I am excited for Skyrim. Having played every Elder Scrolls game since the original Arena (and never actually finishing one, despite hundreds and hundreds of hours in them), I know it will have a lot of the open-world exploration I rather love about that series. Plus, dragons. It's difficult not to love dragons when raised by a family that had all those Pocket Dragons strewn about (next to the gargoyles). Even if I am killing them to gain their power as if in some Highlander power struggle between dragonborn and actual dragons.
So, when reader Eric sent me to this forum post, which in turn leads to this Tweet by Pete Hines, VP of PR and marketing at Bethesda, confirming that regardless of your own sex, you can marry someone of any sex, I may have giggled a little. The entire exchange was brought about by a chap named Peter (@Jadis232 on Twitter) simply asking if same-sex marriage was going to be in the game.
I am not even sure how romances are set to work in Skyrim, and considering the stiff NPC interactions of the last TES game (though Fallout 3 seemed somewhat improved in that area), I'm also not sure how well it will translate.
However, this represents one of the things I have loved about this series: being able to build my own character and narrative in my head. Which also explains why I have never finished the main plot--that's not the point of these games for me, though I have heard I really should finish Morrowind's main story. It's exploration, making up my own character and her reactions to the vampire nest into which she just stumbled, and just enjoying it.
Many thanks to Bethesda for wanting to treat this as something that just is a matter of course. As Pete Hines replied to Peter in that Tweet, "Not hush hush, just not making a huge deal out of it. You can marry anyone."
Now to wonder if someone will make a mod to have dragons officiate over my wedding.