IGN: a bunch of bigots. If they say something stupid, it's because they're stupid.
"... core attributes like health or speed"
Link's focus has never been speed in the sense of running speed, aside from a few items used to get around in a few zelda games. And indeed, as ya mentioned, Link's had plenty of clothing/tunics that change how much he's damaged, and even make him invincible.
So, yeah... IGN stupid.