The Sims 4 gets adults only rating in Russia because it depicts same-sex relationships

Selling The Sims 4 to minors in Russia will be a criminal offense.

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Russia has given The Sims 4 an 18+ rating because it allows for same-sex relationships.

The Sims’ Russian Twitter account first announced the rating earlier this week. When a fan asked why The Sims 4 was given an 18+ rating while 2009’s The Sims 3 did not, The Sims’ Russian Twitter account explained that it was complying with Russian law number 436-FZ, “On Protection of Children from Information Harmful to Their Health and Development.”

In 2013, this law was amended to also make “propaganda” in support of “non-traditional sexual relationships” among minors a criminal offense. Since The Sims 4 can depict same-sex relationships, selling it to minors would be considered a crime in Russia.

You may be familiar with the law and Russia’s anti-gay policies if you paid attention to the Sochi Winter Olympics, where the controversial issue came to the forefront.

The Sims 4 is set to release on PC and Mac this fall. For more on the game check out GameSpot’s previous coverage.

Emanuel Maiberg is a freelance writer. You can follow him on Twitter @emanuelmaiberg and Google+.

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Discussion

565 comments
therealzorvan
therealzorvan

Guess EAware games like DA:I and the next ME won't be enjoying much profitability in Russia neither.

orbit991
orbit991

Glad Russia finally got their priorities together. Maybe gypsy beatings will make a fashionable comeback next season.

Lee360TheCoder
Lee360TheCoder

Well, once again us gays are getting hate. Oh well, I'm used to it. :3

TheLostSentinel
TheLostSentinel

... So what was Sims 3 rated in Russia? ... It literally had the same thing.

sorahgames
sorahgames

This comments are making me sick. 

1. EA is not advertising The Sims 4 with the fact that it includes same gender sex.

2. Children won't know about it, unless they try it out.

3. Has anyone of you every played The Sims? As soon as the sex scene starts everything gets blured out, the only thing you see is some random moves. Nothing else!

moozeditty
moozeditty

Finally! A utopian society for the most conservative gamers! I encourage everyone endorsing this decision to move to Siberia to show their support first hand.

nazgoroth
nazgoroth

Heh... hehe... f*** Russia...(and the russians that blindly follow their government, and anyone else who supports the violation of basic human rights)

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

well at least Russia isnt trying to F#$@G START a war right now like the EU/IMF trilateral Commission/ Ukraine Privatbank banker backed Kiev is. The new Ukrainian government is doing everything they can to provoke Russia into a World War, its sick.

cf_Kage
cf_Kage

I'm surprised by alot of your comments. Really surprised... I've given up on humans

Revenant_K
Revenant_K

If only Bioware's games were make in Russia, dealing with those homosexual companions always annoy the hell outta me.

simon1812
simon1812

thats cool, its better that banning the game altogether which actually hurts the game developers/publishers, 


  just stamp a rating on it, it happens to movies why not to video games too? its the best form of compromise I have seen so far considering that other countries out there will just ban a game or even go as far as to demand  developers to remove/alter (thats time and money) content in their game ( names, lines of dialog, characters, weapons, etc) in order for the game to comply with the social standards of any given country.

Daveof89
Daveof89

Frankly, it's a shame that same-sex relationships will be an option in the first place. I am not against any gays/lesbians, but I am fully against their 'sexual preference'. It is unnatural, physically destructive, and it is going to result in a lot of screwed up kids when they start adopting. 


I also don't understand how the LGBT community gets away with demanding tolerance without practicing it.


Quite frankly, I'm not going to buy the game solely based on the fact that they included gays/lesbians. Maybe if enough people take a stand, they'll catch the hint.

OGKNav
OGKNav

Are they gonna bump it up to 21+ because you can create black people, too?

fadetoblack422
fadetoblack422

There is a lot of hypocrisy here.

