- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 2, 2016

“The Sims” video game franchise on Thursday announced it was removing “gender boundaries” from player customization options — giving users “even more ways to play with life.”

“For the first time, you’ll be able to customize your Sims without the gender boundaries previously set in place,” the video game franchise said on its website, accompanied by pictures of androgynous characters. “This means you can now create Sims with any type of physique, walk style, and tone of voice you choose — regardless of their gender.”

In a nod to the transgender movement, the new update opens up all character customization options — including clothing, hairstyle and body type — to both male and female characters.

“Personally, we’ve had a ton of fun exploring how good many of the short hair male hairstyles look on the female Sims, and vice versa,” the developers said. “And we’re just getting started checking out how outfits and styles look on totally different body types.”

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