Thursday, February 2, 2012

Same-Sex Couples in Star Wars Game Angers The FRC

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The newest Star Wars game is coming under scrutiny lately because of a new feature that is being added to the game. The problem? BioWare, the company that created the game, has stated that they are going to introduce an update onto Star Wars: The Old Republic which will allow users, if they so desire, to select same-sex relationships for their characters.

Of course some people are angry about this: The Family Research Council has claimed that this feature has upset a lot of parents who wanted to buy this game for their children, but are now changing their minds because they feel that same-sex couples in video games are terrible role models. 

From the Family Research Council Website:
In a new Star Wars game, the biggest threat to the empire may be homosexual activists! Hello, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. In a galaxy not so far far away, Star Wars gamers have already gone to the dark side. The new video game, Star Wars: The Old Republic, has added a special feature: gay relationships. Bioware, the company that developed the game, said it's launching a same-sex romance component to satisfy some complaints. That surprised a lot of gamers, since Bioware had made it clear in 2009 that "gay" and "lesbian" don't exist in the Star Wars universe. Since the announcement, homosexuals have been celebrating the news, but parents sure aren't. On the game's website, there are more than 300 pages of comments--a lot of them expressing anger that their kids will be exposed to this Star Warped way of thinking. You can join them by logging on and speaking up. It's time to show companies who the Force is really with! 
Obviously this is ridiculous. If a child were to learn anything from this game, it would probably be a valuable lesson about tolerance and acceptance.

On the lighter side of video games, this 100-year-old woman credits video games for keeping her mind sharp:

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