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on: January 06, 2013, 06:21:24 PM

It looks like they are finally going to allow same sex romance options.  It doesn't look like its not going to be available with your companions but with certain NPCs.  Random casual MMO sex. awesome, for real  Finally, my lady Inquisitor can get her freak on. Heart

http://www.swtor.com/info/news/blog/20130102

"Topic #4: Same Gender Romance: Any news on this front would be great… Answer: First of all, I want to apologize that this is taking so long to get in the game. I realize that we promised SGR to you guys and that many of you believed that this would be with a companion character. Unfortunately, this will take a lot more work than we realized at the time and it (like some other pieces of content we talked about earlier in the year) has been delayed as we focused on the changes required to take the game Free-to-Play. As we have said in the past, allowing same gender romance is something we are very supportive of.

Secondly, I want to reveal today that we are adding SGR with some NPCs on Makeb and do intend on pursuing more SGR options in the future. More details to come!"

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Reply #1 on: January 06, 2013, 06:39:31 PM

This is the only topic in the blog I care about.  swamp poop That leads me to believe there's something seriously wrong... with devs and other mmo gamers.  Ohhhhh, I see.
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Reply #2 on: January 06, 2013, 07:27:37 PM

I hope the gay guys are prepared to have half their flirt options be with fat, scarred dudes no one would ever actually want to sleep with.

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Reply #3 on: January 06, 2013, 08:26:05 PM

Anything for the fade-to-black.
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Reply #4 on: January 07, 2013, 05:55:48 AM

Part of me wants to be cynical and think that they're adding this in since it's not super complicated outside of some script writing and extra voice acting, knowing that it might cause enough controversy to get people looking at the game again.

Won't this be the first MMO with actual "canon" same-sex romance stuff?

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Reply #5 on: January 07, 2013, 06:44:41 AM

Pirates of the Burning Sea had a ~romance~ if I remember right, and I'm pretty sure you could be gay if you wanted. I only got the romance started, though, and it didn't actually occur to me to check (but I seem to recall being able to talk to the ladies if I wanted, I just happened to beeline to the guy giving me Manwhore Vibes :P).

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Reply #6 on: January 07, 2013, 09:44:28 AM

Back when interacting with other players in these things was not seen as some kind of abomination, uo/eq et all had wedding kits you could use to RP marry anyone who would stand still long enough.

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Reply #7 on: January 07, 2013, 10:01:43 AM

You could marry people on our MUD! I married Ingmar. I totally didn't have a crush on him or anything, I just wanted a private chat line with him. FOR PURELY PLATONIC REASONS.

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Reply #8 on: January 07, 2013, 10:33:53 AM

We see how that worked out.

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Reply #9 on: January 08, 2013, 01:13:17 AM

I know, seriously. LET THIS BE A WARNING TO EVERYONE.

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Reply #10 on: January 15, 2013, 12:39:03 AM

http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2013/01/old-republic-to-segregate-same-gender-relationships-to-a-single-planet/

Due to technical limitations the same-sex relationships will be confined to a single planet. They say "initially" but I would guess they'll use Planet Gay to gauge the level of interest and whether it's worth the cost to broaden the implementation.

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Reply #11 on: January 15, 2013, 08:17:36 AM

Also part of a paid DLC.  It's now Pay to Ghey!

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Reply #12 on: January 15, 2013, 11:53:25 AM

Segregate? We're using that word, seriously?  Facepalm

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Reply #13 on: January 15, 2013, 01:22:04 PM

Ars Technica used that word, but they can be a bit... overly dramatic let's say.
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Reply #14 on: January 15, 2013, 01:27:05 PM

They used the word because Fox News' article - which every site under the sun has been cribbing from for this non-troversy - used it.
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Reply #15 on: January 15, 2013, 08:58:50 PM

Part of me wants to be cynical and think that they're adding this in since it's not super complicated outside of some script writing and extra voice acting, knowing that it might cause enough controversy to get people looking at the game again.

I wouldn't be surprised if that were the case. At the same time, this could just be from the same factory that's been spitting out all their other spectacularly stupid decisions over the last year.
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Reply #16 on: January 15, 2013, 09:07:24 PM

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What's spectacularly stupid about this?

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Reply #17 on: January 16, 2013, 01:43:12 PM

The whole "gay planet" thing people are using is retarded.

Gee, maybe you could let them work it into new content first, then figure out how the fuck they're going to add a lot of new voice acting for all of the previous content? Shit, they've probably lost some of the VAs now. I know Tanno Vik's VA is actually dead.

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Reply #18 on: January 16, 2013, 05:52:08 PM

I am still sad about Vik's VA. I really liked his work!  Heartbreak

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Reply #19 on: January 16, 2013, 09:55:25 PM

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What's spectacularly stupid about this?

