Todd previously posted this lengthy extended trailer for the latest “Tomb Raider” game, which is now just titled “Tomb Raider” (a rather novel approach, but I suppose it beats adding some pointless Roman numeral behind it), and you can see for yourself below. In the trailer (the scene starts at the 2:20 mark), there is a sequence that some have interpreted as an attempted rape scene of the heroine, tomb raiding adventuress Lara Croft. That little scene has sparked lots of outrage among the community. Or at least, enough of an “outrage” that the topic has continued to build for the last week or so.
Now, Darrell Gallagher of Crystal Dynamics, the game developers, have responded with a statement:
One of the character defining moments for Lara in the game, which has incorrectly been referred to as an ‘attempted rape’ scene is the content we showed at this year’s E3 and which over a million people have now seen in our recent trailer entitled ‘Crossroads’. This is where Lara is forced to kill another human for the first time. In this particular selection, while there is a threatening undertone in the sequence and surrounding drama, it never goes any further than the scenes that we have already shown publicly. Sexual assault of any kind is categorically not a theme that we cover in this game.
I love how he put that — “No, that was not an attempted rape scene — and look, one million views! Yahoo!”
Of course, that’s not what Crystal Dynamics Executive Producer Ron Rosenberg said last week, in reference to the same “Crossroads” trailer:
And then what happens is her best friend gets kidnapped, she gets taken prisoner by scavengers on the island. They try to rape her, and [she’s] literally turned into a cornered animal. And that’s a huge step in her evolution: she’s either forced to fight back or die and that’s what we’re showing today.
Oops. Someone’s got some ‘splainin’ to do.
Personally, I don’t know what the big deal is. It’s an attempted rape. Is that really such a big deal in this game? Didn’t Lara Croft used to run around in previous installments with hooters the size of her head? Speaking of which, it looks like the game developers have, uh, scaled down Lara Croft’s anatomy somewhat for this new installment. As a result, there will be so many disappointed kids when this game lands in stores on March 5, 2013.
Via : Kotaku