Game of the Day: The Hunt for the Gay Planet by Anna Anthropy

Anna Anthropy created The Hunt for the Gay Planet in response to the news that the same-sex romances being added to The Old Republic will be behind a paywall. The game is a hilarious and fun space adventure. Check it out.

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About Alex

Alex posts some of her sewing projects and cosplays on her Tumblr; you can also find her babbling about sewing and games and Parks and Recreation on Twitter.
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4 Responses to Game of the Day: The Hunt for the Gay Planet by Anna Anthropy

  1. Lise says:

    I am as disappointed as anybody about the lack of same-gender romance so far in SWTOR–because I would very much like my female Imperial Agent to be able to romance Kaliyo–and I am no Bioware apologist, but I think the linked article is a gross misrepresentation of what is going on here.

    First of all, “behind a paywall.” I’ve seen no indication that Makeb itself is going to be inaccessible to free-to-play characters, and it’s only “behind a paywall” in the sense that you have to pay for the expansion. Just like… you had to do for the game itself? (It may be free to download now, but at least in the beginning, you had to buy the game, just like any other game).

    Secondly, no one is creating a “homosexual holding pen.” With the expansion, BW is only adding five levels and one planet. They are also adding some same-gender romance options at the same time. I dunno about you, but when I read this news, it didn’t make me think “Makeb == space!Fire Island.”

    But we don’t really know yet, do we? Of course, it is always easier to add content than to retrofit old content…

    I agree that there was a stunning lack of foresight on BW’s part in not adding in SGR from the beginning. Some have argued that there was pressure from without for them to conform to heteronormativity; I don’t really know. But at least they’re trying to do the right thing moving forward.

    • Alex says:

      While I agree that the PC Gamer article is exaggerated, all the information available suggests that the SGRs will only be available on the planet in the expansion, creating a double standard where players have to pay more money to play a same-sex romance than a straight one. If a company asked payers to pay more money to play as a female character while the male character comes standard, I would be pissed off about that, too.

      I am entirely certain that there are people on the SWTOR team who care passionately about inclusivity. But BioWare isn’t “trying to do the right thing”, it is making a business decision, one that folks have a right to criticize.

      But all of this is entirely beside the actual point, which is Anna’s awesome game.

  2. Matt says:

    Ooh, missed this between all the big long guest pieces on this blog this week!

    This is hilarious.

  3. Ms. Sunlight says:

    Yeah it did make me giggle. I do think BioWare dropped the ball big time on this one.

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