• Gears 5 drops tobacco imagery in response to concerns from Truth Initiative

    2 days ago - By Destructoid

    [ Update: A recent Tweet from The Coalition's Rod Fergusson clears up some confusion with the initial story. From what Variety had quoted, it sounded like Fergusson changed his mind after Truth Initiative brought up concerns. That is contrary to the truth, though.
    "Just to clarify, I've always been anti-smoking and have pushed back on having it in Gears since day 1," Fergusson wrote. "There was no smoking to remove from Gears 4 or 5 because there never was any smoking to begin with. And as long as I'm in control, there never will be." I wasn't under the impression that Fergusson previously...
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  • Gears 5 Will Eliminate Depictions of Smoking

    Gears 5 Will Eliminate Depictions of Smoking

    2 days ago - By VG Chartz

    Gears of War developer, The Coalition, is looking to eliminate any depictions of smoking in Gears 5 , whether it is cigarettes or cigars. This is according to The Coalition studio head Rod Fergusson who spoke with Variety .
    This is after not-for-profit anti-smoking organization Truth Initiative approached Turner, whose ELeague esports division has broadcast rights to the game. Turner worked with developer for the game to remove smoking from the game.
    "I've seen firsthand the devastating impact of smoking," said Fergusson. "t's always been important for me to not use smoking as a narrative...
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