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By David Futrelle

Angry gamers are somehow still up in arms about the body of the character Abby in The Last of Us 2. You may recall, back in April the angriest gamers — the perpetual Gamergaters — were outraged after a studio leak revealed that the character Abby would be returning in the sequel as a newly-buff fighter with notably jacked arms.

At first the angry gamers assumed that any woman that buff had to be trans, so they accused the game studio, Naughty Dog, of pushing an LGBT+ agenda on innocent gamers. Then, when it turned out that Abby was not trans, the angry gamers got mad at Abby for a whole other reason — declaring that her body was “unrealistic” because where would she be getting enough food to bulk up like that in a postapocalyptic world and did she even lift, bro?

The game has been out for some time now and they’re still mad.

But now the angry gamers think they have found DEFINITIVE PROOF that Abby’s body is too good to be true — in the form of a workout schedule for Abby they discovered somewhere in the games assets that reveals, well, that she doesn’t lift enough to have arms like THAT.

“[A]bby is more muscular Than 90% of the Guys in the gym where i was workout,” complains another gamer on Twitter. “No girl in the gym looks as ugly as Abby.”

Other, er, critics make much of the fact that food is rationed in the dire dystopian world of the game.

“Her food is rationed,” insists one of Abby’s critics. “They SHOW that in game. She’d never be able to get the lean protein required to get that big.”

“Abby … has a muscular physique … in an environment where proper diet is so rare that food is rationed out,” another Abby non-fan grumbles. “You can say you don’t care but you can’t claim that this all about hating women.”

Like hell I can’t.

In case you’re wondering just how jacked this woman is, here’s what she looks like.

This is the body that these guys are declaring so “unrealistic”that it destroys any feelings of immersion in the game — a game that also features, yes, ZOMBIES. You know, creatures that DON’T ACTUALLY EXIST IN REAL LIFE

Come to think of it, has anyone found the zombies’ workout schedule?

More to the point, has anyone even gone looking for the workout schedules for any of the far-more-improbably buff bodies of assorted male video game heroes — say, the top-heavy soldiers in Gears of War, Batman in the Arkham series, Zangief in Street Fighter — or any of the other imaginary video game men on this handy list?

Of course not. It’s almost as if there’s a double standard. It’s almost as if Abby’s critics just can’t stand the thought of a strong women, or something. “It’s such a weird, ultra-specific way to be misogynistic while claiming to appeal to logic,” notes podcaster Jubel Brosseau on Twitter. That it is.

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StaceySmartyPantsTwiceRemoved
StaceySmartyPantsTwiceRemoved
1 month ago

It’s almost as if Abby’s critics just can’t stand the thought of a strong women, or something.

“Almost”? That’s it. Trust me.

(Great post David)

Naglfar
Naglfar
1 month ago

they discovered somewhere in the games assets that reveals, well, that she doesn’t lift enough to have arms like THAT.

This is basically nerd-sniping, misogyny edition. If you find yourself with that much of a hate boner for a fictional character, re-evaluate your life.

Come to think of it, has anyone found the zombies’ workout schedule?

No, but I found their meal schedule:
Monday: BRAAIINS
Tuesday: BRAIIINNS
Wednesday: BRAAAINS
Thursday: BBRAINNSS
Friday: BRAAIINS
Saturday: BBRRAAAINS
Sunday: BRAAIINS

Looking at the pictures of Abby, she doesn’t even look all that muscular. I mean, sure, she’s more muscular than I am (which doesn’t say much) and more so than average, but not unbelievably so. I know women IRL who are more muscular than that.

Policy of Madness
Policy of Madness
1 month ago

This is the body that these guys are declaring so “unrealistic”that it destroys any feelings of immersion in the game

Her arms look like … arms. What do these guys expect arms to look like, exactly? She’s not a bodybuilder and doesn’t look like one. She looks like someone who does a lot of manual labor.

It’s almost as if Abby’s critics just can’t stand the thought of a strong women, or something.

They can’t stand the idea of a woman who isn’t a helpless waif? Seems about right.

Cal
Cal
1 month ago

The gears guys are chunky cos their planet has higher gravity. Also their horses and other animals are similarly chunky!

These guys are still ridiculous though

freneticferret
freneticferret
1 month ago

Huh? Girl is very fit, but she’s not THAT buff. These guys are pretty desperately insecure. And obsessive. And dumb.

