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“The Sims” adds top surgery scars and chest binders in new update

“The Sims” adds top surgery scars and chest binders in new update
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Transmasculine Sims players now have more tools to make their avatars look more like themselves.

The latest update to The Sims 4, released earlier this week, includes new customization options including chest binders and top surgery scars.

The Sims, of course, is a life simulation game that allows players to create and customize their own characters and homes and interact with other players in the game’s virtual world.

According to an announcement on the official website of the game’s developer, “Under the Body category, all players can find a Body Scars category with an option for Teen and older male Sims (masculine or feminine frame) to add a Top Surgery Scar to their Sims.”

“With this update, players can find two new assets in Create a Sim,” the announcement continues. “Under the Tanks, in the Tops category, you will find a Binder top asset for your Teen and older Sims. In the Underwear category for Bottoms, there is a new shapewear asset for your Sims as well!”

The update also includes options to add medical wearables like hearing aids and glucose monitors, giving players with hearing loss and diabetes more visibility in the game as well.

As Kotaku reports, trans and disabled fans of the game cheered the update.

“Binders, top surgery scars, hearing aids and glucose monitors? This is the best update since we could have feminine clothing on masculine frame and vice versa,” one user tweeted.

“That’s so cool! So happy more representation is being added to the game,” another fan added.

“I finally get to see myself in a game,” tweeted another ecstatic player.  

“Love the new medical wearables,” another user tweeted. “This means a lot to us disabled simmers. More of this please!”

Other recent updates to The Sims allowed players to choose their characters’ pronouns—including gender-neutral neopronouns—and sexual orientations.

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