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dsalukas
15th Mar 2006, 20:19
Hi my names luke im currently studying at uni and ive been given an essay to write on culture and identity,
ror this i would like to talk about the identity of lara and the possitive or negative aspects of her visualisation,
i have some questions i would be grateful if i could get some of your opinions, if you would like to reply any or all amswers will be greatly appreciated. i look forward to hearing your feed back thanks, luke.

(1) Why do you think Lara Croft has such a big appeal?

(2) Do you find it esy to identify with a lead female action character?

(3) Are there any other female characters you like?

(4) What are your favourite & why?

(5) What initially attracted you to the Lara Croft game?

(6) Was it the way she looked, if yes why?

(7) would you still play or be interested in the game if she didn't look the way she does?

(8) Do you think me like Lara because they can control what she does?

(9) Iv'e just heard that they are going to reduce her breats size do you think this will subtract from the character?

(10) Will this affect the way you think and feel about Lara if so why?

(11) How do you feel about lead female characters?

(12) Do you think that Lara is a possitive female character, yes/no in what ways?

(13) could her physical identity be portrayed in another way, would it be as effective?

(14) would you be as interested in the character if she were male, why not?

(15) do you think woman can identify more or less with Lara as her pyhsical representation stands?

(16) or is the notion of an attractive, tuff, independant, intelligant woman the appeal.

thanks for reading any reply would appreciated, you can mail me neonnights200@yahoo.com
thanks luke.

Takashii
15th Mar 2006, 20:47
(1) Why do you think Lara Croft has such a big appeal?
Ofcourse her good looks and her personality
(2) Do you find it esy to identify with a lead female action character?
Not sure :)
(3) Are there any other female characters you like?
Sydney Bristow (played by Jennifer Garner in Alias)
(4) What are your favourite & why?
Favorite female charachter ? Lara I've "known" her for all my life since I remember myself :) I'm young..
(5) What initially attracted you to the Lara Croft game?
Lara and the puzzles
(6) Was it the way she looked, if yes why?
Well.. It didn't hurt that she looked good
(7) would you still play or be interested in the game if she didn't look the way she does?
Sure.. If she had the same attitude and if she wasn't ugly :)
(8) Do you think me like Lara because they can control what she does?
Well.. I really don't know why you like her
(9) Iv'e just heard that they are going to reduce her breats size do you think this will subtract from the character?
Well.. No.. But I would still want her to have them :)
(10) Will this affect the way you think and feel about Lara if so why?
No
(11) How do you feel about lead female characters?
Love 'em all :) exept the ugly ones :)
(12) Do you think that Lara is a possitive female character, yes/no in what ways?
yes, she's.. Inspiring ?
(13) could her physical identity be portrayed in another way, would it be as effective?
I guess it could be but it wouldn't be as effective
(14) would you be as interested in the character if she were male, why not?
No, because Lara Croft isn't a male name
(15) do you think woman can identify more or less with Lara as her pyhsical representation stands?
I'm not a woman so I really don't know
(16) or is the notion of an attractive, tuff, independant, intelligant woman the appeal.
I would think that :) But I really don't know

Scott =]!
15th Mar 2006, 21:36
1) because Lara Croft is a widly known name and everyone knows her as that intelligent, beautiful wowan who wouldnt hesitate to kill you or anyone else!

2)Well, not realy cos i dont tend to talk to animated people in my computer!

3)Well this is realy the only computer game i play so i dont realy know any so ill have to say no i guess.

4)Lara cos she is the only one i know.

5) Well when i was young i came in on my dad playing tomb raider and i watched him play for ages and when he went away i sneeked on and play ed and i just loved so i realy loved it from the moment i saw it!

6) Well i guess yes because i was a very young male (i still am so dont think that) so i saw a person running and jumping and shooting all i ever wanted to do at that age and she was well a she

7) Well if you mean competely changed her now i would yes but probubly not as much but if you mean she was never the Lara Croft we know no then i would have walked and saw my dad on a computer and not cared!

