by David Sanchez on June 30, 2012 @ 11:51 am
People continue to blow the whole “Lara Croft almost being sexually assaulted in the new Tomb Raider” thing way out of proportion. The scene in question, which depicts an enemy trying to get grabby with a captive Croft, is obviously used as a storytelling device that furthers the plot, helps the protagonist’s character evolve, and gives players a reason to kick some ass. Still, people continue to bring it up and pester developer Crystal Dynamics with it.
Speaking to Kotaku (which just so happens to be one of the many entities that keeps on pressing the issue annoyingly), Crystal Dynamics Global Brand Director Karl Stewart addressed Executive Producer Ron Rosenberg’s previous statements. “He said something which is certainly a word that is not in our vocabulary and not in our communication,” said Stewart. “He did say it … It’s his personal opinion and certainly … like I said, it’s not something that we communicate.”
I think it’s pretty obvious that the scene that has stirred up so much buzz is most certainly a potential rape situation. Well, up until Croft knees the frisky dude and gets away. But really, is that even remotely a bad thing? Film and literature use rape as a plot device all too often, and successfully I might add. The fact that now we’re getting a scenario where a young lady almost gets raped is just a sign that our medium is evolving. Or at least it’s trying to, but annoying forces like Kotaku continue to throw more gasoline on the fire.
With the reaction Tomb Raider has generated as a result of that Crossroads trailer, I wouldn’t be surprised if that scene is removed entirely from the upcoming title. Let’s hope it doesn’t happen, though, because Croft kicking a would-be rapist’s ass would make her look even tougher and way more badass.
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