Before I say anything, watch this video at 2:49…
OK, got it? She basically asks if there will be same-sex options for relationships in SWTOR. Now, it’s no secret that I was not impressed with what I saw of SWTOR at E3…except for one thing: the story interactions and social options. The combat and missions? Same old, same old. But when it comes to building a character or taking them through an interesting story arc, SWTOR will be (as I said before) epic.
Here’s the problem with not allowing same-sex options in this game…this is a game that offers, very specifically, character building and relationships as a mechanic. The game is not being talked about because of the stellar combat or amazingly refreshing innovations with skill trees. This is World of Warcraft set in a Star Wars universe, with the options to build a character and relationships with other characters. Bioware is known for this.
Also, the most shocking thing about not allowing same-sex options in this game has nothing to do with sexual politics, it has to do with the fact that the game is set in a universe in which aliens roam freely. This is a universe in which giant slugs can speak to us, and we can use a magical force called, well, the Force. Think for a second: how do half of those aliens screw? WE HAVE NO IDEA. For all we know, Star Wars can be a galaxy far, far away that is filled with super duper gay beings. SUPER DUPER GAY.
Do the developers really mean to tell me that Greedo never had some sort of alien sex that could be taken as homosexual sex? For all we know (well, OK, Star Wars geeks would know this) Greedo and his same-sex cousins get together twice a year to make out…after all, THEY ARE ALIENS. Yet, in this universe filled with all of these possibilities…GAY PEOPLE DO NOT EXIST.
Now, now, I could be completely wrong. Perhaps there are gay characters in the game. I don’t know, I only experienced it for about 15 minutes and that was in the very limited setting of a chaotic E3 booth. The point is that Bioware, Lucas, or the person who is to blame for this stupid decision are saying, perfectly clearly “GAY PEOPLE, YOU CANNOT EXIST IN OUR UNIVERSE OF ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES. YOU’RE LIKE, EWW…GROSS. NOW LET US GET BACK TO ADDING RAT-TAILS TO ALL OF OUR JEDI.” For me, this is not offensive because I am a sensitive liberal type who feels that every possible configuration of human being should be represented by the game (although that would be great.) This is offensive because it flies in the face of the exact systems they are building. They are selling the game on the fact that you can MAKE CHOICES. Except, of course, to make out with your same-sex friend. And let’s be honest and say that it’s not like there will be hardcore sex in the game, at all. At the most there will be some kissing and hugging. And yet, even that is too dangerous to allow two people of the same sex to do.
Of course, all things can change. At this point, though, the hype about SWTOR is getting ridiculous. It’s not doing much along the lines of new, exciting things. It has standard class-based play. It will probably have a standard box fee and subscription. Yet the one system the game is offering that sounds truly cool or unique actually steps backwards in development. It’s just goofy.
Let’s stop kidding ourselves, please. If this was a game set in any other universe, people would not be shitting their pants as soon as they hear a word about it. And now, it seems as though they have made some sort of politically-based decision that literally deducts a certain type of person from the universe.
More research is needed, and I will keep an eye on it. Hell, I hear about the game 500 times a day…so I’m sure that in some way I missed something. If I did, let me know.
EDIT: Here is a video from GBTV’s Jasmine in which she is talking about playing SWTOR at E3. If you go to around 3:00, you will see me and Leala playing in the background. Leala sat and controlled it mainly while I pressed heals, helped decide where to go, etc. We played like this for about 15 or 20 minutes.
EDIT EDIT: I had to update this blog with the best Twitter conversation I had earlier…it showed just how awesomely odd the internet is.
This is a perfect example of how fanboyism warps reality.
This guy on Twitter is claiming that, because he is in testing (and under NDA I should note) that the Hero Engine people are saying that if there was homosexual interactions in the game, they would pull the engine. This was over twitter, and just too funny to not share:
My initial Tweet: By the way, the ESRB is not enforcing the “no gays” in SWTOR. They allow it in games like the SIms 3. That’s a stupid excuse.
(His first tweet to me) @Beau_Hindman but not their graphics engine. That company won’t allow it
@Ike_Farmer I can’t see what you’re responding to, you mean that they won’t allow it because of SWTORs engine?
@Beau_Hindman correct. The company that made the engine will pull the engine from biowares hands. Thus destroying swtor completely
@Ike_Farmer Hero Engine? hehe I met the head dude from there, not sure he would pull the engine cuz boys can kiss boys.
@Beau_Hindman it’s a clause in the contract. The HEad dude doesn’t write the contracts.
@Ike_Farmer I think you’re reaching. Faxion was the first MMO to use the engine, and they featured Heaven, Hell, sins, etc.
@Beau_Hindman i’m not reaching. lol. Being in testing allows us certain information.
@Beau_Hindman regardless, if people make such a big deal about the smallest of issues, then they shouldn’t play the game.
(I had to retweet the guy telling me this over Twitter, along with my comment at the end.) RT @Ike_Farmer: @Beau_Hindman i’m not reaching. lol. Being in testing allows us certain information. (Are you seriously saying this? lol)
@Ike_Farmer Dude, you did not see the contract between the SWTOR devs and Hero Engine. AND you just broke the NDA.
@Beau_Hindman lol you think I give a shit?
(What does he mean by “SGRAs”?) @Beau_Hindman do some research. It’s on the webz. Why would bioware put SGRAs in ME3 and not swtor? Probably because it’s out of their hands
@Ike_Farmer So now you’re saying “probably”? Did you or not see the contract or clause? Don’t tell me…you just “heard” it?
@Beau_Hindman deaf to sarcasm? lmao. Do the damn research son.
@Ike_Farmer So hang on a second…you claimed you KNEW this info, from testing. Now, you were being “sarcastic”?
@Beau_Hindman not specifically from testing. Testing opened the door. Man are you always so literal? Get a clue. Do research. PEACE
@Ike_Farmer Wow, you sure changed your story quick. lol
@Beau_Hindman when did I change my story dude? I don’t recall.
@Ike_Farmer You’re odd. lol
@Beau_Hindman lol you’re the one making the assumption that I “changed” my story. My “story” was consistent through and through.
@Beau_Hindman anyway i’m done arguing about the SMALLEST feature of the game. Take it easy. PEACE
@Ike_Farmer You already said that.
Annnddd scene. What an oddball.