“Nintendo isn’t one simple element of an overall gaming industry. I really think there needs to be a Nintendo genre, that’s almost its own entity. It’s not that I don’t like serious stories or that I couldn’t make one, but currently in the video game industry you see a lot of game designers who are working really hard to make their games seem really cool. For a lot of us at Nintendo, it’s difficult to decide what cool is. In fact, it’s a lot easier for us to laugh at ourselves. It’s almost as if we’re performers. Our way of performing is by creating these fun, odd and goofy things.”—Shigeru Miyamoto (via sigilyph)
today i rediscovered a pamphlet that i got at church when i was 13 or 14 that covers some pressing topics, comparing your body to a factory that you aren’t to tamper with, suggesting what you should do when someone of your same gender makes sexual advances to you, + much more
if you’ve ever wanted to know what kind of local resources i had available to me growing up in suburban utah here’s your chance
Ever since I answered that anon regarding the upcoming Tomb Raider’s “rape” scene, I’ve received a lot of asks telling me that I am wrong and a horrible person for thinking that the scene is okay, and that I think rape is okay.
Here’s the thing, I don’t think rape is okay. What I do think is okay, is creating a believable world where real things happen to real people.
For those of you who don’t know, in Tomb Raider, there is going to be a scene where a stranded Lara Croft is spotted as she is hiding by one of the many scavengers on the island. In said scene, the scavenger pushes her against a wall and starts to touch her sexually, which obviously makes her uncomfortable.
Immediately following this is Lara making the decision to take the life of this scavenger. This scene, to me, shows us that Lara is going to be faced with horrible situations, and that she is going to have to make difficult decisions in order to rectify an issue.
Lots of fans are having some problems with this scene because they think that it is “reducing a whole gender to it’s sexual functions”, but that is simply not true. It’s painting a picture as to how brutal life on the island is going to be for Lara, and that she is going to have a lot of tough encounters.
What these people fail to realize, however, is that Lara Croft had always been a bit of a female trope, and that she was always hyper-sexualized.
Lara was originally portrayed as a sexy bad ass, in her short shorts, with her large breasts. People loved Lara this way, and didn’t think much was wrong with her. Sure, there were complaints here and there, but nothing to the caliber of the backlash this “rape” scene is getting. It’s unfortunate, because the Lara we see now has experienced so much growth from the Lara we met in 1996.
Now we have a Lara Croft who is not overly sexualized. She is beaten up, she has a proportionate body, and she goes through hell and back in order to save herself and her friends. She is the strongest she has ever been, but now people have a problem because she is sexually assaulted on screen.
The decision to have this scene does not mean Crystal Dynamics is “advocating rape”. Crystal Dynamics wanted this game to have a raw and disturbing feeling. They wanted you to feel the emotions Lara feels, even if those feelings are unsettling.
omg i forgot i made a post with actual thoughts in it once.