Fable III to include adoption, allowing gay characters to raise children

Gamers have been able to create gay lovers in Fable since the series first launched six years ago. But now, for the first time, gay couples in the game will also be able to raise children without being required to partake in the sort of intercourse they aren't interested in.

Above: We suggest adopting this kid from his scary parents first, if just to get him a better haircut

The formula in the open-ended RPG has been pretty standard from day one. Two people are allowed to form a relationship, and the game has no mechanism in it to distinguish who can and can not hook up with one another, regardless of gender.

However, since it obviously makes biological sense, the games have only allowed women to have children, so having a child in the games required heterosexual intercourse.

In Fable III, however, a brand new option will be available - adoption, which will allow players to fulfill the same experience of raising a family without the requirement of a male-female relationship.

"You can be gay. You can be bisexual. You can get married as many times as you like. It's up to you," said Peter Molyneux in an ABC News piece on the subject. "My fascination is with what that means to people. It means they can be who they are rather than who I require them to be."

The industry group International Game Developers Association has a committee focused on advancing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender representation in games. The chairman of that committee, Jeb Havens, said as games become more open-ended and give players more options, the possibilities are favorable.

"I think the formula that's working for the big publishers who have LGBT content is that it's an option if the player consciously seeks it out," she said.

Sounds great to us. But we do wonder how long it'll be until someone in the media starts a frenzy about Fable III indoctrinating children with the "gay agenda." One... two...

[Source: ABC News]

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  • Shinn - October 25, 2010 1:33 a.m.

    Nobody wants to buy your crap!
  • FauxFurry - October 24, 2010 11:04 p.m.

    Finally,the Warrior Princess and her partner can settle down and raise a family without 'compromising their virtue' by bringing some strange man into the picture for a few minutes. Fable moves yet another step closer to becoming a medieval hero life simulator while the next major installment of the Sims is set in the Middle Ages. Hmm...coincidence? No matter whether it is a sign of some understated rivalry between EA and Lionhead or not,this is a case of convergence that I whole-heartedly approve of. reCAPTCHA: "berboal Journal" Is that where the first waves of condemnation will find physical form or will the print bear the approval of the masses? Only time and randomized computer password sequencers will tell!
  • paganpoet - October 24, 2010 9:40 p.m.

    @ SolidEye kind of a failure, ain't you? That's some of the laziest thinly veiled homophobia I seen since reading 50 Cent's twitter. I'm not sure if you know how adoption works, but orphans and foster children aren't exactly mass produced in a factory somewhere (unless you count trailer parks and Roman Catholic homes). hater silenced x. if you gonna talk some mess, then fall back and come correct
  • keefster - October 24, 2010 3:37 p.m.

    Gr... you seriously need to fix this spam. What a joke.
  • Solid_Gabriel - October 24, 2010 12:58 p.m.

    God Damn it! What's up with all these spam messages here on GamesRadar? I can't even scroll down to read a few comments without having to jump dozens of spam messages!
  • Shinn - October 24, 2010 11:36 a.m.

    Such a thoughtful game developer. If they fix the spell system this game will be 100 times better, but I suppose this is a great step towards perfection.
  • SolidEye - October 24, 2010 1 a.m.

    "gay couples in the game will also be able to raise children without being required to partake in the sort of intercourse they aren't interested in." Yes, heaven forbid people have children the way NATURE INTENDED. Can brothers and sisters marry too?
  • 510BrotherPanda - October 24, 2010 12:46 a.m.

    Why not have half bear and Komodo Dragon babies? This isn't good enough. Moly-NO!
  • Aletheon - October 24, 2010 12:24 a.m.

    @Thor Bill Gates for President? Sure, then the eugenics agenda could go into full steam, and you could get vaccines every month for the most trivial of things! SOUNDS GREAT!!!
  • Aletheon - October 24, 2010 12:23 a.m.

    How gay of Fable.
  • AA95mp - October 23, 2010 7:28 p.m.

    this seems good interesting.what'll also be interesting is the media blitz. and lol at "gaymer" and straygators comment recaptcha: darullfta stritagh wtf!?
  • ThePurpleDragon - October 23, 2010 4:40 p.m.

    @knightdehumidifier I lol'd, hard.
  • Bloodstorm - October 23, 2010 12:34 p.m.

    Can you're straight character be sterile and have to adopt? That would be hilarious! Hear is to hoping, that any way you spin it, you can have more then 2 kids. I still want to build that army of children.
  • Fusionmix - October 23, 2010 11:14 a.m.

    This = WIN.
  • 88Meters - October 23, 2010 11:08 a.m.

    @oppoool fuck you
  • KnightDehumidifier - October 23, 2010 10:53 a.m.

    As a heterosexual gaming enthusiast this is something I know will please its homosexual fanbase, but on the perspective in which I possess, I will acknowledge this option while still impregnating dozens of anonymous women to produce my bastard children for which these homosexual life partners will adopt. Circle of life.
  • spikedavies - October 23, 2010 10:07 a.m.

    Hells yeah! As A gaymer this also pleases me. I love lionhead for pushing the boundaries.
  • VaneTrago - October 23, 2010 10:06 a.m.

    Gaymer wins. Fatality. I really appreciate that with every game he makes, Molyneux tries to expand on what to expect out of a game.
  • mausjake - October 23, 2010 7:34 a.m.

    "Gaymer" kudos for whoever came up with that one
  • GAYMER - October 23, 2010 5:43 a.m.

    As GAYMER, this pleases me too.

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