Here to bring you the WTF Moment of the Day is the Family Research Council, an ultra-conservative organization (sometimes described as a hate group) known for attempting to stop the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) population and their allies from promoting their “gay agenda.” In a recent radio commentary, the following statements were made regarding an announcement from BioWare that gay relationships would be developed for Star Wars: The Old Republic:
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 [sic], 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 [sic], 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!
Yes, this is true, and it’s been reported on since September. It’s not actually an in-game option yet. But here’s a shocker: several other BioWare games give players the option to romance the same sex. This is not news to anyone who has paid attention even remotely to the company in the past several years. Considering BioWare has been doing this for years and still hasn’t been knocked down for it, I’d say the Force is with the companies who support all their gamers, not just the ones who don’t want anyone else into their little sandbox.
Cutesy puns aside, a lot of these claims are false. They state that BioWare was responding to complaints, which would’ve had to have been numerous enough for them to care in the first place. Then they turned around and made it sound like a majority of gamers were against the idea. I really doubt a bunch of parents went on for 300 pages of forum posts complaining about their kids having this option. And unless BioWare has since deleted it, I haven’t been able to find this topic filled with so-called complaints. Sure, you won’t be able to please everyone. Some people are going to complain about guys having female characters and vice versa. People can always find something to complain about.
It is true that a BioWare employee made a weird comment a few years ago, stating that words like “gay” doesn’t exist in the Star Wars universe, but that doesn’t mean that homosexuality doesn’t, just that the universe didn’t have words for it. Of course, the employee could very well have meant no, there aren’t any gays in the Star Wars universe. The poster was very terse about the subject, so it’s not like we were ever given a clarification. The topic has been deleted since then, so I don’t imagine we’ll never get one. But even if they did think that gays didn’t exist in the Star Wars universe, they have the right to change their mind. Star Wars isn’t real. It’s not written in stone, either. It’s a franchise, and they can change it in any way they see fit so long as they think it’s profitable. And opening the doors up to more gamers who might be interested in that option is not only the right thing to do in terms of including a group of people that have often been forgotten in the realm of everything gaming, but it’s also profitable because people like to have that option whether they identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexual, or not.
When it comes down to it, this is just another group with no grasp on reality or the fact that people are starting to care less and less about homosexuality in video games (in the sense that they’re offended). These guys can’t handle that they’re quickly becoming the minority. If you have a problem with your kid playing this game because of this reason, then maybe you should monitor his or her playtime and make sure s/he doesn’t engage in those behaviors. Or better yet, just don’t let them play BioWare games. But don’t act like BioWare’s trying to convert your kids or something. I highly doubt they care enough about that to make it part of their agenda as a company.