Everything videogames have taught you about medieval pigs was a lie

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Peter-Alexander Kerkhof, now a researcher at the Fryske Akademy, part of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences, has a lot to say about how pigs are portrayed in videogames with medieval settings. Our polygonal porkers of the past are too pudgy, too stumpy, too pink, and too naked. At least that’s what Kerkhof wrote in an article for the Leiden Medievalists Blog (opens in new tab) back in August of 2021.

Let’s back up. As humans domesticate living things, they change over time to reflect the features we selectively breed them for. The giant ears of corn we turn into soda here in America were bred from wild maize, which had far less abundant yields. Sweet, adorable little pugs with their squashed faces and crippling breathing problems are descendants of the noble wolves who guarded our prehistoric campsites. Some thanks, huh.




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