Many of you may have seen some of the news coverage that has centered around Star Wars: The Old Republic in the past 24 hours, however, it is not the kind of coverage our beloved game would like to see, nor should it. There seems to be a flurry of information surrounding this “Gay Planet” debacle.
Most folks have heard of the FOX News article that contained some information about Rise Of The Hutt Cartel that seems somewhat out of place:
The gay planet will appear only in an expansion pack called “Rise of the Hutt Cartel,” and it will include characters with canned, flirtatious dialog for same-sex players. The move has generated controversy among everyone involved, with some calling for a separation of sexual preference from the game, and others lambasting what they say feels like digital segregation.
However, this article isn’t attributed to any author or attributes no sources to the article other than Jeff Hickman’s State of the Game post he made recently. Most folks, especially current and former BioWare employees were quick to jump on FOX News for their reporting.
However, what is less known and a bit more strange, is the fact that the FOX News report is merely one in a few articles on this topic today. Other similar articles headlined at other sites such as Destructoid and International Business Times. Seeing as how this information has now been out since January 2nd, one would wonder why this torrent of coverage over this issue came out now. While there is a decent amount of animosity directed towards FOX and these other outlets, it seems the main antagonizer has gone mostly uncovered.
Much to everyone’s dismay, FOX is not the fine inventor of these falsity’s. The origin of these articles appears to be a fairly controversial opinion piece at PC Games N written by Steve Hogarty. This piece features some fairly strongly worded thoughts on the idea of SGRA’s in SWTOR.
Why have all the space-faring homosexuals been exiled to Makeb? Even weirder: why do players have to pay real money to visit this extraterrestrial homo-haven?
It also becomes somewhat mean spirited at different points, coming short of accusing BioWare Austin of bigotry against homosexuals.
Maybe it’s appropriate that Makeb has stirred up this much melodrama. Seeing it attacked so viciously by the few blinkered players who haven’t had their backwards views censored by forum moderators actually makes me feel strangely protective of this little gay planet, even though in practice it’s a terrible sort of gay zoo, a homosexual holding pen borne of BioWare Austin’s old fashioned attitude and lack of foresight.
While the article raises some interesting points regarding the way in which SGRA is being tested in SWTOR, it seems to go about it in an incredibly sensational way that detracts from the topic to try to grab the attention of news sites, which, they apparently have succeeded.
After reading the PC Games N article, it becomes somewhat obvious that this is something of an attention grabbing piece. What is more frightening is how multiple news outlets took this and ran with it as a prime source rather than reaching out to BioWare Austin for comment or doing some research to find out what might be going on in this expansion. While there is no lack of controversy surrounding FOX News, Destructoid and others, it seems odd that this many sites would create news stories based on what is nothing more than an attention grabbing opinion piece, rather than a true, objective news source.
Is this the last we hear of the so-called “Gay Planet”? Will this controversy continue or grow? What do you think, TORWarriors?