Family Research Council Learns of Same-Sex Relationships In ‘The Old Republic,’ Flips Out

Seemingly indefatigable group’s spokesperson calls homosexuality “the biggest threat to the empire” in a recent radio address.

That would be the group’s president, Tony Perkins speaking, by the way, voicing what he alleges is the anger of parents and gamers outraged at same-sex relationships in the MMO. During the course of his lengthy screed against the game and its developer BioWare, Perkins blind-cites 300 pages of forum posts from said outraged parents, although as of this writing I’ve been unable to locate them.

Here’s what Perkins had to say about two consenting adult video game characters doing what comes naturally:

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!

Same-sex relationships with NPCs is a post-launch feature which has yet to be implemented into the game and is on the way. Prior to the game’s release, a BioWare spokesperson explained that this was an element of the game that couldn’t be implemented at launch because of the scale of the game’s voice acting and design, putting it on the to-do list for the MMO. This in turn follows from a flap back in ’09 where terms relating to homosexuality were being deleted from The Old Republic forum threads with community manager Sean Dahlberg stating that “[Gay and lesbian] are terms that do not exist in Star Wars. Thread closed.” Hence, the quote attributed to BioWare by Perkins in his radio address.

In any event, if the company’s history of games is anything to go by, it’s unlikely that the FRC’s nascent outrage will be a reason for the developer to omit this feature.

[Source: Game Politics]

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