Sarah
Sarah
1 month ago

Holly Hunter’s (amazing) arms beg to differ.

https://twitter.com/aherman2006/status/1178734146534817792

Valentin
Valentin
1 month ago

I dont even think abby looks very muscular. She has strong looking arms but not like a body builder. She actually looks to me what would happen if she has to adapt to survive the apocalypse. She probably wouldn’t even have to do exercises becuase survival is physical and she would work a lot every day and naturally gain muscle. It is true she has bigger arms than me but I’m very weak and I dont go to the gym.

Tired Beagle
Tired Beagle
1 month ago

Hey, lurker emerging from the woodwork here :). Alt-right type gamers were absolutely rabid for The Last of Us 2. The head writer (?) and Abby’s voice actress tweeted about a number of disgusting threats they received after the game’s release.

For anyone interested, CW: antisemitism, misogyny, SA, and all around horribleness

Here

and

here

Surplus to Requirements, Observer of the Vast Blight-Wing Enstupidation
Surplus to Requirements, Observer of the Vast Blight-Wing Enstupidation
1 month ago

Let the air out of these guys by pointing out that the male characters are equally buff and also on a rationed diet.

For that matter, point out that the appearance of “muscular” is less about high muscle mass (as long as it’s not too low) and more about low body fat percentage … and low body fat percentage is exactly what you’d expect when food is scarce and being rationed.

MexicanHotChocolate
MexicanHotChocolate
1 month ago

I know a woman with Abby’s exact physique. She’s an actor and a stunt performer who works out regularly. That’s exactly what you’d expect from a woman who regularly works her arms and torso. And the complaints are exactly what you’d expect from ,men whose main experience with women is from Pornhub.

CriticalDragon1177 (@CriticalDragon1)
CriticalDragon1177 (@CriticalDragon1)
1 month ago

Hey angry gamers,
If The Last of US 2’s main character was an adult male, and was built like Arnold Schwarzenegger in his prime would any of you complain about how unrealistic that was? No? Than do us all a favor, and get a life.

LollyPop
LollyPop
1 month ago

British climber Shauna Coxsey looks pretty much this muscular, and that’s in a sport where people try hard to keep their weight down.

As far as the diet thing, I saw something on TV that suggested there’s evidence that the women in a stone age tribe would have carried far more muscle than modern women (due to grinding stuff up all day to eat) – and they probably ate more lily roots than anything else.

But I don’t know why I’m trying to rationalise how she might of got her body, it’s a video game! I notice they aren’t complaining how unrealistically clear her skin is and how her hair looks so perma-neat and smooth, haha.

Ingrid
Ingrid
1 month ago

Gamergaters complaining about the unrealistic physique of a female character. They have no sense of irony, do they?

impudentinfidel
impudentinfidel
1 month ago

As someone who grew up in a farming community the fact that these guys have no concept of muscle development outside lifting in the gym is hilarious to me.

Her arms are even modeled to look like working muscle instead of bodybuilding muscle.

Battering Lamb
Battering Lamb
1 month ago

Considering how a lot of these idiots see the apocalypse as an escape from the terrors of the modern world, it really isn’t surprising they’re still mad at a game that suggests LGBTQ-people and non-waify women are capable of surviving.

These are the same type of idiots that do not realize that a lot of make-up goes into the perception of ‘natural beauty’ after all. Which would also be pretty hard to keep up and justify in a post-apocalyptic scenario, I think (both in the time and resource department).

As for their claims of Abby being ugly, I strongly disagree.

Jack
Jack
1 month ago

I used to follow smudboy way, way back in the day as he did some pretty interesting multi-part analyses of the narrative of the Mass Effect series.

Then he posted a fawning interview with Davis Aurini, and from that point onward was publicly pro-gamergate, which signaled his newfound dedication to largely making typical right wing “reacting to media” clickbait nonsense. So disappointing.

Out of morbid curiosity, I just checked his channel and just 2 days ago he posted a 30 minute video called “TLOU2 is EXACTLY like The Last Jedi?!” because apparently these doofuses just cannot get over this one movie. (I’m assuming the basis of the video isn’t “they’re both awesome”).