8) I dont under stand the question so ill just say maybe!

9) No, i dont think this will because now we know Lara her T*ts dont matter as much but it would be a bit stupid if she had none atall.

10) yes, because this will stop her being a charitar that girls think is only a girl for guys, and will make you think of her than more than a massive rack!

11) I like them but i dont realy feel strongly either way.

12) yes, cos like she just is like totally um blauuuuuu (stares at a window)

13) well i guess it could but i dont think it would be as effective

14) No, cos yes, cos maybe i dont like that question (P.S. why did u assume no on that question lol?)

15) Well i dunno cos im not a woman!

16) Yes YEs YES lol:D

Xxx_Lara_xxX
15th Mar 2006, 22:52
Ooh that's a fascinating topic, I did a culture studies paper on the same subject too

A good thread for you to read would be "Slightly Disappointed in Crystal Dynamics" where there is a lot of debate about the black dress which reveals her chest and legs. Though the thread is locked so you will have to go down a page or two to find it. Part of the debate is about how women are portrayed in the media and whether Lara has gone against tradition (the princess in the tower who needs to be rescued Zelda / the manipulative but beautiful woman who must die) or whether she is completely TRADITIONAL like every other scantily clad large-busted woman in every single video game from wrestling to volleyball.

My responses to your questions:

(1) Why do you think Lara Croft has such a big appeal?

to women: breaks some stereotypes- she's intelligent/educated but not "cast" as the overweight librarian or shy misfit. She's very strong and physical, yet very feminine (see the way she walks) Well bred and in control-- not the usual 'dumb stripper' like in San Andreas or silly or angry or helpless or confused (with the exception of AOD- that snappy/confused attitude ruined her whole persona).
Her body does not break any stereotypes. A beautiful girl in a game, nothing new. It was her class, wit and can-do attitude that set her apart, like in TR1 she tried to rescue her guide from the wolves rather than the man trying to rescue the girl. However I did like in the earlier games that she had large thighs, like a woman and not a stick figure with boobs. Very womanly, and her shirt went up to her neck. The later games made her breasts bigger and bigger and hips, waist and arms smaller and smaller until it was a joke. The outfits also began exposing more skin. Compare the original TR1 cover to the TR4-5 Lara.

to men: not a guy so I won't presume to know

(2) Do you find it esy to identify with a lead female action character?

as a woman, sometimes but not always. It depends on when I play the game if I feel that could be 'me'. Though a study of men in massive multiplayer online games also choose female characters for some reason.

(3) Are there any other female characters you like?

Uma thurman -pulp fiction
Eva - metal gear 3
Princess Diana (not really a character but love her)

(4) What are your favourite & why?

can't think of any offhand

(5) What initially attracted you to the Lara Croft game?

The cover of the first one had a serious looking lady holding guns.

(6) Was it the way she looked, if yes why?

Yes, she's brunette, not smiling, pretty and modestly dressed and not exaggerated like a porno star, a normal looking girl going on an adventure. The game looked beautiful and fun. When I played it it was a great game full of plot twists and more than anything that Lara was so athletic and could overcome outrageous obstacles with class and humour and very intelligent, unexpected solutions (like pitching a motorbike into the ocean to stowaway onto a yacht, diving off a cliff).

(7) would you still play or be interested in the game if she didn't look the way she does?

As long as she is "almost real" I like her. I never finished AOD because her legs were tiny sticks and her breasts were enormous and jiggly. The game was terribly boring and she was hard to control. If I can't control her then I am not 'her in the game' I am a player struggling with the PS2 to move a artificial character, quickly lost interest.

(8) Do you think me like Lara because they can control what she does?

Yes. When you can control her seamlessly you become her in a way. Your thoughts are her thoughts and her motions. You know you are immersed when you feel vertigo if she looks down a steep cliff/drop, or scream out loud if a monster jumps out of a corner. She is all powerful and your mistake will get her hurt/killed, not her own. Some people 'become' her, others feel like they have to 'protect' her.

