Rise Of The Tomb Raider: Another Chance For Feminists To Go Nuts
I'm all for great female roles in video games. One of the reasons I really liked Tomb Raider is because Lara Croft was finally more than a top-heavy Barbie Doll, bouncing around and shooting dinosaurs.
Yes, I know. The developers could've done more with her character. I pointed that out in my review.
However, despite all the complaints, you can't deny that the character - and the series - went in the right direction with that reboot. My guess is they'll take yet another step in the right direction with the recently announced Rise of the Tomb Raider. And yet, I can pretty much guarantee that in the months leading up to the game's release (whenever that is), we'll see another boatload of headlines from whining feminists.
You just can't win with these people. They demand that Lara change; she does, and it's not enough. They demand strong female characters in games; we get them, and yet, they spend their time finding all the roles in which women are objectified or sexualized. Could we not conveniently ignore the strides we've taken? What good does that do? If all you want to do is complain, fine. But don't try to pretend you want to bring about fantastic social change within the world of gaming, because it's happening even as we speak. That should at least be acknowledged.
Sure, we've got a long way to go. But we're not regressing. We're going in the right direction; just look at all the great games with strong, respectable, authentic female roles. It goes well beyond Beyond, my friends. And Rise of the Tomb Raider should present us with a Lara that all women should at least be able to respect, right? Can we do that, please?
Related Game(s): Rise of the Tomb Raider
6/16/2014 10:12:53 PM Ben Dutka