'Fable III' video game allows same-sex couples to marry, adopt kids

Sun. October 24, 2010 11:55 PM by GoPride.com News Staff

Los Angeles - A popular action role-playing game called "Fable III" allows same-sex characters to marry each other and also allows gay characters to adopt children.

"We don't require you to be of a certain type to get married," Microsoft Game Studios Europe Creative Director Peter Molyneux told the Huffington Post. "You can be gay. You can be bisexual. You can get married as many times as you like. It's up to you. 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 Huffington Post reports that "Sims 3," released last year, also allows same-sex characters to marry. Before that, "Sims" characters could enter into civil unions.

"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," Jeb Havens, chairman of the International Game Developers Association LGBT committee, told the Huffington Post. "That way there's no fear of a backlash from players who might think they're being forced to play as a gay character or being forced to fall in love with another guy just to play through the game."