Alright guys, the debate is interesting. I will commend you both for developing your arguments but it is clear neither one is going to budge from your viewpoints.
I will cherry pick from what has been said and go from there.
I agree with this. The current “problem” is, as it is written, family is stripped from you very quickly in the demo. Leaving you without the familiar thing that you should care about and into the religious realm that some apparently didn’t experience in book 1. (I had to intentionally “mess up” to go down that route and try it out.)
So, if I am reading @chrisbat correctly, that is a source of frustration. If I am right, I understand that argument.
I have a question: Did you bat an eye when you played Samus Aran, Laura Croft, any female character in a fighting game, FemShep or any other female video game protaganist in video game history? If not, then you could at least extend that same courtesy to this game. If it is a good story, then the genderlock makes no difference.
Don’t get me wrong, I was as surprised as you were at first because I had imagined the twins referrence at the end of FOHB to mean twin boys. Playing as a girl gave me an initial shock due to expectations but it is something I got over pretty quickly.
Now then, all of this talk about church history. In a sense, you’re both right. It can be interesting to folks that are inclined to learn about such things. I studied it a great deal when I thought that the Church was the path that I would trod.
As @Rogar said, the councils held a ton of interesting debates. The life and Confessions of Augustine are interesting. You also have the written works of the Church Fathers in Acts as well as from the writings of Josephus. Those are pretty interesting too. However the early church didn’t spread via the sword, it spread through the blood of martyrs. Most of the time, adventures didn’t happen and there was no earthly glory to be had.
If we fast forward to the Reformation, the battle for the church wasn’t truly on the field of battle. It was in the pulpits and universities. It was Luther standing up before a religious court and challenging them to find something that he wrote that went against the Bible alone. (Sola scriptura.)
All that to say this: If you played FOHB and came in to expect low fantasy adventure with politics and land management, you are going to receive a rude shock. So again, I feel like I understand where @chrisbat is coming from.
Now, do not get me wrong. I am not writing this to crucify Teo in any way. We discussed the issues that I encountered way back when and I will read the updated demo when it comes out to see how I feel at that point. Frankly, I want him to succeed but I am carefully watching his portrayal of the Church. (Before anyone jumps on me, yes I am aware that abuse can and does exist in cloisters. However I want to see that both sides of the religious coin are represented fairly.)
So can we stop sabre rattling and just wait to see a more fleshed out demo?