Unlike its predecessor, Oblivion, the next game in the Elder Scrolls series will let you make friends. Some friends can become friends with benefits. And they can then become your spouse. Even if they're the same gender as you.
While the fact the game features gay marriage is one to be applauded, let's not let it steal the limelight from the fact you can simply get married. Or just be friends!
Oblivion often felt very mechanical in the way you dealt with its inhabitants; you'd use them for a quest then they'd either disappear or you'd run out of things to say.
In Skyrim, those you befriend will be, well, friends! Get cozy and they might tag along and help you out in a fight. And if you get real cozy, if you buy a house, then they'll move in with you.
No word yet on how Skyrim handles the inevitable loveless decline and divorce once the kids leave home, but we've got a few months for that to be revealed in a no doubt mildly depressing developer diary.
Same sex marriage in Skyrim [Eurogamer]