EA Doesn’t Back Down Against Thousands Of Anti-Gay Letters

Published 3 years ago by , Updated December 22nd, 2014 at 10:50 am,

EA Doesn't Back Down In Face Of Thousands Of Anti-Gay Letters

Fans of Mass Effect 3 were pretty excited when it was revealed they could finally have male Shepard do the deed with Garrus. However, some people weren’t too ecstatic about the option as EA has reportedly received many, many letters from homophobic individuals threatening to boycott their games. The good news? EA chose to defend itself.

The publisher was sent thousands of letters and emails regarding the homosexual content in Mass Effect 3 and The Old Republic, the latter of which did not have same-sex relationships at launch. These individuals want EA to remove said content from their games, with some even accusing them of being pressured into adding homosexual relationships.

EA isn’t being swayed by these letters however, and refuses to censor any of their current or future games. As much as EA does partake in some anti-consumer actions, they really need to be commended for this; maybe they aren’t the worst company in America after all, although this is very interesting positive PR the day after that mess…

Jeff Brown, EA’s VP of corporate communications offers the common sense approach to how it’s made very clear to consumers beforehand what content is included in the game:

“Every one of EA’s games includes ESRB content descriptors so it’s hard to believe anyone is surprised by the content. This isn’t about protecting children, it’s about political harassment.”

In response to accusations that EA was deliberately deleting anti-gay posts from its forums, Brown explains that EA does not and will not accept hate speech of any kind on the forums, so it’s no surprise EA deleted said comments.

“EA has not been pressured by any groups to include LGBT characters in our games. However, we have met with LBGT groups and sponsored industry forums to discuss content and harassment of players in online forums. In short, we do put options for same-sex relationships in our games; we don’t tolerate hate speech on our forums.”

What’s most shocking about this situation is the stance taken by some of the letters that EA needs to “protect the children.” Mass Effect 3, The Old Republic and Dragon Age 2, all of which feature homosexual sex scenes, are all rated M and therefore, are not for children. It should be clear to parents right off the bat that these games are not suitable for a young audience. That being said, it’s not EA’s job to police what content reaches the public – it’s in the hands of parents to make sure what they deem unsuitable does not reach their kids, but does not mean enforcing their beliefs in the public sector.

Mass Effect 3 is available now, and it includes gay sex scenes. The best part is you don’t have to participate in them if you don’t want to! It’s about choice!

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Source: GamesIndustry International

TAGS: BioWare, Dragon Age, Dragon Age 2, Dragon Age 3, Electronic Arts, Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2, Mass Effect 3, The Old Republic

  • Justin Loomis

    Good for EA. The gay/lesbo romances in ME are in no way forced upon you. Sure, they suggest, but you can say ‘No, sorry, I don’t feel that way.’ and theyll accept it. They won’t leave, die, or betray you if you say no.

    And these dumb, ignorant, bible thumping morons saying ‘it’s immoral’, do you know that in the times of the crusades, you people MURDERED for the god you worshipped? Sure, it’s a long way back, but don’t act like your religion is all shiny and clean. So get off your high horse. It’s none of your business.

    • rayblon

      You hit the nail right on the head. EA made a good choice in doing this imo.

  • chao

    when 2 girls make out and have sex a lot of people including straight women wants to watch…when 2 guys does it, its wrong to everyone…i mean im straight but come on have some respect to the one’s who wanna be gay…if at the end they’ll burn in hell, so what? let them enjoy this life…its a matter of choice and principle…people forgot what gaming is about…

  • Jon

    I’m sorry am I the only one that thinks the timing of this is a little strange. In that it happened the same day the EA were named worst company in America. The letter writing campaign has been in the news before so why now has EA made it a story again? Also why it trumpeting its stand on Gay right suddenly news worthy? I would have hoped that we live in a society when standing up for gay rights is the norm not a news worthy item that a company feels the need to talk about in a week of bad publicity. Quite frankly I find it offensive how they are using this story to distract from their bad press.

    • Androol

      From the article: “maybe they aren’t the worst company in America after all, although this is very interesting positive PR the day after that mess…”

      Yeah, I don’t think it’s a coincidence either, but hey, it does go to show you that they could be worse. Even without foreclosing on anyone’s home or anything, lol.

      • Jon

        Yeah I don’t know if we can post links on here (rectangular reader not commenter) But if you look at reddit atm on the gaming section there is a rather interesting entitled ‘Just a heads-up from an anonymous journalist. You guys might want to keep an eye out.’ Very interesting read.