(9) Iv'e just heard that they are going to reduce her breats size do you think this will subtract from the character?

No. Quite the opposite besides how could they get any bigger than AOD? And what would be the point? Who besides Pamela Anderson could identify with that body image. I think women want to be beautiful and envied but not obviously objectified. After a certain point she just looks silly and like a "typical game girl." I just had to roll my eyes with the TR4 Lara -- in TR1-2 you can barely see the little blue bathing suit straps at her hips, if you look for it. By TR4 it was almost a thong. In the first ones she was classy and untouchable, by TR5 Pierre (?) started feeling her body to look for an artifact and then she knees him in the groin.... ha ha haaaa ehhhh no :confused: The joke was overdone, too much exaggeration and the game loses it reality and appeal.

(10) Will this affect the way you think and feel about Lara if so why?

Finally, they are focusing their marketing efforts on something other than computerized boobs!! Praise Jesus! Maybe this means they actually put some effort into the game and puzzle design so breasts aren't their only reason for us to buy the game. That strategy was wearing thin, if not the main reason why the TR series almost died.

(11) How do you feel about lead female characters?

Either way, I like both male and female lead characters. My favorite games have both.

(12) Do you think that Lara is a possitive female character, yes/no in what ways?

an answer would take too long


(13) could her physical identity be portrayed in another way, would it be as effective?

She could be blonde, but the vast majority of women in the world are brunette. CD did add a little weight to Lara compared to AOD, now she has a tummy and hips - like Karima Adebibe that girl has a bit of a tummy and some thighs but she seems to be becoming almost as popular as Rhona Mitra. Farrah Fawcett - another hourglass figure, classically beautiful woman, Lara doesn't need Pam Anderson/ Jenna Jameson proportions to be successful. Where that idea came from I don't know, seemed to ruin the later games.

(14) would you be as interested in the character if she were male, why not?

Yes I love Indiana Jones! The games weren't as good though.

(15) do you think woman can identify more or less with Lara as her pyhsical representation stands?

Originally yes. By TR4-5-AOD no. Lots of women have hourglass figures and we identify with that, and appreciate it when games feature women characters who are not portrayed as stick figures /pornographically exposed exaggerated bimbos. Especially that Lara has an hourglass figure and is polite, thoughtful and in control and not naked. The very first game had a top that went up to her neck. By TR4 the cleavage was exposed, the bathing suit was exposed, her shorts clearly highlighted her rump. :rolleyes:

(16) or is the notion of an attractive, tuff, independant, intelligant woman the appeal.

Or? Maybe this a cultural question. Does she have any appeal in Iran/ Saudi Arabia or countries where women are expected to cover themselves in public? Or Japan, where "men come first, women come second"? :p (love austin powers)

dhama
16th Mar 2006, 09:21
(1) Why do you think Lara Croft has such a big appeal?

She shoots things and saya Aha! whenever she's surprised.


(2) Do you find it esy to identify with a lead female action character?

Not sure, it's just a game to me, but I do get annoyed when she dies too many times.


(3) Are there any other female characters you like?

Xena is my all time fav.


(4) What are your favourite & why?

Above.


(5) What initially attracted you to the Lara Croft game?

A 3dfx patch back in 96.


(6) Was it the way she looked, if yes why?

I found it compelling and a challenge just to get the cameras right.


(7) would you still play or be interested in the game if she didn't look the way she does?

Well she's looked different in every outing so far, so it's hard to know.


(8) Do you think men like Lara because they can control what she does?

It's questions like this that put Tomb Raider in a negative light.


(9) Iv'e just heard that they are going to reduce her breast size do you think this will subtract from the character?

Depends if you think Lara is an exciting adventurer or a pair of breasts I guess.


(10) Will this affect the way you think and feel about Lara if so why?

Yes it will, because each time someone mentions this, it becomes more apparent and overshadows the real intent of the game.


