Finally: Gay Star Wars Characters

Posted by on Jan 16, 2013 at 8:06 am

Darth Gaydar sounds like a great character.

The makers of Star Wars have been forced to unveil the first ever gay characters in its latest computer game.

Designers behind ‘Star Wars: The Old Republic’ have included a ‘gay’ planet called Makeb where male and female characters – and aliens – have same sex relationships.

The homosexual characters appear in the ‘Rise of the Hutt Cartell’ – a part of the role-playing game which can be accessed by gamers who pay for an expansion pack.

Players who enter the new level can exchange ‘flirtatious’ dialogue and enter into same-sex cyber ‘relationships’ with computer-controlled characters of the same gender.

To get to the gay planet, users must also have a powerful character – as the planet is populated by powerful monsters.

BioWare, the Canadian studio behind the game, say the characters have been introduced after pressure from gay fans.

Pressure from those with major self-esteem issues, apparently.

13 Responses to “Finally: Gay Star Wars Characters”

  1. Jay on 16/16/13 at 9:52 am

    “Luke, I am your Mother!”

    And I don’t even want to know what they’ve done with light saber technology.

  2. Dustin on 16/16/13 at 10:16 am

    While I’m not upset about the game having this kind of content, I find it amazing that someone would care so much that they would actually organize and push a private business to validate their personal choices.

    It’s like me demanding a Chicken Fried Steak planet because I am so worried that others don’t support my love of Chicken Fried Steak. Folks need to grow up and live their own happy lives without worrying what others are thinking.

    In reality, they want propaganda. This isn’t about accepting homosexuality. It’s about making cultural acceptance of the lifestyle mandatory. I personally accept gays I know, but I also accept evangelical Christians who do not think that is moral. Tolerance is a two way street, or should be. If you aren’t allowed to have a game without a gay planet, then tolerance is a one way street these days.

    I’m not going to lose any sleep over that example, but it is hypocrisy.

  3. Mekan on 16/16/13 at 11:06 am

    I play the game, and from the looks of many of the outfits there were already gay characters in the game.

    What the ‘people’ demanded were gay relationship cut scenes.

  4. red sweater on 16/16/13 at 11:07 am

    The supporters, having pressured BioWare to meet their demands, are now upset over the “segregation” of SGR (same-gender romance (isn’t “gender” only applicable in language?)) participants.

    Move, move, move the goalposts. Just like civil unions.

  5. Pete on 16/16/13 at 11:11 am

    If they were smart they would’ve made “gay” a genetic defect that had been cured in the Star Wars universe. Beats caving in to pressure from special interest groups.

  6. Semper Why on 16/16/13 at 11:33 am

    I do feel kind of bad for the BioWare developers, some of whom are my friends from way back. They’re damned if they do, damned if they don’t here.

    They’ve already introduced gay relationships in their Mass Effect series. The clamor for gay relationships in their MMO was pretty intense. Of course, so is the blowback from players who are less than impressed.

    Whatever. If you don’t want a virtual gay relationship, don’t flirt with virtual gay NPCs. Much like if you don’t want to get picked up in a gay bar, don’t flirt with other members of your sex in a gay bar.

  7. slothicus on 16/16/13 at 1:28 pm

    Dustin, while I understand your criticism, you need to understand the history of Bioware and their games.

    Jade Empire, the single-player Knights of the Old Republic, and Mass Effect games ALL offered same-sex relationships. The MMORPG version of KOTOR was originally going to also offer them — the rumor is that concern of public backlash kept them from implementing them.

    So the people asking for them to be put in the game aren’t necessarily forcing their world-view, but asking for something that had become a standard (for those who wanted it) in Bioware games.

    To use your analogy, it’s like asking for Chicken-Fried Steak at a restaurant that had offered it in the past, or in a chain where it was readily available except for this new restaurant in the same chain.

    I hope that makes some sense.

  8. junior on 16/16/13 at 1:51 pm

    slothicus –

    Yes, and no. As someone who visits the Bioware forums from time to time (for their single-player RPGs, not their Star Wars MMORPG), I’ve noticed a certain amount of militant entitlement among many of the forum posters there when it comes to same sex relationships. It’s been getting to the point where just having the relationships (and plenty of them) doesn’t seem to be enough for a lot of the fans. Every single character who’s designated as a “romanceable” character must be willing to pursue a same sex relationship, or they complain.

    Of course, the fact that Mass Effect 3 had two characters who were only interested in a same sex protagonist (i.e. not interested in a protagonist of the other gender) didn’t seem to cause the same outcry among the hetero crowd.

  9. Telsin on 16/16/13 at 1:58 pm

    Pretty soon they will demand to have parades through the middle of games where they can wear next to nothing and fondle and dry hump each other in front of everyone. And youll all be forced to watch, all in the name of equality!

    Always seemed to be a thread about this in the Bioware forums. Never understood why they just couldnt play the damn game instead of having to turn it into some dumpster for social issues.