New Lara Croft “Tomb Raider” Controversy

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Back in April 2009, Eidos was acquired by Japanese game company Square Enix and they decided on rebooting the famous game Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. They decided on making a prequel and um… well… show a more human side of Lara Croft.

Fast forward to E3 2012…we got the first glimpse of the new Lara Croft “Tomb Raider” game.

1st thought – Man… she looks good

2nd thought – she grunts a lot

3rd thought – awesome graphics

4th thought – Why the heck are they torturing her so much.

5th thought – Man… only if could protect her from all this.

Um… what? Protect her?

Well. That is exactly what the developers of the game wanted you to think

After crafting the biography, our goal was to make her as believable and relatable as possible. We wanted to make a girl that felt familiar, but still has a special quality about her. Something about the way her eyes look and the expression on her face makes you want to care for her. That was our number one goal. We wanted to have empathy for Lara, and at the same time show the inner strength that made clear she was going to become a hero.

Brian Horton, senior art director of Crystal Dynamics, on the second reboot

 

According to the executive producer Ron Rosenberg –

When people play Lara, they don’t really project themselves into the character. They’re more like, ‘I want to protect her.’ There’s this sort of dynamic of ‘I’m going to adventure with her and trying to protect her.

 

 

 

 

 

….. The developers of the game are way off the mark here. When we play the game we see ourselves in the shoes of the character. We protect ourselves, we fight and we win. When the character gets killed, we say – “S**t, I lost” or “I just got killed”. We definitely don’t think – “I want to protect her.” And gender does not come into it anywhere.

People are not cool with the human side of Lara Croft. And they are definitely against making Lara Croft suffer through her friend getting kidnapped, being taken prisoner by “island scavengers” … and an attempted sexual assault. (Check the damn video above)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This had led lot of people talking about woman empowerment, gender equality, the damsel in distress, the fighting f**k toy, sexed-up victim etc.

To all these people: It is just a video game, get over it.

To the gamers: This is a prequel. Lara Croft was not born badass. She was a simple, sexy, boring archaeologist. The hardship that she faces, the things that she has to do to survive makes her the Lara Croft that we all know and love. That tiny almost sexual assault – I guess that is the first time she kills a person. That assault was the tipping point, the justification that her conscience needed.

Just enjoy the game. It has great graphics and looks really fun.

NEXT Need For Speed Game – Most Wanted

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The Next Need for Speed is going to be Most Wanted. Confused? Well, I am too. This news was just announced at Need for Speed’s official Facebook page. It is going to be developed by Criterion Games.

Criterion games are developers of hit 2010 game – Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit which is high critically acclaimed game and has won more than a dozen awards.

Need for Speed: Most Wanted is without doubt one of the most popular game of the Need for Speed series. So bringing it back kind of makes sense. We can expect Autolog integration, a more direct continuation of the Most Wanted storyline, impressive graphics and high speed police chases. The first screenshot of the game in action that they have released is certainly very impressive. I think they are going to introduce a new city called Fairhaven City.

Make sure to watch the E3 press conference live on June 4th at 1PM (PST) for more info!

[UPDATE] 05-06-2012

Checkout the gameplay video shown today at E3 press conference.

Is it just me or does the graphics look a bit low, and they seem to have borrowed a lot from Burnout Paradise. No word about the storyline of the game. As expected they would be heavy AutoLog integration.

 

 

 

 

The box art of the game is also rather plane. A black car, a white car and a cop car. Compare it to the old Most Wanted’s cover and some might mistake the new cover for the old one.

 

 

Despite the name I would need a little bit more information to be excited about the new Need for Speed Most Wanted.

Cyberlocker Panic – Filesonic, Fileserver & dozens of other services down

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The crackdown on Megaupload was just the beginning of the downfall of File sharing Empire. The feds charged Megaupload’s executive team with criminal charges for copyright infringement and racketeering in addition to conspiracy to commit copyright infringement and money laundering. This was enough to scare the hell out of other services, who shortly began closing down services to avoid similar DOJ entanglements. FileSonic and Fileserve have eliminated file sharing from their service menus. At Fileserve and Filesonic you can only download items you’ve uploaded yourself. Sites like Filejungle, 4shared, and Uploadstation are deleting premium accounts and affiliate programs. Uploaded.to has banned all US IP addresses. These services are also bulk deleting user accounts and files in their account.

Those who had bought premium accounts have lost their money. If you recently bought a premium in any of these services, there is a slight change that you might be able to get back your money. I am lucky because my account expired a few weeks ago and last week I was considering buying a fileserve premium account.

The activity is low in many file sharing websites; many are waiting to see how all of this is going to settle. Many people are going back to the torrents to get their daily dose of entertainment.

How are you coping with this?