(11) How do you feel about lead female characters?

I think they play an important part in the development of balance in entertainment and real life.


(12) Do you think that Lara is a positive female character, yes/no in what ways?

Not sure what you mean, but perhaps the previous answer?


(13) could her physical identity be portrayed in another way, would it be as
effective?

?....


(14) would you be as interested in the character if she were male, why not?

Male game characters seem to run like they have messed themselves, for some reason they just don't look realistic.


(15) do you think woman can identify more or less with Lara as her pyhsical representation stands?

Maybe, but it's not my place to say.


(16) or is the notion of an attractive, tough, independant, intelligant woman the appeal.

That, I can relate to, the the attractiveness is on the inside.

Sophia Leigh
16th Mar 2006, 10:06
(1) Why do you think Lara Croft has such a big appeal?
She is independent, confident, graceful, elegant, strong not only physically but mentally too and she is pretty.

(2) Do you find it esy to identify with a lead female action character?
Absolutely, especially since I am female :D . If I wasn't a mother I would want to be just like Lara ;)

(3) Are there any other female characters you like?
I like Sophia Leigh from TR3 and the Lost Artifact, her personality is fairly far from Lara's and her evil laugh is pretty cool.
I also like "The Bride" from Kill Bill 1 & 2 and Sarah Connor from Terminator 1 & 2, basically because the both "kick ass".

(4) What are your favourite & why?
Lara is my all time favourite as I have a genuine interest in the archaeology and exploring.

(5) What initially attracted you to the Lara Croft game?
The exploring and the puzzles. When you play, you become Lara and you have to think like Lara, you are now the one looking for the artifact.

(6) Was it the way she looked, if yes why?
Good god no! I think the hype around her looks is what deterred me from the game for so long. By the way, do you play custom levels? You should play staticon's Lara's Dream 9 ;)

(7) would you still play or be interested in the game if she didn't look the way she does?
Most definetly.

(8) Do you think me like Lara because they can control what she does?
I'm not going to guess what you mean't here, but if you edit your post, I'll edit and answer :) .

(9) Iv'e just heard that they are going to reduce her breats size do you think this will subtract from the character?
For me it makes no difference but if you have seen the new pictures although they claim they are now are C cup, as a woman I'm obviously familiar with bra sizes, I would have to say that realistically they are still a D, they are just now more realistic in shape.

(10) Will this affect the way you think and feel about Lara if so why?
It wont.

(11) How do you feel about lead female characters?
I think positive lead female characters are a great role model for women and remind us that we can do anything that we put our mind to.

(12) Do you think that Lara is a possitive female character, yes/no in what ways?
Yes Lara is a positive character, she shows that pretty girls can be smart too.

(13) could her physical identity be portrayed in another way, would it be as effective?
I'm sure it could and still be effective.

(14) would you be as interested in the character if she were male, why not?
I'm not sure, I relate to Lara because I am a woman. Although I thought Kurtis' character was good, he shouldn't have been playable and I'm glad he's not a lead in Tomb Raider.

(15) do you think woman can identify more or less with Lara as her pyhsical representation stands?
I don't know. Personally, I have the long brown hair and I am similar build to AOD Lara less the over-sized boobs, so if answering honestly, I probably do identify with her more for that reason.

(16) or is the notion of an attractive, tuff, independant, intelligant woman the appeal.
I would have to say that this is more the appeal.

susan
16th Mar 2006, 14:48
(1) Why do you think Lara Croft has such a big appeal?
From reading what people say on this forum, I would guess mainly because she's pretty and she's sexy.

(2) Do you find it easy to identify with a lead female action character?
As a woman, yes of course, but I also find it easy to identify with male action characters too. And, I have no particular preference. What's most important is having a credible character in a good game.

(3) Are there any other female characters you like?
In games, offhand I can think of - Claire Redfield (Resident Evil), Heather (Silent Hill 3), Regina (Dino Crisis), Nico Collard (Broken Sword), Rynn (Drakan), Kate Walker (Syberia), the 2 girls in Project Eden too - that I liked. I'm sure there are others I've forgotten.

