By Rasgueado 88 Comments
I was a little upset when my Xbox 360 gave up the ghost this week (exactly 1 hour before Shadow Complex released in actual fact). Earlier today while making breakfast, I decided to run the Gaygamer.net podcast, I was suddenly made aware of a few facts that I had not previously known about author Orson Scott Card. Even more to the point, they discussed some issues that have also come about on the Chair Entertainment website. In their defence, there has been no official statement from the company yet on the situation that has been alleged to have occurred on their forums.
I'll have to admit that now I'm a little torn on the issue. On the one hand there is the developer, who by all account, has no issues with the GLBT community. In fact, the writer who actually worked on the game is really quite friendly to the community. The game looks as if it is well made, and fun to play. On the other hand, as a gay man, I do not want any of my money going to a man who wrote this:
Even beyond this statement, he has very disturbing views on the separation of church and state, and is also on the board of the National Organization for Marriage (one of the organizations behind proposition 8, and also a group that lobbied to hide the list of donor's to this campaign from public view. At least it seems their views on keeping things in the closet are consistent I suppose. =/ ). I can not, in all good conscience, show my support for this man. Which is what leaves me torn between my desire to support the one, and not the other.
It is a complicated issue to say the least. If you are at all interested in getting some more facts, check out that link I posted to Gaygamer.net, and also this article Gamasutra posted about it.