Diana Kingston-Gabai (dianakingston) wrote in ohnotheydidnt,
Diana Kingston-Gabai

Adventures on Planet Gay: "Star Wars: The Old Republic" enables same-sex romance, with a twist

Star Wars: The Old Republic is being updated to include a rather inelegant solution to its lack of gay characters -- a planet called Makeb where all the homosexual elements of the galaxy can be found.

In the words of George Takei, "Ohhh my."

Makeb will appear in the Rise of the Hutt Cartel expansion pack (meaning you have to pay to get the content) and will include characters with "flirtatious" dialog for same-sex players -- a move that some feel amounts to digital segregation.

Needless to say, this attempt at compromise hasn't gone over very well: gay players are still feeling ostracized while homophobes have declared that this will ruin the Star Wars universe forever (though if it survived Jar-Jar Binks, it can pretty much survive anything...)

But Destructoid's Jim Sterling points out that "While BioWare's catching a lot of heat from all corners, and the idea of a single planet housing all the gay elements of the universe comes across as alienating and just plain weird, I find it hard to be totally mad at the studio here.

"It's true that Makeb makes the idea of gay relationships look more of an afterthought than ever, but most other videogames still struggle with after-afterthoughts, and you'd be hard pressed to find many other mainstream studios with a more consistent track record of not being shit about acknowledging homosexuality. Not to mention, the source material wasn't exactly a guiding light on the topic, so BioWare's been bolder than most others have been."

SWTOR executive producer Jeff Hickman admits initial plans for same-sex romances didn't go as planned: "I realize that we promised SGR to you guys and that many of you believed that this would be with a companion character," he wrote. "Unfortunately, this will take a lot more work than we realized at the time and it (like some other pieces of content we talked about earlier in the year) has been delayed as we focused on the changes required to take the game Free-to-Play. As we have said in the past, allowing same gender romance is something we are very supportive of."

Read more at http://www.destructoid.com/star-wars-the-old-republic-and-its-new-gay-planet--242389.phtml

What say you, ONTDers? Praise for trying to get the content in at all, or condemnation for failing to get it right in 2013?
Tags: computer / video games

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