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jason_ralph
03.12.2013 , 11:26 PM | #351
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If you have a good buddy you're going to war with and share your stories, and he suddenly wants into your bed that fundamentally changes the relationship towards that character..
This is the only issue I have with SGRs. Prime example? Dragon Age: Awakening & Dragon Age 2. Namely, Anders. He goes from the stereotypical man whore (in every since of the words), banging anything remotely female (as a Marine, I have buddies who come off as celebat priests compared to him), to suddenly wanting in MY skirt without as much as an explanation. Add on his dark & foreboding mode (he used to have more jokes Shale had pigeons wanting to roost on him), and yeah, I'd like an IN-GAME reason. I'm fine with why it was done in RL. In my game world? I want answers. That and how bitter he was if you turned him down.

So yes, if Khem or Xalek decide to have a "sword" fight with me, you can bet I want to know why someone who remotely didn't have a lot to say on anything, suddenly wants to bang me like Animal on a drum. No more than any female I have ever suddenly started to flirt with wants to know in RL. From the people I have known throughout my life, you suddenly just don't change. There's a reason. Generally a lot of complicated ones, but they exist. And as much I would like to say it doesn't matter (there's a post in this thread that says that it shouldn't matter as they, our companions, aren't that deep), they do. They help shape the narrative of your story. For one to suddenly change, I'd like to know why. I get that they wouldn't want to share that in start (it's like that in RL), but I want more than just a bomb shell like that dropping out of no where. Not that there's ever a good time for that conversation, but still. Why now. Why me. I'm not saying I can't keep that secret (it almost cost me my military career in two seperate occasions), it just gives me a lot of questions it's done (like with Anders) and there's nothing else said.

And maybe I should just not say anything; after all, I have been able to enjoy OGR (if I wanted). Those who want SGR haven't. I suppose "taking one for the team" wouldn't be too much to ask for how long it has taken for anything remotely SGR to be added.
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Raynezazki
03.13.2013 , 08:00 AM | #352
Um...him being possessed by Justice, and hounded by templars before ending up in that hell hole known as Kirkwall isn't an explanation? If he *hadn't* changed after that I'd be wondering *** is going on.

And believe it or not he might just not have been attracted to the Warden. He acts like he/she is more of a father/mother figure to him anyway. (even to the femwarden who can bluntly ask him if he's attracted his reaction is "I love you...just not in *that* way".)

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Rabenschwinge
03.13.2013 , 10:17 AM | #353
I haven't played the add on to Dragon Age II through, but I didn't have the impression that Anders did try to seriously hit on my female Warden, or on my LI, Leliana...

And unfortunately I cannot finish it now, because I had the Mac version and I am not using a Mac anymore.

EDIT: I meant the extension to Dragon Age: Origins of course. Dragon Age II is distributed via Origin and it doesn't matter whether you bought the Mac or Windows version.

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jason_ralph
03.13.2013 , 11:44 AM | #354
I am not going to derail the thread further; I only mentioned Anders as I do not want the companions in Star Wars: The Old Republic to suffer the same fate.
When you first meet Anders, saying he wants to bang every female in and out Kirkwell (heck the whole game) doesn't begin to describe it. I understand that being possessed by Justice, and constantly hounded by Templars is atrocious. I couldn't imagine any of that. That said, that warrants a change in female to male? I know it (and this) are video games. But come on, man; I need more than what I got. In regards to DA2, you can't miss Anders hitting on you..

I won't mind Andros & Gault making a pass. Problem lies in you have history (even if they aren't all that deep & thought out), and I don't want to be forced. Hell, Gault could even say "In order to duck every single bounty hunter looking to make a name for them self, I *HAD* to be a ladies man; when in fact, I don't like them at all.". I'd get that. Hell, my bounty hunter would give him props. Doesn't mean he'd be one, but he'd get it. Of course, that would be said with Gault's own unique way with humor (example: stealing millions of credits from moisture farmers was a riot; had to go DS for that).

It really comes down to I wanted being handled in a way that is true to the character. Beyond that, I truly don't care; I'm 99% positive SGR will be just as fulfilling as OGR. Though, Ashara humming the Imperial March is one of the coolest scenes in all of SWTOR (right behind my BH pretending to do a Jedi Mind trick lmao).
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"Yep. Blasted him and the star ship he flew in on".

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Zandilar
03.13.2013 , 11:10 PM | #355
Quote: Originally Posted by jason_ralph View Post
I am not going to derail the thread further; I only mentioned Anders as I do not want the companions in Star Wars: The Old Republic to suffer the same fate.
When you first meet Anders, saying he wants to bang every female in and out Kirkwell (heck the whole game) doesn't begin to describe it. I understand that being possessed by Justice, and constantly hounded by Templars is atrocious. I couldn't imagine any of that. That said, that warrants a change in female to male? I know it (and this) are video games. But come on, man; I need more than what I got. In regards to DA2, you can't miss Anders hitting on you..
You know, I have a lot to say about Anders, but I'll save it as it will inevitably get this post deleted. Suffice to say that Anders pinged my gaydar in Awakening, and his attachment to Karl in DA2 did not come as a surprise to me. I just wished that he'd been as clear about his involvement with Karl to female Hawkes as he was to male Hawkes. (His boasting about women in Awakening could have been a case of "me thinks he doth protest too much".)

