Year in Games 2021

Gaming's weirdest holiday trend peaked in 2021

When did video games start making Santa Claus so buff?

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Ren & Stimpy Christmas skin
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Swole Saint Nick emerged as a curious trend in winter 2021 with games like Battlefield 2042 and Splitgate, but video games at large have a puzzling history with buff Santas.

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Here’s a look at 8 buff Santas in games.