Anti-Gay Email Campaign Floods Electronic Arts

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Anti-Gay Email Campaign Floods Electronic Arts

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Electronic Arts has received "several thousands" emails and letters protesting same-sex relationships in its games.

In March, the Florida Family Association launched an email campaign against BioWare and Electronic Arts to protest the inclusion of same-sex relationships in Star Wars: The Old Republic. The Family Research Council made similar noises in January, when FRC President Tony Perkins said "the biggest threat to the empire may be homosexual activists" and called on his audience to speak out against them.

It appears that followers of these "family values" groups have heard and obeyed, as Electronic Arts confirmed that it has received "several thousand" letters complaining about the presence of same-sex relationships in games like The Old Republic and Mass Effect 3, and threatening to boycott its games if they're not removed. Not that it really matters, as Vice President of Corporate Communications Jeff Brown said the company has no plans to change or censor anything.

"Every one of EA's games includes ESRB content descriptors so it's hard to believe anyone is surprised by the content," Brown told GamesIndustry. "This isn't about protecting children, it's about political harassment."

Brown also dismissed the suggestion that EA was somehow pressured into including LGBT characters in its games, although he acknowledged that a number of forum posts criticizing the company's stance have been deleted for violating its content rules. "We have met with LBGT groups and sponsored industry forums to discuss content and harassment of players in online forums," he added. "In short, we do put options for same-sex relationships in our games; we don't tolerate hate speech on our forums."

Same-sex relationships aren't actually available yet in Star Wars: The Old Republic but BioWare and EA have said the option will be added at some point in the future.

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Alright then- Family values nutters, time for a Lesson in the economy.

When you DO NOT BUY THE PRODUCTS PRODUCED TO BEGIN WITH, you cannot boycott it. If i disagreed with the giant pink dildo company, i cannot boycott them because i do not buy the products & never intended to. Similarly if you do not buy games you cannot boycott them.

If you use the product while "boycotting" the boycott is invalidated because you used it. No matter how you came about using it you still used it. Pirating, buying used, borrowing, all invalidate participation in a boycott. A boycott is not codified by declaring never to buy/use a product or service. Particularly with luxuries if you never participated in the market a good is in, you are not boycotting it. If you simply do not buy a product for whatever reason, that is not a boycott. A boycott is the active abstaining from continued use of goods or services(yes even those you own) until demands are met by the supplier/producer.

I'm always glad to see important issues like fake gay marriages in a fake universe get the attention they deserve.

i always laughed that you never got a peep out of these groups if a character got their wild thang on with a different species but heaven forbid if it was two people of the same gender.

its been a long time since ive been able to say this but good on EA and i respect them for not giving in on this

"the biggest threat to the empire may be homosexual activists"

They're actually identifying themselves with the bad guys?

I would have figured gay groups would protest because Shepard suddenly chose to be gay in the third game after being straight for the first two...

One of those e-mails is mine, but I took out the hate message and replaced it with one applauding EA to keep on publishing games without giving in to messages of hate from religious groups.

But considering they mailed some 8 different e-mail adresses belonging to EA according to that hate group whose spam system I abused to send that message, isn't the real number of people behind the campaign much lower? 'Several thousand' divided through 8 is only a few hundred people, a part of the encouraging like mine was.

Tetsuo Panyagua:
"the biggest threat to the empire may be homosexual activists"

They're actually identifying themselves with the bad guys?

Here's me thinking that the greatest threat to the empire was 2 meter wide exhaust ports and Ewoks.

Homosexuality hurts no one etc etc if it hurts you then you are lying yada yada Free DLC in the summer La-dee-da and No one thinks anything these idiots have to say is in any way shape or form important.

Now if you excuse me, I have communication officers to Scissor.

superbowlbound:
I would have figured gay groups would protest because Shepard suddenly chose to be gay in the third game after being straight for the first two...

I was technically gay for 2 of them, A sexual alien race in the form of a human female or not My Shepard wanted her some Liara.

Hey, can someone post the email of Bioware so we can flood them with praise for allowing homosexuality in their games? 'Cuz that's what I want to do.

Zachary Amaranth:
I'm always glad to see important issues like fake gay marriages in a fake universe get the attention they deserve.