It's specifically on a new planet they're charging players to visit thus calling attention to something that used to just be a part of Bioware games that were only ever called out by the conservative right wing press. Maybe it's just attention whoring to do it this way. Or maybe they didn't foresee the PR (though given how long they've been owned by EA now, I can't imagine they didn't foresee it). Either way, I just add this to the list.
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Reply #20 on: January 16, 2013, 10:58:39 PM

Or maybe what Fabricated said. But sure.

I don't see this giant decision failure pile over the last year anyway. You can argue there were lots of pre-release mistakes if you want, and there have been some repercussions from those that affected stuff like the rate of new content, but basically everything they've done since then has pretty much just been reacting to those, or has been real improvements.

EDIT: Actually wait, let me pick on something specific here.

something that used to just be a part of Bioware games

And how many other developers even acknowledged the existence of gay people at all? It's amazing to me that the people who have probably been the best advocates for gay inclusion in Western gaming get more crap for one misstep (not including it from the start) than is given to everyone else *combined* for excluding it entirely. And now, amidst delays caused by layoffs and an unplanned transition to F2P, they finally take steps towards correcting it - again leaving them miles ahead of many/most of their competitors - and they get even more crap dumped on them. Unbelievable.
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Reply #21 on: January 17, 2013, 12:30:05 AM

The way this is being done really just looks to me like circumstance. They're not deliberately segregating people for wanting to enact gay romances in-game, they (probably) didn't deliberately omit gay romances in the first place for any reason other than they just didn't get round to it.

The only things about it that sadden me are that this is still an issue worthy of comment and that gay & straight romances were even considered differently at all. There are very few restrictions on what skin colour your characters have in most games these days, and that's how it should be with their sexuality.

I also don't really get the whole "it's the voice acting" reason for it taking so long to implement when it became clear that a significant and/or vocal portion of the community wanted it. I mean... the romance voice acting is already there! Why does it have to be different for a gay romance? Why does it need different NPCs? I only really ran through one romance story line when I was playing but I'm struggling to think of anything that Azshara sad to my big fat male Sith that couldn't also have been said if he'd been a big fat female Sith. There's a distinct lack of gender pronouns in that kind of dialogue and she never once said she though he had a great cock or anything!

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Reply #22 on: January 17, 2013, 12:35:37 AM


Yeah I think the only difference would be the "let's make babies" dialogue in some of the romances, but with the level of technology even that shouldn't be a problem. More than likely it won't even be a problem for us Earthlings before the end of the 21st century.

Was the romance dialogue different in DA and DA2? I don't recall (tbh I only went there with my female chars)
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Reply #23 on: January 17, 2013, 12:53:34 AM

I also don't really get the whole "it's the voice acting" reason for it taking so long to implement when it became clear that a significant and/or vocal portion of the community wanted it. I mean... the romance voice acting is already there! Why does it have to be different for a gay romance? Why does it need different NPCs? I only really ran through one romance story line when I was playing but I'm struggling to think of anything that Azshara sad to my big fat male Sith that couldn't also have been said if he'd been a big fat female Sith. There's a distinct lack of gender pronouns in that kind of dialogue and she never once said she though he had a great cock or anything!

It REALLY depends on the romance. Corso Riggs, for example, is so bound up in fucking stupid gender bullshit, it would be impossible for him to do double duty (for which gay men everywhere should be grateful). He calls you a LAYDEE constantly, talks about how he wants to protect you because you are secretly a delicate, womanly flower, etc. I can't think of any that are nearly as gendered as Corso off the top of my head, but I seem to recall Lt. Boyfriend's dialogue commenting on what a bee-yoo-tee-ful woman I was, and Doc goes on and on and on about how he loves cooch. The ladies were vaguer, thinking about it, but I think Risha is pretty clear that she thinks who she is talking to is a dude.

Kaliyo, though? She's even bi in canon, that should've been an option from the word go.  Heartbreak  But I suspect they didn't want to have same gender romances for some and not others (which is totally understandable) and ran out of time. :/

EDIT: And yes, the romance dialogue changes in some parts depending on what bits you have in the Dragon Ages. Not a lot, but enough. Two examples off of the top of my head: ManHawke has a terrible dick joke he makes in the Fenris romance that LadyHawke doesn't get to make and Zevran will say different things (you're a beautiful wonan or a handsome man, for example).
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Reply #24 on: January 17, 2013, 01:55:12 AM

Ah OK fair enough, the only other romance I saw any of was Kaliyo's.

Seems with a bit of forethought though they could easily have made them all dual purpose (I know, that even sounded wrong in my head).

