The title kinda says it all. I've been thinking about this a lot lately and I really don't know. What do you guys think? It seems to me that it maybe hasn't changed views of the fandom, but I do think it has increased exposure to it.
Why would it? The game has nothing to do with furries.
The only real association that can be made is that furries will latch onto anything involving anthropomorphic characters and try and claim it's a furry thing.
Personally I don't think this is enough to associate the two to an outsider of this fandom, which is what the initial question was about.
Because that's what people do? They associate things that have the things they like with their fandoms? But then again, I suppose I should ask people what their definition of "Furry" is. Because to me it's anything that involves anthro animals (or some form thereof) prominently. So to me it's really obvious why FNAF would be furry-related. I mean shoot, the main villain in FNAF3 is basically wearing a fursuit when you think about it. And I'm pretty sure there's people outside the fandom who will look at the game and go "Oh boy, more furry crap!"
I appreciate where you are coming from, but we all already had this debate in the Alpha and Omega thread.
Having anthropomorphic animals in it doesn't make it a "furry" thing. I would take a guess at the character designs being because it's a family restaurant that targets kids, and kids love the fuzzy teddy bear and bunny =)
Having an adult developer, designing the game for an adult audience probably does say "furry" more than anything else, but it's just a sensible design. Makes more sense to have robotic animals than it does having robotic humans or something.
Although any FNAF art made by members of this fandom definitely counts as both FNAF fan art and furry art =)