Toombs approves +7

Keep up the good work.

Zachary Amaranth:
I'm always glad to see important issues like fake gay marriages in a fake universe get the attention they deserve.

Didn't you hear? Gay love scenes caused the Reaper invasion.

Well... I guess even EA is bound to do something right for once. Dissmissing these "Family value" organizations for the bullshit they are certanly earns them a big plus in my books =p

nikki191:
i always laughed that you never got a peep out of these groups if a character got their wild thang on with a different species but heaven forbid if it was two people of the same gender.

its been a long time since ive been able to say this but good on EA and i respect them for not giving in on this

To nutcases like Santorum, it's the same thing, and he's said so. And that's why his name is now synonymous with the byproduct of anal sex.

So they expect Bioware to care that a bunch of morons who aren't gay but are obsessed with gay sex, and who wouldn't buy their game anyway, don't want others to buy it either. They don't know gamers very well.

I don't believe homosexuality is a choice but clearly, bigotry is.

RT-Medic-with-shotgun:
Alright then- Family values nutters, time for a Lesson in the economy.

When you DO NOT BUY THE PRODUCT TO BEGIN WITH you cannot boycott it. If i disagreed with the giant pink dildo company, i cannot boycott them because i do not buy the products. Similarly if you do not buy games you cannot boycott them.

Why is their point of view any less valid than that of those poeple complaining about the ending of ME3? I don't I agree with it, but they are as just entitled to express to their point of view as anyone else. How do you know the private opinions of other players, have you empirical data saying only liberals buy games? My experience of online play seems to suggest that there is rampant homophobia amongst hardcore gamers. I don't think there has been a day when I haven't heard some sort of homophobic insult when playing online.

its 2012...this is still an issue with some people?

Really? People have nothing better to do than this...

This kind of stuff gets on my nerves - we don't worry about issues like inflation, the national debt, teenage pregnancy, people starving, or genocide. But god forbid a game developer adds an option to have a gay relationship - then we have to get our panties all up in a bunch.

Its an option - the game doesn't throw it in your face (on purpose). Its not like "Sheppard can be gay, now get to the orgy pit!" Its something that's just there - straight people can have relationships, why can't homosexuals?

The only ammo these people can carry is that the game does throw it in your face, but very subtly - something you'd have to play the game to notice. There were a few times were I accidentally pursued a relationship without realizing I was pursuing a gay relationship. I believe Kaiden said he felt uncomfortable, and one of the options was presented from there without me realizing "I'm trying to romance this person". That never happened with any of the straight dialogue, but I attribute that more towards sloppy last minute integration over a mastermind pro-gay agenda.

Seriously though - forgive my language - but its a fucking game. You can make songs about sex with transexuals from the late 90's and movies about the beauty of gay love in the early 2000's. Are people gonna seriously get mad because there is an option, in a game that does not revolve around sex, as an option, in 2012?

Heres an idea to people who do that: worry about YOUR life, YOUR problems, or problems that effect YOU. Then, worry about issues that effect OTHERS lives, on a life of death basis. Then you can worry about strangers who prefer one sexual organ over another.

Ebisimaru, Tony, Jun Kurosu, Kanji Tatsumi, Flea.

Why don't they go after Konami, Nintendo, Atlus and Square?

And those came off the top of my head.

albino boo:

RT-Medic-with-shotgun:
Alright then- Family values nutters, time for a Lesson in the economy.

When you DO NOT BUY THE PRODUCT TO BEGIN WITH you cannot boycott it. If i disagreed with the giant pink dildo company, i cannot boycott them because i do not buy the products. Similarly if you do not buy games you cannot boycott them.

Why is their point of view any less valid than that of those poeple complaining about the ending of ME3? I don't I agree with it, but they are as just entitled to express to their point of view as anyone else. How do you know the private opinions of other players, have you empirical data saying only liberals buy games? My experience of online play seems to suggest that there is rampant homophobia amongst hardcore gamers.

