Confirmed: There Will Be Same Sex Relationships In Skyrim
Wow, progress marches on. As if you needed another reason to play it as soon as it is released, it has been confirmed, naturally via Twitter, that Elder Scrolls: Skyrim is taking the series into the 21st century the same way BioWare did with Dragon Age (and soon with Mass Effect 3). There will be same-sex relationships in Elder Scrolls: Skyrim. The news came Wednesday, when Bethesda’s Pete Hines responded to a tweeted question about the possibility as follows:
This is further proof that we are very rapidly changing as a society. Just 10 years ago, it would have been nearly unthinkable for a major studio to add content like this into their flagship game. Now it’s considered a cop-out if they don’t. Even so, I find the nonchalance in Hines’ statement unconvincing. The gay community has made tremendous strides, but that’s because they have had to fight for every inch of acceptance they’ve gained. That the inclusion of same-sex relationships in major games has become almost completely mainstream is still a big deal. And that means that every time it happens, it’s news.
What I’m getting at is that, while this is obviously great, I suspect that Bethesda is not making “a huge deal” out of this because they’re trying to avoid, as long as possible, the inevitable whining from troglodytes about how the inclusion of same-sex relationships will somehow impose a terrible burden on straight gamers. Hopefully, they’ll respond with the same level of class and awesomeness that BioWare summoned when they delivered a delicious smackdown to the bigots on their own forums.