Smilla
Smilla
1 month ago

If there was a Venn diagram of these guys and the ones who whine when women characters get realistic armor the overlap would pretty much be 100%. Oh the irony.

Kat, ambassador of the feminist government in exile
Kat, ambassador of the feminist government in exile
1 month ago

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Kat, ambassador of the feminist government in exile
Kat, ambassador of the feminist government in exile
1 month ago

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Kat, ambassador of the feminist government in exile
Kat, ambassador of the feminist government in exile
1 month ago

I wasn’t able to get the photo itself to show up, but click on the URL in the preceding post to see a completely unrealistic photo — it must be FAKE NEWZ — of a buff First Lady. She is flanked by two Muppet friends. Remember how the Republicans were enraged about Michelle Obama’s bare arms. But then they were perfectly fine with photos of Melania in scenes of girl-on-girl action.

Oh, now I see that another photo did show up: Michelle in pink and red, looking dangerous.

skimmingway
skimmingway
1 month ago

@Kat

Michelle is a repulsive woman. I really don’t see what Obama saw in such a disgusting and unprepossessing hag; upon becoming president, my first order surely would have been to divorce her and locate a more suitable female. Without doubt, a man of such high station could have his pick – he needn’t default to such an odoriferously gruesome ball-busting harpy of Michelle’s likeness. Barry appeared almost likable by contrast, and it was almost impossible not to feel sorry for the man at times, given that his wife mostly resembles some kind of canid, and, in all likelihood, sucked blood more than anything else. In fact, I daresay that she resembles the fabled chupacabra…

Ohlmann
Ohlmann
1 month ago

I echo the fact that Abby isn’t that buff. I mean, she’s athletic but less so than, say, any gymnast, and a lot less so than any body builder. Even working women can be like that if they work somewhat physically.

@skimmingway : note how you don’t actually justify the ton of bile you deserve on Michelle. Perhaps you didn’t see a dog in a long, long time ? She don’t count as particulary buff either.

I for one can easily understand why they stay together.

BradMoonRising
BradMoonRising
1 month ago

I’m at a part in this game where I’d prefer an even more muscular and tough Abby, because I keep getting my ass handed to me :/ That’s my problem, of course, not hers.

This game is fantastic, though. Abby is a great character with a great story.

Mog
Mog
1 month ago

Well, Obama isn’t scared of intelligent, assertive women, so of course he has different taste in partners than Skimmingway*
Also, while he is obviously deeply in love with Michelle , he must have been incredibly grateful to find a wife that was probably his greatest political asset. If only she was interested in running for president.

*is this some convoluted Hemmingway reference. Opposites in prose style, united in inventing misogynistic bullshit.

skimmingway
skimmingway
1 month ago

@ohlmann

Normally, I would try and be civil about this kind of thing. I would struggle to be as elevated as possible, not allowing any kind of atavistic disgust to override my capacities for language. But there’s just no dressing this one up; she’s repulsive.

I swear to god (does he exist? I just found one of his mistakes, if so) she looks like some kind of ostrich-necked shit general. A hog-goblin fucking a tub full of platypus guts would be less unsightly to behold. She has the face of a rabid chihuahua, hair like one of those chimeras from FMA, and arms like Slender Man. If I looked even *remotely* that repugnant, I would ask that god smite me, or at least not act as a disgrace to his creation by finding a dark cave to sequester myself in, so as not to make a mockery of the sun’s job by giving it something so deformed to waste its rays on. Barrack’s eyes are as blind as his politics.

Ohlmann
Ohlmann
1 month ago

@skimmingway : so you never have seen any of thoses ? She don’t have a long neck, don’t have any of the characteristic of chiuhuahua, don’t have long arms. You may want to use google image to see what thoses animal look like before doing a comparison.

She have somewhat similar hair to the chimera of FMA because the most infamous of thoses chimera have perfectly human hair, and the human hair are the main tell of what happened. So, well. You too have similar hair.

Also, why would it be bad to be ugly ? I can get behind asking to not have a strong body odor on the sake of people getting distracted by that easily (even tho most of the complaints are far fetched and the few that smelled really foul was because of problematic wound or diseases), but not looking at someone is easy enough. Someone who is ugly but do his work well is commendable.

skimmingway
skimmingway
1 month ago

@ohlmann

“Someone who is ugly but do his work well is commendable.”