First off, you can't be anti-gay and love bi-sexual women without seeming like a moron.
Second, the game wasn't BANNED, it was rated 18+ and is a crime to sell to minors.
Third, the game probably won't be bought anyways since Russia has crap anti-piracy laws.
Fourth, Putin DIDN'T have anything to do with rating it, it was rated as part of the policy there.
Fifth, if gay sex isn't normal, why do animals in nature perform it? God created gay animals? Google it.
Sixth, nobody likes flaming homosexuals including gays.
Seventh, the game it isn't TELLING your kids to do anything. They have to initiate the action to get the result.
Eighth, so why are bible thumpers so anti-gay yet it says divorce should result in stoning. Selective amnesia?
Ninth, don't use Christianity as an excuse to be a bigot.
Tenth, there is no proof that God exists anyways so why even care.

Get informed before you spout off ignorance.

Kjranu
Kjranu

I totally support Russians in this. 

Merseyak
Merseyak

ooo the idiotic mummys and daddys wont like this 1 bit lool

jotalandia
jotalandia

i'm more concerned with homophobic people forcing their bigot lifestyle to my kids.

Triton
Triton

For once I agree with Russia. It's just not needed. Wonder what they will do when the love your pet  DLC comes out later to make all the freaks happy.

Sky_Stifler
Sky_Stifler

It's a big shame that whole world is not like Russia


Full support for this decision from me

blackpuddytat
blackpuddytat

Coming exclusively to Russia soon, Sims 4 "President Putin Enhanced Edition". Rated "E" for Essential.


Content to include:


Rounding up political dissidents (neighbours) for permanent incarceration without trial.

Gulag building.

Ability to seize/annex any building, town, state or country with presidential order.

Propaganda machine.

Exile to Siberia ability.

Drop off the face of the Earth ability (That family next door just disappeared one night and the neighbours heard nothing........)


Bonus content:


MAD tanks (Hell why not, C&C Red Alert had them) .

KGB (They never went anywhere)

pyosisified
pyosisified

Homosexuality shouldn't be promoted or encouraged in any way, I fully agree with the age restriction here

xcollector
xcollector

I'm getting bored with Gay video game news. I just don't care about same-sex relationships. I want news about games that will reinvigorate the industry, not gay crap like The Sims.

x2rufff4u
x2rufff4u

We could learn something from Russia.

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

Oh give me a frickin break Russia.  Stop your backwards shenanigans.

chazy035
chazy035

I'm so glad that RUSSIA is doing this.  These disgusting developers should stop putting these ideas into our young boys by making them gay.  Keep heterosexuality and hot bisexual women into our GAMING take back America and GOD!


God Bless!

Yams
Yams

I would have guessed Russia would outright ban the game for such a reason. Baby steps, Russia.

advocacy
advocacy

See, this is what Nintendo was trying to avoid.

gen0
gen0


@Lee360TheCoder I respect the fact that they are orthodox Christians and it is against their faith. They want to be fair, so rather than ban it they give adults to the choice whether to allow that around their children.


It;s not especially fair to the LGBT community, but I respect their right to do it and appreciate their decision not to ban it outright as they used to. 

Abberon
Abberon

@sorahgames


It's not a matter of marketing or even about children seeing anything inappropriate.  It's simply about anti-gay propaganda, where bible-thumpers and backwards dinosaurs want to make sure that homosexuality is never considered anything but gross/weird or whatever.   Vlad Puti doesn't want kids playing games where same-sex relationships can occur in normal game play, as that might lead them to the awful realization that it's actually not abominable/evil/galaxy-shattering like some would have people believe.  

Clarrisani
Clarrisani

@nyran125tk Yes, Ukraine is provoking Russia by standing up to the terrorists attacking their people in Ukraine. 

Keitha313
Keitha313

@nyran125tk Yeah the USA will come in rolling in like the good guys they always are... right?

Its a joke, people are made to believe lies and the sad part is USA can choose who they kill and they can even help aid the Al Queda to allow them to kill Gadaffi but Putin isn't allowed to defend his own country?

Clarrisani
Clarrisani

@Daveof89 Yes, let's ban all relationships. They're all unnatural and destructive. If you're going to ban one ban them all.

