The new Sims 4 update (220.127.116.110 on PC) coming out November 22 does only one thing: tackle profanity. After a spate of “completely unacceptable content” uploaded to the game’s gallery tool, Maxis has slammed the hammer down hard on those hoping to cause mayhem.
Since The Sims still attracts a lot of kids, this update makes perfect sense. The patch notes are quite short and sweet, but remain rather judgmental.
“We are aware of and have seen a few select instances of totally unacceptable content uploaded to The Sims 4 Gallery. Our team has reviewed the profanity filter and made critical updates to help prevent this from happening again in the future,” EA writes.
“We are grateful for the community’s vigilance in helping us identify these inappropriate uploads so we can maintain a safe, creative environment for our players. We will continue to do our part by quickly removing objectionable content that pops up, identifying and removing repeat offenders, and regularly reviewing the profanity filter in case updates need to be made.
There are no previews of the removed content, but since the Gallery is used to show off player creations such as new building lots, there is a plethora of suspicious content that could end up in the Gallery.
Of course, this isn’t a first in the gaming industry – pretty much every game known to man has had problems with profanity and disturbing content. This is unfortunately especially true for children’s games – especially multiplayer online games – which have become breeding grounds for predators, replacing Facebook and, in my day, MSN.
In a somewhat controversial move, Roblox reduced chat filtering for users aged thirteen or older in an effort to refocus itself as a game suitable for both adults and children. For the Sims to do the opposite is quite a statement, and in many ways it feels like it will better protect younger players. Of course, we join EA in urging fans to keep reporting unsavory content.
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