by Alphaville Herald on 23/07/05 at 8:35 pm
Ohhh baby, you *know* how much the Herald hates to say we told you so… well ok, we rather like it…but this one is particularly delicious. The Herald has come into possession of the following letter written by anti-video game activist and attorney Jack Thompson to the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary (and VP, but everyone at EA is a VP as far as I can tell) Steve Bene. Jack is on the warpath about the nude skin mods in Sims 2. Hmmmm, wonder if anyone has told Jack about the nude skin mods in TSO… Oh, be sure to check out the cc list on his letter.
Pulling up a lawn chair, donning pith helmet, cracking open a cool one…
Steve Bené, Attorney
VP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Electronic Arts Inc.
209 Redwood Shores Parkway
Redwood City, CA 94065 fax: 650-628-1422 email: email@example.com
Re: The Sims 2 and Porn
Dear Mr. Bene:
Mods are readily available via the Internet to turn the characters in your company’s The Sims 2 into nudes with exposed genitalia. This includes the children in the game. EA has made this modding easy by making it readily possible to remove “the blur” from the genital areas. Even the New York Times’ web site is providing this cheat code to remove the blur.
Adult “porn sites” are featuring, via free downloads, the mods that allow the consumer to customize the appearance of the labia, nipples, pubic hair, and penises. As you know, The Sims 2 already features reproductive activities in this “T” rated game.
Such modding is made more likely by public statements by the game’s creator, Will Wright, that he supports the modding of the game.
To the extent that your company does absolutely nothing to crack down on this apparent infringement upon EA’s copyrighted material, which is in possible violation of its various software agreements and warnings, then EA collaborates, in every sense of the word, with the modders to put this material into the hands of consumers, many of whom are children, given the inviting “T” rating on the game.
I urgently ask Electronic Arts to stop this modding activity by appropriate means, otherwise the “T” rating given the game by ESRB means, for all practical purposes, nothing and breaches trust with parents.
Regards, Jack Thompson
U.S. Senators Clinton, Lieberman, Brownback, Santorum
California Assemblyman Leland Yee