Russia Slaps 18+ Rating on The Sims 4 Because of Option for Same-Sex Relationships
Russia drops the Iron Curtain on The Sims 4 because of its controversial law that is against any form of promotion or media depiction featuring same-sex relationships being shown to minors.
The Sims 4 has been the latest target of Russian law number 436-FZ, also known as the "Russian LGBT propaganda law," Arstechnica reports. This bill, originally signed by President Vladimir Putin last June, is now an actual amendment to Russian federal law that allegedly bans any form of "non-traditional sexual relationships" being presented on a public or media level for the sake of "protecting children from information harmful to their health and development." The Russian government vaguely classifies any type of media that promotes these non-traditional sexual relationships to minors as a criminal offense. Due to The Sims 4's option for same-sex dating, it has been labelled with an adults-only/18+ rating. For its Western release, the game is being labelled with the same "T for Teen" rating that previous entries of the series have gotten. For the sake of comparison, Germany deemed that The Sims 3 was suitable for ages 6 and up.
The above Tweet from the official Russian Twitter account for The Sims is translated as follows according to Arstechnica: "18+ [rating] has been assigned in accordance with the law number 436-FZ 'On the protection of children from information harmful to their health and development.' "
Mind you, Russia is a very conservative country and its LGBT propaganda law has already faced worldwide controversy for its disparaging views and encouraging violence towards Russia's LGBT community. The law has been recently met with global protests and safety concerns in regards to LGBT Olympians and guests during the Sochi Winter Olympics.