Skyrim to copy Peter Molyneux’s innovation of same-sex marriage

Lionhead's Peter Molyneux is a technical wizard who has invented 72% of modern gaming, his prowess giving us everything from trees that grow to the very idea of God himself. And before he invented the concept of same-sex marriages for the Fable series, we gamers had no idea of the possibilities such an idea could afford. It seems Bethesda was also paying attention to his revolutionary concept, as its Vice President of PR, Peter Hines, has now confirmed that same-sex marriages will be possible in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. 

Hines - in response to a tweet asking if the same-sex issue was “hush-hush” - tweeted “Not hush hush, just not making a huge deal out of it. You can marry anyone”, before clarifying “Not any NPC, just Male or Female”. Rockstar’s Bully also offered a watered down version of Molynuex’s idea, with you being able to steal a kiss from someone of the same gender. 

Bethesda has nicely avoided making a big controversial issue out of this as well. It’s clearly just a small gameplay flourish designed for players to explore if they want to. Moreover, it’s the latest in the long line of Elder Scrolls V announcements recently – such as yesterday's revelation that NPCs will hunt you down if you terminate one of their family – that seem to suggest that Skyrim will be providing everything but the kitchen sink to players when it comes out. Although from what we’ve heard already, the kitchen sink may be included in DLC.

August 25, 2011


  • hppop1 - August 29, 2011 4:30 a.m.

    I'm even more surprised that there's marriage involved in this game, the things you can do in elder scrolls.
  • Xifihas - August 28, 2011 4:25 a.m.

    Damnit! Being able to marry a dragon would have redeemed this game in my eyes. Along with fixing the leveling system, making magic less overpowered, actually making the storyline worth giving a crap about, making the character models less disturbing to look at and fixing the critical bugs before releasing the game rather than releasing patches over the next year to get it somewhat playable but it's Bethesda, what are the chances of any of that happening?
  • fireman24465 - August 25, 2011 7:23 p.m.

    you can marry argonians isn't that close enough to a dragon?
  • fireman24465 - August 25, 2011 7:23 p.m.

    you can marry an argonian and that is pretty close to a dragon
  • FauxFurry - August 25, 2011 6:18 p.m.

    It is nice to see Bethesda include this option,allowing one the option to marry whom one fancies without consideration being given to gender,fulfilling a fantasy of total equality between sexual orientations. It's just a tad boring to only have a choice of male or female. It's a Fantasy game, for Elysium's sake. Where are the asexual/construct and intersexual options? Either way, neither of those option would be straight or gay.
  • RandyChimp - August 25, 2011 4:52 p.m.

    Nice addition, always happy to see equality in any form of media. Not my personal preference, but it's nice that they're treating it as a regular game addition, rather than making a big deal out of it.
  • jackthemenace - August 25, 2011 4:18 p.m.

    When they announce Kitchen Sink armour, let me know. I love the idea of Same-Sex Marriages in gaming. I'm not Gay, but I think it's brilliant that equality has come far enough for no-one to really make a big deal out of it anymore, not even in video games. Plus, it means I get to sex up Garrus in ME3. GIGGITY.
  • Regadrex - August 25, 2011 4:07 p.m.

    Although I know that the comical approach to NPC marriage by the Fable series (or at least Fable 3 which I own) can't be taken as an example, I'm going to avoid deep-socialising in Skyrim and spend more time exploring and blasting things apart :D
  • garnsr - August 25, 2011 4:06 p.m.

    They don't even get graphic with straight sex in games, gay sex would be even less interestingly depicted, so the only other reason to get married in a game would be stat perks, or some bonus, but you usually just end up having to deal with the hassle of a family, instead of running around finding locations and killing things. Who wants to play a game with an irritating family, with no sex to make it worthwhile?
  • oldschoolgamer - August 25, 2011 2:41 p.m.

    something orginal like bio-shock? thats pretty funny.. How about orginal like populous, dungeon keeper, black and white, fable, or "the movies" sometimes people really confuse me.. its to bad more people werent pushing the envolope vrs remaking the same game over and over.. maybe there would be more than 4-5 good games in the last 8 years
  • Redeater - August 25, 2011 3:48 p.m.

    Because one of the best stories in a videogame in a completely ORIGINAL enviroment isn't considered original? I suppose Bioshock:Infinite isn't anything to look forward to either. Nope..riding a rollercoaster handrail while in a city in the sky...that has been done before right? Please explain to me how Peter has "pushed" the envelope in the last 6 years. Was he pushing the envelope when he cancelled Milo? No that was beyond his grasp so I'm sure he is working diligently on Fable 4 which will once again be mediocre on Metacritic.
  • RolandC - August 25, 2011 2:31 p.m.

    I love how ppl are completely spazzin out with religious arguments in the IGN article about this
  • Fetalspray - August 25, 2011 4:02 p.m.

    Haha yeah 53 pages of comments. Everyone on here is chilled out, much better.
  • Redeater - August 25, 2011 1:50 p.m.

    Maybe while Peter Molyneux is busy"inventing" ideas that will never come to fruition he can create something original like Portal, Red Dead or Bioshock. Until then I guess he can bitch and moan about how he is bored with this industry while he contributes nothing but mediocre titles. Good Christ how I hate this man.
  • Sleuth - August 25, 2011 1:40 p.m.

    This is fine as long as Skyrim and Mass 3 don't force my character into any homo situations. Skyrim is gonna be awesome!
  • Errrrbo - August 25, 2011 12:08 p.m.

    It's always great to see logic and reasoning beat out religious nonsense. Equal rights are important, so I'm glad videogames are being progressive in reflecting it.
  • P0LARCLAW - August 25, 2011 11:58 a.m.

    I wouldn't really consider it copying, but whatever. I for one didn't want marriage in the game in the first place. I would've liked more fan requested material and enhancements of exploration. But I guess this will just help the game be more realistic.
  • IREPMINNEAPOLIS - August 25, 2011 11:39 a.m.

    Sword fighting now has a new meaning in the world of the elder scrolls!
  • keltar93 - August 25, 2011 11:23 a.m.

    I'm offended by this news. If the world is in danger, and it's your job to save it, then shouldn't you be focused on that, and not getting hitched, regardless of the gender of you and them. Also, I present a completely lighthearted and in no ways intending to be offensive counter-argument to male homosexuality- women. Seriously, they smell nice.
  • sirdarkat - August 25, 2011 11:09 a.m.

    Yes, all bow down to Peter. We had no clue we could have gay characters even though I'm pretty sure I had a gay character in Fallout 2; which last time I checked predated Peter by quite a bit on the video game front. But hey let's give credit where credit is due and while we are at it let's give Peter credit for other innovations he didn't come up with like the wheel and the telephone. I'm so tired of seeing sites gush over things and giving credit for crap I saw 10-15 years before hand.

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