Ponderance

(May 2003 - March 2007.) Tama's thoughts on the blogosphere, podcasting, popular culture, digital media and citizen journalism posted from a laptop computer somewhere in Perth's isolated, miniature, urban jungle ...

Sims (2), (Same) Sex, (Joining) Marriage ...

Friday, September 24, 2004
Wired News has their rundown on The Sims 2 which is very enthusiastic. More to the point, it answered the question that I hadn't checked since they game was released; the question was, of course, 'Can same-sex Sims marry?' ...
The original Sims skirted controversy by having infants appear out of nowhere and limiting affection to hugs and kisses. Even so, the game made no distinction between affection between characters of the same or different sexes. The Livin' Large expansion added a vibrating love bed that allowed Sims to fool around under the covers. The Sims 2 takes things a step further by adding marriage (or "joining" for same-sex Sim couples) and making sex (euphemistically called "WooHoo") an option in any double bed (and some other places).
...and the answer appears to be "sort of". "Joining" however, is still a pretty big step for the successor of (and presumed inheritor to) the biggest selling PC game of all time. And just to get you thinking, I love this promotional shot of a Sim playing The Sims 2:

Self-reflexivity, virtual life becomes self-aware, or something else altogether ...

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