ignorant.