Generally, in films and books - too many to mention.

(4) What are your favourite & why?
Claire, Heather, Lara, Nico. Mostly because I enjoyed the games they are in, but also because they are presented as witty and smart, tough, and credible as people within the game setting.

(5) What initially attracted you to the Lara Croft game?
The exploration, adventure and puzzles.

(6) Was it the way she looked, if yes why?
Absolutely not. In fact I thought she looked a bit odd on the cover of TR1 and with her shorts and large chest I was expecting the worst...

(7) would you still play or be interested in the game if she didn't look the way she does?
Yes. How Lara looks is low down on my priorities and it irks me that the developers seem to think this is the only selling point of the earlier Tomb Raider games.

(8) Do you think men like Lara because they can control what she does?
I don't know.

(9) Iv'e just heard that they are going to reduce her breast size do you think this will subtract from the character?
Like Mum says, her breasts still look a D cup to me. I don't think reducing her breasts affects her character. Some people do seem to get quite bothered about it though and so I suppose to them, she is defined by her breasts.

(10) Will this affect the way you think and feel about Lara if so why?
No.

(11) How do you feel about lead female characters?
As dhama says, it's nice to have balance. I don't want every game out there to have a Lara Croft character in it as much as I don't want all games to be about and for men. Variety is good.

(12) Do you think that Lara is a positive female character, yes/no in what ways?
Yes and no, like most things in life. It's better to see a woman behaving strongly and gaining respect for doing adventureous things, than see her sitting on her boss's knee taking dictation, for example. At the same time, there's a huge emphasis on the importance of her sexuality, both in her ultra-designed breasts and skimpy style of clothing. Quite a few women find that continual emphasis around them in all forms of media, irritating and insulting. Some think it encourages the objectification of women generally as sexual objects for men.

On the other hand, how successful would Lara be without these attributes? It's kind of like a chicken/egg self-sustaining cycle.

(13) could her physical identity be portrayed in another way, would it be as effective?
Yes it could be effective, if intelligent thought was put into it. But, the first rule of promotion = Sex sells. It's much easier to follow this safe route than construct something else.

(14) would you be as interested in the character if she were male, why not?
I think I would have enjoyed the original Tomb Raider games equally if they had used a man, simply because the games are so good themselves. But I can't be totally sure. Lara is a well constructed game character.

(15) do you think woman can identify more or less with Lara as her physical representation stands?
Do you mean, can women relate to Lara's physical appearance - ie, having brown hair and eyes? If so, I don't think it's as important as the personality she projects. I have blonde hair and blue eyes and I still like her.

(16) or is the notion of an attractive, tuff, independant, intelligant woman the appeal.
I think women like to see women portrayed this way.

David 070
16th Mar 2006, 15:01
1 its really everything about her,shes gorgeous,adventurous,exciting & full of mystery & always in some danger.

2 ??not sure.

3 i like that princess in final fantasy,also edea!both very beautiful (3d though).

4 i dont have any favourite female characters excepte Lara. of course.

5 probablly the way the game is played! jumping over cliffs,climbing ,shooting,riding cool vehicles!! after a while i started to like Lara too.so 1st the gameplay attracted me,but now its completely turned around,Lara attracts me,because i know if u have her,u also have the fun danger & gameplay! :)

6 no,the 1st time i played tr,it wasnt the way lara looked.i didnt care about her back then when i 1st played,until i got to know her better.(play her)

7 probably not.Lara is tombraider! u cant have tr without her!i think that was the mistake of aod.

8 i dont know why other people like Lara.

9 i really dont care about breast size in a game. :p (what a question lol)

10 not sure what the question is,are u talking about her breasts again??

11 there cool,i actually prefer them.almost always play as a female in games,being male is kind of boring since im always a male. lol

12 definately yes! shes a heroin,good guy type.she doesnt go around killing innocent people.shes got class & sophistication.something i like alot!!