Take your homophobia elsewhere. It's the only destructive and unnatural thing, just like racism and sexism. 

moozeditty
moozeditty

@Daveof89 The Sims is a game in which you can hit on the grim reaper and men can be impregnated by aliens. Nobody cares what you decide is natural or not.

Kexster
Kexster

@Daveof89 "I am not against any gays/lesbians, but I am fully against their 'sexual preference'."  That is ridiculous, just admit your a bigot and move on to the next article.

zerohournow
zerohournow

@Daveof89 I love how these bigots always start their conversations the same way: "Im not against gays/lesbians BUT...and then spell off a series of outdated and just plain wrong pseudo-facts about how damaging gays are to everyone else. Explain how the LGBT are not tolerating your presence Daveo? While you are at it, explain how choosing same sex relationships in a game is going to affect children.While we are at it, lets blame straight people for having all these gay babies.

gen0
gen0

@jotalandia You can buy your kids the Sims. It's less about that and more about making sure the power is in your hands and not the childs, just like all games. This is why I support this, fully in the knowledge that the alternative is a ban.

Clarrisani
Clarrisani

@pyosisified Ban all relationships then. They flaunt the heterosexual lifestyle everywhere. 

noodlevixen
noodlevixen

@pyosisified  It isn't. If you don't flirt with someone of the same sex it doesn't happen. It's completely an available option. 

gen0
gen0

@Clarrisani @nyran125tk Terrorists terrorists terrorists terrorists terrorists terrorists terrorists terrorists terrorists terrorists terrorists terrorists terrorists terrorists terrorists terrorists terrorists terrorists terrorists terrorists terrorists terrorists terrorists terrorists terrorists terrorists terrorists terrorists terrorists terrorists terrorists terrorists terrorists terrorists terrorists terrorists terrorists terrorists terrorists terrorists.

- Fox News

Anyway, please do enlighten me, what exactly are the political desires of said terrorists? Oh, you didn't know? A man can only be called a terrorist after he makes (public) political demands and resorts to violence to try and scare you into letting him have them. 

Of course if you watch Fox, or CNBC, or pretty much all american networks, any old Joe from another country is a terrorist.

charlieholmes
charlieholmes

Nothing is destructive about having the freedom of his own beliefs and opinions! You however, are destructive when you try to stifle this freedom! Get over yourself and the ultimate fallacy that makes you think just your opinion is the right one!

Daveof89
Daveof89

@Clarrisani @Daveof89 Wrong. I am not a homophobe. Hate the game, not the player. 


Do a search on homosexuality and std statistics and tell me it's not destructive.


Your logic makes no sense. 

Daveof89
Daveof89

@Kexster @Daveof89 Everyone is a bigot, dude. 


I don't dislike the people, I dislike the lifestyle. It's not ridiculous at all.

Clarrisani
Clarrisani

@Daveof89 @Clarrisani Yes you are a homophobe. Your comments have well and truly proven yourself to be one. Do a search on "abstinance only education" and stds/teen pregnancy and you'll find destruction. Usually homophobes are the ones who push "abstinence only education".


There is absolutely nothing wrong with game. The issue here is indeed with the player. Don't want homosexual relationships in your game? Then don't have homosexual relationships in YOUR game. The rest of us love the fact that there is a game on the market that doesn't discriminate. It's no different to saying a game shouldn't have black people because you don't like black people. Don't like it don't buy it.

Daveof89
Daveof89

@Clarrisani @Daveof89 You are clearly just as much a bigot as you would make me out to be. 


You also clearly don't understand a metaphor. I wasn't referring to the literal game, I was referring to hating homosexuals vs. hating homosexuality, which again, is where I stand. Yes, it's entirely possible! Just like it's possible to hate the fact that a person might be an alcoholic or do drugs. You don't hate the person, you hate their activity because you care for the well being of that person.


So, don't label me as a homophobe because I find abstinence before marriage appropriate, that's just stupid logic. Is teen pregnancy destructive? Yes, that's another reason I find abstinence before marriage appropriate. Are lots of people out there sleeping around getting std's? Another point for abstinence before marriage. It's ALL destructive if it's not done appropriately.