Can’t a girl just catch a break? Lara Croft is a queen among video game protagonists, but she can’t seem to avoid scandal. For years some would applaud the Tomb Raider franchise for their feminist hero while others couldn’t look beyond her gigantic rack. In the new reboot/origin story titled Tomb Raider revealed at this year’s E3, Croft is less boobalicious, just as kick ass, and still haunted by controversy.
First, there’s the trailer, “Crossroads,” which was our first look at the new game. In it some scumbag approaches Croft, gets all skeevy, runs his hand from her hip and upwards, suggestively, and she proceeds to kick his ass. Not gonna lie, the scene made me a little uncomfortable but I knew Croft would deliver a satisfying comeuppance so I really didn’t dwell on it. Then Ron Rosenburg, a member of Crystal Dynamics, the development team behind Tomb Raider, had to open his big mouth and clarify to us Croft was in danger of being raped and that her being able to overcome this sexual assault is key to her “evolution”. Wha-? In a video game?
RON: “And then what happens is her best friend gets kidnapped, she gets taken prisoner by scavengers on the island. They try to rape her, and-”
KOTAKU: “They try to rape her?”
RON: “She’s literally turned into a cornered animal. And that’s a huge step in her evolution: she’s either forced to fight back or die and that’s what we’re showing today.”
Not surprising, and rightfully so, people are a upset. If she wasn’t a woman would the game have even taken this direction? Probably not, which makes you wonder why they felt the need to include a scene depicting sexual violence at all? And then, why make it part of the climactic finale to your E3 debut trailer?
Crystal Dynamics has since released a statement saying this was all a misunderstanding. Here’s an excerpt,
In making this Tomb Raider origins story our aim was to take Lara Croft on an exploration of what makes her the character she embodies in late Tomb Raider games. One of the character defining moments for Lara in the game, which has incorrectly been referred to as an ‘attempted rape’ scene is the content we showed at this year’s E3 and which over a million people have now seen in our recent trailer entitled ‘Crossroads’. This is where Lara is forced to kill another human for the first time. In this particular section, while there is a threatening undertone in the sequence and surrounding drama, it never goes any further than the scenes that we have already shown publicly. Sexual assault of any kind is categorically not a theme that we cover in this game.
Yeah, we just mistook when Rosenburg said , “They try to rape her,” as meaning they try to rape her. Silly us, we’ll listen better next time. Whatever their real intention with the scene the fact is they were careless in including it and not realizing the ramifications. It’s lazy, bad, and sadly cliched writing to include a scene of sexual violence, especially against a woman, in their game.
Add this to earlier comments made by Rosenburg in the Kotaku article where he tells us we’ll want “to protect” Lara and we’ll “root for her in a way that you might not root for a male character,” I’m kind of wanting busty Lara Croft back.
Still no word if the scene will be altered in game. Tomb Raider releases March 5th, 2013.
With E3 right around the corner some big video games news is beginning to leak out. Here we’ve got a few trailers for games that might be of interest to you: Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Guardians of Middle-Earth, LEGO Lord of the Rings, and the new Tomb Raider! At least one of those games has to get you all hot and bothered.
It’s the LEGO one, isn’t it? You and that hobbit fetish, I’m telling ya.
Anyway, first we’ve got some news about new Star Wars game called Star Wars 1313.
Players will take control of a lethal bounty hunter in the never-before-explored expanses of Level 1313, deep below the surface of Coruscant. Using an arsenal of exotic weaponry to hunt down marks, the player must also uncover the truth surrounding a criminal conspiracy in this third-person cinematic action adventure game. It’s a bold new take on the “Star Wars” galaxy, intended for mature audiences.
Finally, show Boba Fett was a real badass bounty hunter can do. 1313 will also feature, “epic set pieces and fast-paced combat with a mortal, well-equipped hero who cannot rely on supernatural powers to survive his dangerous environment.” Look for Star Wars 1313 to make it’s official debut at .E3, June 5-7th
Sounds pretty kick-ass, doesn’t it? I mean, Jedi are neat and all, but who’s cooler, Luke or Han?