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Reply #25 on: January 17, 2013, 03:38:30 AM

Mm, most of them maybe, but not Corso and probably not Doc. Corso would have to have entirely different everything to woo a dude (and while the idea of him simply ceasing to exist instead warms my heart with the thought, I think they REALLY wanted to get that stupid romance archetype in there, and it simply does not work for dudes.).  Doc would maaaaybe work, but given the audience they were shooting for, I think that would've blown up in their faces, given the reception Zevran received when he was "tricking" dudes into sleeping with him. Doc is really relentless in hitting on you, and I just don't see the typical gamer dude dealing with it well at all.

I do hope that one day Tharan can stop hiding behind his beard Holiday and be the swishy gay man I am convinced he was always supposed to be.

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Reply #26 on: January 17, 2013, 07:15:51 AM

Gee, maybe you could let them work it into new content first, then figure out how the fuck they're going to add a lot of new voice acting for all of the previous content? Shit, they've probably lost some of the VAs now. I know Tanno Vik's VA is actually dead.
Maybe they should have done some pre-planning instead of having to react to everything like it was completely unpredictable.  I realize they have limited resources, but the team has had to do some incredible shifts that could have been avoided or mitigated with a little preparation.

I'm not actually mad about Planet Gay, other than they could have just not differentiated stuff in the beginning and then this wouldn't even be an issue.  It's their own lack of foresight which got them here.  That is what irks me.

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Reply #27 on: January 17, 2013, 07:32:06 AM

"Lack of foresight" encapsulates a lot of the problems the game has, in my opinion.
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Reply #28 on: January 17, 2013, 01:26:51 PM

Ah OK fair enough, the only other romance I saw any of was Kaliyo's.

Seems with a bit of forethought though they could easily have made them all dual purpose (I know, that even sounded wrong in my head).

Didn't they announce way back that SGR wouldn't be in SWTOR because it was "not part of the SWTOR universe?" It seemed like, at least part of the team, was not gung-ho about SGR originally so that may explain why they weren't added to the game with the initial writing/voice acting.

Adding them after the fact would have ended up with some awkward and poor-quality romances. I remember reading an interesting article about a mod someone had made for Dragon Age 1 that allowed male characters to romance Alastair. It was broken in the ways you'd expect (references to your character being female) but, because it wasn't written with male characters in mind, it also had some bizarre and unintended commentary about gay relationships. You can check out the full article here if you are curious.

They could have written the romances to be gender-neutral but that would have resulted with less authentic and interesting romances. Neither straight or gay players deserve boring gender-neutral romances. Gay relationships have different problems than straight relationships, men and women interact with each other differently. If they had the foresight to leave the dialogue gender-neutral, we wouldn't have ended up with romances like Corso's. Whether you him or not, his romance and dialogue is at least interesting.

If the game continues to be a success I have no doubt that they're add more normal companions in a later expansion and that some of them will have SGR options, hopefully well-written ones. Until then, I'm fine with what they're offering in the expansion.
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Reply #29 on: January 17, 2013, 01:39:14 PM

It wasn't "announced", but there was a comment to that effect from some CM that got VERY quickly walked back and led to them promising to add it.

My own theory, given the context of other Bioware games showing that internally they would have no reason or inclination to leave it out, is that they were probably told "no" behind the scenes by whatever Lucas entity was vetting that sort of thing initially but after the outcry they were able to go back and say "um, you really should let us do this."

There's almost no gay anything in any Star Wars stuff, EU or not up to now, apparently, except where the authors basically sneaked in some innuendo.
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Reply #30 on: January 17, 2013, 01:52:14 PM

Clearly they've never been to the NarShadda Cantina on our server.  why so serious?

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Reply #31 on: January 17, 2013, 01:53:03 PM

Man, seriously.

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Reply #32 on: January 17, 2013, 02:03:30 PM

The CM in question was Ashen Temper, by the way.
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Reply #33 on: January 17, 2013, 02:37:29 PM

They could have written the romances to be gender-neutral but that would have resulted with less authentic and interesting romances. Neither straight or gay players deserve boring gender-neutral romances. Gay relationships have different problems than straight relationships, men and women interact with each other differently. If they had the foresight to leave the dialogue gender-neutral, we wouldn't have ended up with romances like Corso's. Whether you him or not, his romance and dialogue is at least interesting.
Can you just stay away from talking about what gays do or don't want and how ours compare to straight relationships please?  Pretty, pretty please?  ToR is enough of a slap in the face, and we're teetering on the edge of a rage induced rant.

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Reply #34 on: January 17, 2013, 02:54:40 PM

Can you just stay away from talking about what gays do or don't want and how ours compare to straight relationships please?  Pretty, pretty please?  ToR is enough of a slap in the face, and we're teetering on the edge of a rage induced rant.

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As a gay male I don't just want copy-pasted relationships with the gender pronouns changed. I'm free to express that in a post and I'm certainly not going to change what I post to cater to you. Your only contribution to any thread I have read on F13 has been to stifle conversation. If you have a problem with my post, either elaborate on what you disagreed with in it or fuck off.
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