The Sims 4 developers are sorry for not highlighting more black creators during the presentation

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After EA unveiled the next installment of The sims at last week’s Sims Summit, black content creators were unhappy with the lack of inclusion. Critics noted that out of about 20 people shown, only one was a black streamer.

The publisher introduced Project René (which we call The Sims 5) and a civil servant modding hub to its enthusiastic audience at the October 18 summit. The stream celebrated its community of content creators with a two-minute segment showing their reactions to the baby update. EA included more white people with non-American accents than black creators overall.

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« Black Simmers [have] had a major impact on The Sims community for years. Literally the backbone to provide skin tones, body features, hairstyles, and more. Everything the devs didn’t do,” Black Girl Gamers tweeted.

Black Simmers have been pillars of the community and have often corrected EA’s lack of representation by creating skin-colored mods and custom content that celebrates black culture.

Creator xMiraMira, for example, released the Melanin Pack and the updated Melanin Pack 2, which adds skin tone and makeup for black sims. She was also featured in the competition show The Sims Spark’d, as well as other black DeeSims and SpringSims creators, so EA is certainly aware of Black Simmers to contact.

The Sims the team also worked with Danielle “Ebonix” Udogaranyaand xMiraMira, on its in-game skin tone update.

“Black Simmers deserve to feel seen in everything we do at The Simsso we hold ourselves accountable for this mistake and will do better moving forward,” EA tweeted in response.

Stephane”spring sims“Works was the only Black Simmer featured in the showcase’s creator segment, which many people felt was not enough. even works commented on the showcase, saying that while he was “grateful” to be included, he wished more black streamers could share the spotlight with him. Kotaku has contacted EA about plans to commit to greater on-screen diversity, but has not received a response as of press time.

The Sims The community also pointed out that this was far from the only time EA failed to respect black fans enough. One noted how Black hair and skin tone options have been added relatively late in the game life cycle. Another reminded than black afros in The Sims 4 were originally modeled on cauliflower instead of… you know, real human hair. There is also a Twitter feed How? ‘Or’ What The Sims 4 neglected black culture in favor of several content packs featuring various other cultures or nations.

“The Black Simmers have shaped every sims community,” tweeted a creator who identifies as a Black Simmer. “Machinima, mods, cc, let’s play, etc. wouldn’t be what they are now without black creators.”

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