You can now customize your Sims’ pronouns
With same-sex relationships possible since the first game in the series in 2000, The Sims has spearheaded queer representation in games. It hasn’t always been perfect, with same-sex couples being limited to “joined unions” rather than marriages in The Sims 2 for example, but it’s been there. One area where it was still lacking in terms of representation is gender, with default pronouns applied based on the body type players choose. This has changed since update (opens in a new tab) add customizable pronouns to the Sims 4.
With this update, a new or existing Sim can use the Create a Sim menu to choose They/Them from the Edit Pronouns drop-down list, or access Custom Pronouns and set separate options for Subjective, Objective, Reflexive, Possessive Dependent and independent possessive. pronouns. This seems like a pretty robust set of possibilities, and was designed in consultation with GLAAD and the It Gets Better Project, a nonprofit the Sims partnered with in 2019.
Credit for getting the ball rolling should go to Twitch streamer and It Gets Better ambassador Momo misfortune (opens in a new tab), who began tweeting daily on EA and The Sims accounts asking for pronoun options early last year. They also launched a petition on Change.org (opens in a new tab) which has accumulated 22,856 signatures.
In a blog post (opens in a new tab) About the update, Producer John Faciane aka SimGuruDuck discussed the work of researching and adding this feature. “We went through a few different explorations,” Faciane wrote, “but ultimately where we landed was to create a system that allows pronouns to be defined by the player and then used in multiple different text strings. been achieved through the creation of new tokens, or pieces of text that are reused, that support custom player input.”
Custom pronouns are currently only available to Sims in the English version of The Sims 4. Faciane noted that the rollout will take time given that The Sims 4 has been translated into 18 different languages: “With that number of languages, it There’s a lot of complexity around how different languages and cultures use pronouns, so we’ll need more time to research how to properly incorporate grammar rules into other languages the game is available in.