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So here Muse and Ari chat about Tomb Raider! Plus a competition for how you can win your own tomb raider!
We also got given two questions via @ShadowOfADream, we didn’t have enough time to film them, so here they are:
Before buying the game myself I read a few reviews and one of them was quite negative/angry that the game was so gruesome and bloody (I suspect she was mad her 14 yr old couldn’t or rather shouldn’t play the game)….
Just wondering if you think it was over-done/excessive or it fit the story well or somewhere in between?
Ari - I think the gore was fine, really it wasn’t that much? But I am pretty accustomed to gore. What I would have a problem with little children seeing, is Lara die over and over in really personal ways. Not to spoil it, but at one point you’re up close with LC as she has the life choked out of her. Squishy rock murder, fine, being choked while a man calls you a whore in another language? Now we’re in creepy fetish territory.
That said, depending on the age of my kid I’d still let them play it (if they were 14, hell yeah) after I talked to them about it.
muse - The only time I was taken back by the gore was when I didn’t quick time event fast enough and a spear went through Lara’s neck. That was pretty gore-tastic but I didn’t think it was a gory game myself. I think we’re not used to seeing these things happen to women and it amplifies it a little bit. So I guess to answer the question I didn’t find it over done at all - but I like gore..
The original games were quite … interesting in that the objectification of Lara was very obvious, intentional… just wondering what your thoughts are (from a female perspective) about the new game…
Ari - We touch on this in the video, but she’s an immensely strong female character and I feel for the most part she’s not considered an object. I can’t speak from a males perspective, but even though it was 3rd person I considered myself to be her and not to be protecting her. Which some of the commentary indicated. (But, as a woman, society doesn’t train me to white-knight).
I think she’s actually well portrayed as a young woman, coming of age, being head strong but NOT in a bitchy way (as Muse mentions) which female characters often are portrayed!
What I like most of all is that they give a way for her character to develop, and also really explain her character. Like why she always seems to work alone, and her silly double pistol thing. It also gives her room for character development. Basically she’s well written, hooray!
muse - Like Ari says we cover this fairly well in the video - albeit somewhat accidentally. I like seeing her body look athletic and young, but it’s still totally sexualised just not in an over the top manner. You can’t tell me she’s not sexy, especially after watching her move through rocks. She’s the new version of sexy though - our ideas of body type are always changing and it’s not uncommon to see a busty woman replaced with someone who appears more sporty or fit now days. She seems realistic, if a little idealised - I guess it’s a good start.
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