Sexiest video game studs of 2010

A banner year for pixelated pieces of ass
By MADDY MYERS  |  August 4, 2011

HONORABLE MENTION goes to Jacob Taylor of Mass Effect 2, who probably would’ve been my number one pick if BioWare hadn’t wasted his debut on a 2009 iPhone game that wasn’t even good

Shameless objectification. That’s what gamers like to see: toned, fit bodies performing fantastic physical stunts in skimpy outfits. Thing is, the games industry isn’t just pandering to their straight male audience these days. We’re starting to see some equal-opportunity eye candy.

This is my third year compiling a year-end list of the sexiest new male video game characters. In 2008, I didn’t have too much trouble finding ten dudes to fill my list, but the cutting room floor was hardly full. In 2009, competition got much stiffer, and I had to make some very tough decisions. This year, I’ve had the hardest time yet. Is the increase in hot male video game characters an accident? Is it meant to acknowledge two oft-ignored but growing minorities: female and gay male gamers? Does it indicate a rising percentage of developers who dig dudes? Frankly, I’d rather turn off my brain and squee like a middle schooler at all the pretty rather than ponder the political implications. Care to join me?
Note: These are characters that made their first appearances in a 2010 game, so if you're planning to whine about a stud that didn't make the cut, make sure he actually debuted this year.
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