13 i dont think so.in my opinion shes like the ultimate beautiful woman.cant top her!

14 hell no! lol :p

15 no,most women couldnt compare to Lara!! the'yd be dogs compared to her! lol

16 yeah,i guess thats part of it.i mainly like how shes always in danger & getting out of it in cool ways!! like a true adventurer!! kind of like Indiana Jones.i guess shes sort of like him,but only a woman.

:D

WraithStar
16th Mar 2006, 17:46
(1) Why do you think Lara Croft has such a big appeal?

Going by the advertising and what I've heard most people say, it's probably her appearance. For me, it's the fact that she's an intelligent adventurer who shoots enemies and never resorts to using her body to get what she wants.

(2) Do you find it esy to identify with a lead female action character?

In RPG games where I have a choice, I usually pick a female character (I'm a woman so it's more familiar playing as a female character). However, I can easily identify with any well-developed character, male or female.

(3) Are there any other female characters you like?

Probably. I can't think of any other characters at the moment because I'm currently playing Blood Omen 1, so that game's filling up my mind.

(4) What are your favourite & why?

I don't really have favorites. It's usually whatever I'm wrapped up in at the moment, which right now is Blood Omen 1 (which features a male lead, so it's not applicable to this question).

(5) What initially attracted you to the Lara Croft game?

I heard it had some interesting puzzles and pretty environments. Plus, I got the first three games together for $5.

(6) Was it the way she looked, if yes why?

No. In fact, I didn't buy the game for quite awhile because of her looks. I was afraid that the game would only focus on her appearance. Once I got the game, I was pleasantly surprised that a lot of attention was paid to making the actual game good instead of just relying on Lara's appearance to carry it:)

(7) would you still play or be interested in the game if she didn't look the way she does?

I don't really care about her physical appearance. I do care about what she wears, because that reflects her attitude and her personality. I do not want to see Lara become a seductress.

(8) Do you think me like Lara because they can control what she does?

I don't know.

(9) Iv'e just heard that they are going to reduce her breats size do you think this will subtract from the character?

I think it adds a little to the character because it makes her more realistic and I think she looks better now because she can be taken seriously.

(10) Will this affect the way you think and feel about Lara if so why?

If she has the same personality, I honestly won't be bothered just because her body changed a little.

(11) How do you feel about lead female characters?

If it's well done, I like lead female characters. I don't like the seductress type characters, so I don't play games that have those characters as the lead.

(12) Do you think that Lara is a possitive female character, yes/no in what ways?

I'm not sure. On the one hand, she shows that women can be intelligent and attractive without resorting to using their attractiveness to get things. On the other hand, the advertising for all of the games has mainly focused on Lara's body to sell the games, implying that that's all that matters.

(13) could her physical identity be portrayed in another way, would it be as effective?

I'm not sure what this is asking.

(14) would you be as interested in the character if she were male, why not?

Probably. If there was a male character with the same sort of personality who explored beautiful environments and whatnot, I'd like that game too.

(15) do you think woman can identify more or less with Lara as her pyhsical representation stands?

In Legend, I think she looks rather realistic, especially compared to the previous few games, so I would think that she seems more like a real woman. As such, I would imagine more women can identify with her.

(16) or is the notion of an attractive, tuff, independant, intelligant woman the appeal.

I would say that is a very strong reason why people like Lara:)

Xxx_Lara_xxX
18th Mar 2006, 00:31
also see

Lara Croft: Feminist Icon or Cyberbimbo?
On the Limits of Textual Analysis

http://www.gamestudies.org/0202/kennedy

dsalukas
25th Mar 2006, 21:10
Thanks for your'e answers everyone their really gonna help!

Number6
25th Mar 2006, 22:23
(1) Why do you think Lara Croft has such a big appeal?

The fact she is feminine yet in charge, even though she has moment of vulnerability, she does not let herself become a victim in need of rescuing.

