bjj hero said:
I hated that fable was blatently made by preachy, self rightous vegans. Scoring "pure" points for veg and "corrupt" points for meat. Someone missed biology class, we evolved to eat meat and veg. Unlike cows for example.
If it was cakes and icecream that caused the problems I could understand (although you would work it off swinging a sword all day) but meat?
Where is the lack of purity (or the fat) in lean chicken or steak? I eat meat regularly and need all of the energy provided as I do at least 4 training sessions per week, split between grappling and striking. I bet I am a damn sight healthier, fitter and have a better physique than any of those dirty vegans down at Lionhead. I need all the protein and calories I take on.
Celery the only way to slim down? Please, go for a run instead.
If you were saving the world with nothing but a sword, a gun and a dog you diet would resemble mine far more than that of some anemic tree hugger down at Lionhead.
Anyway, between the moral soap boxing and the broken in game economy I got bored of Fable II and never finished it.
Now you'll have to forgive me, but this gave me a good little chuckle.
Oh the image I concocted in my head. The revved up alpha-male testosterone factory projecting his hate of all things hippie or noncombative upon the game designers of Lionhead, just to vent some of the tension of constantly proving that HE IS A MAN! I do in turn apologise for pigeonholing you as such, but I found the idea all too humourous.
That aside, there are plenty of explainations for the idiosyncrasies of Fable II's little world, a very British sense of humour being one of them, another being the aforementioned-in-this-topic fact that some people just plain want to have a fatty character, which as was also mentioned, was actually difficult to maintain in the original Fable due to the fact that you could (quickly) run it off. Character customisability is an important part of the Fable series and honestly the tofu/meat purity/corruption divide is just one quick and easy way of letting you manipulate the slider to get your desired appearance.
The game doesn't pretend to be realistic but if you fancy an alternate, non moral explaination, look at it as the cleansing purity of fruit and veg versus the grease and toxins of meat and beer.
Anyways, that was all running far, far off of the point of the topic, which is all about the implications of self-image in gameplay.
I personally admit that I'm pretty damn vain when it comes to my digital representations. When it comes to escapism, I freely admit that I like to make my character as self-satisfying as possible in every regard I can. This most certainly includes turning them into eye candy. Girly guys or muscular lasses, because that's how I "roll."
Am I quite aware of how unrealistic these body images are? Indeed I am. Am I aware of how damaging the unrealistic idealised depictions of body shapes pervasive in modern media are? Naturally. Do I feel that we're all to blame for letting things get out of hand as such? Indeed I do. Does this mean I feel a pang of guilt when I make my little fantasy world person an unrealistic paragon of my own desire? Not in the slightest.
This could bring us to another argument entirely, where we compare the impact of heavily and unrealistically modified photographs in the health, fashion and beauty (of both genders) industries upon the acceptable body shape templates in the minds of the masses to the effect which is had upon the same by our little malleable digital people, but I shant waste my time. I'm sure we can all draw our own conclusions.
We'd probably ALL be wrong, too.
Heh heh heh. People.
Heh heh. Society.