Indeed, sure as night follows day, concerned citizens (it sound so much nicer than "homophobes") have taken to the internet to voice their collective displeasure at EA. Letters have been written complaining about the inclusion of LGBT content in their games, outcry that their contributions to "discussion" about homosexuality have been deleted, and as always, sending a skyward prayer for "the children." Partly responsible was the Family Research Council: Tony Perkins, leader of the organization, had previously stated that "In a new Star Wars game, the biggest threat to the empire may be homosexual activists," apparently unaware that when it comes to the Star Wars universe, the Empire represents the forces of evil. But I digress.
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In response, EA's VP of corporate communications Jeff Brown told gamesindustry.biz that the company will not cave to anti-gay pressure by censoring future titles, and went on to defend EA's forum policy.
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 [...] 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.
I'll resist the urge to go on a diatribe, since readers of the site are intimately familiar with homophobia (just a shot in the dark), and the irrational, hateful muck from comes forth. More insightful people have tackled the the issue with greater eloquence (link NSFW, on account of "the real f-bomb"), and especially for those who, like me, have a hair-trigger temper, such diatribes usually end up being the written equivalent of dousing the local church in kerosene and setting it alight. Despite being as godless as one can be without actually sprouting horns, it's worth mentioning that there are sane, sensible Christians (including LGBT folk) who, all things considered, are probably more annoyed at this phenomenon than my atheist *ss could ever be.
Thus, crawling out of the moist womb of nihilism for the briefest of moments, I was about to suggest writing a letter of one's own. Unfortunately EA has no contact email for such things - at all. Still, as a general rule (and for companies that occasionally enjoy customer feedback in a non-forum capacity), I'd like to think that writing a positive letter can, in some incremental way, help to contribute. Rather than drawing the homophobes into yet another shouting match - thus feeding the sense of persecution on which they so thoroughly get off - such action sends the message that the forces of hate are not the only ones with a point of view. This is especially true for our straight readers, whose support carries with it added poignancy. LGBT issues are not simply a matter of self-interest, and if we are to break down the false image of the "straight male gamer," it's going to take some members of the straight community to raise their voices and say, "You do not represent me."