E3 2019: EA, The Sims, and Pride

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday everyone!

June is crazy busy for us, with weekends filled with social obligations and the weekdays filled with day jobs. Naps are something I miss dearly from my childhood days, haha! We’ve been doing our best to squeeze in some E3 time this week amid all of the ruckus.

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So. It’s E3 week. How’s everyone been doing keeping up with it?

Honestly, with how busy Rachel and I have been this month, E3 was a bit of an afterthought. Granted, we were able to catch up with what has gone on over the weekend, finding some of the news to be pretty good and a few of the presentations to be awesome (Keanu Reeves and Ikumi Nakamura, anyone?). One of the better parts of being behind on the live coverage is that we can fast forward to the parts that we actually care about, haha!

Case in point was during EA’s conference. While the glimpses of the other games looked wonderful, Rachel and I were really only interested in the Sims 4 news. The trailer for Island Living looked like tons of fun and we’re looking forward to getting it and exploring all that it has to offer for the sims. It makes me wonder if Rachel, on her solo Twitch streams, will move her little family for her 100 Baby Challenge to the islands?

I was also personally interested in and pleased at the idea of the partnership the sims franchise has with It Gets Better, a nonprofit organization that has a mission to empower and lift LGBTQ+ around the world. Being inclusive of all sexualities was always something I appreciated about the sims franchise — even before I discovered my own asexuality — and hearing that they are continuing to further their involvement for Pride Month makes me feel warm and fuzzy.

We’re looking forward to catching up with the rest of the shows and conferences, particularly Nintendo’s direct. We’re on the hunt for more unique games rather than the similar games filled with guns that we’ve seen lately.

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GLAAD Awards to Spotlight Video Games

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday everyone!

There are many different types of awards when it comes to video games. Recently I heard that another type of award ceremony will include video games as a category.

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Representation is important. It’s a topic that is meaningful to me, which may be evident especially when it comes to gender equality in video games (and other media and mediums, of course) with some of my previous posts. We’ve celebrated games in the past for diversity such as Dream Daddy celebrating same-sex relationships and the Sims 4 taking off the gender restrictions in Create-A-Sim and providing more options regarding sex for players’ sims to celebrate transgender people.

GLAAD is an organization that promotes positive LGBTQ representation in all sorts of media. They’ve been around since 1985, and will be having their 30th annual media awards for outstanding representation, generally in films, television series, magazines, even blogs. This year will be the first year that they add video games as a category.

I think this is fantastic! I remember seeing the trailers for The Last of Us Part 2 and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey during this year’s E3, with both trailers featuring instances of same-sex relationships. I was proud to see that representation, especially when I grew up with many games that — while excellent — showcased a male protagonist rescuing a female character, generally a princess. Super Mario, Legend of Zelda, male lords rescuing female recruits in Fire Emblem games…

The representation is important, and with how big video games are as a medium in today’s day and age, it’s good to see more LGBTQ+ characters being celebrated.

What do you think of GLAAD’s decision to include video games in their awards?

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