Gay Marriage Gets a Thumbs Up in Skyrim

August 25, 2011 -

Bethesda's Peter Hines revealed on Twitter that same-sex marriage will be allowed in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Hines made the comment after a Twitter follower accused him of being "hush-hush about this aspect of the game. His reply:

"Not hush hush, just not making a huge deal out of it. You can marry anyone." In a subsequent tweet he clarified by adding: " ... not any NPC, [I] just mean any male or female. Doesn't matter what you're playing."

Skyrim spouses are more than just arm candy; players can find true love, a companion that might travel with them, or a roommate to share the house you'll end up paying a ridiculous amount of money for in the game. Romance and marriage certainly need to be more than distractions. No matter what sex or race you want to get married to (or simply hook up with).

You can explore this side of the game when it is released on November 11 for PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3.

Source: The Escapist, Eurogamer


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Re: Gay Marriage Gets a Thumbs Up in Skyrim

If you typed "Skyrim" into any news search engine over the last couple of day, you saw a few dozen headline stories on big gaming news sites making a big deal of it. The original tweet goes:

"Not hush hush, just not making a huge deal out of it. You can marry anyone. Sorry, should clarify. Not any NPC, just mean any male or female. Doesn’t matter what you’re playing.”"

(Emphasis added.) So Bethesda didn't want to make a big deal of it, and it shouldn't be. I understand making mention of it in a list of Skyrim-related revealed facts, but for everyone to latch onto that one point and make it the headline when it's just another of many, many features in a game is excessive. Thankfully with the new PAX demo and presentation there will be much more news on all kinds of aspects of the game.

EDIT: Sorry, that was meant to be a reply to the thread below.

Re: Gay Marriage Gets a Thumbs Up in Skyrim

That's fine. So other news outlets are making a big deal out of it. And at least you understand that it's not a big deal- but why such a heavy response here, instead of the outlets that are overemphasizing the entire thing?

Re: Gay Marriage Gets a Thumbs Up in Skyrim

Who. The. Hell. Cares. I mean obviously everyone else in the game industry media, but it really shouldn't be such a big deal as it is. It's not some grand civil rights statement, just Beth giving you freedom as a role-player. Did everyone go nuts over Fable?

Re: Gay Marriage Gets a Thumbs Up in Skyrim

I'm sorry- was there some part of this article that was whooping and hollering about how great it is? Did Bethesda release this tidbit with glorious fanfare attached? Did Peter Molyneux overhype this game?

I think it's neat. I also think this isn't being overblown.

Re: Gay Marriage Gets a Thumbs Up in Skyrim

Bethesda didn't make a press release about it, so some dumbass Tweeter started accusing them of don't-ask-don't-tell-don't-pursue. He's/she's the one making the big deal about it, and then next thing you know we'll have the conservatives on our ass trying to ban the game before it's even out. Then the Pro-gays will fight back and it's just going to be one huge mess.

And this exactly what the political fighters want cause they love a good fight. "FREEDOM!" STFU, ya stupid twit!

 

Re: Gay Marriage Gets a Thumbs Up in Skyrim

I doubt that'll happen. Even in the case of Oblivion, The Elder Scrolls would be described as esoteric, at least in the terms of context surrounding different facets of the game. Most people who heard about the game haven't even heard of the Lusty Argonian Maid, and the only reason there was a grand brouhaha about nudity in Oblivion (despite it being unmodded, poor in quality, and only affecting bewbs) was because it came right on the heels of Hot Coffee, and we had somebody insane enough to be talking out of his ass about litigation.

This isn't even going to come close to Mass Effect in terms of notability. I doubt "marry any companion you meet" means "throw them to the ground and auto-install modded body mods with "special" animations". At "worst", we'll probably see kissing.

And only one man on this planet had issues with boys kissing boys in video games, calling it gay sex.

