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Welcome to the museum of low poly video game food

Twitter’s @LowPolly is a compendium for video game food not even a digital stomach could handle.

There’s lots you can do with limited graphical resources in a video game.

Rendering tasty-looking 3D food is not usually one of those things, though.

But don’t take our word for it, simply take a gander at @LowPolly on Twitter, a hobby account that acts as something of a museum for the often failed attempts at rendering food items in “low poly” video games — a term describing games that use a relatively small number of polygons to render 3D objects.

Pizza from 'Yakuza 0' (2015)

Even if the account isn’t exactly meant to be a roast (no pun intended) of low poly game food, it’s without a doubt a testament to just how hard it is to render something truly tasty on screen.

Pizzas from 'The Sims 4' (2014)

For instance...

Burgers...

From DOOM 3 (2004).
From Breakdown (2004)

Desserts.

Cake from Minecraft (2011)
Sweet Rolls from Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (2006)

Whatever this is supposed to be. (It’s vegetables and penne)

Food is both curated and submitted, meaning the “museum,” if you will, is constantly being updated with tasty or not-so-tasty morsels from titles like...

Buffet from 'Resident Evil 6' (2012)

The Sims

Tomb Raider

Half-life

It’s not all old titles either, after all, not every game has the resources or even the desire to devote time and precious GPU power to crafting perfectly realistic foodstuffs. You’ve got submissions from games like...

Watermelon from Half-life 2 (2004)

Genshin Impact

Yakuza: Like a Dragon

More Genshin Impact

Sometimes...

Even with all the time and resources in the world, you’ve got some dubious-looking meals like these ones from Cyberpunk 2077.

Some kind of stir-fry?

Bleh Burger

Which, actually, might not be too far from the real thing frankly.

The fact of the matter is, zooming in on just about any environmental object in a video game will probably reveal some faults, but when said object is meant to appeal to our appetites, the faults may just seem a little more glaring. For better or worse, we have but two words of advice for the digital avatars who are actually going to eat this stuff...

Golden Brown Pizza from 'Dead Rising' (2006)

Bon appétit!

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