Growing Pains: BioWare Attacked Again for Homosexuality Options

BioWare Attacked Again for Homosexuality Options

There are quite a few people who are up in arms about the option to have same-sex relationships in Star Wars: The Old Republic. The option hasn’t even been implemented at the time this article was written, but BioWare has made it apparent that they will include it as an option later on. The American Decency Association and Florida Family Association have reacted to this by stating that homosexuality in Star Wars is “impacting our children”. Read more to get the full letter from the FFA about how they believe BioWare is impacting our children, and hear my thoughts on all of it.

The letter from the Florida Family Association:

My family and I were disappointed to learn that BioWare and Electronic Arts plan to add LGBT content to Star Wars video games.

American families grew up with the Star Wars film series that was family fare. The films contained no profanity, no nudity and no sexual situations.

It makes no sense that BioWare and Electronic Arts would shatter that family quality in Star Wars video games just to pacify 35 LGBT polling participants and appease extremists.

Star Wars video games are for children. An overwhelming percentage of the 1.7 million games sold are being used by children who do not need to be exposed to this propaganda. Please stick to your policy to avoid such advocacy representations in your games.

Please tell us that it is not too late to stop this from impacting our children.

I look forward to sharing your response with family and friends.

Thank you.

The flaws in this argument here are numerous. Where to begin? “The films contained no profanity, no nudity and no sexual situations.” The first problem here is that they automatically associate profanity and such acts to homosexual couples, despite the fact that straight couples do the same thing. It’s not a gay thing, it’s a human thing. To assume that the inclusion of gay people in a game means it’ll make the game more adult is ludicrous. The second problem here is they state that there’s no profanity and such in Star Wars. Sure, there’s no nudity, since the closest they get is the Princess Leia outfit, which has impacted nerd fetishists for years and years since. But what they’re forgetting is that while there may not be nudity, worse things happen. Limbs get cut off. Including heads. Multiple times. I remember the scene in A New Hope where Luke finds his uncle and aunt’s charred skeletal remains in front of his house. That was terrifying to me. If you’re up in arms because people are having sex, which is a natural thing that humans are made to do, but can’t pump the brakes on some of the awful ways people die, something’s up. Another point that was made somewhere else on the vast plains of the internet is that the game is rated T for Teen. Many schools are teaching sex-ed before kids are turning 13, and parents should be a part of dealing with their kid’s hormones, telling them how to deal with sex, not censoring their kids from the world. If it’s rated T, and your kid’s not a teen, the parent is probably the one buying the game, and that’s your fault if your kid is being exposed to something that you don’t want them to be. Or else there’d be another GTA coffee incident and courts would get involved.

This isn’t the first time BioWare has been attacked for having homosexual options in game. Shortly after Dragon Age 2 was released, a complaint from a gamer was posted on the BioWare forums, in which he stated that there needed to be a “heterosexual mode” for Dragon Age 2. This man identified himself as straight, and he didn’t seem to want all these advances on him from his own sex. BioWare responded with a “deal with it” kind of attitude, and that was the right call.

And that’s also the right call here. To bend to these people, who say BioWare’s supporting “extremists”, as opposed to millions of people who are gay, and the many more that support them, would be awful of BioWare. It’s very small in the context of what it does for The Old Republic, but you have to fight for the little things as well as the big things. And given the history with Dragon Age, I don’t expect BioWare to budge on this issue one bit.

Do you disagree with how I feel, or what BioWare is doing? Leave a comment! Intelligent discussion is how you find the truth.

Written by: Nick McCandless

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  1. Thor March 16, 2012 | Reply
    So, why isn't a "deal with it" attitude the right response to homosexuals the right response in this matter?, As you mentioned "deal with it" was the response for Dragon Age 2 heterosexuals. Seems a bit hypocritical to favor one group over the other on an issue that is the mirror image of one another.
  2. Claire March 16, 2012 | Reply
    It's funny because they say children play TOR, yet it has a mature rating on the case; like buying your kid grand theft auto or black ops. Yet parents do it because they couldn't give two sh*ts about what their children consume. Also, as a bisexual I am looking forwards to the planned homosexual L.I.s; I don't get why it's a big deal to be hit on by another girl or guy NPC when you have THE OPTION TO REJECT THEM.

    1. Kids shouldn't play mature video games.
    2. If a homosexual character hits on you and you feel uncomfortable, be a big boy/girl, suck it up and say NO. You shouldn't feel like you can't say no to a video game character.
  3. Ashton Holiday March 16, 2012 | Reply
    @Claire, I agree with you here, but let me add on a little to your TLDR points, which ironically are both too long:

    1. If you feel your kid cannot handle mature games, don't buy mature games for your kids. Bronson Fiori, another writer on TGA, was mature and set in reality at a young age, so he could play mature games as a child and his parents knew that. I, however, was scared as hell playing GoldenEye because the first-person view was new to me and I couldn't handle the idea of actually shooting someone or someone shooting me, so my parents held back until I was good and ready, able to separate reality from fiction. Good parenting, paying attention to your child, avoids this whole problem of your kid playing mature games and whatnot.

    2. Gay people exist in real life. In some far flung future where everyone's comfortable with that, one will probably get asked out once or twice by someone gay. To try to pretend that they don't exist is not good. At all.

    @Thor, I simplified that point with a "deal with it" because I was pressed for time, clearly I need to elaborate some. Thank you for pointing it out. The thing is, like in the last paragraph, this is the world we live in. Gay people exist. In response to why "deal with it" isn't the correct response to homosexuals in this case with SWTOR is that BioWare has been trying to create some equality. There are gay people who want to play as gay people, themselves. Diversity is something that developers, I think, should strive for a little more. Imagine a character creator in which you can only create a white person. Yes, you could just say deal with it, but you're alienating tons of fans, and reinforcing white kids as...owning the video-game culture, i guess. Which is kinda still happening now. Again, we need to continue to strive towards equality, and this is a step in the right direction.

    Also, they're not favoring homosexuals over heterosexuals. They're accepting both. They're not saying "no" to one or the other. Both get to play. That's was their aim, and to anyone who says "no, that group of people can't play how they want to play, but I still get to play how I want to play", no. Gaming is for everyone. What that user on the BioWare forums was asking for was a heterosexual mode. It may seem like nothing big, but it's similar to saying "I want a whites-only mode." That's not cool, and it wouldn't be cool for BioWare to reinforce that kind of thinking by rewarding them with this hetero-only experience. And it's not like they're forcing anything down anyone's throats [insert easy joke here], it's simply a dialogue option. Anyone who is bothered enough by that that they write on the forums suggesting a whole mode be added on to erase that is probably the same person who is bothered by the presence of a "skip battle" button on the start menu. It's nothing to worry about.

    If I didn't answer your question thoroughly enough, please tell me. I'm pressed for time writing multiple articles, but I just wanted to clear what I could up. Thanks!
  4. TRUTH BE TOLD March 17, 2012 | Reply
    GO WATCH GAY PORN, if you guys are so "upset".
    The real issue isn't "sexual orientation", there is still major upheaval in terms of race equality. FIX THAT FIRST, AMERICA!

    Lastly, all you guys defend the homosexuality crap, you are ONLY doing this so that you can (hope) to impress the few ladies that read this garbage.
  5. fozzie24 March 17, 2012 | Reply
    So, it's ok to watch a film about a man who has lost his family and is groomed into a terrorist cell which inevitably kills billions of people on a manmade planet because they don't like the people in charge, but same sex relationships are a big no no?

    It's a tad annoying when oxygen thieves have an opinion.....
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