BeefJack Writes: Tomb Raider, out March 5th has an all-new Lara Croft – written by Rhianna Pratchett. So how does the game go about trying to set Lara up as a role model for young women?
"So how does the game go about trying to set Lara up as a role model for young women?" get out of here with that stupid role model shit, its a damn games, what about Twilight then? fucking vampires and werewolves is probably a better role model for young womens?
http://www.youtube.com/watc... Seriously though, I love Rhianna Pratchett but I have to agree I'm getting a little tired of this expectation that every female character in a videogame should be an empowering respresentation of all women everywhere. I don't get angry about the way Kratos represents my gender. I just accept the fact that he's not as muscular or violent as me because he's just a character used to tell a specific kind of story, he's not some kind of advertisement for my entire gender. To demand that a character somehow be a positive representation of their entire gender rather than just being the individual character they are is actually a little sexist in itself. I do get pissed off at the ridiculous amount of shallow stereotypes in videogames but that's just because it makes for dull uninteresting experiences. Every possible type of person is stereotyped in most games today. From the big tough black guy who ALWAYS has to shout, 'dats what I'm talkin bout'. To the swaggering douche of a young anti-establishment teen. No one specific demographic has it worse than any other. Rather than calling for female characters to be shoehorned into these 'good role model' roles, how about we just start demanding better, less hacky writing across the board? Edit- Not that I'm implying Rhianna Pratchett is any kind of hack writer. I love her work. I'm not even arguing specifically with her words here, just this whole issue.
article talks about Lara Croft being a role model. I wasn't aware that fictional people could be role models. She's as much of a role model as The Cole Train aka not at all.
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