How can anyone resist such a call? Video game makers are becoming progressively less hidebound. Heroes can now also be black, Asian, female… or gay. While it also makes commercial sense not to exclude the sizeable majority of the human race that isn’t white, heterosexual and male, it still requires a certain amount of courage to be among the first to make the step.
Although it may seem trivial, being “only” a video game, every little helps in the struggle for equality and acceptance for any minority or ethnic group.
April 6, 2012
Electronic Arts (EA) — one of the largest video game makers in the world – is the target of a hateful boycott campaign. Why? Because they gave players the option to include a gay romance story in one of their most popular games: Star Wars: The Old Republic.
Anti-gay letters are flooding Electronic Arts headquarters, calling for a boycott. Without our help the company, its staff and more than 100 million registered players could be pushed to the dark side if the forces of hate get the last word.
Master Yoda wants to make sure Electronic Arts knows anti-gay haters don’t win the game. Add your name to Yoda’s letter urging the company to stay away from the dark side. Yoda himself will deliver the message directly to the headquarters of Electronics Arts in Redwood City, California.
- Anti-Gay Email Campaign Floods Electronic Arts (escapistmagazine.com)
- Florida Family Association and American Decency Association Accuse Star Wars Game of Appeasing ‘Radical Homosexual Extremists’ (rightwingwatch.org)
- Electronic Arts: Opposition To LGBT-Inclusive Video Games Is ‘Political Harassment’ (thinkprogress.org)
- Florida Family Association Warns of Star Wars RuPaul Character, or ‘Darth VaPaula’ (rightwingwatch.org)
- Gays in Electronic Games (goodolewoody.wordpress.com)
- Electronic Arts Will Not Give In to Anti-Gay Protests (towleroad.com)
- EA Defends Itself Against Thousands of Anti-Gay Letters (games.slashdot.org)
- EA dismisses concerns of pro-family, anti-gay groups (gamespot.com)
- ‘Worst Company in America’ EA Says Big Tobacco Must Be Relieved It Wasn’t Nominated [Electronic Arts] (kotaku.com)
- Electronic Arts wins ‘worst company in America’ award (digitalspy.co.uk)