Star Trek Online highlights summer events, addresses klesbiangate

    
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I cover the waterfront, I'm watching the sea, for the one I love must soon come back to me...
Summer comes yet again, and while the distinction is kind of arbitrary in deep space, for those of us pretending to be in deep space in Star Trek Online it’s a good reason to head back to Risa for another summer event. This year’s rewards have been previewed on the official site, and it’s a mix of options for players to enjoy the sun and the beaches or take a bit of the tropical planet with them.

New powerboards are available, including one inspired by the passing of Leonard Nimoy earlier this year, along with new swimwear and floaters. Players can also pick up a new companion pet, a new floral shirt for off-duty outfits, and a set of kit modules for each of the three careers. So sit back, enjoy the beach, and take on some new challenges for fantastic leisure rewards.

In other STO news, the controversy over the inclusion of lesbian Klingon NPCs as background characters in the recent featured episode (are they calling it klesbiangate yet?) has generated some unusual fallout: The volunteer moderator criticizing the inclusion has been placed on probation by Cryptic’s community manager pursuant to an investigation, and many of his critics have been banned for their part in the flamewar. LaughingTrendy writes,

Bluegeek made a post about his opinion regarding the episode. He deserves to have an opinion. He posted with civility and maturity, whether or not it was something I agree with (or in this case adamantly opposed to). In the year(s) that I and many other LGBT-identified people have worked with him, we have had nothing but a great working relationship.

I am looking into his past history of moderation. While I am confident in his ability to be impartial in his moderation with regards to our community in Star Trek Online, I now need to make sure. That requires him being placed under probation. Until further notice, he will not be in a position of moderation while I investigate his previous moderation.

There were a lot of opinions expressed for and against the inclusion of the two Klingons. Everyone had their right to express their opinions about the new Featured Episode in a respectful and civil manner. Everyone had their right to express their opinion, including Bluegeek. Yet I saw extreme vitriol thrown around. There was flaming, expositions from hate, and general jerk butt-ery from a lot of people.

This is not a place to flame each other. As someone who is specifically in the LGBT community and an advocate for human rights, I am sad to see the amount of hate being thrown around from both sides of this fence. I had to ban users who were all sides of the spectrum. People who agreed with the episode were banned for flaming. People who disagreed with the episode were banned for flaming. Morality and civility are sadly separate entities, where even if we hold a moral high ground that doesn’t mean we exhibit maturity. This is a grave reminder that asking for public shaming to happen is a really great way to earn my utmost ire.

In response, a few posters decided to dig up dirt on the community manager, declaring LaughingTrendy “officially a troll” and so far escaping bans of their own. [The link has since been deleted, but it complained of an allegedly religiously insensitive image on a personal Twitter account.]

Source: Official Site; thanks to Some Guy and Siphaed for the tips.
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Chuki792
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Honestly I don’t remember anything negative at the time… The TV channel even highlighted it as a plus “don’t miss” moment (uk sky 1 if I recall)… oh and thanks for making me feel real old :-(

AceOfDymonds
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Chuki792 You don’t remember the controversy when Rejoined aired? The company got absolutely inundated with phone complaints and some affiliates cut the scene entirely from their broadcasts of the episode. It is frequently referred to as one of, if not the most controversial episode of DS9 (and that’s the series that gave us In the Pale Moonlight).
And just like Plato’s Stepchildren from TOS, which was one of the most controversial episodes of that series for showing an interracial kiss, the controversy over Rejoined is going to be something the our culture looks back on with a sense of shame. We’ve come a long way since Rejoined aired 20 years ago, but we’ve still got a way to go – as this uproar over the “klesbians” shows.

Chuki792
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I don’t remember people complaining when Dax had that lesbian kiss on DS9… And it was a proper kiss: post-kiss saliva and all (trust me, there were stirrings in the upper trouser region for sure!)… So why is the game getting people so worked up?

Chuki792
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CistaCista  There’s a lesbian couple in ESO, in Auridon an elf mage talks about her wife going missing (wish I could remember the mission/area)… yet again, not a sh!t was given o_O

I can’t research it as I’ve not played the ep yet and don’t want any spoilers but I’ll be interested to see just what’s got people so worked up…

Greaterdivinity
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Greaterdivinity

Estranged I wouldn’t be surprised. But what testers expect and developers intend rarely align : )

Greaterdivinity
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Greaterdivinity

Estranged SWTOR had to cut out the original same sex relationships due to marketing/corporate and such, but they are slowly integrating it back into the game.
Sauce for them cutting it? IIRC they simply never planned for it as they didn’t have the time/it was more an oversight (a lame one), but did want to get it in the game and eventually sorta did with Makeb.
We remember Fox News calling Makeb the “gay planet” or something of that nature. I don’t know one player that has made a fuss over the new same sex romance options.  

Predictably, some people freaked out initially and then everyone forgot about it and wasn’t offended. It actually ended up being both sides offended though, as folks were upset Makeb was the “gay ghetto” and that the was only one SSR per faction, and it was only for one gender. I did see some players making a bit of a stink, but it’s the internet, bigots gonna bigot.
However, I don’t see a difference in same sex or hetero relationships in a MMO, as far as an age rating. 

*rabble rabble rabble THINK OF DA KEEDS! rabble rabble*
Yeah, neither do I, but some people are still stick in like, the 1920’s in terms of their moral world views.

Greaterdivinity
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Greaterdivinity

naifean I’ll whine about the use of “-gate” for everything because I think it’s stupid. Don’t like it, ignore my posts : )

ManastuUtakata
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Estranged ManastuUtakata bossrprouse Oyjord 
I don’t base things on subjectivity though, but on evidence. And with the understanding I could be entirelywrong if proven otherwise.

CistaCista
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But what they can all agree on is that PvP sandboxes are a cesspool of evil human beings :)

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carsont dewdodu jmerriex First off, I am not even sure how I was belittling the gay pride event, just saying that I just don’t feel you have to be obligated to bring your kids to one and have a very special episode well love, tolerance, and acceptance and all that jazz to not believe that homosexual will destroy this country or cause the declines or morals. Do I feel obligated to

The argument that the church should have a monopoly on contractual union between two consenting adults is nonsense, I am happy to leave it at that, its what you call tolerance it ain’t acceptance and it ain’t a moral argument, its merely my interpretation of a strong faith civil liberty. That alone is already a tough stance considering I like my faith and I have to reconcile it with its teachings. Now if being you like to hate everyone with a who doesn’t fall in line with your world view, be my guess can’t really stop you just like you can’t stop all the irrational hatred of gays. But I do think forcing people to submit to a hardline purity test is BS.

As for carsont question: “What age is appropriate?” Hah, I wish we could teach those things.