Ban This Sick Filth! A bunch of Americans have got their panties in a knot over EA and BioWare's decision to include same-sex relationships in Mass Effect 3 and Star Wars: The Old Republic. Now, the publishing giant has responded with a righteous proverbial bitchslap to its detractors.
"Every one of EA's games includes ESRB content descriptors so it's hard to believe anyone is surprised by the content. This isn't about protecting children, it's about political harassment," said Jeff Brown, VP of corporate communications. This is in response to a mountain of "several thousand" letters of complaint that company has received.
The letters accuse EA of being pressurised by LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) groups to include same-sex content, and threaten to boycott its titles if the 'offending' material is not removed. Apparently, these people also seem to think that such content is being 'forced upon' children - and have complained that EA is removing 'freedom of speech' in deleting posts against LGBT issues on its official forum.
"EA has not been pressured by any groups to include LGBT characters in our games. However, we have met with LBGT groups and sponsored industry forums to discuss content and harassment of players in online forums. In short, we do put options for same-sex relationships in our games; we don't tolerate hate speech on our forums," Brown said.