According to Kotaku, a survey by Goo Rankings (the link is in Japanese, but hey, go for it) playing video games in excess is the 4th leading reason for women to divorce their husbands in Japan. So, basically, what this tells me is that all those hours that I spent developing valuable hand eye coordination skills in an effort to make myself a fingerbang jedi means absolutely nothing!
In all seriousness, saying that excessive gaming leads to divorce is a bit broad. I’m sure there are certain video game things that, in and of themselves, lead to divorce more than docile, stand alone gaming. Perhaps avatar adultery, excessive masturbation to Lara Croft… or Kratos (he’s beautiful, don’t judge me!), and strategic DualShock controller placement while repeatedly firing off a machine gun in Call of Duty should have their own ranking.
Speaking of the rankings, according to the English language breakdown of the study, which polled 721 Japanese women of varying ages, the top 3 reasons for leaving ones husband are adultery, spending too much money, and having a drinking problem. Surprisingly, having pixelated genitalia did not rank.
Oi! Today is remake discussion day. Earlier we gave a back-handed compliment to the Evil Dead reboot. It’s a cult classic that’s not to be messed with, but the new vision, characters and creatives involved are encouraging. Now we exchange views on the upcoming Tomb Raider remake/reboot.
While the two Tomb Raider films were box offices successes, they were chalked up by video game fans as piss-poor adaptations. Between the two films it’s 3+ hours of guns, explosions and Angelina Jolie‘s boobs bouncin’ around. I can’t say the video games offer anything much different, but any film with a butt-kicking babe needs to have some depth. I think the most successful babes of bad-assery are the ones that don’t start out as bad-asses. They go through something traumatic. The ordeal triggers the flight-or-flight response and they are ultimately transformed by it. Sarah Connor in Terminator. Ripley in Alien. These are two notable cases where the character started off as a typical, helpless, damsel in distress. It was only by way of some really fucked up shit where they able to become something more. I think Tomb Raider needs to tap into this kind of character awakening physiology. You can have the boobs, guns and explosions, but throw a little inspiration and empowerment in there.
Thanks to Collider, we have some new details on the status of the planned Tomb Raider reboot. After two fairly successful movies, the studio are now planning on exploring the early years of the iconic video game character…exactly what an upcoming video game from Square Enix will do. Here’s what producer Graham King told the site. .
On When Production May Start And The New Direction Of The Franchise:
I think hopefully next year. We just got the script in on Tomb Raider and it’s really good. It’s something that, for me anyway, is different, you know rebooting a franchise that I didn’t produce to begin with. But there’s something about her character and going back to her roots, and that’s what we’re doing with this. You’re actually gonna meet her before she has all her powers as Lara Croft. It’s more of a character study, but it’s a really fun, fun adventure story.
On The Chances Of Seeing Angelina Jolie Cameo In Some Way:
I don’t know, you know we’ve spoken about Tomb Raider and we’ll have to see. I mean she’s so wonderful, she just directed this movie for me, In the Land of Blood and Honey, which I think we’re about five weeks from releasing and I can’t wait for people to see that movie. She did an amazing job as a director, absolutely amazing. Maybe I’ll ask her to direct it (laughs). We did a screening of the movie in L.A., like a preview, and I didn’t tell anyone who directed it, then afterwards I asked the focus group who they think directed it, and they said Roman Polanski or Clint Eastwood, which is “wow.” But she’s that good, and the film is that good.
While I don’t care for origin stories, I like the idea of starting over with Laura as a teenager to explain how she becomes a Tomb Raider. I just hope they make it empowering and that they keep it simple. Don’t overuse CG. Don’t go overboard with over-the-top action. Don’t have her punch a fucking shark.
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Here’s another X-Men First ClassTV spot. It’s 30 seconds long. It shows a lot of what we’ve already seen in the trailers, but there’s bit more footage.
