Apparently People Don’t Like to See Attempted Rape in Their Tomb Raider Games

Tomb Raider Attempted Rape Scene

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



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  • revsoulx3

    They barely even show anything. People need to calm their nips for real.

  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

    Well seeing how this game is for adults and we get stuff like this in film and tv all the time I don’t see what the big deal is. It’s not glorifying it. It’s showing the ugly truth about how bad people can be. And besides we know she’ll get them back anyway!!!

  • Hulk’s Jazz Guitar

    It’s amazing how many adults with a “Child-like” mindset cannot handle an “Adult” story. Maybe each video game should contain a storyline similar to a Sponge Bob episode. Then they wouldn’t need to worry.

    Bottom line, the babyish community of complainers need to grow up or stop playing games with adult themes.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/QY54OTSMZWUYSHA3OYENTRK73A fruitnukes

    I dunno what’s dumber the fact that they flip over the attempted rape that almost happened to her….but don’t flip over her character killing someone.

    Sometimes humanities priorities are misplaced.

    plus, what do you expect? This game is supposed to be somewhat realistic and I’m sorry, hot chick running around in thigh high shorts while trying to uncover artifacts from evil villains- I’m surprised she didn’t get almost raped.

    • NutterButts

      Try replacing “humanity’s” priorities with Americans’ priorities. Most other countries show nudes on TV and don’t bat an eye, but limit certain types of violence. The US is the inverse. I can honestly say, having worked at a Gamestop, nothing yoinks a game out of a kid’s hands faster than the threat of seeing tits. That new copy of Murder Pen 17 is fine, though.

      On the subject of rape, it’s not about sexual attractiveness or clothing. It’s about overpowering someone weaker than you. Lara would be a potential victim of rape even if she liked like Eliza Thornberry. “she had it coming” is such horseshit women use to distance themselves from themselves being the next victim.

  • ErickKwon

    I suppose a game that approaches the subject like this may mean storytelling in games could truly approach mature, “not just ‘splodey heads” story elements. On the bright side, I hear Roman Polanski just pre-ordered 200 copies of the game from Le Game Stoppe