Bulimia.com, an eating disorder support website has re-imagined a variety of female video game characters in order to bring awareness to body image issues. In a blog post, Bulimia points out that graphics in games have gotten better over time. This means that developers can create more life-like worlds and characters. But, video games often perpetuate unrealistic body imagery, and as the group says this can be dangerous.

“If video game creators are going to pride themselves on accurate digital representations, then it’s time for them to get real about women,” Bulimia said. “One could argue that the social pressures to obtain perfection are reinforced even through the depiction of video game characters,” the group added. “Girl gamers–especially young ones–could develop a skewed image of how the female body should look. This might mark the beginning of obsessive thoughts about their own bodies, and self-questioning as to why they don’t align with their perceived ideal. When dangerous, compulsive eating behaviors develop alongside of these negative obsessions, young women can quickly find themselves struggling with an eating disorder.”

To show what they mean, Bulimia Photoshopped some of gaming’s most well-known female characters using the average American woman’s measurements. I’ve included the photos, and here is a link to the full blog post: http://www.bulimia.com/examine/video-games-realistic-body-types/#

I completely agree with what they are doing. I am a chubbier woman myself- not on the fat side, but not stick thin either. Seeing all of these huge breasted women with tiny waists defiantly affected me as a younger gamer. I’m glad they are fighting back against it. While they are not perfect, and video games aren’t the only place where this happens it’s good to think that maybe someday we’ll see some natural waistlines.

 

  • the_fall3n

    so.. they simply made them all look fatter

  • I don’t like this. I am all for characters being inclusive and that has been changing for the better as of late but changing characters that already exist doesn’t sit well with me.

    I would say Jade from Beyond Good and Evil is the best example of a powerful female heroine who doesn’t have to look like a model. Yuffie was practically on anorexia level.

    Maybe my comment seems hypocritical to me but again I am all for making as many new characters inclusive as possible but changing the ones that already exist is just strange to me.

    Who else…

    So there is Jade from Beyond Good and Evil
    Fat Princess from Fat Princess
    Timesplitters has a ton of characters of all shapes sizes ethnicities and species. That series was so awesome.
    Chell from Portal isn’t thin when you see her through a portal in Portal 2
    Sindel and Sheeva from Mortal Kombat aren’t crazy thin either. Thought they have other assets in exchange.
    The Amazon in Dragon’s Crown isn’t thin at all but has a different focus.

    I get the wanting to be included I do and again do so with new characters. I don’t get the double standard though. I don’t ever expect to look like Kratos but his physique makes sense because he is muscular and constantly destroying everything in sight. Just like Ellen Degeneres I mean Tidus makes sense being as skinny as he is as he is a competitor of a major sport that involves constantly swimming around.

    It is mostly indie titles that are giving the inclusiveness the unfortunate reality is the mainstream “target audience” for the big triple aaa titles with all the focus groups end up determining these kind of things.

    Leave Lara alone she already got redesigned.
    Dead or alive has never made any false statement that they weren’t objectifiying women not once. They know exactly what they want to do and have no intention of changing it. Just like the many fashion magazines that are really what affects women growing up not fictional videogame characters the celebrities they aspire to be.

    Another new one Nilin in remember me and Max in Life Strange both don’t look like Barbie dolls. Make the change with new characters no reason to mess with existing ones.

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