The hunt for the gay planet

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Today I am going to have a presentation about anna anthropy´s Elit piece The hunt for the gay planet. Before I began going thru the text, I wanted to read the editorial statement; and I found out what the story was based on: 

“The work takes its premise from a mainstream online roleplaying game, Bioware’s Star Wars: The Old Republic, which in 2013 announced they were expanding their romance options in-game to include homosexual options, but only on a single planet in the galaxy. anthropy satirizes this decision with this beautifully retro piece, in which the player is invited to gradually explore the galaxy (looking under rocks and in caves) in search of a lesbian romance. The game serves as a powerful example of Twine’s potential as a platform for commenting on and engaging with AAA gaming, as Twine builds on the traditions of hypertext to allow for complex decision management and choice-driven experience design.”  (A Twine is an open-source tool for telling interactive, nonlinear stories)

The hunt for the gay planet is a piece that I feel is supposed to be funny, but obviously wants to make a point at the same time. Some of the things that is written is so stupid that it gets funny, but at the same time I feel like it is supposed to be over exaggerated just to make the point clear; that point being that it is just so extremely stupid that if you want to play a videogame with a player that is gay, you can only do that on one small planet in the game… and you would have to pay for it too??:  “The Hunt for the Gay Planet began as a spoof of Knights of the Old Republic‘s “Makheb” DLC (a planet in the game’s universe where gay characters existed and queer relationships were possible, available only by paid purchase)

This Elit is only based on text, there is no pictures or music, but the author anna anthropy makes it fun anyway, by adding a lot of options that makes us eager to know what comes next when we choose one of them. Anthropy is a really good writer, I feel like its me that is going thru space to find the planet. The story starts off with a woman just looking around trying to find her way to lesbonica, the gay planet… but the story gets more and more intense, and she gets more and more frustrated. We have to look under rocks, dig holes, go left, go right… where is that planet?? You can find out what happens next yourself –>  The Hunt for the Gay Planet 

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