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Star Wars: The Old Republic Gay Controversy: Family Group Unloads On SW: TOR

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Posted January 30, 2012 - By Stephen Johnson


Star Wars: The Old Republic

You had to see this one coming: In response to Bioware planning to allow gay relationships in Star Wars: The Old Republic, The Family Research Council president Tony Perkins has taken Star Wars: The Old Republic to task for allowing gay relationships in the MMO.

In a radio broadcast, Perkins said:

"In a new Star Wars game, the biggest threat to the empire may be homosexual activists! Hello, I’m Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. 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. Bioware, the company that developed the game, said it’s launching a same-sex romance component to satisfy some complaints. That surprised a lot of gamers, since Bioware had made it clear in 2009 that “gay” and “lesbian” don’t exist in the Star Wars universe. Since the announcement, homosexuals 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!"

TheFeed is 100 percent in favor of gay people, straight people and everyone in-between doing whatever they like in online games (except spawn-camping), so I'm not going to even bother discussing the moral aspects of this story... I will, however, point out the flaws in Perkins' Star Wars logic. Specifically, if homosexual activists are a threat to the empire, doesn't that mean that they're the good guys?  And, even if you want to show companies who the "Force is really with," you'll fail. The Force isn't a moral thing. It doesn't make distinctions between the light and dark side. I mean, The Force was really "with" Darth Vader and the Emperor as much as it was "with" Luke and company.

Also: Come on, everyone, it's 2012. How about we let anyone have a relationship with anyone else in the play pretend worlds they use to waste time?

Source: Game Politics

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