WELCOME TO THE TEAM

If you ever want to manage your favourites, change your details or update your marketing preferences, just visit ‘My Account’

Personalise your GGRecon experience so that the information presented is bespoke to your likes
Games
Vanguard
Warzone
Overwatch
VALORANT
Apex Legends
Fortnite
Streamers
LOL
CS:GO
RL
Trending
FIFA
PUBG
Dota 2
Why Should I Join GGRECON?
Welcome
to the team
Sign Up via Social Media:
Or Sign Up Manually
Select A Country
Already got an account? Login Here
WHY GGRECON?

Customise the 'My News' page to create your own personalised experience

Recommended content based on your favourite games, teams, streaming stars and esports players

Exclusive articles, features, interviews and guides by our
award-nominated editorial team

Follow your favourite
players & streamers

RESET YOUR PASSWORD
Complete!
Success! You’ve reset your password
You’ll now be able to use this password to login successfully
RESET YOUR PASSWORD
RESET YOUR
PASSWORD
FORGOT PASSWORD
FORGOT PASSWORD
Email sent! Check your inbox

We’ve sent a link to the email ‘’.

Please follow the instructions in this email
to reset your password

FORGOT PASSWORD
FORGOT PASSWORD
Please enter your username so we can send you a link to reset your password
Welcome back to
Enter your details below to log into the GGRecon Site:
Login via Social Media:
Or Login Manually
Not a GGRecon member yet? Sign Up Here
WHY GGRECON?

Customise the 'My News' page to create your own personalised experience

Recommended content based on your favourite games, teams, streaming stars and esports players

Exclusive articles, features, interviews and guides by our
award-nominated editorial team

Follow your favourite
players & streamers

Coming Soon

We're making improvements to your experience, and we'll have new features ready for you in the near future!

Want to be the first to here about it?

Why Should I Join GGRECON?
Complete your sign up
 
Select A Country
Already got an account? Login Here
WHY GGRECON?

Customise the 'My News' page to create your own personalised experience

Recommended content based on your favourite games, teams, streaming stars and esports players

Exclusive articles, features, interviews and guides by our
award-nominated editorial team

Follow your favourite
players & streamers

Advertisement

Scroll to read

The Sims 4 Adds Character Diversity - Behind A Paywall

Electronic Arts

Written by 

Tom Chapman

Posted 

22nd Sep 2021 15:06

Share via:

It's been a long time coming, but The Sims is finally expanding its Dulux colour chart to add some much-needed diversity to the fan-favourite simulator. It's been 21 years since we first stepped onto Sim Lane and decided to make or break those unknowing Sims' lives.

Advertisement

As the years have gone on, we've been able to do everything from becoming a wizard to a Hollywood A-lister, Olympic athlete to enjoying the humble pleasures of running your own farm. But still, some of us have struggled to be fairly represented in terms of race. All of that was supposed to change with The Sims 4's Seasons of Selves expansion, but there's a major problem.

Why are fans angry at The Sims 4?

Electronic Arts just announced the Fashion Street and Incheon Arrival Kit - coming to Seasons of Selves on October 5. According to a press release, the South Korean and Indian-inspired sets will add "new content that defies borders and norms, encourages self-expression and creativity, adds new dimensions to Sims’ spaces through color and facilitates play in entirely new ways."

Advertisement

Looking closer at each pack, Fashion Street has bangles, henna tattoos, and Sarees from Mubai's "premier shopping destination", while Incheon Arrivals is inspired by the minimalistic fashion of Korea's Incheon airport. It all sounds promising...if you didn't have to pay. 

When the official Sims twitter announced the kits, the comments section was quickly filled with angry comments. One disgruntled Sims player wrote, "If this was a charity initiative (eg India COVID relief) it would be one thing, but charging for it straight up leaves a bad taste in my mouth..." Another added, "The point of sims is to be a life simulation game...yet players from different backgrounds can't do that when it's solely based in America or European culture/setting..."

Advertisement

Is The Sims 4 going to diversify?

Supporters of the game pointed out that the base game has added "some" Indian and Korean-themed styles, however, this hasn't taken away from the notion you'll have to pay to fully experience the latest kits. With The Sims 4 now being seven years old, there's still a cloud hanging over the franchise's diversity in general.

Players of colour have frequently called out the limited colour wheel in the Create a Sim builder, meaning the majority of those who want to be fully represented have to resort to mods. Maxis recently promised that it was going to keep expanding The Sims, but if this continues to be with cosmetic tweaks and keeping us shelling out for cultural appropriation, the argument is only going to swell.

Advertisement

Only recently, Maxis addressed claims that it's been "whitewashing" families since the series started. It definitely looked like the likes of Bella Goth have undergone a revamp, but the developer was keen to distance itself from this idea.

Whatever is going on with The Sims 4, it seems the largely American fan base continues to be a deciding factor in what does and doesn't make the content cut. Just when we seemed to move past the last race row, The Sims' not so colourful rainbow rears its head once again.

 

Advertisement

Advertisement

Trending
ASMR Simlish Is The Soothing Trend That's Creeping Us Out
Nintendo DS Fans Think The Sims 2 Is Haunted
Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement

Scroll to read

The Sims Player Adds The Last Of Us' Abby

Maxis | Naughty Dog

Written by 

Tom Chapman

Posted 

2nd Oct 2021 15:31

Share via: