Whereas many game franchises are, for some reason, still finding the idea of non-heterosexual gaming characters unthinkable, every sim is technically bisexual, something which has been expanded on throughout the sequels.The most recent release, The Sims 4, has taken this progression of sexuality further.But the experiences they've given me have always been narrow, filtered through the eyes of one beefy white guy after another.Yes, it's hard enough to get developers to add women as playable options into their games, let alone minorities with fluid sexuality.Like its predecessors, The Sims 4 has pushed forward to reflect what are usually brushed off as “alternative relationships”.A little look at The Sims’ history definitely demonstrates that this isn’t particularly new for the series.The Sims series has always been much more progressive than it often gets credit for, despite its fairly tame image.Even from the original Sims game, released way back in 2000, it already catered for non-normative relationships.
It's disheartening, predictable and, sometimes, bullshit. Two more steps to the left and it could be a brilliant piece of satire; one step right and it's just another throwaway game banking on someone's star power and pop-culture notoriety. Completing errands while changing outfits, networking and becoming BFFs with Miss Kardashian herself isn't that far removed from the fantasy of most games.
MYSTIC MESSENGER, for example, is an otome game with one GL route.
Some dating sims might include bisexual elements, but this is rare and typically exclusive to indie games.
In the original game, sims could be directed equally easily to have a crush on and fall in love with other sims of either gender.
Compare this with the controversy that Nintendo garnered with Tomodachi Life, and you have a stark difference between the two very similar games.