So Bulimia.com have recently posted an article on what Video game characters would look like with average body types. Here is the link in case youd like to take a look.
OK regardless of if you decided to read it or not I will spend a paragraph or two briefly explaining it, if you have already read the above and want to get to my opinion then feel free to skim this. They start by mentioning the fact that there is pretty much no type of media which is not criticized for its body image depictions and that video games have grown increasingly realistic over time and are now capable of hyper realistic graphics but question why Video games can’t seem to accurately portray the female body. noting that plus-sized women are a rarity in video games.
They argue that ''if video game creators are going to pride themselves on accurate digital representations, then it’s time for them to get real about women''.
To this end they altered some of the most famous female video game characters with Adobe Photoshop, showing what they would look like if they were around the average American woman’s measurements.
OK I kind of want to tackle this topic but first I feel I need to get a few things straight to show the perspective I come from. My fiancée is what would be counted as plus size and I think she is quiet simply the most beautiful woman alive as far as I am concerned. I have also met and know lots and lots of women who are a wide variety of shapes and sizes and are beautiful but I still think the idea of some of these women being made larger is a little silly.
Lets take one of there examples Sonya Blade. Now Sonya not only is part of a special forces unit but by the time of the game they have chosen to take her from she has been involved in a fighting tournament to decide the fate of everyone on Earth a good handful of times. She has repeatedly been called up to fight, to do her best to protect literally everyone. Now in this situation one would have to imagine that with everything on the line this Woman would have been training proper hardcore to the maximum of human endurance, after all when your going to fight Ninja's and creatures with razor sharp teeth and blades for arms you are going to have to be the very specimen of physical fitness your every nerve is going to have to be on edge and ready to fire on a dime. With this in mind the likely hood of this Lady being an average American body size is unlikely. Either she would be trim and athletic or she would be built like a female body builder. My main complaint with the way she looks and realism would have nothing at all to do with how much weight she might have around the waste and more to do with the fact we can see her waist, get that lady a hardcore police stab vest or at least something more practical than a boob tube. I am not saying that there cant be larger female fighter but given her background and the knowledge she has I don't think Sonya fits the bill. If it was a bigger person entering a street fighter tournament for the money or to try and prove that larger Ladies could get the job done then I could get behind it. After all if you told me I could enter a fighting tournament where if I lost nothing would happen if I won id get a bunch of money then sure id sign up, I am a big guy but I have a decent punch on me, however tell me if I loose the plant will blow up then I would ask you if you had asked someone more qualified like Jet Li or Jackie Chan or a professional cage fighter.
Also the ''Bikini Girl from Grand Theft Auto V'' now forgive me if I am wrong because I have only played the game in passing but basically she is a drugged up lame girl who wants to basically become a whore/porno star. If she is taking drugs and trying to sell her body and image constantly then I think the look is pretty realistic for her. Also I don't much care what she looks like because if I found out that my daughter was looking up to a character like this or wanted to be like her I think I would shoot myself in the head. The whole idea is that she is a joke of a person, a stupid little glory hungry trollop that no one with two brain cells to rub together would want to be.
Would I like to see more realistically shaped characters in video games and other media? Sure of course I would but at the same time I don't want you to show me a character who is a thirty six stone man and try to sell him me as a marathon runner. I want realism along with my acceptance that the world is full of diverse people who look different, who have different skills and different talents.