Video Games Create An Unrealistic Body Image For Men


Today’s video games are doing an absolute horrendous job in portraying real men. Their depiction of the male form is, to say the least, cruel. The amount of damage to a young boy’s mind is tantamount to seeing his parents having sex.


Ryu: Street Fighter



We have to be honest that a man, in no way shape or form, can ever look like Ryu from Street Fighter. To even imply that proper diet and healthy exercise will even allow you to remotely look like this is asking for the moon. Look at those biceps!


Nathan Drake: Uncharted


The propagated fantasy that certain men, like Nathan Drake, who is a treasure hunter that goes out on dangerous excavation across the world, climbing mountains and swimming deep into oceans, would look anything like this must be out of their minds.


Solid Snake: Metal Gear


 I have never understood why people in the video game industry portrayed soldiers of war as some sort of muscle bound killing machines. Yeah, he went through years of training doing special operations in the Green Beret, was part of numerous wars becoming a living legend and is also a clone of one of the greatest soldiers that ever lived, but can we at least be realistic with the abs? Real men don’t have six packs and he would’ve been much more relatable if the artists introduced love handles to his design.


Kratos: God of War


Kratos is a man picked by the Gods to do their bidding who has been nick named the Ghost of Sparta. Covering yourself in your dead family’s ashes will simply never look this good. It’s unrealistic and what the game doesn’t tell you is that it’s smelly, too.


Anthony Pettis: EA Sports UFC

Jan 26, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA;  Anthony Pettis celebrates after defeating Donald Cerrone (not pictured) during UFC on FOX 6 at the United Center.  Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Last we have Anthony Pettis on EA’s UFC. This is clearly creating an unrealistic goal for men because…oh, wait, that is the real one.


Ah, here is the video game version. I’m at a loss for words, it makes me sick.

Developers today need to focus more on making these pixelated video games with dragons, space fighting, aliens, and zombies more realistic. When creating a virtual character they shouldn’t focus on what their profession may be or how they imagine them and should instead focus on the feelings of those who are playing the video game.


  • Sweetbrandigirl2004

    Well asa feamle gamer video game developors have been getting it ALL wrong for female charactors to for years they have us running around half naked jumping fighting climbing with our tits and ass hanging and doing it in high heel boots. I for one think these antiquated ideas of sexualized female images need to go, but I known sex sells video games especially to young preadolescent boys. Besides the images of male charactors are a lot more realistic then those for females. Ryu looks like he’s go an Arnold Schwarzenegger build which is very possible.

  • Hug h

    If people are bothered about the characters in video games, then they should make games which fit their own ideals, rather than demanding that the world should change to fit their views. The bottom line is, people play as characters they want to play, and those are the games that sell. And personally I’d say it’s much easier for a female to get a physique similar to Lara Croft, than it is for a man to get the physique of “Mr Universe winner” Arnold Schwarzeneggar.

  • yutt

    Well, as a male book reader, romance novel authors have been getting it ALL wrong for male characters for years. They have us riding horses, oiling and flexing our biceps, pectorals, and abs, and doing it in cut-off jean shorts.

    I, for one, think these antiquated ideas of sexualize male images need to go. I think women’s sexuality should be defined by my own insecurities, about my body. I don’t believe women should be allowed to openly acknowledge they find muscular, fit men attractive.

    Besides, the female characters are much more multifacted and realistic than males. This could be because the primary audience is women, who are looking for characters with traits they find desireable or empowering, but I’ll ignore that as I think all media should personally cater to me.

    You’re right, we should have more realistic body standards, like former Mr. Universe and steroid abuser, Arnold Schwarzenegger:

    Fabio looks like he is going for a Fabio build, which is not possible for me, given I am genetically predisposed to obesity.

  • DevilDogA99

    Thank you for this. I love the whole jab at the same post being so common about woman.

  • Joe Leonard
  • arcadius

    If you want realism, then do you agree the female characters should be weaker and slower?

  • William Burr

    Arnold Schwarzenegger won the Mr. Universe championship, which means he was recognized as having the most impressive built-body in the entire world. If you’re saying that that’s “realistic” and “very possible” for males, then I say it’s just as realistic, and just as possible, for females to be just like “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey, woman and UFC champion.

    Ronda is 5 foot 7 inches, 135lbs. Bust 34A, dress size 4, 34-25-34. Since she demonstrates that it’s possible, it must be a realistic, tenable body for women, just like Arnold Schwarzenegger is for men.

  • DarthDiggler


    If you don’t like a character in a game or her attire — don’t buy it. Problem solved. :)

    I think people are far too sensitive about stuff these days. I am not one to critique games in a social sense too much unless they really cross a line. If you want to make a difference in women’s lives there are plenty of groups that impact the real world and protect women from abuse.

  • bgo

    if ryu is realistic then so is lara croft, tifa, and basically every female fighting game character.

  • yutt
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  • Sweetbrandigirl2004

    I’d agree Lara is a realistic character, but you wouldn’t beleive how many gamers mostly boys / men who complain when they put a warm coat or long pants on Lara despite her being up to her ass in snow.

  • Sweetbrandigirl2004

    Not sure how they would do that in a video game but sure I’m fine with it. I’ll have a big gun or awesome bow so I’m good !

  • arcadius

    Not sure how they would do that? If you choose a female character you would run slower, and not be able to carry as much equipment. Shooting with a gun would probably be similar, yes, but with a bow you wouldn’t be able to shoot as far. That would be more realistic.

  • Tony

    But wouldn’t the problem be her clothes instead of her looks?

  • GarrusOverload

    I mean, neither of these arguments really matter. Its fantasy so my guess is that they’d need to be at ultra human fitness levels to achieve the feats these characters are able to demonstrate.

  • Big Ice Bastardman ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    She wouldn’t be able to carry as big a gun, and her bow skills would be lacking as well.

  • Big Ice Bastardman ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Yeah because boys like seeing the female figure. I don’t know if you noticed, but women dress similarly in REAL LIFE. Walk down the street during winter and you will see way more women dressing provocatively than men. Females are designed this way because women, in general, wear tighter and more revealing clothes.

  • Jason Mounce

    These unrealistic male models are creating an insecurity within my head that makes me cry myself to sleep every day with how the gaming industry is demanding that I be a sexy super-model with a hot-bod that would make me totally happier with my blatant and expressively-miserable life where I woefully and tearfully hate looking in the mirror.

    So the best thing I can do is complain about my insecurities on the internet by yelling angrily at everything I think is unjust because these unrealistic bodies cannot obviously be obtained by someone as forcibly inactive as me :( Screw you industry.

  • Saiyo

    Kratos and Pettis have very little clothes. Most male characters look unrealistic. Also

  • 243356

    As a male gamer, I think they’ve been making excellent female characters.

  • 243356

    dude, don’t waste your time on that lame troll, look at his profile pic and name.
    That’s just some white knight dude posing as a girl

  • Echoineternity

    “Ryu looks like he’s go an Arnold Schwarzenegger build which is very possible.”

    You do realize Arnold was not natural, right? He’s admitted to steroid use. Definitely not something realistic for men to aspire to.

  • DarthDiggler


    Who gives a rats ass really?

  • Fenrir007

    If Arnie is your benchmark for what is possible, so are the bodies of any of those female gaming characters. It just takes a lot of effort (and might be easier since no steroids are necessary).

  • Fenrir007

    The only person I saw complaining about Lara Croft and coats was Anita Sarkessian.