The sexualization of Lara Croft is a thing of the past, says Rise of the Tomb Raider writer

Lead writer Rhianna Pratchett says that Lara Croft's days of being sexualized for marketing purposes are, "very, very much in the past."

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DarkOcelet3121d ago (Edited 3121d ago )

“She’s strong, she’s capable, she’s empathetic, she’s intelligent. She’s all kind of things we think of as sexy in the real world. So it’s not like she’s not a sexy character, but she’s just not sexualized, which is the difference.”

Last i remember, meaning of sexy is sexually attractive or a very beautiful girl. Not strong, not capable, not empathetic. Those are not the meaning of a sexy girl, those are the meaning of a strong willed and kind woman who care for others. But that doesn't mean sexy.

I don't go to a strong/capable/empathetic woman and say 'Hey, you are Sexy!' , i would say ' Hey, you are a great person full of heart who care for others.'

But from one person to another, the interpretation of 'sexy' might differ.

If i see a sexy woman in front of me, my response would most likely be...


Flash813121d ago (Edited 3121d ago )

She's like the Terminator or Wonder woman and can't be stopped

@Activemessiah that's what's they said in the IGN video review lol she was overpowered like the Terminator.

Activemessiah3121d ago

"I need your clothes... your boots.. and your tombs"

breakpad3121d ago (Edited 3121d ago )

idiot devs are idiots ...ok , they say there s no sexualization of Lara, then why the didnt made Lara wiht a uni-brow , a bit fat ass with moles on her face ??? lame devs are lame and their words are hypocritical as hell...i m totally in support of ultra sexy character in videogames ..its a product to escape your imagination from reality and not a product to censor your art-expression-imagination in order to not dissatisfy uneducated non-gaming people...

Fin_The_Human3121d ago

@Dark - everyone has a different perspective on what sexy is ti them.

I a guy that I find a girl who plays video games and ride motor bikes sexy regardless on how they look.

cleft53120d ago (Edited 3120d ago )

Its no longer about making Laura sexy, its about making her a mass murder like Nathan Drake. Oh and occasionally she does stuff with Tombs...

Also, disregard all the orgasming she does whenever she gets stabbed with something, which seems to happen repeatedly nowadays. Also, disregard the attempted rape that happened in the first remake written by this writer. Also, disregard the fact that the other game was basically torture porn.

Yep, Laura is a strong, independent woman now. Because we all know having large breasts means you can't be those things. /s

AnotherProGamer3120d ago

“She’s strong, she’s capable, she’s empathetic, she’s intelligent"

Its funny the old Lara was like this but I guess her boobs make it all invalid

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Activemessiah3121d ago (Edited 3121d ago )

Well to be fair, she's still young in these games... her chest will grow, give them time.

Roccetarius3121d ago

Don't expect much with Rhianna in the lead, unless someone creates a mod for the game.

cleft53120d ago (Edited 3120d ago )

No large breasts, but maybe you she will write another attempted rape scene into the game and then pretend its not an attempted rape.

Roccetarius3121d ago

All that needs to be said, is that this is exactly what i expected to hear from Rhianna. Lara was both sexy and awesome in the past, but we're living in an age of different agendas now. It's certainly dissapointing to say the least.

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Rhianna Pratchett on Challenges of Game Writing and Crafting Complex Female Characters

During the Game Developers Session (GDS) conference in Prague, we had the privilege of speaking with Rhianna Pratchett, an award-winning writer and narrative designer. Pratchett, who has penned some of the most memorable female protagonists like Nariko from Heavenly Sword, Faith from Mirror’s Edge, and Lara Croft from the 2013 Tomb Raider reboot, delves into the challenges and freedoms of writing for different media, AAA and indie games.

-Foxtrot85d ago

Complex? She literally made Lara Croft whine and have father issues for an entire trilogy


Snookies1284d ago

"have father issues"

To be fair, that IS a complex... Just not the right kind, lol!

mixelon83d ago

The dad stuff wasn’t entirely her fault.. She was given outlines she had to flesh out and not full freedom. from the article…:

“ And there were things that we kind of butted heads more on, particularly with Rise [of the Tomb Raider] because I wasn't a fan of the dad plot. I didn't really like her motivation being her father because it felt like that's often the motivation given to female characters and it's also motivation that's very prominent in the previous movies as well. And I would have rather it been about her own experiences in the first game and how that had changed during the second game. But sometimes you just have to do your job, you just have to find peace with it. And I kind of played around with my relationship with my father and kind of put some aspects of that and then that just made me feel better about it. And sometimes this is what you have to do.”

She never seemed that whiny to me given the circumstances.

-Foxtrot83d ago (Edited 83d ago )

If you’re a good writer you’d have been able to do that a little better but she didn’t

She was restricted sure but with what she had with an outline she didn’t do a good job

She’s not her father, she got work and into the industry a lot easier because her father was a great writer.

It’s nepotism basically

Knightofelemia84d ago (Edited 84d ago )

Female Commander Shepard is a way better female character then Lara Croft has been.

franwex84d ago (Edited 84d ago )

Yep, that’s because they wrote an interesting character first.

Christopher83d ago

It's actually because they let you write the story you want.

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Inverno84d ago

Meanwhile it seems that female characters across entertainment media are being dumb down. What they've done to the female characters in the Avatar adaptation is insulting.

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