Better dating EQUALITY

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Better dating EQUALITY

Postby Loca Luna » 30 Jun 2019, 07:53

I would love to see greater equality for the dating aspect of LP.
I'd like the choice to have a girlfriend, not just a boyfriend. Also, ALL of the current boyfriends are white. A bit of variety would be nice...especially if you're not partial to white men.
When I brought this up in feedback I was told that a boyfriend's skin tone can be changed once you've become engaged. That's a great eventual option. Plus they all look the same. it seems like they're put in a different category and given a different name and job and, ta-da, new guy.
Also, can I just say gay wedding!!
I hope more people will weigh in on this and if you agree to also send feedback with this idea That's how change is made.
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Re: Better dating EQUALITY

Postby Trinity Starling » 30 Jun 2019, 18:33

Great idea! I think, with the notion of marriage equality, it'd be nice to see representation of the LGBTQ+ community in the game. There's actually a number of other topics in game suggestions that touch on this idea.

Also, on the topic of racial "diversity", I think that LP has slowly gotten better at representing different racial groups, although much of the content remains partial to the representation of white people (ex. in the beauty salon/barber shop, the option of changing skin color is called the "Solarium", which makes it a tanning salon and thus suggests that the default skin tone is pale [read: white]). So there's still a LOT to be done in terms of fair representation in LP.
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Re: Better dating EQUALITY

Postby Trinity Starling » 15 May 2020, 01:09

Little update on this issue: apparently the Arab version of the game has something similar to relationships with female characters (like boyfriends currently in the game, but female "best friends") so this is feasible in theory. I'm not entirely sure of the logistics behind parallels to the engagement party / wedding aspect of the game, though. I suspect that the lack of girlfriend / best friend options in the International version of the game is related to a more nuanced legal aspect. My cursory web search revealed that Bulgaria (a.k.a the country in which Lady Popular is based!) defines marriage as between a man and a woman, so its possible that the game developers simply defined the parameters of a romantic "relationship" (however fictional) in the game to match Bulgaria's law. They might have been able to circumvent this in the Arab version by simply redefining the relationship as platonic (between friends) rather than romantic (like a same-sex relationship, in this case).
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