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Tomb Raider trailer straight from E3

First, let me just say that I was never a fan of Tomb Raider. To me it just looked like a big-boobed cartoon girl for pre-pubescent boys to drool over while on the computer. However, I can no longer deny that Lara Croft has made a name for herself in the PC/console game world, and she now represents one of the most kick-ass women in video game history. Today at their press conference at E3, Microsoft debuted some live gameplay of the newest installment. Lara spent a good time getting the crap beat out of her and moaning a lot, but overall the gameplay looked amazing and the graphics are out of this world.

Here’s the description provided by Square Enix:

Armed with only the raw instincts and physical ability to push beyond the limits of human endurance, Tomb Raider delivers an intense and gritty story into the origins of Lara Croft and her ascent from a frightened young woman to a hardened survivor.

This newest Tomb Raider title won’t be released until sometime in 2012, but we do have a trailer to enjoy from Square Enix. View it below, then follow the link to Square Enix’s website for more information.

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRi01tUXc08%5D

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2 thoughts on “Tomb Raider trailer straight from E3

  1. I’ve seen some feminist bloggers take some real digs at the Tomb Raider gameplay demo, alleging that (I quote directly now):

    “Holy shit, that game is psychopathic in its sadism and the only negative response to it I’ve seen anywhere is “I bet her constant moans for mercy will get obnoxious after a while””

    “As far as we’ve seen Lara is just a doe-eyed young girl that horrible shit happens to for no reason. I guess the idea is that in order for her to grow from a weak character into a strong one she has to be beaten, bondaged, stabbed, and raped and then at the end she acts slightly badass and you go “Oh I guess I *didn’t* just sit through 5 hours of torture porn after all it’s really a coming of age cinderella story””

    Do you think this is a fair criticism?

    • Hi! First of all, thanks for visiting my blog, and commenting. 🙂

      As for your question – I think that is definitely a fair assessment. This quote: “I bet her constant moans for mercy will get obnoxious after a while” is extremely true as well, and almost word for word what I thought when I was watching the trailer. I am not here to criticize anyone’s perspective, and everyone is entitled to see what they want, especially when it comes to female objectification in a male-dominated gaming world. However, I have not played the game, and all I know about it is what I have seen.

      If I may, I’d like to offer a different “feminist” perspective. I still stick by my original point that Lara Croft has become one of the strongest female video game characters. Perhaps that’s because there are so few, and the ones that are around now haven’t been around as long as Tomb Raider. In fact, it could even be argued that she paved the way for more central female characters. Instead of needing to be rescued or appearing only briefly as a sex symbol, Lara Croft showed that women were capable of being “adventurers” as well as a sex symbol. Lara Croft is a strong, smart, resourceful woman, while at the same time being tough and sexy, and this was extremely rare 10, even 5 years ago. It has also been argued that Tomb Raider helped attract more women to the gaming world. Growing up, I was thrilled to be able to play a female character, even in games like Super Mario Bros. 2 (the Princess), Mortal Kombat (I always preferred Kitana), Street Fighter (Chun Li), and the X-Men arcade game (I preferred Storm, though Dazzler was a fun choice, too). I never played Tomb Raider because I didn’t have a computer that could run it, but even though I hated her big-boobed physique, it was still exciting to see a female in the lead.

      Now, that being said, it cannot be denied that she is a sex symbol (which can be good OR bad depending on your perspective), and that since her creators are men, she tends to be portrayed the way men think she should be. That includes her body type, her dialogue, and even the predicaments she faces. Objectification always occurs, and it shouldn’t . And I still maintain that her main audience continues to be pre-pubescent boys and men who like to stare at her boobs. Again, I have not played this new game, but this is the first time I’ve been intrigued about the story. This is an origin story about how Lara Croft rose to be the arguably empowered woman she is today. However, I have no desire to watch 5 hours of torture porn, no matter who the central figure is, or what gender, and if it is true that “she has to be beaten, bondaged, stabbed, and raped”, then I have no desire to play the game, no matter how great the graphics are.

      I would love to see the original post from the quotes you provided. Is there a chance you could direct me to it? Thanks again for stopping by – and for challenging me with this comment. 🙂

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