By and large the family values groups are older people. There is rampant homophobia among the internet. The main difference is once off the internet they usually don't go apeshit about how evil gays are. And just because you find loads of homophobia on CoD and WoW, doesn't mean the #1 buyers of the product are family values conservatives. The family values groups tend to have memberships that shun gaming. Why? Because it corrupts kids into satanist violence. Not all conservatives are like that, but family values groups tend to get the ones with the most violent moral panics.

And no. They are no sharing an opinion. They are sharing an idea they think to be fact. They hold it to be irrefutable fact that gay people are evil. That is not an opinion to them. They view it as honest fact and any other point of view to be a lie to destroy christian values. Yes they have a right to speak, but that doesn't mean they should not be argued against. Their point of view is less valid because it is a misguided belief in direct opposition of facts. It is willful denial of facts proving them wrong, that gay people are not evil. It is a hateful opinion linked to biblical morality. ME3 rage is over an ending that may not even have come with the game, story content CRITICAL to the ending they made that was locked away for 10 bucks ion the disk, and the appeared clusterfuck that was the ending before they cut to the epilogue. Not to mention that actual clarification as to what went on in that ending was not on the disk.

One of these is a case of being ripped off by a company, the other is a case of being stuffed full of hate by parents.

Zen Toombs:
Hey, can someone post the email of Bioware so we can flood them with praise for allowing homosexuality in their games? 'Cuz that's what I want to do.

I like that idea. positive support.

Toombs approves +7

Keep up the good work.

Merci.

Tetsuo Panyagua:
"the biggest threat to the empire may be homosexual activists"

They're actually identifying themselves with the bad guys?

To be fair, I doubt they've seen the movies, since they feature gay robots. Or whatever.

DVS BSTrD:
Didn't you hear? Gay love scenes caused the Reaper invasion.

Now, if you said "caused the Mass Effect 3 Ending," you'd have support. >.>

Thousands of letters, eh?
I wonder how long it'd take to burn them in, say, a central heater.

Online passes.
Draconian always online DRM.
Disc locked content.
Overpriced, low quality DLC.
Buying up good developers and running them into the ground.
Origin and everything wrong with it (going to leave it at that so I'm not sitting here all day writing this post).
Banning you from all your game purchases (including single player games) if someone swears at you on an EA forum.
Banning people from all their game purchases for modding the single player portion of a game.
Removing private match options from Battlefield 3 so they could force people to pay a lot of money to rent servers.
And more that I can't recall immediately off the top of my head.

None of that stuff is important as those are all completely acceptable ways to treat your paying customers. My unwavering appreciation and support go out to this group for not letting EA get away with the one thing they do that's truly wrong: having gay characters in video games.

RaikuFA:
Ebisimaru, Tony, Jun Kurosu, Kanji Tatsumi, Flea.

Why don't they go after Konami, Nintendo, Atlus and Square?

And those came off the top of my head.

Maybe they have, and that's why so little gets translated from Japan... *tinfoil hat*

homophobes are even going after video games we are doomed as a species

I'm guessing they didn't care too much about the lesbian parts and we're more outraged by gay male Shepard stuff. Usually people get more bent out of shape over gay males then females for some reason.

Richardplex:

RaikuFA:
Ebisimaru, Tony, Jun Kurosu, Kanji Tatsumi, Flea.

Why don't they go after Konami, Nintendo, Atlus and Square?

And those came off the top of my head.

Maybe they have, and that's why so little gets translated from Japan... *tinfoil hat*

i think your right oh god i hope its not that i like there games the ones i can play anyway

Hmm I am continually offended that these groups always use "family" in their names. It has become so bad that the words "family" and "family values" instantly turns your mind to anti-gay rhetoric. A nice wholesome word, family, suddenly feels like a oozing glop of intolerance (and in some cases abject stupidity).

Family values have nothing to do with gays. It is spin to make, what is in the end, bigotry sound wholesome and it disgusts me.

Nice damage control there EA, I'm sure that the timing of these news have nothing to do with the nice award you just won, I'm sure that you aren't at all trying to correlate the buttfuck-retarded family values people with the Consumerist poll.

Bioware has been using this strategy for a while: "If you don't agree/like us/sing our endless praises then you must be a homophobe."

Of course it goes without saying that any American organisation with the word "Family" in it's name is to be disregarded without any further inspection.

