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Is The Sims 2 nixing gay marriage?

A month ago or so, I wrote a Slate column about how video games were embracing gay marriage. One of the boldest examples I cited was The Sims 2: The FAQ noted that new game would include marriage — and that same-sex would be an option. I suggested that this would have an explosive cultural impact, because The Sims is the biggest selling video game of all time. And I linked to the online FAQ.

A reader recently checked the FAQ and noticed that Maxis has updated it. They recently renovated the Sims site, it appears — and for some reason, the FAQ no longer mentions of gay marriage at all.

I wonder if Maxis has changed its mind on this — or whether it’s still in there, but the company is just trying to downplay it a bit? It could also be a simple editorial mistake that they left this out of the new FAQ.

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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