Last week, I read an article by Polygon which discussed the unrealistic physiques of female characters from gaming. As someone who has already written about a similar theme (see here), I was intrigued to see what the article covered.
The article featured edited images of female characters, who had been made more realistic. However, the female characters haven’t been made more realistic, just chubbier.
I continue reading, and see that Polygon quoted the original creator of the images, who claimed that the female characters’ original design could create an unrealistic expectation for female gamers, potentially encouraging anorexia. I was in disbelief, because I expect these ludicrous statements from radical feminists, but not on my go-to gaming website.
I decided to see their original source, called Bulimia, and read their article (pretty much the same as Polygon’s). Then, at the bottom of the page, I notice the words “The edited images shown above are parody”. I may be wrong, but I think Polygon may have taken the original article a tiny bit too seriously.
Bulimia is a website that provides information about eating disorders, so I can only assume that they created the article to be shared (out of hatred or hilarity) and, ultimately, publicize their website. Personally, I think it’s genius.