Neoseeker : News : Tomb Raider developer continues to insist game contains no sexual assault
Sort by date: ascending descending
0 thumbs!
^
Grimdark Jul 1, 12
Well, lol.
Staff
3 thumbs!
^
RabidChinaGirl Jul 1, 12
I approved of Crystal Dynamics' move to include this scene. I highly disapprove of their denial issues.

"Psh, what sexual assault?" Uh...
2 thumbs!
^
oni_hero Jul 1, 12
So wait, if *bleep* isn't in their vocabulary.... Then it isn't *bleep* right? I mean if they can't call it *bleep* or sexual assault due to not having it in their vocabulary than obviously it isn't.....right? Either way, it's a game, and the scene is a tool used to evoke emotion. Movie's can do scenes far worse than this and get an R rating and be seen as "Edgy" or "classic" or "ok" but a game does it and gets an M rating and it is "Controversial". Honestly, that sickens me.

I just hope they keep the scene in and stand their ground.
0 thumbs!
^
Nightmare Samurai Jul 1, 12
You don't need *bleep* to invoke fear. Having the dude put a knife to Lara's throat would have done just fine.
0 thumbs!
^
oni_hero Jul 1, 12
quote Nightmare Samurai
You don't need *bleep* to invoke fear. Having the dude put a knife to Lara's throat would have done just fine.
That's just it, IT ISN'T *bleep*. At worst it s sexual harrasment/assault/ the threat of *bleep*. Honestly. If she was a male character sure, a knife to the throat would have sufficed, but for a female character, this fate could very well be worse than just death. It makes the scene much more tense, more threatening.

Look at Hollywood, if a movie wants to build tension with a female character being threatened by a male antagonist, it usually involves something sexual, Why? Because it is a truly evil disgusting act. It pushes the fact that the individual is a truly sick and deranged creature, that hardly has any attachment to human emotion. Someone simply holding a knife to someone's throat shows deranged sure, but not sick and twisted, it's too common of a tool now adays. It's like watching a scene from an old Friday the 13th where someone gets his head chopped off, and then watching a scene from a movie like Hostel(I can't stand the movie personally) and watching someone be slowly tortured and then after living through all the pain and suffering, getting their head chopped off.

Tell me that you would have the same reaction emotionally to someone holding a knife to her throat, as to someone who is looking to harm her in a far worse way and THEN kill her after torturing her. Honestly it makes her character that much more powerful for fighting her way out of it. It amplifies the scene so much more, and it never, at least in my mind, crosses the line into the distasteful.
0 thumbs!
^
Nightmare Samurai Jul 1, 12
quote oni_hero
Tell me that you would have the same reaction emotionally to someone holding a knife to her throat, as to someone who is looking to harm her in a far worse way and THEN kill her after torturing her. Honestly it makes her character that much more powerful for fighting her way out of it. It amplifies the scene so much more, and it never, at least in my mind, crosses the line into the distasteful.
You get less negative PR with a knife to the throat.
0 thumbs!
^
Alternate Account Jul 1, 12
Calling it sexual assault would be innacurate.

"Attempting to begin sexual assault" is much more accurate.

On a side note, that trailer guarantedd my purchase of this game. Looks amazing.
Staff
0 thumbs!
^
RabidChinaGirl Jul 1, 12
Alternate Account Both are pretty damaging to the victim, though.

They really could be handling this with a lot more grace, either way.
0 thumbs!
^
Alternate Account Jul 1, 12
I agree fully there RabidChinaGirl. They should be adamantly defending it. It would be a big step forward in showing the world that video games and the people who play them can handle mature topics. Also, it shows that people can really understand and connect with characters and feel their emotions.

Or something. I hope I phrased that right. And as a side note to that, this doesn't mean games should get away with sexual assault for the sake of it. In this case, it works, managing to convey emotion and give the player a sense that the character is progressing and growing stronger, mentally and emotionally in this case. Beating up a woman and *bleep* her....that's disgusting and is a form of sexual assault that hopefully won't be in any future games.


Once again, I hope I phrased that right. I have a hard time getting my point across through text alone.
0 thumbs!
^
Spark Jul 1, 12
Why do people freak out over anything sexual? It's like parents who buy their son gears of war then freak out when a movie shows a nipple.
0 thumbs!
^
oni_hero Jul 2, 12
quote Nightmare Samurai
You get less negative PR with a knife to the throat.
That is the problem though! Negative PR be damned they should be backing their decision fully! So what if Fox News takes a break from being ignorant to be foolish and ignorant? Honestly, the scene isn't crossing any lines. Laura isn't an underaged chilld being followed and looked at by some creepy pedo who just moved in down the street, this isn't Special Victims unit, she is struggling to survive against savages and criminals. A knife to the throat would suffice, but it wouldn't get the point of just how disgusting and vile these people can be across.
0 thumbs!
^
Mrblikey Jul 2, 12
quote Spark
Why do people freak out over anything sexual? It's like parents who buy their son gears of war then freak out when a movie shows a nipple.
You took the words right out of my mouth.

I don't see how the controversy over this so called 'sexual assault' scene even came to be. The devs did the right thing by including that scene; it was to get their message across. I don't see what's so hard to understand about that. Just goes to show how ridiculous and hypocritical the media is getting today.
0 thumbs!
^
Nightmare Samurai Jul 2, 12
quote oni_hero
That is the problem though! Negative PR be damned they should be backing their decision fully! So what if Fox News takes a break from being ignorant to be foolish and ignorant? Honestly, the scene isn't crossing any lines. Laura isn't an underaged chilld being followed and looked at by some creepy pedo who just moved in down the street, this isn't Special Victims unit, she is struggling to survive against savages and criminals. A knife to the throat would suffice, but it wouldn't get the point of just how disgusting and vile these people can be across.
Take your knife. Find some expendable survivor on the island with Lara. Slowly torture the victim and take your sweet time killing them. Maybe add some cannibalism. Put the remains of the body on display, not as a warning or anything but as a trophy of sorts, rinse and repeat a few times, then go after Lara herself. I just made that knife to the throat disgusting and vile and I didn't have to use anything sexual.
0 thumbs!
^
oni_hero Jul 2, 12
See Nightmare Samurai now you are focusing too much on the sexual side of things, you're like a house mom who saw some report on the Mass Effect 1 romance scenes. Besides, the way you are saying to do it would take a LOT longer to develop and maybe it is just easier for them to do it this way to get the same level of emotional terror and response. So for the time it takes, this is the better option to set up how sick these locals can be, thus making it a more logical choice than a knife to the throat.....

Personally I think an arrow to the knee would do the job, threaten to end her adventuring days once and for all!
^
Sponsored
Sort by date: ascending descending
- This news story is archived and is closed to new comments now -
Newsletter
Latest News
Latest Inhouse
EVGA Tegra NOTE 7 & ASUS Transformer Pad TF701T Review Cooler Master Seidon 120XL Liquid Cooler Review NZXT Phantom 240 Case Review Thermaltake Urban T81 Full Tower Case Review Thermaltake Commander G41 Mid Tower Case Review NZXT Sentry 3 Fan Controller Review
(0.1177/d/web8)