Let’s be honest here, EA gets a lot of flak. From their much-maligned Origin platform, to their iffy business practices involving DLC among other things, EA does not have a very good reputation in many gamers’ eyes. However, even “evil” has its standards, as EA proved last week when it came to the defense of same-sex relationships.
In recent weeks, EA has received thousands of letters calling to remove same-sex relationship options from 2 of its most recent games, Star Wars: The Old Republic, and Mass Effect 3. EA told them where they could stick it, by saying “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.”
The letters claim that EA was pressured into including the content by LGBT groups, to somehow “force” it upon children. EA, being the sane one, responded with “EA has not been pressured by any groups to include LGBT characters in our games. However, we have met with LGBT 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.”
Many of the people writing the letters have threatened a boycott. However, I have my doubts that such a boycott would work. After all, the amount of people who are so anti-gay and yet also play these games can’t be too large. Indeed, if anything, I would venture and say that EA would make up that lost revenue from the LGBT community, if only to show support for the company that supports their rights.