Video game manufacture Electronic Arts (EA), has been
harassed lambasted by the conservative political machine for their choice to include depictions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) characters in some of their more popular video games. Vice President of Corporate Communications for the company, Jeff Brown, in a recent statement to the industry called the backlash “political harassment.”
The games in question, “Mass Effect 3” and “Star Wars: The Old Republic” both include depictions of LGBT characters in their games. Conservative grassroots organization American Decency Association began a campaign against EA and the creator of the game, BioWare, accusing both companies of pandering to “homosexual extremists.”
EA has also been accused of including LGBT characters in their games as a result of pressure from gay groups, an accusation Jeff Brown vehemently denies.
“EA has not been pressured by any groups to include LGBT characters in our games,” he said. “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.”
Also in the line of fire, the makers of popular game “The Sims” for including a same-sex kiss in the promo for their most recent version of the game.
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