Not one soul in our increasingly pitiable nation elected that wench, and if they honestly considered their vote for her husband to count as such, I would say right then and there that the time for monarchy in this nation was passed due. She has two jobs, as far as all right-thinking individuals are concerned, and those are to not make an obstacle of herself, and not look like a complete hell-hound while she does it. She has access to plastic surgery, one would assume, but cannot be so kind as to use it before appearing in public. I would sooner see the president of our country marry a mannequin before demonstrating such foul taste as to bind himself to such a ghoul as Michelle. I would hope that Scooby and the gang would be capable of capturing her and revealing that frightening visage of her’s to be mask, but alas, we do live in a reality more chilling than any work of fiction.

LaMaria
LaMaria
1 month ago

So unrealistic… Except for the fact that her arms look a lot like those of my mom when she was around 50 y/o. Having a huge garden may have had something to do with that but I don´t have one at all and my arms are only slightly smaller so I say genetics help.

Ohlmann
Ohlmann
1 month ago

@skimmingway : traditionally, first ladies aren’t elected but still have responsabilities, which she did very well. So regardless of your opinion on her beauty, which seem either entirely random or motivated by racism, she did her job well. Better than the current one at any rate.

She also worked as an attorney, and a good one at that. Once again, what she look like have 0 importance here.

And no, the responsability of the first lady, as frivolous at it is, isn’t to not look like an hell hound. In fact, I would welcome a president with an hell hound as a wife (or more probably as a pet ? I didn’t get to visit hell yet, but presumably the “hell” part does not supersede enough of the “hound” part), because while it would make the “make charity work and inspire youngster” harder, she could switch on having a role as showing how badass the president is. Best paired with a president who pilot a mecha, like the one in Metal Wolf Chaos.

(note : it’s more important to have good policies and be responsabilities. But piloting mechas and having a court of mythical beasts seem cool add-on once the policy stuff is dealt with)

Threp (formerly Shadowplay)
Threp (formerly Shadowplay)
1 month ago

She looks like about half the women I worked with. Perfectly normal, in other words. Maybe a bit flatter chested than them (not a point against – at least four of the women I am closest to at work have complained that the damned things get in the way!) – but rationed diets do that.

Only thing I’d criticise is her hair – you don’t want long hair in close quarters fighting. Too convenient a grab point, and the tear response to a hard pull is inconvenient when you need to be able to see.

She also needs half gloves – skulls are hard and painful to hit. 😛

occasional reader
occasional reader
1 month ago

I guess they prefer the more realistic women found in the Dead or Alive game serie.

Sheila
1 month ago

A hundred years ago most working class women would have arms like Abby. Coal and firewood and wet sheets are heavy.

Mog
Mog
1 month ago

@Ohlmann. Yeah, chihuahuas have tiny, pointy fine boned faces, it’s not a great comparison even if he genuinely thought she was ugly. That’s the right for you, even shite at trolling.

Our beauteous current president genuinely looks like an upside down duck, on the other hand.

Catalpa
Catalpa
1 month ago

@Cal

The gears guys are chunky cos their planet has higher gravity. Also their horses and other animals are similarly chunky!

Are there any women in Gears Of War? (Given that I haven’t seen any Internet whining about chunky women, I’m guessing not.)

@skimmingway

I really don’t see what Obama saw in such a disgusting and unprepossessing hag; upon becoming president, my first order surely would have been to divorce her and locate a more suitable female

Even if your completely baseless assumption that Michelle Obama is repulsive was somehow correct, you are aware that people can choose to be in relationships with others for reasons beyond physical appearance, right?

skimmingway
skimmingway
1 month ago

@Threp

“She also needs half gloves – skulls are hard and painful to hit.”

She already has a pair that she uses on her husband; if he were married to any other woman, I’d assume it was his own idea.

StaceySmartyPantsTwiceRemoved
StaceySmartyPantsTwiceRemoved
1 month ago

@Skimmingway

Who are YOU to say all those nasty things about any woman?

I can’t imagine any women at all wanting to be around you considering that you talk like a gross creep and can’t back up what you say like the intelligent people here do.

You are making such a big deal about how a really intelligent accomplished woman looks. But I bet if you were around a woman you thought actually met your beauty standard you would repulse her because you probably repulse most women.

