The Sims 4 rated Adults Only in Russia because of "same-sex relationships"

In adherence with a controversial law prohibiting the promotion of same-sex relationships to children, the Russian Federation has listed EA's The Sims 4 - which allows the option for gay and lesbian relationships - as Adults Only, thus prohibiting the sale of the game to minors and those under the age of 18.

Russia's "LGBT propaganda law," which was signed into effect by Vladimir Putin in mid-2013, has seen a great deal of controversy for its prohibition of what it calls "propaganda of non-traditional relationships" distributed amongst minors. The law has already seen multiple applications, notably in January to punish a journalist accused of publishing a news story about a teacher who was fired because of her sexual orientation -- but The Sims 4 is the first video game to be restricted to minors in Russia because of the law.

Despite this harsh restriction by Russia, the game will likely be rated similarly to its predecessors in other nations. But Putin's rigid crackdown on the Russian LGBT population will doubtlessly impact many industries and consumers, especially since Russia's thriving video game industry is predicted to hit $1.5 billion by 2015. Openly gay characters have increasingly been seen in video games, including in RPGs like Mass Effect and Skyrim, both of which allow the player-character to hold relationships with members of the same sex. If the trend of sexual freedom in video games continues to rise, the prohibition of game sales to minors in conjunction with Russian law could have potentially negative effects on the economy.

For those in Russia looking to circumvent the ban, there's still good news. The Sims 3, which also allows same-sex relationships, was rated only 12+ in Russia -- and since The Sims 3 was released in 2009, minors under the age of 18 will still be able to purchase it. Otherwise, there's always piracy: although the act of illegally downloading games negatively impacts publishers such as EA, Russia's piracy industry is thriving. According to an investigative report by Kotaku's Timur Seyfelmliukov, video game piracy is rampant in Russia in part due to low wages, and because of the relatively expensive cost of console games in the country. While Neowin doesn't condone piracy, the options still remain for those in Russia who want to experience some good old same-sex Sim-on-Sim action.

Source: @TheSimsRussia 

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Who gives a damn about these ratings? Seriously, especially here in Russia, do you really think that anyone's gonna ask for ID when purchasing a game!? There's an 80% chance that if you play a game in Russia it's pirated, it's not retailer's top priority to check for age compliance, when someone is actually purchasing a game ;)

My son is 5 years old and he doesn't even know about homosexuals and lesbians, I don't think it is right for him to know right now, when he is older and when he asks, that's when we will have a long talk. He should be worried about school and having fun and just being a kid!!!!.

Gaara sama said,
My son is 5 years old and he doesn't even know about homosexuals and lesbians, I don't think it is right for him to know right now, when he is older and when he asks, that's when we will have a long talk. He should be worried about school and having fun and just being a kid!!!!.

To have a valid 'moral' equivalency...

I must assume you also shelter your child from the fact that there are heterosexual couples, and thus you never share you bed with anyone, and sleep in twin beds, just like Lucy and Ricky did in the 1950s.

Right?

Two people loving each other is not hard to explain. Beyond that, it is YOU bringing up the people's genitals to the child, which is kind of sick.

My nephew is 10 years old and my niece is 3 years old. They know about heterosexuals, homosexuals and lesbians, in as much as sometimes men love women, sometimes men love men and sometimes women love women.

It doesn't confuse them. The world didn't end.

(I should note they don't have a clue about sex. Well, maybe the 10 year old does having unfettered tablet access :-( )

Yeah he is my son and he need to be protected in all time, do you realize the day we are leaving? by the way ones again he does't need to know about Homosexyality at all. but if he ask we will have a long talk. as SON and FATHER. no need to know how HomosexULITY Personal Life style, he should be having fun as a Child and Enjoying his child hood!!.

Nidonocu said,
Well that's fine, because you wouldn't be an irresponsible parent and let him play a Teen rated video game would you..?
NO AT ALL!! he will be playing Appropriated game for children learning and spent time with good association friend and practicing sport. to avoid Obesity and Health problem.

Jazirian said,
My nephew is 10 years old and my niece is 3 years old. They know about heterosexuals, homosexuals and lesbians, in as much as sometimes men love women, sometimes men love men and sometimes women love women.

