It appears that some people have yet to actually grasp exactly how Star Wars: The Old Republic works. Apparently, there is a debate raging about the fact that, in SWTOR, there are NPC who are slaves, who are abused, tortured and humiliated. Somehow, no one notices that you spend a lot of time in the game slaughtering NPC for profit.
Part of the debate centers around Vette, a Twi’lek, who is the slave of the Sith Warrior. The write up about this on the Huffington Post showed a lot of laziness. They are correct that Vette (whom they say is a blue-skinned alien. She’s a Twi’lek. It’s mentioned in her bio) is a “slave, treasure hunter and survivor”. She can also be tortured, humiliated, and apparently forced to watch sex acts. If you are a male Sith Warrior, you can also romance her.
And, yes, the prison warden does say “give her enough juice and she’ll show you the back door to her mother’s house.”
Ok, so I shall forgive and forget the fact that the author of this piece probably has not played the game very much, but it is this quote that they use that really worries me:
Mike Fahey wrote in Kotaku:
“I cannot remember a single video game experience that has made me feel quite as dirty and evil as my relationship with Vette has. I wish I could take it all back, but it’s too late; BioWare has made me hate myself. That was not the emotional engagement I was looking for.”
This is what Light Side and Dark Side are all about. You can, if you want, set Vette free. You can shock her every opportunity you get. The reality is that the way you treat people in this game has an effect, and if treating an NPC in a particular manner makes you feel dirty and evil, then do not do that. While treating Vette well, and even freeing her may slow your saunter to the Dark Side, it is not going to stop you if you really want to go Dark.
Now, yes, my Sith Warrior is vicious and horrifying when it comes to Vette…or anyone else. My Sith Inquisitor has only about 50 Light Side points, but that’s because she decided to thin out the number of Sith running around Dromund Kas.
The Huffington Post also states that “Other reports have been even less kind, and some newspapers have taken it as wider evidence of declining morals in video games – which is a long-standing and controversial debate in itself.”
Let me see…in World of Warcraft, you run around slaughtering people who are upset that you’ve taken their land, or who are upset because the rulers of Stormwind decided to screw them over when it came to compensating them for their hard work in rebuilding the destroyed city. You spend hours of just slaughtering people in SWTOR, and people are upset over depictions of slavery, torture and sex?
Well, the sex happens off camera, and we do presume that Leia and Han had sex a few times in order to have children in the books that followed the movies, but let us be honest here, this is getting a little silly.
Here is the Sith Warrior cut scene where we meet Vette:
Now, I wish I could find the scene were Darth Vader tortures Han Solo…or Darth Vader chokes a Moff just because he talked back to the Dark Lord of the Sith. There is, of course, the scene where Vader tortures Leia on the Death Star, and the slaves owned by Jabba the Hutt. Honestly, when you get right down to it, with the exception of the sex…SWTOR is pretty similar to the Star Wars movies.
Well, except we don’t have to endure the torture of Jar Jar Binks.