Star Wars 'Gay Planet' Upsets Advocates and Opponents Alike

Bioware bungles addition of same-sex romance to Old Republic


If you run a popular video game and you're on the fence about including gay themes, what's the best way to make everyone happy? Not like this.

Bioware, creator of Star Wars: The Old Republic, announced this week that it will finally add same-sex relationships to the year-old massively multiplayer game—but only on one planet. What was supposed to be a first step toward making the game more inclusive has instead sparked complaints from all sides.

Supporters of same-sex relationships say Bioware is creating a gay ghetto in The Old Republic, while players opposed to the move say it's a waste of resources that will distract the developers from making game improvements that are in higher demand.

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