Momo Misfortune, a trans non-binary Twitch streamer has created a petition for EA to include inclusive pronouns into popular slice-of-life game, The Sims 4.
The Twitch streamer has been publicly tweeting both the EA and The Sims Twitter accounts for 51 days now, with a petition linked detailing why inclusive pronouns are needed, and how it would help those who still do not feel fully represented by The Sims.
The petition, hosted via Change.org, nearly has 13k signatures with the main goal being 15k. As we write this article, it is still rapidly gaining signatures, though whether this will have an impact on EA answering remains to be seen.
In the petition itself, Momo Misfortune states the following: “The Sims 4 has come a long way for members of the LGBTQIA2+ community by letting us customize gender options for our sims. However, we are still missing representation for our Transgender and Non-Binary sims.” This is due to the gendered language being used dependent on what body type you use, feminine or masculine which ultimately can lead to trans and non-binary Simmers being misgendered by the game itself.
Momo argues that “if we [players] 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 dialogues it would be impactful for those of us who are still unable to truly feel represented in the game by having our sims selves misgendered.”
As a series, The Sims has slowly developed over time and has become a staple for LGBTQIA2+ gamers out there who just want a game where they can be themselves. You’re able to pick whatever voice you like – which isn’t locked by gender – and that goes for body type too. Unfortunately, picking your own pronouns is something that is currently not included.
Momo acknowledges that even if the petition does not get this change added to The Sims 4, they “hope by creating this petition it will show EA and The Sims team how something like this would be beneficial to adding into The Sims 5.”
As of now, EA has not responded to Momo Misfortune’s The Sims 4 pronouns petition or their tweets about it.