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Lovable grumpy pundit Charlie Brooker and future UK king Stephen Fry have joined a throng of voices speaking in support of EA for defending same-sex relationships in their games.

Last week EA defended itself after receiving thousands of letters from religious groups in the US offended by EA's use of homosexual relationships in Mass Effect 3, Star Wars: The Old Republic and Dragon Age II.

"The overwhelming number of players on Star Wars games is children who do not need to be forced as a captured audience to participate in homosexual content" said one letter.

"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," retorted EA corporation communications VP Jeff Brown to GamesIndustry.

Over 40,000 people have subsequently joined an online petition in support of the publisher's stance, including Fry and Brooker.

"If you do 0 else today, do join me and @Yoda to help game-maker @ea stand strong against anti gay hate & the dark side," said Fry on Twitter.

Brooker's language was a bit more colourful. "Good for @EA for telling the homophobes to f*** off," he said.

"They should make *every* character in their games gay for a year just to wind up the bigots. Starting with the FIFA franchise," he added.

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jondonnis's Avatar


EA are clearly lying to the press then and Stephen Fry and Charlie haven't noticed. Also a bit of lazy journalism as you haven't checked. Same Gender Relationships aren't currently in SWTOR or in the latest patch.
Posted 18:55 on 13 April 2012
Mr_Ninjutsu's Avatar


Though its a good cause it does seem like they're trying to gain some positive karma over their recent award for being the pooperest consumer company.
Posted 19:28 on 11 April 2012
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AnneHiro@ EverTheOptimist

The reason it's a good portayal is because it does exactly what you've said and makes him seem like an normal person. You can talk to him for ages and not even realise and when you do it's not even a big deal, because it's not the core of his character. That's progressive and it was largely unnoticed, and rightly so. Unlike Bioware's portayal in Mass Effect 3 where the gay romances are shallow and hyped up to be something that does the opposite and is actually quite offensive.
Posted 18:34 on 11 April 2012
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squidman@ hippyjon

OH CRIKEY. You're absolutely right. That might be the worst typo I've made in my entire career. I can't believe I didn't spot that. I can't believe whoever proofread it didn't spot it, either.

(thanks for spotting)
Posted 11:29 on 11 April 2012
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EverTheOptimist@ CheekyLee

Well, you know, homosexuals have totally unique skin because they're so different from us.

I'm just being silly - there's no such thing as a good portrayal of a gay person because gay people aren't a single 'type'.
Posted 10:47 on 11 April 2012
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munkee@ CheekyLee

Pah, come on CheekyLee.. Stop being so straight, man. Open your mind.
Posted 10:35 on 11 April 2012
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CheekyLee@ EverTheOptimist

....the skin...?
Posted 10:25 on 11 April 2012
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He's probably my favourite portrayal of a homosexual. The voice, the skin, the attitude - they got it all right with him.
Posted 10:20 on 11 April 2012
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I like Gay Tony. He seems like a well-rounded individual.
Posted 09:14 on 11 April 2012
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widely considered an excellent portrayal of a homosexual person in a video game

You may be right about the good PR, but that sentence is crackers - the homosexual guys I know are just normal guys. There's no such thing as a good portrayal of a homosexual person, haha.
Posted 09:02 on 11 April 2012
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It's all a bit convenient that EA happen to tell the world about their anti-gay hate mail that they've been receiving the day after they win the golden poo for "worst company in America". What's happened here is a clever bit of damage control by the EA PR team, divert attention away from the steady stream of hate they've been receiving this year (for all sorts of justified reasons that takes a long time to list), and influence public opinion and get noticed for their "progressive" stance on homosexuality.

There have been gay people in video games for a long time, 12 years ago you could have gay relationships in The Sims. More recently in Fallout New Vegas there is a gay character that is widely considered an excellent portrayal of a homosexual person in a video game (read up on Arcade Gannon). However the gay characters in EA's Mass Effect 3 released this year is a step back on how homosexuals are portrayed. I could go on for a long time why it is a poor representation, but I suggest you look for yourself.

What Im trying to say is, there isnt actually any anti-gay movement against EA, it is something they have concocted themselves so that they appear as the good guys again after all the bad press theyve been receiving lately. They used bots to spam a petition that was against the EA boycott (see

Also there is no gay relationship in Star Wars: TOR, it's Mass Effect 3 that this is all about really.
Posted 00:38 on 11 April 2012
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EA's use of "homophobic relationships". Surely that's exactly what the religious groups want? Being a pedant.
Posted 00:01 on 11 April 2012
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Good old Fry and Brooker.
Posted 16:21 on 10 April 2012
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munkee@ EverTheOptimist

While we're on the subject. This week I've been playing 'Waking Mars' on the iPad (which is very good by the way. Deserves a review). Before I bought it, I was doing a little research incase it wasn't worth the £3 asking price. In one of the forums I saw a comment by a user disgusted that the two main characters of the game are Chinese and black American. They felt that the developers should have made an option to make them white, or remove them completely. Some people have very small minds.
Posted 15:28 on 10 April 2012
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Good on EA. Sometimes you're gonna get a backlash from doing the right thing and that's what's happening to them.

People need to grow up. We live in a time where gay folk are hopefully becoming more and more confident about their sexuality and aren't being forced to repress it constantly. Some of the anti-gay comments that I've seen have been disgraceful, and those making them need to get rid of their internet connections - if they want to live in the dark ages they shouldn't have modern privileges.
Posted 13:30 on 10 April 2012

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Release Date: 13/12/2011
Developer: Bioware
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Genre: Sci-Fi RPG
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