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Video Games: The Sims Now Has Customizable Pronouns

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After more than a year, fans’ wishes for a Sims pronouns update is here. The long-running simulator video game series “The Sims” broke new ground for trans and gender-diverse players on Tuesday by adding the ability to provide customizable pronouns for created characters in the series latest entry, “The Sims 4.” According to a Maxis blog post, the update prompts players to choose the gender of their character (or Sim) when entering Create a Sim mode. Among the options are he/him, she/her and they/them, but the update also adds a custom option that allows players to enter any pronoun choice … Read more

VIDEO GAMES: Sims 4 Rolls Out Customizable Pronouns

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Iconic life simulation game The Sims 4 is introducing customisable pronouns to honour and represent its dedicated LGBTQ+ fans. EA and Maxis released on Tuesday (24 May) a brand new update to make the game a more inclusive place by granting players the ability to customise the pronouns of the Sims they create. Players will be able to enter the name of their character, as usual, as well as choose their Sim’s pronouns from a new dropdown menu of pronouns. Individuals can also add custom pronouns with some grammatical guidelines in the new user interface that lets players see how … Read more

survey: One in Four Queer Youth Uses Non-Binary Pronouns

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One in four LGBT+ youth use pronouns other than he/him and she/her, according to research by a leading charity. The study indicates that LGBT+ young people are increasingly finding different ways to express their gender identities and that many are opting for a mix of pronouns. The survey, conducted by The Trevor Project, found that 75 per cent of LGBT+ young people exclusively use either he/him or she/her pronouns. Meanwhile, 25 per cent use gender neutral pronouns such as they/them, either exclusively or as a combination with other pronouns. Full Story from Pink News

New Racing Game Forza Horizon Adding Pronoun Options

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Forza Horizon 5, the next entry in the Xbox exclusive racing series, will include pronoun options in its character customiser. The game was revealed at the Xbox E3 showcase, though further details have been uncovered in an FAQ on the game’s website. Various new modes will be included in the game, such as the EventLab to create your own races and a story campaign. Most interesting is not just car customisation, but player character customisation. The character customiser has been “improved to provide players with a more diverse cast of selectable characters” reads the FAQ. Full Story from Pink News

VIDEO GAMES: Petition Launched to Add Pronoun Options to the Sims

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A petition has been launched for EA to add pronoun options to The Sims. Twitch streamer Momo Misfortune has been tweeting the publisher for 51 days requesting the addition. Now an official petition has been launched on that has rapidly gained thousands of signatures within a month. “If we could have the option to choose pronouns for our sim or for the team to switch older game texts to be gender neutral like current pack dialoged [sic] it would be impactful for those of us who are still unable to truly feel represented in the game by having our … Read more

VIDEO GAMES: “A Long Journey to an Uncertain End” Gets Gender Diversity Right

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Like so many games, A Long Journey to an Uncertain End begins with character creation. But, unlike many games, this one actually gets it right. Over the years, character creation tools have changed and improved to better reflect the diversity of the tens of millions of people that play games every day. If a game wants us to be ourselves, we need the tools to achieve this. Yet there remain some limitations. Many games still assign character traits based on gender, for instance. Most recently, Cyberpunk 2077 has offered more extensive options when it comes to allowing us to pick … Read more

Billy Dee Williams Embraces Gender Fluidity

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Billy Dee Williams, the actor best known for playing Lando Calrissian in Star Wars, has revealed that he is embracing gender fluidity by using both he/him and she/her pronouns. Williams, 82, will be reprising his role as Calrissian for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in December. Ahead of his return to the franchise, he spoke to Esquire about his gender expression. “I never tried to be anything except myself,” he said. “I think of myself as a relatively colourful character who doesn’t take himself or herself too seriously.” He later elaborated on his pronouns, explaining: “I say ‘himself’ and … Read more