Who woulda thunk homophobes were lurking around MMOGs? Apparently The Family Research Council and the Florida Family Association (FFA) have a bone to pick with EA, which has included queer characters, romances and plotlines in games likes Star Wars: The Old Republic and Mass Effect 3.
As Forbes.com puts it “[FFA’s] anti-EA campaign reads like satire:
Will the makers of Star Wars video games create Darth VaPaula, a (mock) transgender version of Darth Vader – RuPaul, for kids to choose as their action character?
While we are living for the idea of RuPaul in a Star Wars game, “Darth VaPaula” is the dumbest thing we’ve heard this millennium. (This is the kind of humor you get when you ban gay people.)
Activist group AllOut decided to thank EA for fighting the Dark Side with a petition that has garnered more than 68,000 signatures.
But aside from the professional bigots, there’s been also a lot of hate mail and viciously homophobic comments spewed as a result of EA creating more inclusive, realistic universes. These players are put out by the fact, that somewhere in there virtual world, two aliens of the same gender may be getting it on, even if they never have to interact with them.