The Naked Truth
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This was actually posted on the website, but it was so verbose, I think it qualifies as a journal entry.

Game progress is moving pretty slow, but feeling fairly playable with a camera system in place. Since there's not much progress there, I thought I might try simply just typing up random articles like I used to do. A website is a terrible thing to waste : )

Okay today's topic, why is everyone so naked? When I first created Felix, I wasn't thinking clothing.  From Looney Tunes, to Disney Characters, to Hanna-Barbara, to Sonic the Hedgehog, to even Felix the Cat, anthropomorphic animals without clothing didn't seem like an odd thing. Granted, some of the characters may wear, a single article of clothing like a tie or a pair of gloves but that doesn't change that fact that 99% of them would be kicked out of public places. I've been told before that Felix should wear a belt or some boots and I always wonder, why, when I hear things like that.

When I actually decided on the story, clothing made much much less sense. Wild animals out in the forest eating each other wearing baseball caps and sneakers is absolutely laughable. As cute as the world probably seems, I'll reiterate, I try to make sure that it's very realistic and has a very mature tone at its core. Cute, but far from mindless.

The only hitch I can recall with clothing, was when I was deciding how to do female characters. Female animals were much more clothed usually, so it did feel odd trying to sort that out. I guess I figured, if human characters are perfectly presentable wearing skin tight clothing, it really shouldn't be that bad drawing exaggerated characters with just fur. I think the end result turned out well! The move felt a little risque, but I managed to strip down females without a perverted aura around it (yes, I know how bad that was written). This kept the story intact.

It wasn't til years later that I actually begin hearing the term furry. I'm still not sure, but I think people use the term furry in two ways. Some use the term as anthropomorphic animal in general, and some people go a bit further and link a bit of uh.. eroticism to it. That's my understanding of it anyway. I still hear the term thrown around from time to time, and it seems to imply some form of insult. It bothered me when I first heard it. It made me seem like I was portraying this R rated game with naked animals running around doing promiscuous things. It wasn't till later that I figured out it was simply the internet being stupid again. Characters that have been around ages began to be known as furries, some strange fetish created by creeps and weirdos who marry their pets. A general term, now simply synonymous to something sick and twisted.

I could go on a rant here but I'll keep it simple. There's nothing wrong with furries. I can't say I know everything about the subject, but from what I do know it's nothing to be looked so down on. The following excerpt is from Wikipedia:

"Furry fandom is a fandom for fictional anthropomorphic animal characters with human personalities and characteristics. Examples of anthropomorphic attributes include exhibiting human intelligence and facial expressions, the ability to speak, walk on two legs, and wear clothes"

No matter how you look at it, Felix is a furry, plain and simple. The Ninja Turtles are furries (heh, with no fur), Miss Piggy is a furry, heck, even Swiper from Dora the Explorer is a furry. Suddenly being a furry is somehow weird and creepy now?

I once went on a furry forum to help promote my games a bit and while nobody was really interested, everyone there was nice beyond belief. A good depiction of this would be that Felix Town segment in Tandem Tales. Of course that doesn't mean everyone interested in the subject is a pleasant person, but interests do often give a good idea of someones nature. That said, I wouldn't be ashamed to lumped into the group. I wonder if there's a forum for serial killers and rapists who act as nice. I'd be really conflicted if there is..

The negativity of the term furry stems from the over-popularized sexual aspect. I can't say I'm a fan of that fandom, but I certainly don't cast judgment on people who are. You like what you like. Still,  I honestly wish someone would just coin the term furroticism or something to separate the two. Anything remotely connected to "pornographic imagery" in nature will be dragged down instantly in a sea of negativity. Because my female characters don't wear clothing, it's very easy to be seen in that light or at least I'm thinking it is.

I could be over-thinking this, or blowing old smoke. I'm not much of a social person so I have a fairly shallow perspective. Even so, it's not really until now that I can truly categorize Felix as a furry. It's almost like an epiphany; the sky is blue. As opposed to seeing the word as taboo, I see it as a definition.

All that said, Felix is a furry and there is nothing remotely interesting about that. (Unless you're just into furries I suppose)
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