Zachary Amaranth:

DVS BSTrD:
Didn't you hear? Gay love scenes caused the Reaper invasion.

Now, if you said "caused the Mass Effect 3 Ending," you'd have support. >.>

No that was illegal Quarian immigrants.

Another missed opportunity. Screw professionalism, EA should have held a press conference just to play everyone's favourite J. Jonah Jameson moment and walk out without saying a single word.

"the biggest threat to the empire may be homosexual activists" Out of context this sentence is fucking hilarious.

These people are pathetic. I honestly don't know what their hoping to achieve, and I would very much like for the to stop being so butthurt over the existence of people who arent harming them or anyone in anyway (as a group).

Captcha: carbon footprint. Clearly this machine is promoting a liberal agenda.

So a "family values" organization is upset about the possibility of gay relationships in a Star Wars product. It leaves me wondering if they watched the movies. If the issue doesn't seem apparent, let's review, Luke lives with his aunt and uncle. The empire kills them, leaving Luke's effective parents as charred husks. Luke then meets his sister, who eventually kisses him very passionately. Luke discovers his father is the star wars equivalent of satan and has his arm cut off by said father. At the end, Luke's father sacrifices himself to save Luke (the only family value shown so far) leaving Luke and his sister orphaned. Also, in this process, a whole planet is destroyed, a human being in is frozen in carbonite and Luke's sister is imprisoned and forced to wear a brass bikini as a slave (and it's unclear what the character was forced to endure during that incarceration). Exactly what "family values" are these people naively trying to enforce? I mean, they certainly seem to be missing a lot of big ones.

Seriously? You're harassing and boycotting EA over one of the few ways in which they aren't evil...?

JakobBloch:
Hmm I am continually offended that these groups always use "family" in their names. It has become so bad that the words "family" and "family values" instantly turns your mind to anti-gay rhetoric. A nice wholesome word, family, suddenly feels like a oozing glop of intolerance (and in some cases abject stupidity).

Family values have nothing to do with gays. It is spin to make, what is in the end, bigotry sound wholesome and it disgusts me.

I've formed a rule: The more positive sounding name an organisation etc. has, the more likely they're complete knobgoblins. "Family" is one of the words in a title that gets me really critical.

@RaikuFA - Wasn't Flea transgender or transsexual (I don't know the terminology)? Not that it matters to groups like these.

@tony2077 - I don't see how we're more doomed because this sort of attitude happens towards games. What is sad is that this kind of stuff still keeps happening.

bringer of illumination:
Nice damage control there EA, I'm sure that the timing of these news have nothing to do with the nice award you just won, I'm sure that you aren't at all trying to correlate the buttfuck-retarded family values people with the Consumerist poll.

Bioware has been using this strategy for a while: "If you don't agree/like us/sing our endless praises then you must be a homophobe."

Of course it goes without saying that any American organisation with the word "Family" in it's name is to be disregarded without any further inspection.

Really? Really. The first people who started flooding the Metacritic reviews were complaining about the homosexual options in Mass Effect 3. One would be forgiven to initially get the impression that that is the problem. For most it isn't, but that doesn't mean the few rotten apples can't be on top of the pile and spoil the image of the rest of them.

The word "family" rarely appears in the name of an organisation without the people in it being dilweeds. You have a problem with people reacting like that? Try to get idiots to stop using the word in their organisations just because they want to be the ones defining other's morals.

Granted, EA hasn't been above causing fake protests before, so they could be trying to get sympathy towards themselves. After all, that was the only previous time I remember when they decided to openly, and officially, ignore the complainers. I could be wrong though.

I think there is nothing wrong with gay.. however, this game DOES rub it in players' face about the galaxy being "gay-okay" when one of your crew member is gay, and there are many cut scenes of him talking about his husband, and few other side walk NPCs that chats about their Lez/Gay relationships... I think this game is a little bit over done with the Gay thing... too much information, I know it's to show the whole open gender thing, but there is too much focus on the gay ones...

Azex:
its 2012...this is still an issue with some people?

Know how I know you aren't paying attention to the Republican primaries?

Well, it doesn't matter, because EA and Bioware aren't going to change this.

Bigotry and hatred are a thousand times worse than homosexuality could ever be.

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