Study: Fit Game Characters Shame Male Players

While many have complained about unrealistic depictions of women in games, a new study has found that the atypical body types of some characters can cause both males and females to have a more negative body image about themselves in just 15 minutes.

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Male participants in the Kansas State University survey played WWF Wrestlemania 2000, while females played an unspecified beach volleyball game. Both groups answered questions about their body image before and after 15 minutes of play.

The quick reaction and subsequent feelings of inadequacy were especially disturbing due to the vast popularity of video games, Kansas State psychology professor Richard Harris told the Associated Press, as noticed by Joystiq.