I bet you are one of the creeps who if you met me in person would just stand there like a creep and leer and try to hit on me stumbling over your words but only grossing me out with your leering.

opposablethumbs
opposablethumbs
1 month ago

The troll’s latest attempts smack of desperation, but he’s trying so hard! 2/10 for effort, but alas nul points for content or execution.

skimmingway
skimmingway
1 month ago

@opposablethumbs

“2/10 for effort, but alas nul points for content or execution.”

Perfectly describes your mother’s attempts at raising you.

C.A.Collins
C.A.Collins
1 month ago

Aw, the troll is trying to pump itself up by explaining how Ms Obama makes its boner sad.
How edgy.

skimmingway
skimmingway
1 month ago

@C. A. Collins

She makes my boner suicidal. That’s a much better way of putting it.

Victorious Parasol
Victorious Parasol
1 month ago

Man, I miss having Michelle Obama as FLOTUS. Not only was she an accomplished attorney, but her First Lady program focused on healthy eating and physical activity (not just formal exercise) for children.

Plus she’s gorgeous, and we should all be so lucky to be married to somebody who looks at us the way Barack Obama looks at her. (I certainly feel lucky with Mr. Parasol.)

StaceySmartyPantsTwiceRemoved
StaceySmartyPantsTwiceRemoved
1 month ago

@skimmingway

So if you don’t find Michelle Obama physically attractive then what’s an example of a woman that you think she should look like?

I still think you are a creep but I’m curious.

I bet you are one of those creeps who think that no cishet woman who is attractive by conventional beauty standards would ever be a feminist.

Ariaflame
Ariaflame
1 month ago

@skimmingway
Well to be honest we thought it died ages ago along with your morals, ethics, empathy and sense of appropriateness

Crip Dyke
1 month ago

@Mog:

*is this some convoluted Hemmingway reference. Opposites in prose style, united in inventing misogynistic bullshit.

I just assumed the fraidycat was trying to tell the world that they had all the sexism of Hemmingway, but rejected Hemmingway’s tendency to read.

Victorious Parasol
Victorious Parasol
1 month ago

A look at the Last of Us video game franchise from one of my favorite YouTubers. Yes, it’s long – she doesn’t do short reviews, but thoughtful examinations.

Crip Dyke
1 month ago

@skimmingway:

If I looked even *remotely* that repugnant, I would ask that god smite me, or at least not act as a disgrace to his creation by finding a dark cave to sequester myself in, so as not to make a mockery of the sun’s job by giving it something so deformed to waste its rays on. Barrack’s eyes are as blind as his politics.

This may come as a surprise to you, but you are absolutely more repugnant than Michelle Obama.

I assume you will take it upon yourself to implement the appropriate actions.

Lollypop
Lollypop
1 month ago

@skimmingway

What on earth are you wittering on about?

If you find that you simply can’t help blathering away like an elderly doctrinaire, could you at least avoid using the cringingly forced language of a badly written school play?

Victorious Parasol
Victorious Parasol
1 month ago

@Lollypop

Oh, skimmingway is convinced he’s a writer whose prose is SO AWESOME that it’s beyond our comprehension or ability to appreciate. I’ve already chuckled several times. Either he’ll learn better and grow out of it, or he won’t.

Alan Robertshaw
Alan Robertshaw
1 month ago

@ Vicky P

I miss having Michelle Obama

Me too; and her hubby.

Remember the days when aliens could demand “Take me to your leader!” and you didn’t have to be all embarrassed about it?

skimmingway
skimmingway
1 month ago

@Stacey

I care only for the aesthetics, as I am actually quite incapable of experiencing sexual arousal most of the time; the very thought of sexual activity is somewhat distressing to me, and I find the notion that I would ogle you, expressed in your previous post, to be risible, and not just because of how specific that particular little jab of yours was.

Her face is too elongated, her eyes are far too close together, her face is insufficiently symmetrical, arms are long and veiny… I could go on, but unlike any of those men of yours that you take such delight in gushing about, I’d rather not torture myself.

I cannot define for you what my “ideal woman” would look like, as I am quite unsure myself what such a person would consist of; it exists in a realm beyond which the powers of my imagination can access, and should I even care enough to bring it to mind, I would not likely be able to describe it in anyway that would satisfy the both of us.

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