I’ve been playing Star Wars: The Old Republic (SWTOR) for the last few weeks, and have been really enjoying it. I’ve leveled a Sith Inquisitor to 25 and I’ve been finding the quests engaging, the characters interesting, and the moral choices to be over all well done (though some are fairly arbitrary).
However, there’s been one issue that’s been enough to almost make me want to quit.
Where are my flirt options?
On my female Sith Inquisitor, she hasn’t had a single flirt option made available to her. Apparently there wasn’t a single person that she wanted to call attractive, or want to get closer to.
My partner, however, is playing a male Sith Inquisitor. By this point in the game, he’d had two sexual partners and a couple other flirt options. Even though there was a male counter part to one of his sexual conquests, there was no flirt option available to me.
I’m a woman, damn it. I want to flirt. I want to meet interesting males and have my sith pureblood flirt! Why is it that a male of the same class gets more options than a female? I thought the gender trope was that women liked romance while men liked violence, and here I am, stiffed and frigid!
This has actually seriously hindered my desire to play, despite all the fun I’ve been having with the game. The romance options were one of the most interesting and different things this mmo had going for it, and the lack of attention to female characters is discouraging, and I’m not the only one that feels this way.
This is just another way that video game makers seek to appeal to women (by allowing female characters, allowing romance options, allowing decisions based outcomes to actions) but falls short by giving female characters less options than men.
Update: At level 27 I was finally given my first flirt option and it was one of the most satisfying things I’ve done in game.