‘Star Wars’ Game Attacked By Pro-Family Group

By: Jase Peeples

Kotaku.com reports game developer BioWare is under attack once more for including LGBT content in their new video game Star Wars: The Old Republic.  The Florida Family Association is the latest pro-famly group ranting about the same-sex romance option to be included in the game and while the FFA isn’t the first conservative group to throw a fit over SW: TOR, they are the most laughable.

From the mockup image of RuPaul’s head atop Darth Vader’s body to the claim that children will be exposed to gay propaganda, the entire rant found on the FAA’s site is complete poppycock.  The headline, "Will the makers of Star Wars video games create Darth VaPaula, a (mock) transgender version of Darth Vader - RuPaul, for kids to choose as their action player?" is a case of panic-mongering at its finest, and most ignorant, as it has nothing to do with the game whatsoever.

Currently, only heterosexual romances are available in SW: TOR. While BioWare has promised to add same-sex relationships as a future game update there have never been plans to add trans characters or a cross-dressing option—meaning we won’t be seeing Darth Ladyboy anytime soon. (Though that would be fabulous!)

But this isn’t the only misinformation the FAA is spreading about SW:TOR, they also claim, “Children and teens, who choose non-social agenda characters, would be forced to deal with lesbian, gay, bi-sexual or transgender characters chosen by other players.”  What the FAA doesn’t seem to understand is that romances in all BioWare games are initiated by the players themselves; no gamer is ever forced to engage in a romantic encounter. Additionally, the average player of games like SW: TOR is typically in their mid-20’s with studies showing that approximately 75% of those who play these types of games are over the age of 18. A far cry from the faceless “children” the FAA claims to be protecting.  SW: TOR is not a game designed or marketed to children, but the FAA doesn’t appear to be interested in facts, only spreading fear.

As Kotaku.com points out, “the FFA's values certainly are drawn from a long time ago, but the reality they inhabit doesn't seem to be in this galaxy, or even in one far, far away.”