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Post by Steve Farrelly @ 11:37am 13/07/12 | 13 Comments
The furore that erupted post-E3 from Tomb Raider saw a lot of misinformed blogging and blaming being thrown around, specifically regarding what was commonly referred to as the "attempted rape" scene, and quite specifically from a lot of female or feminist bloggers/writers up in arms over the sequence.

"Lazy", "misogynistic" and "male" were part of the problem, you see. At least in the assumption that Lara's origin tale was being written by a man, or men, and that males have no idea how to run a female protagonist through her paces, or how to offer her real challenges, and thus simply threw her into a scenario we all assume is tough to deal with, but lazy to explore.

Today all of that can be put to rest though, as Square Enix has revealed that Lara's origin scribe is in fact a woman, and one heck of an established writer at that. Rhianna Pratchett, whose credits include Mirror's Edge and Heavenly Sword, among others, has been working on the game from the beginning.

"I grew up playing Tomb Raider," Pratchett revealed via press release. "Uncovering the world’s secrets and unearthing its treasures; I have lived and died as Lara Croft, but nothing comes close to the challenge of re-writing her.

"Seldom do we get the opportunity to reimagine and reinvent a legend, so getting my narrative hands on Miss Croft was a once-in-a-life-time opportunity. It was going back to the genesis of videogame action heroines and exploring how to make such an iconic character meaningful and relatable for gamers today.”

We recently explored the infamous Tomb Raider scene, as well as more from Ms Pratchett's pen in Lara's world, alongside other mature games like Far Cry 3 and The Last of Us while delving into the burgeoning world of mature game design. Click here to read our thoughts on the topic and subject.

Tomb Raider is currently slated for release in early 2013 on PS3, PC and Xbox 360.

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Latest Comments
Posted 12:33pm 13/7/12
Bloggers will whinge about anything. When they get shut down like this, it's enjoyable.
Posted 12:46pm 13/7/12
Terry Pratchetts daughter?!
Posted 01:06pm 13/7/12
Yeah, I was wondering that too, and it turns out she is!
Posted 12:46am 15/7/12
Mmmmmm wonder how all these outraged commentators like their crow :)
Posted 12:55am 15/7/12
Haha love it!
Posted 12:59am 15/7/12
Women can't be misogynists?
Posted 01:17am 15/7/12
Heh, the deliciousness of a few overeager bloggers being gently nudged in the direction of a personal epiphany.
Posted 01:57am 15/7/12
I don't know what the fuss is about. I think it's pretty reasonable to assume that a woman who is about to be raped would kill her attacker if she could break free and grab his gun. But somehow this is a controversy... why exactly? Seems like a perfectly reasonable reason for her to learn to protect herself. People f*****g b**** about anything.
Posted 02:35am 15/7/12
It's not that, the problem is some people thought the idea of enemies being sexually threatening to a female playable character was a bit of a cheap tactic to make the game seem more edgy rather than being more mature and well thought-out.
Crystal Dynamics have gone into damage control over it, but I can't say they're doing a good job. Nothing against Rhianna Pratchett, but just because it's written by a woman doesn't mean it's portrayal of women is flawless (Twilight being a prime example of this point).
Posted 10:02am 15/7/12
the problem is people started screaming RAPE RAPE RAPE when it never even occurs.

Posted 10:23am 15/7/12
I think it is mature and well thought out, the problem is that it's just so unrealistic. Men, especially outlaws and criminals, would never try to have sex with a girl just because they're on an island with no laws. It's just not believable. I reckon if anything, once he caught her, he'd turn her over to his superiors to be given a fair trial and then sentenced to life imprisonment so she couldn't dob them in for killing her friends.

But you ruined-by-Hollywood types wouldn't go for realistic story telling, it's all guns blazing and rape scenes for you! I find it appalling that the people making Tomb Raider are selling out and cashing in on this gross misrepresentation of reality.

last edited by Zakson at 10:23:38 15/Jul/12
Posted 10:28am 15/7/12
In what universe is a pretty, vulnerable woman surrounded by ruthless criminals not a target for sexual violence?
Posted 12:40pm 15/7/12
I think it is mature and well thought out, the problem is that it's just so unrealistic. Men, especially outlaws and criminals, would never try to have sex with a girl just because they're on an island with no laws.

I think you have a little bit too much faith in the inherent good of humanity.

Unless you're being sarcastic, and in that case, well played.
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