Now You Can Customize Your Sims’ Pronouns Now
With same-sex relationships a reality since the first game in the franchise back in 2000, The Sims spearheaded queer representation in gaming. It’s not always been ideal, with same-sex couples limited to “joined unions” rather than marriages in The Sims 2 for example, but it’s been there. One area where it was still lacking in terms of presentation is gender, with default pronouns applied based on players’ chosen body type. That’s changed as of an update(opens in new tab) adding changeable pronouns to The Sims 4.
With this new update, a new or existing Sim can use the Create a Sim menu to choose They/Them from the Change Pronouns dropdown, or go into Custom Pronouns and set different options for a subjective, objective, reflexive, possessive dependent, and possessive independent pronouns. It seems like a pretty robust set of possibilities and was developed with consultation from GLAAD and the It Gets Better Project, a nonprofit organization that The Sims partnered with in 2019.
Credit for getting the ball rolling should go to Twitch streamer and It Gets Better ambassador Momo Misfortune(opens in new tab), who started tweeting daily at both EA and The Sims account to ask pronoun options early last year. They also began a petition on Change.org(opens in new tab) that got 22,856 signatures.