A new update for The Sims 4 will allow players to give their trans characters mastectomy surgery scars, chest binders, and pants designed to hide penises.
The official Twitter account for The Sims revealed the new base game update for The Sims 4, allowing players to customise their Sims characters to appear to be visually trans for the first time.
Along with creating functional lightswitches and hearing aids for the first time, EA proudly boasted that for teen and older male Sims, a “top surgery” scar can be added to their bodies. “Top surgery” is a euphemism for a mastectomies, which biological women can undertake if they feel like they are a trans man, removing their breasts.
Trans male Sims could also wear a “binder top,” designed to harshly squash the breasts and conceal their appearance. Trans female Sims are not left out however, with a new “shapewear” asset for bottoms, which suggests a penis being hidden.
A base game update is here with new content including medical wearables, binders, shapewear, a light switch & more including bug fixes & console gameplay improvements 🥳💚
Read more about today’s update in the latest patch notes! https://t.co/4c4vZdfWBY pic.twitter.com/GYbQYijIIm
— The Sims (@TheSims) January 31, 2023
The Sims 4, which was originally released in 2014, began allowing greater customisation when it came to how a character presented in 2016, with all clothes able to be worn on all body types. Last May, the option for non-binary and other pronouns was rolled out, and in July, players were able to customise their Sims’ sexual orientation.
Notably, The Sims 4 has a “very unique userbase,” as admitted by their developers Maxis. 60% of players of The Sims 4 are women between the ages of 18 and 24. Women make up only 41.5% of all American video game users, and of women aged 18-29, only 9% identify as “gamers,” compared to 33% of men the same age.
A strong reaction was seen online from conservatives who were concerned as to what the game, which is advertised for children 12 and up, could be suggesting to its potentially young players. “They’re teaching young healthy girls that it’s ok to chop off their breasts,” tweeted Libs of TikTok.
Gays Against Groomers quipped that children were now able to groomed in the “metaverse,” slamming The Sims for promoting “body mutilation” and “self-harm” to children. “This is not inclusive or affirming,” they added. “It is a virtual gateway drug with real life consequences.”
The Sims game announced a new update which has the option to make a teen character non-binary or transgender by giving them double mastectomy scars and chest binders.
The Sims is advertised for ages 12+
They’re teaching young healthy girls that it’s ok to chop off their breasts pic.twitter.com/pL3IKviqQB
— Libs of TikTok (@libsoftiktok) February 1, 2023
If grooming in the real world wasn’t bad enough, now there’s grooming in the metaverse.
Why is @TheSims now promoting body mutilation and self harm to boys and girls? This is not “inclusive” or “affirming” it is a virtual gateway drug with real life consequences. https://t.co/jHT7WISu16
— Gays Against Groomers (@againstgrmrs) February 1, 2023
Sounds like law enforcement needs to raid some hard drives over at EAhttps://t.co/BVp4EFERs6
— Auron MacIntyre (@AuronMacintyre) February 2, 2023
Do the Sims characters visit doctors weekly for treatment of leaking urine and dead tissue like the real life victims of the mutilating surgeries? https://t.co/YmOzf8BP05
— Marina Medvin 🇺🇸 (@MarinaMedvin) February 2, 2023
February 4, 2023 at 10:45 am
what is a tranny – a man with fake tits and uses his smelly dirty asshole as a women vagina – don’t let the truth get your g-string in an uproar – face the truth
February 4, 2023 at 12:50 pm
“hmmm…my video game franchise is struggling and outdated. I wonder what I can do to just absolutely bury it!”
February 4, 2023 at 1:13 pm
Shouldn’t it be renamed ‘Syms’ now?
February 4, 2023 at 8:45 pm
Sick mother fuckers.
February 7, 2023 at 10:10 am
Got that right.
February 5, 2023 at 10:23 am
February 5, 2023 at 11:34 am
Apparently a lot of liberals have been playing this game by removing their brains and balls.