Newswire: The Sims opens up gender options, Bible-thumping Sims sure to follow

If you thought Target—a place where the biggest danger is to your wallet after you walk in looking for toothpaste and leave with $150 worth of merchandise—was an odd place for a culture war, then just you wait. NBC News reports that, for the first time in its 16-year-history, The Sims will allow players to fully customize the genders of their online characters via a free update available today. The update will apply to The Sims 4, as well as content from previously launched packs.

The update will remove gender barriers not only on clothing, accessories, and hair styles, but also “physique, [walking] style, and voice,” allowing players to combine physical characteristics—more than 700 in total—to create the genderfluid online avatars of their dreams:

The Sims is made by a diverse team for a diverse audience, and it’s really important to us that players are …

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