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I won't mind Andros & Gault making a pass. Problem lies in you have history (even if they aren't all that deep & thought out), and I don't want to be forced. Hell, Gault could even say "In order to duck every single bounty hunter looking to make a name for them self, I *HAD* to be a ladies man; when in fact, I don't like them at all.". I'd get that. Hell, my bounty hunter would give him props. Doesn't mean he'd be one, but he'd get it. Of course, that would be said with Gault's own unique way with humor (example: stealing millions of credits from moisture farmers was a riot; had to go DS for that).
You're putting Gault into an either/or category. Either he's straight or he's gay. But there's a whole plethora of degrees of Bisexuality between those two extremes.

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It really comes down to I wanted being handled in a way that is true to the character. Beyond that, I truly don't care; I'm 99% positive SGR will be just as fulfilling as OGR. Though, Ashara humming the Imperial March is one of the coolest scenes in all of SWTOR (right behind my BH pretending to do a Jedi Mind trick lmao).
None of the companion characters ever come out and blatantly state their sexuality for us (no, not even Kaliyo). We can make guesses based on behaviour but that's about it, and those guesses are about as accurate as trying to pin a tail on a microscopic donkey with a forklift. Bear in mind also that not everyone is honest with themselves about their sexuality - so what they say and do may not actually be a true reflection of their sexuality. The only way we can know any companion character's sexuality for sure is if the writer of that companion came and told us (and even then that may still not be 100% certain, as sometimes even the writer doesn't know everything about their character - writing is a craft that is both planned and spontaneous, and I know I've been caught by surprise by characters before.)
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Palar
03.14.2013 , 12:37 AM | #356
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You know, I have a lot to say about Anders, but I'll save it as it will enevitably get this post deleted. Suffice to say that Ander's pinged my gaydar in Awakening, and his attachment to Karl in DA2 did not come as a surprise to me. I just wished that he'd been as clear about his involvement with Karl to female Hawkes as he was to male Hawkes. (His boasting about women in Awakening could have been a case of "me thinks he doth protest too much".)
I'll agree - he's gone from his life in an isolated, insular Tower to trying to fit in with Oghren and Nate... it's very possible he's just throwing up bravado.

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jason_ralph
03.14.2013 , 08:29 AM | #357
Using Gault, as an example, is what I feel Gault would do. He's about making money, and staying alive. Some times in that order. Some times not. But that's Gault. Part of why I like him is I *KNOW* he's going to get me into trouble. I understand there's a wide variety between opposite and same, it's just I can picture Gault using it, in one degree or another, for pretty much any nefarious means he could possibly dream up. That's just me, though.

Edit: it's why I'd give anything to pair him up with other companions from other classes, for the simple fact I may not live to see Act 3, but it would be one hell of a ride. And I in regards to Anders just wanting to fit in, I can relate to that in more ways than one. The problem is player speculation is needed. That has been the problem I have had, nothing more.
(over heard on a bounty hunter's star ship)
"You took down the Mandalorian Killer?".
"Yep. Blasted him and the star ship he flew in on".

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Aelrail
03.14.2013 , 10:09 AM | #358
I strongly oppose the inclusion of SGRs to the game.

I am the proud parent of 2 beautiful kids who are getting to the age when they are beginning to get interested in MMOs and gaming in general. Being that so, we are starting to let them play under our supervision.
However, if SGRs are implemented, this is NOT a game they will be playing, ever.

Games are places to have fun, not a way to introduce minors to subjects, like sexuality, which BW, EA or any other company have no business introducing my kids to. That is something that me and my wife will deal with, and we, in no way, shape, or form are interested or trust a gaming company to introduce our kids to.

I love SWTOR, I played the beta, early access and have been a loyal subscriber and supporter of the game consistently without ever letting my subscription lapse. I buy Cartel coins because I feel like I'm supporting the game.
But if SGR are implemented, well, I'll buy my 2 kids WOW accounts instead of SWTOR accounts. And if, which will happen and has happened, SWTOR gets negative press because of the so called "gay planet" I'll have no other option but to move on to other games. I have no interest in BW causing me to have to explain to my kids why their dad is playing THE gay game.
I really don't understand the purpose of this. The reality is that SGRs are being asked by a very vocal but very small minority and from a business perspective makes absolutely no sense since it will only cause bad publicity and alienate a loyal sector of the subscriber base that have no interest whatsoever in homosexuality.
Do you really think this will get you more subscribers? LOL
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NumpTFlump
03.14.2013 , 10:38 AM | #359
Quote: Originally Posted by Aelrail View Post

I am the proud parent of 2 beautiful kids who are getting to the age when they are beginning to get interested in MMOs and gaming in general. Being that so, we are starting to let them play under our supervision.
However, if SGRs are implemented, this is NOT a game they will be playing, ever.

Games are places to have fun, not a way to introduce minors to subjects, like sexuality
Then your kids would not be playing this game to begin with regardless if SGR were introduced or not. It's also advertised as 16+. You would be irresponsible letting minors play to begin with.


IMHO I don't see any difference in SGR then DGR if you are into it then you are into it if your not then your not. Not sure what everyone is expecting when SGR will be introduced into this game. Expecting massive frap parties of gay women/men dancing around throwing themselves are travelers? Oh dear oh dear oh dear

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LadyKulvax
03.14.2013 , 10:45 AM | #360
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*snip*
This is off-topic, this is not a thread to express your personal feelings on whether or not SGRA should be included, because they've already been confirmed and SGRs will be in Makeb.
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