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Jan 28, 2012
This week Tony Perkins of the anti-gay hate group Family Research Council denounced the BioWare video game company’s decision to allow same-sex relationships in the new online role-playing game Star Wars:The Old Republic.
Said Perkins:In a new Star Wars game, the biggest threat to the empire may be homosexual activists! [Ed. note: Vomit] The new video game, Star Wars: The Old Republic, has added a special feature: gay relationships. Bioware, the company that developed the game, said it’s launching a same-sex romance component to satisfy some complaints.
He later goes on to observe that "homosexual activists" are celebrating the news.
The complaints had come when BioWare claimed that there was no such thing as gay in Star Wars, and that therefore, those words would be censored out of forum discussions of the Star Wars games. I’m sure someone more familiar with the Star Wars canon could say how true this is, but the fact is that an unknown percentage of human players certainly are LGBT. If there are going to be romantic relationships in any game, it’s weird to restrict these to heterosexual ones.
But let’s step back a second and think about Tony Perkins’ call to parents to flood BioWare with homophobic email.
In SWTOR, which is rated T for teen, you can:
- "possess a morality at any point along the light/dark spectrum"
- engage in bloody combat
- lie, steal, cheat
- have multiple romantic partners who do not know about one another
- choose to identify as entirely evil and committed to world domination
- be a professional assassin – that is, murder people for money
You can do this stuff in a lot of games. The "moral spectrum" is a major component of many highly rated games. Yet what has the Family Research Council elected to complain about?
That a boy can date a boy or a girl can date a girl. Priorities, people. Every hate group has theirs.