Now it's no secret that Ender's Game writer Orson Scott Card is a homophobe with questionable views on gay rights (my opinions), but it's not really common knowledge either.
GayGamer.net certainly isn't the only one speaking out about his involvement in Shadow Complex either. There's definitely a lot to think about here, because the game is great, and most of the community recognizes that. However, it is also based on a world created by Card for his Empire series, and the writer is a devout Mormon with some pretty stringent views -- to say the least.
Gamers have since taken notice, and there's buzzing in the air. Some gamers are encouraging others to boycott Shadow Complex, as Card invariably makes money off the game, money which he then uses to fund his anti-gay marriage campaign in Utah. Remember Prop 8 in California? He was a major financial backer behind that disgusting piece of legislature. Those advocating the Shadow Complex boycott reason that he will just use his profits from the game to fund more anti-gay rights laws.
So the reasoning behind this is to give as little money to Scott as possible, though many gamers reply that it's silly to boycott such a great game because the author of the novels that inspired the game is a homophobe. Card himself admitted that he did not contribute heavily to the game other than the Empire universe.
Now I believe GayGamer.net writer "Dawdle" had the right idea:
I still don't have an answer for myself. I think if you're obviously too disgusted to enjoy the game, avoid it, and speak out. However, if you want to play the game, play it. Enjoy it, but offset the hate: if you buy Shadow Complex, donate $5, $10, $15 if you can spare it to a gay charity. Let them know why you're giving the money. Card won't get nearly that much per game. In message boards or user reviews, in blogs or tweets, if it comes up, let people know exactly what Card has said on the matter, and where, and damn him with his own language.
Money is important, but far more important to him, and to history, is his legacy. You can tell from his reactions how much being called a homophobe rankles him. Increasingly and through his own work, the line on Orson Scott Card has moved away from "respected science fiction author" to "kind of insane about this whole gay thing." As his views become more and more fringe, and we continue to gain the rights he's fighting against, he'll retreat further into a conservative ghetto.
If you don't agree with Card but really want this game, go ahead and purchase it. Enjoy yourself, but donate a few bucks to a gay rights group or something of the like, and let them know exactly why you're doing so. Hell, Card's one hell of a writer, so you don't really have to boycott his books either, if you truly enjoy reading them. However, speak out against his views, spread the word! We know Mr. Card resents being labeled a "homophobe."
Shadow Complex is a great game and deserves the hype.