Lara Croft 'rape' wouldn't have caused controversy in a film
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The media has refuelled its crusade against video games after the new revamp of the Tomb Raider franchise revealed what seemed to resemble a rape scene. The showing of the game’s trailer at gaming convention E3 unveiled a younger Lara Croft in captivity, being beaten and sexually threatened by one of her captors whilst trying to escape. Since a misquoted interview was given by the game’s executive producer Ron Rosenberg, newspapers, twitter and mainstream sites have once again laid into game developers for crossing the line. Crystal Dynamics have since reassured the media that the game does not contain any sexual violence in its move to make Lara Croft’s new adventure a little grittier than her average outing. It is evident when watching the trailer however, that the insinuations are there. Lara is indeed groped to some extent by one of the mercenaries less able to control himself, before she shoots him and escapes with blood splattered on her face. Mario this certainly ain’t, but is the commotion over this small scene really justified? The media continue to insist that games must remain child-friendly and mindless, with no cultural merit and adult themes of their own.
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