Machoke's tits

Monday morning, day off work, belly full of fire to write the shit out of video games. Alternatively, we could blog about Machoke's tits*
Machoke and the Tits In the Pokemon Soul Silver/ Heart Gold sprite for Machoke, it appears there are some breasts. This is fine for female Machoke but it has been observed in the field on males. We think they are supposed to be pectoral muscles but they are a bit too bulgy and there is a definite cleavage. Also, they muffin-top over Machoke's belt suggesting they are more malleable like breasts than firm like muscles.

Reasons for the Wabs on Machoke.There are a number of overlapping hypotheses about the appearance of bresticles on Machoke in Pokemon Soul Silver.
Outside of deviant art Machoke has not had front shirt potatoes anywhere near so pendulous since the original Gold and Silver. You will notice that in the original Silver and Gold sprite there was even a glimpse of neathage, not observable in the new sprite. Perhaps, this new sprite is a return to form or at least, a nod to the 'original' 'second generation' sprites. Amongst the community, for no good reason in our book, Silver and Gold are held in high esteem and Machoke's love pillows as well as a number of other boldly shoddy sprites might be a work of knowing nostalgia.
Alternatively, as other esteemed colleagues in this field have highlighted this sprite may be yet another victim of the death of spriting as an art form. Much like whittling and making mourning cards, high quality sprites are only made by a handful of masters. In 2009, the guild of spriters reported a record low in terms of membership and last month Art Review declared the craft of spriting as officially "dead outside of Asia". This confused sprite might therefore be the work of a novice or worse, somebody hired from the internet.
Lastly, a theory rapidly gaining popularity in Gender Studies circles, Machoke's breasts are in fact casting a spotlight on the masculinisation effect on women due to the use of anabolic steroids in sports. Machoke is a fighting type pokemon typifying the kind of body worship/abuse which can be seen in the 'sport' of body building. In the real life sport the masculinisation of female athletes can cause clitoral enlargement, a deeper voice and increased facial hair. In the world of pokemon this has been inverted so we see the male Machoke with bulge-less pants, enlarged breasts and no hair whatsoever. Satoshi Tajiri has famously campaigned long and hard against the use of steroids in competitive sports and some see this as concrete proof for this theory as an explanation for the fun bags, however, multiple sources at Game Freak have universally denied this claim.

Transgender Discrimination in Games It is widely recorded that there are disproportionally too many transgender characters in video games, leading some to label the video game industry as 'Dominated by Transgenderists...individuals driving the transgender agenda through this creative form'. Common conspiracies always have the makers of Pokemon (alongside the Sims) at the forefront of this transgender games movement citing the 'playdoh' approach to relationships, gender roles and gender as evidence. Others label superficial homophobic gameplay mechanics such as moves like attract failing to work on same sex pokemon as 'token' ways of appearing to not be transgenderists.

Either way, this latest sprite controversy is likely going to be debated transgenderists and anti-transgenderists boards for a long time and wisely, Game Freak look to be set to stay tight-lipped about it.


*This is how 90% of Mondays start.

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