accurize2 Posted July 26, 2014 Share Posted July 26, 2014 First of all this is in the "General Discussions" section because I would have felt really weird putting this in the "Wish List" area. :? I watched the Joystiq promo stream with Hinterland ( ). At 53:30 Raphael addressed the ever present and inevitiable question of 'if you were truly starving to death and there were frozen bodies around, shouldn't cannibalism be an option?' Raphael stated he was cautious about using some 'morality or karma system'. He also stated if it were implemented he would want there to be consequences. Which I totally get. Even though it is survival, karma and morality tend to go out the window in a scenario when life is hanging by a thread, still there is a big difference between a deer and a human carcass. I think his desire (if I understood him correctly) was to not have a directly stat based consequence, but something more organic, which would reveal itself seamlessly into the game experience.My first thought was have something where there is a risk of throwing up. Losing precious calories and causing even more dehydration while harvesting the meat. I know if it were me IRL, I would be very concerned about throwing up and that is never a good thing when calories and hydration are essential. This risk, could put you behind the survival curve even more and just harvesting some human steaks could actually hasten your death.Human flesh could be balanced to spoil faster, have less nutrition to further discourage cannibalism...and maybe the calories could be randomized.Another thing that I thought of was the psychological effect of knowing what you just did. Combine that with the already intense mental stress the survivor is experiencing might be enough to cause some health related false-positives, also known as Hypocondria:Maybe he thinks he's food poisoned, causing our survivor to use valuable resources/time needlessly.Perhaps he thinks he's thirsty or hungry when he isn't, again wasting resources.Or maybe he has the chance to lose his appetite (it is quite gross after all) and suddenly he gets blind sided by a huge increase in hunger.Just some thoughts of how to organically implement possible risks / consequences of doing something that should be a last resort. So cannibalism would still be available, but it would be a hell of a risk.Remember folks: "Cannibalism is like a box of chocolates...you never know what you're gonna get." Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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