Thursday, March 24, 2005

Baseball Video Game Characters Mirror Changing Body Images Of Ballplayers

VANCOUVER, B.C. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Baseball players’ bodies are ever-changing these days – and so are those of their video game counterparts.

According to Ben Brinkman, graphic designer for EA Sport’s MVP Baseball 2005, the video game image of each player changes from year to year depending on the player’s weight gain or loss.

For instance, Seattle Mariners’ star Adrian Beltre has packed on a lot of weight over the last year so Brinkman and his staff had to make the third baseman look a lot heavier for this year’s version.

It also goes the other way. Brinkman says they’ve had to downsize some players who have dropped their blubber.

The players seem to approve, Brinkman figures, since most of the complaints he receives from players are about their video game likeness’ playing ability.

In his words, “They all usually ask, ‘Why am I not as good in the game as I am in real life?’”

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