Pro-Family Group Speaks Out Against Star Wars Game’s Gay Relationships
January 31, 2012 by staff
Pro-Family Group Speaks Out Against Star Wars Game’s Gay Relationships, The Force might soon be with your gay relationship in the massively multiplayer game, Star Wars: The Old Republic, but the Family Research Council (FRC) is certainly not.
The Washington D.C.-based nonprofit, which bills itself as, “the leading voice for the family in our nation’s halls of power,” has issued a statement decrying Bioware’s about-face on hmosxlity in the Star Wars gaming universe. According to Bioware, the ability to have a same-sex relationship within The Old Republic – with an an NPC character, not a relationship with a real-life player in the game – is on the horizon.
“In a galaxy not so far far away, Star Wars gamers have already gone to the dark side. The new video game, Star Wars: The Old Republic, has added a special feature: gay relationships,” says Tony Perkins, FRC president, in a statement (and radio ad).
“Since the announcement, hmosxls have been celebrating the news, but parents sure aren’t. On the game’s website, there are more than 300 pages of comments – a lot of them expressing anger that their kids will be exposed to this Star Warped way of thinking. You can join them by logging on and speaking up. It’s time to show companies who the Force is really with,” adds Perkins.
The issue of hmosxlity within The Old Republic first came about back in 2009, when users of Bioware’s online forums noticed that the words, “gay,” “lsbn,” and “hmosxl” were censored whenever they were posted within a forum thread. As for the reason why, Bioware community manager Sean Dahlberg said in an April 2009 post that, “[Gay and lsbn] are terms that do not exist in Star Wars. Thread closed.”
It’s unclear whether Bioware’s going to actually use “those words” at a future point within The Old Republic, but the official line from the company is that gamers will eventually be allowed to pursue relationships (or hookups, at least) with NPC sidekicks of either gender – sorry, droids. And the reason this feature wasn’t implemented at the game’s December 2011 launch was more an issue of logistics than controversy.
“Due to the design constraints of a fully voiced MMO of this scale and size, many choices had to be made as to the launch and post-launch feature set. Same gender romances with companion characters in Star Wars: The Old Republic will be a post-launch feature,” reads a statement on Bioware’s forums.
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