“The Sims 4”: Third-party “modders” bring abortion features to the game

The “Miscarriage Chance & Abortion” mod has been downloaded over 250,000 times since mid-2021. ― Photo by Vanessarocksmyworld0/Pixabay

Friday August 12, 2022 10:01 MYT

SAN FRANCISCO, August 12 ― Third-party developers have added functionality to The Sims that allow player characters to access Abortions. The video game ― popular for the progressive vision instilled in its simulations ― had not until then opened the right to abortion to the characters. These unofficial features have become particularly popular and continue to be downloaded with the recent repeal of abortion rights in the United States.

Video game fans The Sims added features that allow characters to have virtual abortions. These new features have become very popular within the community of the most famous life simulation game in the world.

These additions, called “mods”, are made by third-party “modders”, independent of the game’s official creator. LittleMsSam, the creator of a popular abortion “mod”, told US media outlet Axios that Risk of miscarriage and abortion had been downloaded more than 250,000 times since mid-2021. The modder first released this feature in June 2018.

Have an abortion in The Sims 4, players must pay an amount of fictitious in-game currency (1,000 Simoleons). They cannot perform the procedure beyond the second trimester of pregnancy. The character will feel guilty “under most circumstances,” Axios notes.

With the recent revocation of abortion rights by the United States Supreme Court, these abortion “patterns” have become all the more relevant.

The game’s development studio, Maxis, has always had a progressive stance, including, for example, romances between same-sex characters early in the game’s story. In a recent update (July 15, 2022), the The game’s creators sought to add a sexual orientation feature for the characters so that the game “respects and celebrates the nuance and color of everyday life”.

But Maxis has never taken a position on abortion. On June 25, 2022, The Sims Twitter account released a statement saying, “For those who play The Sims, the game has always been about being who you want to be, loving who you want to love, and creating the life you want to live. Our game is a reflection of our unwavering belief that everyone has the right to choose how they want to live their life without judgement, including the right to bodily autonomy. ― Studio ETX

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