Saturday, 19 October 2013

Sonic, Sochi and Russia’s anti-gay crisis – Why Sega fans should care



Over on Sega Addicts I've just had an article published titled 'Sonic, Sochi and Russia’s anti-gay crisis – Why Sega fans should care'. It's a sort-of follow-up to a comment made in my recent MegaWestgarth post titled 'To Those Who Find The News "Too Depressing"' in which I called out the "videogame journalism" industry for completely overlooking/ ignoring the current anti-gay crisis in Russia and its link to Sega and Nintendo's upcoming Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

It's an issue I'm very passionate about. It pains me to no end that at roughly the same time the British government legalises gay marriage, Russia has effectively made the very mention of LGBT right in public illegal.

Neither Nintendo nor Sega asked to be involved in Russia's anti-gay crisis. But the fact that the new Russian law is inexplicably linked to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi means that both videogame industry veterans are involved whether they like it or not. As such, both companies need to make a statement -- they need to comment.

I tried to contact Nintendo and Sega. I tried to let them have their say. To find out what their response was and why you should care, check out the article over on Sega Addicts.

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