Footballers react in horror at their FIFA 23 characters

FIFA 23 women; a bad model of a FIFA player
(Image credit: Getty Images / Icon Sportswire / EA)

When the uncanny valley attacks no one is safe. After battling for years to get equal representation in video game FIFA, the National Women’s Soccer League was finally added recently, and it's not a good look. Pro women's football players discovered their digital doubles are anything but realistic.

Years ago I visited EA's Canadian studio that makes the FIFA games and discovered the team had one artist whose only job was to track and model David Beckham's changing hairstyles, if only Janine Beckie, Caprice Dydasco and Sydney Leroux were so lucky. The character models for the women's pro footballers featured in the game are hysterically horrible, despite FIFA on PS5 being visually fantastic.

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Ian Dean
Editor, Digital Arts & 3D

Ian Dean is Editor, Digital Arts & 3D at Creativebloq, and the former editor of many leading magazines. These titles included ImagineFX, 3D World and leading video game title Official PlayStation Magazine. In his early career he wrote for music and film magazines including Uncut and SFX. Ian launched Xbox magazine X360 and edited PlayStation World. For Creative Bloq, Ian combines his experiences to bring the latest news on AI, digital art and video game art and tech, and more to Creative Bloq, and in his spare time he doodles in Procreate, ArtRage, and Rebelle while finding time to play Xbox and PS5. He's also a keen Cricut user and laser cutter fan, and is currently crafting on Glowforge and xTools M1.