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Ubergizmo Backpedals On Homophobic Post

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One of the 2 gays at 2 Gays 1 Joystick brought this article to my attention today. Apparently, one of the writers for the technology blog Ubergizmo posted a somewhat controversial post on their site regarding the introduction of man-on-man action in Mass Effect 3. Now, to be fair, it seems that Mr. Edwin Kee also objected to the girl-on-girl action in Mass Effect 2 as well. Did he not play the first one? Or is it okay because it's a woman and a female alien? Does that not count?

Anyhoo, make the jump for the full text of his post/rant/idiocy:

BioWare has released further information for their upcoming video game, Mass Effect 3, that will provide gamers with the freedom to determine the sexual orientation of their Shepard. Yes, you read that right - gamers can now have a go at same-sex relationships in the game itself, and the attention surrounding such a decision will most probably be seen by many as a publicity stunt as there will be swarms of reporters and pundits who wants to input their 2 cents' worth concerning the game.

According to Mass Effect 3 executive producer Casey Hudson, his tweet read "Happy to confirm #ME3 supports wider options for love interests incl. same-sex for m&f chars, reactive to how you interact w/them in-game."

This takes after the footsteps where BioWare's Dragon Age titles left off, letting players do the same thing. Mass Effect 2 resulted in further erosion of traditional moral values as you can play the role of a female Shepard who will hit it big with Kelly when the game ends, although it wasn't as explicit as what Mass Effect 3 will be. As a parent, what is your take on this?

I'm not a parent, but as a parent, I'm not sure I'd be letting my child play a game that's M-rated like Mass Effect before checking out exactly what the "Sexual Content" on the warning label meant specifically. Also, how is man-on-man more "explicit" than the girl-on-girl action of the previous game? Ah, the old familiar double standard... Of course, the post no longer exists on Ubergizmo; instead, you find this statement:


Publisher's note: we've taken this post down because it didn't fit the overall goal of this site, which is keeping our readers informed about the latest tech news.

If one of our writers wants to share his or her opinion about morality and other topics in life, that person can do it on their own blog, instead of using our site as a platform.

We have notified Edwin Kee and asked that he stays within the editorial objective of this site in future posts. We apologize to anyone who was offended by the content of this post.

However, according to 2 Gays 1 Joystick, when the post was originally published, there was an editorial note that read: "We realize that this post can be controversial, and while we let our writers express their opinion, they remain their personal view on the subject." There's only three comments on the article, but as they're all reacting to the shoddy "journalism" and offensive homophobia, it seems that just those three alone were enough to spur Ubergizmo to rethink their stance and remove the post entirely. Although the fact that they seemed willing to post Edwin Kee's intolerant nonsense with a simple "the opinions of this bigot do not represent the opinions of this website" is a bit of a concern.

Still... I guess that's a win for our side? Not sure which column to check off here...

Ubergizmo Thinks Putting Gay Sex in Mass Effect 3 Will Harm Children [2 Gays 1 Joystick]

10 Comments

Impermanentone said:

What I love most is how utterly the writer failed to see the irony in stating, "...the attention surrounding such a decision will most probably be seen by many as a publicity stunt as there will be swarms of reporters and pundits who want to input their 2 cents' worth concerning the game," and then proceeded to give his.

Impermanentone said:

What I love most is how utterly the writer failed to see the irony in stating, "...the attention surrounding such a decision will most probably be seen by many as a publicity stunt as there will be swarms of reporters and pundits who want to input their 2 cents' worth concerning the game," and then proceeded to give his.

Sean Santay said:

Ha. The same author just posted this little nugget: http://www.ubergizmo.com/2011/05/sony-playstation-network-hacked-again/

Oops!

Limeade said:

How repulsive and also ridiculous. That's certainly one place that I am never visiting and one 'journalist' whose work I am never reading.

Ben said:

What I find interesting is that the comments on his original post were all taking issue with his homophobia and poor journalism. Maybe the tide really is changing? Usually, I expect people to join in with him and continue the hate. It's kind of refreshing to see he was called out on it by his own readers.

David d said:

It sounds as though Ubergizmo underestimated the backlash. Condemning homosexuality as immoral/obscene is no longer defensible.

Marsten said:

Censorship is not a victory.

Open discussion and debate is a victory, as it would have allowed this person's claim to have been shown as nonsense. Or mocked appropriately.

All censorship does is make give his statement a level of validity. Ubergizmo admins have let us down.

Shawn said:

I agree with Marsten on this. Taking down the post was taking an easy way out. It prevents actual discussion from taking place, especially with the writer of the piece, and allows Ubergizmo to avoid taking any reprehensibility.

Well, I never felt like I had a chance to pick Marcus and Fenix's orientation, so I guess this will make up for it!

Jikuu Moogle said:

It doesn't even make sense to rant over content that you need to go out of your way for to even see...

Maybe he's just that bad women, that he's afraid of ending up as Garrus' bitch ;)

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