Re: Gay Marriage Gets a Thumbs Up in Skyrim

Judging from my experience with Morrowind and Oblivion modding, I can safely say that if the option wasn't in the vanilla game, it would be modded in within roughly three seconds.

Re: Gay Marriage Gets a Thumbs Up in Skyrim

Precisely.

The name "Alienslof" comes to mind... and "Robert" and "Exnem".

Re: Gay Marriage Gets a Thumbs Up in Skyrim

FINALLY managed to log in.

This doesn't surprise me, given that there was a gay character in the Fighters Guild quest chain in Oblivion, and the numerous... questionable... "tastes" of the Dunmer in Morrowind.

They probably pay attention to the modding community, too. But yay- I can hook up a Khajiit with an Argonian, now. :D

 
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IronPatriotBut hey, you're welcome.05/29/2015 - 5:23am
Andrew EisenEZK did say he didn't find any info on the appeals process. And if all he did was look at the ratings process part of the ESRB's website, he wouldn't have. That's where I would have looked too. But hey, thanks for being thorough and finding the info.05/29/2015 - 5:01am
Andrew EisenDude, again. I am NOT saying there is no appeals process. THERE OBVIOUSLY IS. All I am saying is that the appeals process is not described in the ratings process part of the ESRB's website.05/29/2015 - 4:59am
IronPatriotI googled appeal esrb.org and it is the first and third hits. Second is esrb talking about appeals for web publishers. Gamefaqs is fourth.05/29/2015 - 4:01am
IronPatriotZachary said he did not find any information about a formal appeals process. I did a simple search and found two places on the esrb site with the info. Just sayin.05/29/2015 - 3:57am
IronPatriotOn Google I get "1 Written Testimony of Patricia E. Vance President ... - ESRB" http://www.esrb.org/about/news/downloads/pvtestimony_6_14_06.pdf05/29/2015 - 3:55am
Andrew EisenNow, that post on GameFAQs was made four years ago. It appears the ESRB has since moved the appeals process stuff behind the publisher login on its website.05/29/2015 - 3:32am
Andrew EisenOh, third link on the Google search. Okay. That leads to a GameFAQs message board which quotes a section of the ESRB website that includes a description of the appeals process. But when you follow the link, that quote doesn't exist.05/29/2015 - 3:30am
Andrew EisenThird link down from what? Look, I'm not arguing the existance of an appeals process. There obviously is one. I was merely noting that it's odd that it isn't described on the website's ratings process section but it is on the mobile site.05/29/2015 - 3:25am
IronPatriotOK, so use the third link down, which describes the appeals process and is not on the mobile site"Publishers also have the ability to appeal an ESRB rating assignment to an Appeals Board, which is made up of publishers, retailers and other professionals."05/29/2015 - 2:47am
Andrew EisenRight, which links to the ESRB's mobile site. On the website (again, unless I'm overlooking it) the appeals process is locked behind the publisher login.05/29/2015 - 2:37am
IronPatriotHuh? Google "appeals esrb". It is the first link. Click it. No login requested.05/29/2015 - 2:31am
Andrew EisenInteresting. It's on the mobile site but unless I'm overlooking it, I don't see it under the Ratings Process on the web site. It is under the publishers section but you can't access it without a login.05/29/2015 - 2:13am
IronPatriot"Publishers also have the ability to appeal an ESRB rating assignment to an Appeals Board made up of publishers, retailers and other professionals. " Esrb05/29/2015 - 2:01am
IronPatriotZachary, did you look on the esrb site? The esrb appeals process pops up when you search "esrb appeals" http://m.esrb.org/faq_09.php05/29/2015 - 2:00am
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E. Zachary KnightWonder, I know you can revise content and resubmit it, but I can't findany information about a formal appeals process.05/28/2015 - 7:27pm
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Matthew WilsonDanny and Andy play the first couple of levels of the upcoming Hatred http://www.gamespot.com/videos/hatred-gamespot-plays/2300-6425016/ imho it does not look like it should be AO.05/28/2015 - 5:57pm
 

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