The new trailer shows us a very young, Charles Xavier speaking with an equally young Mystique (a young Magneto is randomly cut into the seen as well) and then there’s a bunch of quick snippets featuring of Xavier, Mystique and Banshee suffering the effects of G-force. Magneto does some stuff as well. Magnet stuff.
It’s all well and good, makes for a rather exciting tease. Though, I am rather disturbed at child mystique being naked. I know she’s smurfy and everything, but this borderlines mutant pedophilia.
Following the TV spot, we now have a first official clip from the film. It features a boardroom scene at the C.I.A. we’re Charles Xavier attempts to bring awareness to the government about mutants.
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Are there any fans out there who actually have some love for the first two Tomb Raider movies? *shakes head* I don’t get it. Ya, you’ve got an Indiana Jones type character with huge tits, but those flicks were ridiculously cartoonish. It was all eye candy and not much else. Brainless and unexciting.
OK, that’s the extent of my opinion on the existing Tomb Raider flicks. Suffice to say, I didn’t like them and think, like everything else that fails, the video-game to film franchise should get a reboot. Which it is. And, the latest word on it is rather promising.
Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby have been hired to write the Tomb Raider reboot being produced by GK Films’ Graham King and Tim Headington. GK Films bought the film rights to Square Enix’s classic video game featuring Lara Croft about two months ago, and plans to reboot the action franchise for a 2013 release of the first film.
Fergus and Ostby adapted the screenplay for Alfonso Cuaron‘s Children of Men, and were nominated for an Oscar. They wrote 2008’s Iron Manand were involved as one of the several writers for Cowboys and Aliens. Dude, did you see Children of Men? If that’s any indication of what the duo can do, consider me bright eyed. Course, to be fair, Children of Men was adapted from a novel, but regardless.
The writers released a rather confident statement about their plans for the franchise, saying that they want to create an “origin story for Lara Croft that solidifies her place alongside Ellen Ripley and Sarah Connor in the pantheon of great female action heroes.”
Whoa. Same wheelhouse as Ripley and Connor? That’s a bold promise, but I think these two can pull it off.
The origin story might be too much. Yes the character needs to be humanized, but a full on superhero type back story is unnecessary. If anything, the character of Lara Croft needs some work. She doesn’t really have anything that makes her tick. She’s just a adrenaline junkie with tits. I just hope that Fergus and Ostby realize that what made Ripley and Connor great was that they were unexpected heroes. They were average woman (for the most part) that got tossed in extraordinary circumstances and BECAME bad-asses as a result.
At this time, no actors have been cast in the film. With the a reboot being an origin story it means Angelina Jolie won’t be returning as Lara Croft. While I thought she was forgettable, others don’t. So I ask, who do you think can take on the mantel? My vote goes to Jamie Alexander, who you can see as lady Sif in ‘Thor’.
Not like that. Well, actually, that’s probably exactly the kind excitement Graham King is hoping to stir up. If I remember correctly it’s not her tomb raiding skills which give Lara Croft her international video game fame. King’s company, GK Films (The Tourist) is planning a reboot of the Tomb Raiderfilm franchise in 2013. Their press release states, “the films will create daring new adventures for the young and dynamic Lara Croft.”
Young? Methinks we won’t be seeing Angelina Jolie suit up in the iconic tank top and short shorts again. Not that I’m calling Jolie an old hag, but let’s be honest, she has surpassed playing Lara Croft and at this point in her career a role in a video game adaptation is below her. /Film is predicting we’ll be seeing a younger, cheaper actress in the role and I’m sure they’re right. To make a successful Tomb Raider film you need one part action and one part hot chick. Bonus if your hot chick can act (see Angelina Jolie) and if you’re action is exciting, not laughable.
The new films, yes films, will be prequels for Croft and I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a timely release of a prequel video game. No director or writer has been attached to this product so very little is known as to what direction the film will take. Keep tuning in for more news and in the meantime revisit the caves and ruins with the sexy archeologist, she’ll never leave you.
