Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Game Picks on SWTOR’s ‘Gay Planet’

After announcing that it would launch a planet in Star Wars: The Old Republic where players could engage in same sex relationships with NPC's, the gaming community's reaction has been mixed.  The new planet, Makeb, will be launched as part of the Rise of the Hutt Cartel expansion pack to be released later this year.

But the LGBT community is not happy with the relationships being isolated on one planet or the fact that they will have to buy an expansion pack in order to use it. Some are calling this little wrinkle "pay-to-gay."

While many people that wanted same sex relationships to be a game-wide affair, BioWare points out that making those kinds of relationships available with any NPC in the game would take a ton of extra development resources and money. That is why they settled on putting those relationships on one planet.

But some in the community are having fun with it at least. Anna Anthropy has created a Choose Your Own Adventure Game about it called "Hunt for the Gay Planet." The CYOA adventure, which is clearly NSFW, gives players branching paths but ultimately leads to the same conclusion: "you keep going straight."

Source: Forbes

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    MechaTama31 says:

    There's just no satisfying some people.  It's like Bioware is being criticized more for trying to be LGBT-friendly and falling a little short in places than if they had just not bothered at all.  When you're trying to win hearts and minds, you have to show some appreciation for the efforts others make to come to an understanding with you, not just rip on them for every mistake they make along the way.

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    Hevach says:

    There are some negative consequences for rejecting Cortez, but to get to that point you have to go through the nightclub scene where you… Well, almost proposition him right on the spot. Honestly, if you get jealous that he's looking at other men and not you, then ask him to dance, then kiss him on the dance floor, you've reached a point where telling him, "Sorry I'm straight," SHOULD cost you points.

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    HarmlessBunny says:

    You lose points in each game? I think not 😛  In Dragon Age II, yes you lose favor with Anders but he is pouring his heart out to the character and he got rejected. That is why it is a role playing game.

    As I am on my 3rd play through for ME3, I am ultimately confused where you "lose points" for being straight in the game. I know Cortez and a few characters ask Sheppard out. There are zero consequences for rejecting their advances.


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    Andrew Eisen says:

    What the hell are you talking about?  You don't lose points or are otherwise penalized for playing a straight character.  Unless you're counting missing out on a few relationship choices and dialog options but that would apply to a gay character as well.  Same thing with playing a male vs. a female character.


    Andrew Eisen

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    Neo_DrKefka says:

    The New Bioware is funny it's either this or the LGBT accepted version that makes you loses points for not being gay as shown in Dragon Age 2 and Mass Effect 3.

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    Hevach says:

    I know in the first Dragon Age as a male character you could easily slip into a romance plot with the gay elf character (don't remember his name), and the only way out was to take a negative dialog option and probably wreck your standing with him for good.

    It happened if you blindly took the positive dialog options every time. Taking neutral options at certain points would avoid it, and those points were fairly obvious. Any time he makes sexual innuendo, a positive response encourages him and a neutral one will stop him. A negative response will stop him a bit more permanently, but neutral options can keep him in line for the entire game with no risk of hard feelings, he's persistent but understanding.

    That is, you have to consider the consequences of your words and not lead the poor guy on. If you lead him on, you've got to hurt his feelings.


    Mass Effect 3, I didn't even accidentally trip any gay romance plots, even being comforting to the gay pilot every time he got emotional for his dead husband. It's kind of obvious when you're going to enter the romance plot because it requires you to be pretty forward, borderline propositioning the guy in a nightclub. As long as you never ask, "Why are you looking at those guys and not me?" you're golden.

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