It doesn't confuse them. The world didn't end.

(I should note they don't have a clue about sex. Well, maybe the 10 year old does having unfettered tablet access :-( )

3 years old. They know about homosexuality>????? you can tell them about it but the don't understand what that mean. ... for example you can tell a 3 year old child about shutting is bad , but does he really understand what is killing? NO the won't NOT

Gaara sama said,
HomosexULITY Personal Life style, he should be having fun as a Child and Enjoying his child hood!!.

See on the one hand im delighted that people like you have a 1/10 chance of getting the poetic justice you deserver with a gay son. On the other I feel sorry for the child having to listen to this rubbish.

For a "lifestyle" it sure seems to be difficult to leave cough exodus international cough!

TPreston said,

See on the one hand im delighted that people like you have a 1/10 chance of getting the poetic justice you deserver with a gay son. On the other I feel sorry for the child having to listen to this rubbish.

For a "lifestyle" it sure seems to be difficult to leave cough exodus international cough!

.. Sorry but your personal Opinion doesn't count on me. is my personal believe and everybody should respect that. The problem is that if you have desagrement with a Homosexual is bullying or discrimination. i stand for what i believe.

The funny thing is that all these prohibitions only raise most of the country's children's awareness of an issue they normally wouldn't even think about. If anything, it will only help them shape their personality at an earlier age, as well as hate their government even more whether they are homosexual or not. Everyone with half a brain knows that, and you don't even need to know basic psychology to know it. It's sad, but to most people reading this, it's just hilarious how idiotic the Russian government is.

I've been doing same sex relationships on my Sims since Sims 1. This is normal I guess, as the game is free play, but what would not be good is including same sex matrimony. Right, children are targeted. And same sex stuff is only accepted in few countries, so I hope that's not included in the package. I wouldn't want it anyway.

Not sure if I follow you, same sex sims can get married in Sims 3, not sure about 1 and 2.
Not sure how ratings work in different countries, here in Brazil The Sims 3 base game is "not recommended for those under 16 years old", the expansions rating vary from 12 to 16 probably based on how "spicy" it is...

Because they are well within their rights. They are not banning it. Contrary to popular belief in the media, many communities in this world take issue with the LGBT agenda. However, that's a different debate. For the sake of this article, no harm has been done by sticking an "M" on the box.

JHBrown said,
Because they are well within their rights. They are not banning it. Contrary to popular belief in the media, many communities in this world take issue with the LGBT agenda. However, that's a different debate. For the sake of this article, no harm has been done by sticking an "M" on the box.

Would you feel any different if a game was rated restricted / banned in a 3rd world nation because it promoted "equal treatment of women"?

Except this game isn't promoting any LGBT agenda, no matter how much you profess otherwise. It's a life simulator that's controlled by the player. It's the player that determines what the relationship will be, not the game. The game is just not imposing any artificial limits on what those relationships can be. If it did, now THAT would be an agenda.

_Alexander said,

Would you feel any different if a game was rated restricted / banned in a 3rd world nation because it promoted "equal treatment of women"?

Actually, I would feel the same way about it. That's because I'm a tolerant human being, What another nation chooses to do inside their borders is not for me to judge.
Sure I can abhor those decisions on principle, I respect the rights of any nation within their borders. If I truly object I do not spend tourist dollars in said nation,

deadonthefloor said,

Actually, I would feel the same way about it. That's because I'm a tolerant human being, What another nation chooses to do inside their borders is not for me to judge.

Yeah screw the universal declaration of human rights. Who needs that states rights ftw

JHBrown said,
Because they are well within their rights. They are not banning it. Contrary to popular belief in the media, many communities in this world take issue with the LGBT agenda. However, that's a different debate. For the sake of this article, no harm has been done by sticking an "M" on the box.

The fact that you think there is a LGBT 'agenda', pretty much disqualifies you from ever commenting on this subject again.

JHBrown said,
Because they are well within their rights. They are not banning it. Contrary to popular belief in the media, many communities in this world take issue with the LGBT agenda. However, that's a different debate. For the sake of this article, no harm has been done by sticking an "M" on the box.