      • Jon
        • Androol

          Wow, do people actually think EA’s stock price could take a hit from that “worst company” survey? If so, then this whole story is even more forehead-slappingly ridiculous than I thought.

  • http://handsomefatman.com Carlos Alexandre

    A Bitmob article I just wrote about this:

    Long story short: EA/BioWare is in the right, and homosexuality has never been proven harmful.

  • Androol

    Glad EA is sticking to its guns here. We seem to have turned a corner in this country in the last few years, where most big businesses decided to say “smell ya later” to the bible-thumpers, and embrace the sensible business decision of welcoming gay consumers and employees.

    I’m also glad we haven’t seen any LGBT groups raising a ruckus because homosexuality is presented as a choice in ME3, lol. That could theoretically be an issue for some people.

  • scarpreston

    @ carlos one of the highest % of people with aids are homosexual think before you speak but yo cant get aids from a game

    • http://handsomefatman.com Carlos Alexandre

      Misleading at best, agenda-driven at worst.

    • Skruff

      Source please…

  • dueljosh

    isnt being gay in real life also a choice im not gay but if you are then its your choice just like in mass effect 3 you can choose to do humans and aliens, just like in real life you can do humans and pretty much w/e else you want to its a matter of choice estop harassing video game makers just because they want to make it like ral life i mean really people its just a game you choose who you want to have a relationship be it Ashley,Liara Tali, Miranda, Garrus etc its a choice you choose who you do thats why you play your way just like in life so stop boycotting video games and actually just boycot your own life and get one.

    • Androol

      Well, participating in a gay relationship is a choice, yeah, but having the inclination isn’t. Homosexual action is a choice, but homosexual thought/emotion isn’t. That’s hard-wired in the brain, as either a genetic or psychological condition. Just like heterosexuality is for you and me.

    • Kiltedbear

      No, I can assure you it is not. Some people are bi and they say they have a choice and they do, but true same sex bias is not a choice just like heterosexual feels are not choice. We learned this all so many years ago from Kinsey, but yet people REFUSE to wrap their head around the fact that sexuality in not a gay or straight thing. It’s not black or white. There are true bi, somewhat male biased, and only male biased guys and the same for girls. The same even goes toward heterosexual bias. Little, some, lots. That’s why we get heterosexual people admitting to being curious. It’s not that they’re closeted. It’s just that they are not purely hetero biased. Again, Kinsey had this down decades ago. I still don’t understand why this is so hard and I think it is simply because for a long time we hated talking about sex.

  • Devin

    Great, EA’s still full of **** heads though.

  • Kiltedbear

    What this really is about is lazy parenting and forcing personal religious beliefs on others. They just won’t accept that many people have accepted that being gay is really normal for some people and the same thing happened with the alien sex inferences in Mass Effect 1.

  • unknownsymbol

    Let’s say you are mixing colors to paint a picture. But you have an absolute hatred for the color green (and if you are painting and hate a specific color then you shouldn’t be painting at all, honestly). Then simply do NOT mix the colors blue and yellow together and BAM! No green. Omg that was so hard. The video game gave you the option, and you have to make the choice, it’s so hard to make a choice isn’t it? Even though all 3 of the games are played on choice making. As much as a sexually straight human wanted to see a straight relationship; there is a homosexual who had no other option but to see the straight relationship because unfortunately this horrible little planet thinks that homosexual actions or themselves are a threat and must be punished by forcing them to hide their whole lives out of fear of being judged because of their feelings. It’s good to have materials produced that allow such interpretations to unfold, to reveal to the world just how harmless a different form of action cane be, especially in a video game. Cause you know, video games are life and if you blow up a planet in a video game it actually happens. Thank you EA for not being one of the dieing breed of humans that hate their own flesh and blood.

  • E71

    Thanks Bioware, now I gotta be REALLY careful what to say to any male characters not to have them come onto me like Kaiden did…

    Bioware — Ruiner of Bromances since 2012.

    • Androol

      LOL I had that problem with my lesbian Shepard; trying to be friendly with Jacob and accidentally got a little too friendly.

  • aserothbw

    I have to give props for EA standing up against the haters. The games are rated mature, and the romances are optional. No one is forcing these people to view anything they don’t want to. And if they don’t like it, they can go somewhere else get their kicks.