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.

Since the game's December 2011 launch, Bioware has occasionally been criticized for its all-hetero Star Wars universe and has apologized for the delay in adding homosexuality as a romance option.



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