Here's my gay agenda:
1. Commute to work
2. Call to schedule car maintenance
3. Work for ten hours
4. Commute home
5. Destroy the world- one family at a time

Skwerl said,

Here's my gay agenda:
1. Commute to work
2. Call to schedule car maintenance
3. Work for ten hours
4. Commute home
5. Destroy the world- one family at a time

It's nice that you have an agenda. I guess!

Children are the main target for The Sims. I wouldn't want my kids playing a game with any sexual themes whatsoever. Clicking a button to create another human, that's okay. But watching characters having sex is taking things too far.

I could watch them have sex (well, a wild romp under the bed covers that could result in a baby) since the first Sims

They don't just have sex automatically on a whim you know... you actually have to cultivate the relationship, and eventually command them to "woohoo" yourself (at least that's how I remember it). I also remember that anything like that was obscured from view anyway. You make it sound like it's some kind of hardcore pornography they could be inflicted with.

I must be in the minority here, but I think it's the right thing to do. It's based on sexual preference... and you shouldn't be promoting anything sexual related to minors anyway. If a game is going to have anything that's sexual related (including relationships based on sexual preference) then yes it should be adults.

j2006 said,
and you shouldn't be promoting anything sexual related to minors anyway

This is pretty much the extent of the so-called "controversial" gay propaganda law that was passed in Russia late last year, just before the Olympics. But the western media will never point that out, as they're far more happy continuing the anti-Putin smear campaign.

It could have something to do with the fact that the law only makes it illegal to show that a certain sexuality exists, and does not punish the promotion of the status quo sexuality

j2006 said,
I must be in the minority here, but I think it's the right thing to do. It's based on sexual preference... and you shouldn't be promoting anything sexual related to minors anyway. If a game is going to have anything that's sexual related (including relationships based on sexual preference) then yes it should be adults.

Is it showing sex to minors, or it is just letting two people be married and live together?

This is the part many people don't seem to get past... (Loving someone does not equal 'sex' or the act of having sex.)

_dandy_ said,

This is pretty much the extent of the so-called "controversial" gay propaganda law that was passed in Russia late last year, just before the Olympics. But the western media will never point that out, as they're far more happy continuing the anti-Putin smear campaign.

Well, Putin pretty much is made of sh!t, so I don't see what's so bad about smearing him. That's what sh!t is for!

Well well well. Look at this. Where to start? If Russia wants to resist the will of the Washington and Brussels banksta elites, that's their prerogative. However, Russia stubbornly doesn't play ball and go along with the way things the Western PTB want them to, so here is another what is basically anti-Russian smear story in a long line of them all over the media. It is designed to elicit a negative emotional response no doubt.
You see, Russia is to be made to pay dearly for their affrontery to the Cathedral of the Western Elite, and it ain't over yet. Not by a long shot....

HawkMan said,
what....

He dosnt like glorious nation of Russia having public policy compared to other prosperous country like Nigeria, Zimbabwe and many other that fight the western gay brainwashing /s

mzta cody said,
Russia stubbornly doesn't play ball and go along with the way things the Western PTB want them to, so here is another what is basically anti-Russian smear story in a long line of them all over the media.

That might make for a compelling narrative if the media wasn't also critical of the numerous US states openly discriminating against homosexuals. Discrimination is discrimination.

This may be quite shocking for you dear Russians but putting two female or male avatars in single house or even in bed (!) was possible versions ago, but yeah, marriage changes all *roll eyes*.

elenarie said,
Or just remove same-sex relationships.

then people would just be mad at EA (look at what happened to Nintendo) or they would accuse Russia of censorship. Take same sex marriage out, I don't see how the game's rating is any different than how Australia seems to rate their games.

This wouldn't have even been an issue if the game received an AO rating for online interactions or what not, but never mentioned same sex relationship.

sanctified said,

why?

Because they have been censoring games for decades now to avoid games being rated Adult-Only... violence in Australia, violence and Nazi stuff in Germany, terrorist stuff in the US.

Thus just remove / censor same-gender relationships for Russia and you're done.