Gay Gamers were thrilled to learn last week that Star Wars: The Old Republic would be including an option for same-sex relationships in the new expansion pack, “Rise of the Hutt Cartel.”
Less thrilling is the news that gay romance would be confined to one planet. Reports Kotaku:
The controversy that has bizarrely popped up now, over a week after the announcement, is that the same-sex romance will take place on a specific planet for now—Makeb—and you have to pay money to go there.
Some have jokingly dubbed it ‘pay-to-gay.’
Is that like the interstellar version of Palm Springs?
Making lemonade out of lemons, intrepid padawan Auntie Pixilante has designed a text-based choose-your-own-adventure game about the situation, the NSFW-ish Hunt for the Gay Planet:
I’ve been saying for a while now that supposedly LGBT-friendly game developers like BioWare only see queer people (lgb people, at least) as consumers. Nothing could make the point more clearly than BioWare’s decision to add gay romances to Star Wars: The Old Republic – on a single planet in the galaxy, which players have to pay for the privilege of visiting. Pay to enter a dystopian future where queers are exiled to a far-off, backwater planet!
My usual spiel is to talk about how the only real queer representation we’re going to see in games is going to come from queer people making their own games and telling their own stories… So i made a game, my first in a while.
The Force is strong in this one.
Play Hunt for the Gay Planet here.