Who would you like to play Laura Croft in the reboot:
Okay, so almost everyone will own up to the fact that the Tomb Raider films with Angelina Jolie pretty much blew and most definitely could foresee a reboot happening. However, recently it has been rumored that the hottie from House, Olivia Wilde may be playing the lead role of Lara Croft in the upcoming films.
Apparently, Wilde’s performance in Tron is what sources say made them want her for the role (are we sure it wasn’t that suit?). In all seriousness though, I really dig Wilde and most definitely think she would make a great Laura Croft. She’s a great combination of sexy, sass, and action star to pull it off.
So why exactly make a reboot of Tomb Raider? Possibly to salvage the name and finally make some good movies to represent it. It is reported that,
“This would be a far darker and more serious Tomb Raider movie, the idea is to get a top director and an intelligent script and make this an empowering character for women as well as a popular one with men.
Although Wilde’s rep is denying the rumor but there is nothing solid saying for sure that Wilde is not set to play the role. So do you guys think Wilde would make for one badass Tomb Raider??
Early last month, we got a look at the cover of a Game Informer mag that featured a new Tomb Raider game that showed a dirty and younger Lara Croft. While there were a few folks who were open to the new look and style, we did get the “Eww she’s dirty and looks like a man” and the “Where’s her boobs?” comments.
If you were one of those folks that complained, well, it’s time for you to shut the fuck up as the new details for the game sounds pretty damn good. Here are the details:
Lara will be 21 in this game; There will be “brutal” death tracks, including a “deranged” man stabbing Lara in the chest and a boulder trap that crushes her head; Concept art shows a bow, shotgun and pistol; Aiming is now free and not locked onto targets; The linear paths are gone, with Crystal Dynamics saying the player “can literally go any direction” and “carve [their] own way to the finish line;” There are “base camps” in the game which act as areas to combine items and improve skills, and also unlock fast traveling; You’ll need food and water to survive.
I don’t know about you, but I’m getting a cool adventure-survival vibe and if Crystal Dynamics does this right, we may see a proper revival of Lara Croft. If the new details don’t help, then click the jump button to check out some awesome looking pictures for the upcoming game, especially the first image since it’s a dirty and wet Lara on her knees (you know you’ve all imagined her in that position).
(Post by nerdbastards contributor Nick Bungay- Twitter @NickBungay)
Final Fantasy developers Square Enix have revealed it’s first details on an all new Tomb Raider series from Crystal Dynamics. The series made famous by the now defunct Core Design is getting an upgrade in the form of a rebooted series and redesigned Lara Croft. The femme fatal of video games, movies and comic books (remember the Witchblade crossover?) will still be just as sexy as her original 1995 self but only with a more youthful appearance. Here’s the first details on this genius breakthrough series:
After a brutal storm destroys the boat she was traveling on, a frightened young woman is left washed ashore on an unknown beach. On her own but not alone she has only one goal, to survive. Here begins the first adventure for a young and inexperienced Lara Croft in a story which charts the journey of an ordinary woman who finds out just how far she must go in order to stay alive.
Darrell Gallagher, Head of Studio at Crystal Dynamics had this to say about the new take on an old favorite:
“Forget everything you knew about ‘Tomb Raider,’ we are exploring things that have never been done before in this game. This is an origins story that creates Lara Croft and takes her on a character defining journey like no other.”
Sweet Jesus all mighty, start your pre-orders now people. If they want you to forget all that we knew, like the dreadful Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, then this must be big. I’m having boyhood flashbacks just thinking about the legendary false nude codes of the late 90’s. With the technology we have now, with motion capture and story telling, this could be the top selling game of the year. Suck on those berries Super Mario, all you’ve got is a mushroom that makes you bigger (video-game viagra).
The Tomb Raider worldwide debut is part of the January issue of Game Informer magazine. The cover story will feature 10 pages of exclusive material and content. The issue is available beginning today for subscribers and will be on newsstands December 11.