Family Research Council Condemns Star Wars: The Old Republic Over the Option to Play as a Gay Character
I don’t play MMORPGs. I have tried them in the past but found that they just weren’t for me, so I never expected to write anything at all about Star Wars: The Old Republic. Then today I read that Family Research Council president Tony Perkins has come out against Star Wars: The Old Republic because it allows same-sex relationships in the game. No graphic sex acts are depicted and the game does not force anyone to play as a homosexual character, but even if it did, no one is holding a gun to your head and making you play the game. It seems the Family Research Council is okay with murdering people and aliens with light sabers and laser guns but draw the line at consensual romantic relationships between adults. Family Research Council president Tony Perkins said in his broadcast that “Bioware had made it clear in 2009 that ‘gay’ and ‘lesbian’ don’t exist in the Star Wars universe.” Well anyone who played 2003′s KOTOR could tell you that homosexuality has been part of the Star Wars universe for a while now. In that game, a single-player RPG, players going through the game as a female character could engage in a same-sex romance with a non-player character called Juhani (pictured above).
Family Research Council, I admittedly will never be able to empathize with people like you who hate and seek to oppress others based on race, religion and sexual orientation, but I do know this: bigotry isn’t, never has been, and never will be a family value.
[news source: GamePolitics.com]
A while back I talked about how using Sparks in Skyrim while dressed in the Nightingale armor felt a bit like being a Sith Lord, but now modders have made it so that you can pretty much be a real Sith Lord. Well, not real but you can play as one in Skyrim.
Unfortunately for people playing Skyrim on a console (me, for instance), mods like these are always PC only. I wonder how long it will be until I can get Skyrim on Steam for cheap. Everything is making me miss KOTOR this week…
Naturally my wicked Skyrim addiction wouldn’t allow me to take a day off. Armed with a new PS3 Slim, I jumped right back in to the world of Skyrim. Given that I was starting over after 150+ hours on my last character, I was kind of dreading it, but it turns out Skyrim is even sweeter the second time around. This time things are going to be a little different. For instance, I didn’t recreate Logan. I instead drew from other comic book inspiration. See about half way through my time with Logan, I realized that I wasn’t properly mirroring my Oblivion experience. In Oblivion I was in Cyrodiil and I was an Imperial. That made sense. Imperials are from Cyrodiil. I was a native. Logan wasn’t native to Skyrim, so this time I created a Nord, a blonde, goatee having Nord. Yes, Oliver Queen is now questing his ass off in Skyrim. Read More…
As you undoubtedly gathered from the clip, Skyrim allows you to dual wield, meaning you can blast your foes with two-handed attacks. This allows you to essentially unleash Force Lightning on your enemies. As a big KOTOR fan, I am going for the Dark Jedi Master look, and I think that’s best accomplished with the Nightingale Armor given to you during the Trinity Restored quest. If Jedis aren’t your thing, putting on the Nightingale Armor also makes you a dead ringer for the Dark Defender from Dexter. Pun very much intended.
Unfortunately I don’t have any screenshots of my own to show you, but I think you get the idea.