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Russia Slaps “The Sims 4” With “Adults Only” Rating After Learning Sims Can Be Gay

6a00d8341c730253ef016303c41246970d-800wiCiting its ability to allow characters of the same sex to marry, have sex, and — gasp — procreate, the Russian Federation has slapped the latest incarnation of the wildly popular “Sims” franchise with an “adults only” rating.

The decision was announced on the Russian Twitter account for the game on Monday, which explained that Russia’s “gay propaganda” laws forced the rating in order to keep the game out of the hands of children.

Officially, “18+ has been assigned in accordance with the law number 436-FZ ‘On the protection of children from information harmful to their health and development.’”

Though the Russian Federation didn’t provide specifics about how they reached their rating decision, PC Gamer points to the possible culprit, as expressed in rating information for The Sims 4’s predecessor, The Sims 3:

“These avatars often interact socially, which can sometimes lead to mild flirtation or more intimate encounters. Players can choose to ‘try for a baby’ or ‘WooHoo’ with another Sim – the later option being available to both heterosexual and same-sex couples. These two actions cause the selected avatars to jump into bed and go under the covers, where they wriggle, giggle, and moan until confetti bursts over the bed.”

The simulation game, which allows users to build and maintain virtually any kind of relationship (including relationships with vampires and “plant people”), is only taboo in Russia. According to Ars Technica, The Sims franchise has been rated for “teens” across the world and even received restrictions as low as “ages 6 and up” in Germany.

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12 Comments

  • tdx3fan

    Makes sense since the only sites that did not require you to pay to download a certain Sims 3 mod that let you “woo hoo” in the buff on the screen required you to be able to speak Russian to understand them because the mod originated from Russia.

    I can totally see the sense of this.

    My theory is that Putin is afraid that all the gay men will want him and he wants to warn that off!

  • AJAnders

    I remember playing Sims on X-Box 10 years ago. Gays could get married and have sex back then. How exactly do they procreate in the game, though? Do they get a Sim-surrogate?

  • tdx3fan

    I don’t think that having children was such a big thing in Sims 1. I believe that in Sims 3 you can adopt.

  • Ridpathos

    Honestly, any game in which the characters have sex should probably have an adult only rating anyway.

  • DarkZephyr

    @Ridpathos: They don’t “have sex”. They “woohoo” which consists of hiding under the covers and giggle while they wriggle around.

  • sangsue

    Has anyone downloaded the “Woohoo Bed” or the program that you can use to see the sims naked in the shower? I had to get rid of the woohoo bed because my men didn’t want to do anything but screw!

  • Ridpathos

    @DarkZephyr: Oh god. I wonder what they could be doing under there… Playing legos? Kids aren’t stupid. -___-;

  • Boytoy

    Fuck Russia.The Sims are Awesome.I’ve been playing the Sims 3 on my Xbox360.I hope Sims 4 won’t just be released for PC.

  • hotshot70

    The only reason I hate Sims is you have to do stuff like help them bathe, eat, etc. I am more an Animal Crossing guy. The basics are covered. Now, lets get a Gay Sims game without the sped up time and the constant need to feed, bathe, make them sleep…

  • newecreator

    Actually all Sims in the Sims are bisexual so you can do any relationship you want. Russia is just too insecure to thing of these little things. Has Russia ever thought kids are gay or lesbian when they are born? Or are they just ignorant?

  • SilverRayne

    uhhhhh even back in Sims 2 the sims could be in same sex relationships… I used to have a lot of fun making characters that looked like popular tv show characters and having them make out and woohoo. Same in sims 3. the story that I’m currently playing is about a lesbian couple and their children. (yes, a mod IS needed to let same sex couples try for baby. but NOT needed just to be in a relationship and/or get married)

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