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Posted: Aug 3rd 2011 3:46PM dudes said

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Mouse in pic thinks: "I hope no cop see's me meet my secret cheese dealer tonight.."

Posted: Aug 3rd 2011 4:11PM wfseg said

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@dudes
Ahahaha. Good one. I know it's a reference to some movie.. or a book, just can't remember.
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Posted: Aug 3rd 2011 3:49PM Lenn said

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Posted: Aug 3rd 2011 3:50PM Eamil said

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Redwall is a truly excellent series. You have good taste!

Posted: Aug 3rd 2011 3:57PM Interitus said

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It's odd, when I first started playing EQ2 and I played as a Kerra I never considered it a furry. But then I chose it simply because I hated the other models, I re-rolled once the SOGA models came out.

It wasn't until Champions Online(?) that I clicked they may be doing it as furries. I know the debate got really heated in STO, that the only people who want to play Caitians (sp?) are furries. There was almost a stigma for a while that if you were a Caitian you were a furry in real life.

Honestly I think avatars are just avatars. I think people should be able to play whatever they want without real world judgements being made. And on that topic I was part of a message board where one user was in his 40's. Some other users picked up he was a furry quicker then I. His avatar was a wolf's face. Anyway, after that some members would not let him live it down. They would taunt him, tease him be down right cruel. I defended the man, he wasn't one for conflict so never responded to these people. He didn't flaunt his lifestyle the only thing that connected him ot being a furry was his wolf face picture. But whatever people do in the privacy of their home, leave it. It's fine if you don't agree but there is no need to attack anyone.

I may have started rambling

Posted: Aug 3rd 2011 4:11PM Beau Hindman said

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@Interitus Well, if it helps, my avatar is a half man, half fox and I'm no furry! lol

Thanks for the comments so far.

Beau
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Posted: Aug 3rd 2011 4:28PM Lenn said

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@Interitus It's the same crap guys get when they play female characters (or vice versa). In all the MMOs I've played, I've always had both male and female characters and not because of that age old excuse of "well, if I have to look at a butt for hours on end, it might as well...", but simply because I like variety, and sometimes certain classes just fit better with one gender. And sometimes I just hate the male versions (hello WoW gnomes).
As for honest-to-goodness furries: meh, live and let live. Whatever floats your boat. As long as they stay away from me, what with my severe allergies for anything mammalian.
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Posted: Aug 3rd 2011 4:29PM (Unverified) said

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Where's your 'anthro cat chilling out to headphones' avatar that you've used for ages there, Beau? Always thought it was neat. Stopped using it because you didn't want people to think you were 'that' kind of furry?

I've commented on this before, but it bears repeating: Most of the people who get so uptight about something seeming furry seem to really want to make sure that you know they do NOT think that cat girl is sexy. Well, maybe if she's just got ears and a tail, that's okay, right? People seem to get uncomfortable when the facial features change, and then it goes right down hill if there's actual fur on the body, and so on.

Not everyone who enjoys anthro art is some sort of fur-suit wearing pedophile, but are some major creepers? Oh, you bet. Just like some anime fans, tabletop gamers and NASCAR enthusiasts. There's bound to be someone out there that's all of that, so watch out!

This phenomenon has already been fully described in that chart floating around the Internet, where every geeky fandom likes to have one below them they can make fun of.

Ah, yes, here we go -
http://www.ifanboy.com/images/ifanboy/geekchartbig.gif

Posted: Aug 3rd 2011 4:30PM (Unverified) said

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@(Unverified) Ah, no edit, and there's your icon. But the rest still stands.
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Posted: Aug 3rd 2011 4:32PM theinternetman said

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Please don't generalize people who are anti-furry, thanks.
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Posted: Aug 3rd 2011 4:35PM (Unverified) said

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@theinternetman Well then, let's hear it, why are you anti-furry? What does that even mean, anyway?
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Posted: Aug 3rd 2011 4:50PM theinternetman said

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It's a culture that has some very obnoxious and often very perverted player pockets that come with it. That's to say not everyone who identifies themselves as a "furry" is that way, but if you encourage "furries" to come to your game, you're going to get them. It's like having a bunch of russians invade a US server, not all, but very many of them, wreak havok, and generally interrupt gameplay. Some "Furries" generally do it in a more subversive, and perverted way and I frankly don't want them anywhere near an MMORPG I'm playing because it ruins the experience. "Furries" can be extremely intolerant of anyone who doesn't immediately tolerate their fandom, culture, and practices.

http://www.somethingawful.com/d/weekend-web/furry-anime-pokemon.php
http://www.somethingawful.com/d/weekend-web/furry-forums.php
http://www.somethingawful.com/d/webcam-ward/fat-furry.php
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Posted: Aug 3rd 2011 4:56PM Lenn said

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@theinternetman So they're intolerant of intolerance? Imagine that.
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Posted: Aug 3rd 2011 5:04PM (Unverified) said

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@theinternetman Well, not that I'll venture to the something awful forums while at work, but I understand what you mean now, yes. There is a particularly militant portion of the Furry fandom that is especially intolerant for a group that demands tolerance from others.

And this really brings me to my point that people who like anthro art or anthro characters aren't automatically part of that fandom at all, much less the unpleasant crazies.

I also take issue with the way Beau's chosen to create his three steps there, since I don't have some 'totem animal' nor do I think I'm a dragon, etc. That strikes me as much stranger than, say, finding a draenei attractive.
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Posted: Aug 3rd 2011 5:15PM theinternetman said

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@Lenn

I think tolerant isn't really a good word in this case, it implies it's a person's duty to tolerate anything no matter how far it goes against their moral beliefs or is obnoxious and disrupting to their way of life. (Most people identifying themselves with the "furry" fandom do not do this). That said, part of being culturally aware, respectful, and of good taste is to not bring your fetishes to video game that children play. (Keeping in mind that not all people identifying themselves with the "furry" fandom engage in this practice)

Beau's 3 levels do a decent job of pointing out some characteristics people have that might drive them to roll an "anthro" character. In the end I think it's up to the game's staff to cull those who have similar characteristics to a "level 3 furry".
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Posted: Aug 3rd 2011 5:19PM theinternetman said

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Unrelated but Redwall would make an awesome MMO if you ask me, thanks for putting a little nod to it in your article Beau.
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Posted: Aug 3rd 2011 4:33PM Carolina said

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I like when the "furry" character options are super cute, like the Zumi. It's a good break from the serious looking humans and elves from the games I generally play.

It does seem that they are more present in F2P tittles (remembering that EQ2 has a F2P server and client). Trying to recall here quickly, I guess only WoW has the Worgen and then FF has those people with cute cat ears and tail, and then the original EQ races.

Posted: Aug 3rd 2011 4:38PM DoctorSmart said

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Could you possibly give us an overview of the gameplay of the Earth Eternal relaunch? I mean, this is a gaming article, yes?

Posted: Aug 3rd 2011 4:59PM Lenn said

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@DoctorSmart "Each week, Free for All brings you ideas, news, and reviews from the world of free-to-play, indie, and import games"

I think this falls under the header "ideas".
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Posted: Aug 3rd 2011 5:06PM (Unverified) said

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@Lenn Yeah, I think he just wants to encourage everyone to mix it up, hence the fairly sensational headline.
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