As a game character, she permits us to adventure without danger yet forces us to use our brain (all those puzzles) and lastly does not mold us into some monosyllabic Doom shooter.

(2) Do you find it esy to identify with a lead female action character?

I don't identify with her, I play her or rather I play with her, as if she was there on screen, to be guided more than animated by our key-clicks.

I like it when in the preview video I found one where she looked at the camera and went "what?" with her eyes.

(3) Are there any other female characters you like?

Kate Walker in Syberia.
Elektra (Jennifer Garner)
Jessica Biel in Strealth
Maria Bella in History of Violence
Rippley in Alien (Sigourney Weaver)
the boxer in Million Dollar Baby (forgot her name)
All characters who have flaws but overcome them and are ultimately in control.

(4) What are your favourite & why?

Kate Walker in Syberia, because she has an unique opportunity to outgrow herself and dares to do so.
Elektra (Jennifer Garner) because (in the movie) she has to discard her old self, overcome OCD (she is a counter) and grow way up.

(5) What initially attracted you to the Lara Croft game?

Her look. That lasted about five minutes.
The third person way: that still lasts.

(6) Was it the way she looked, if yes why?

Who needs another Doom shooter?
Actually, it was being able to see her walk in front that did it. I can never play first person games: the viewpoint is too limited as is the way to solve problems.

(7) would you still play or be interested in the game if she didn't look the way she does?

Hmmmmm...really don't know. I would have to see her new look.
Personnaly, I favor sporty girls to the point of being lite weightlifter with full and hard curves.

(8) Do you think we like Lara because we can control what she does?

er... what else is there for that manikin. It is a game and she is there to be controled. Yet, when I play her, I feel like I become her (I am not a closet transvestite and quite macho, thanks (I'm a guy ;-) and 58)

(9) Iv'e just heard that they are going to reduce her breats size do you think this will subtract from the character?

I'd rather they give her thicker arms and legs, more to scale, with moving riples in them (animated textures). Her boobs are part of her trademark, no?

(10) Will this affect the way you think and feel about Lara if so why?

The boob size? No I don't think so. But it would have to be done subtly. See all those face variations in the PDF guide previews: sometime just the wrong shadow is enough to turn her into a harpy or give her a druggy look.

Personaly I favor the square chin and strong jaw bone she had in the first game. I think she is too rounded now, too juvenile.

(11) How do you feel about lead female characters?

Bring them on!!!!

(12) Do you think that Lara is a positive female character, yes/no in what ways?

Yes, as she forces us to think beyond the envelope: imagine getting out of all those traps and puzzles, as she makes our patience and fortitude grow.

(13) could her physical identity be portrayed in another way, would it be as effective?

Like I said it is her persona that made the game. However in the Legend, we will be able to play Amanda and maybe they (CD) wll get a lot of feedback on that and will change her for the next game.

It is very possible she will "grow" mature and develop more striking physical traits, like new scars or some set to her mouth or her eyes.

(14) would you be as interested in the character if she were male, why not?

I got into gaming with Lara Croft so I think not.
I loved Syberia.
It happened after that that I bought other third person games but if they were not as interesting as TR, I just popped the CD out and stopped playing.

No shooters or roleplayers for me and I still have to try strategy games.

(15) do you think woman can identify more or less with Lara as her pyhsical representation stands?

I think more as they might all have a "Lara wish" to be like her.
We had a tech writer at the office and in a costumed party, she came with falsies that were (I kid you not) a full feet of massive unsuspended architecture.

(16) or is the notion of an attractive, tuff, independant, intelligant woman the appeal.

Only identity insecure men (I'm sure) or woman (I think) would not feel the appeal of a strong, independant yet feminine and <B>smart</B> woman.
Of cource that does not take into account personal tastes: I like readhead, tall (5'10") athletic woman.

Joshorty
26th Mar 2006, 00:21
(1) Why do you think Lara Croft has such a big appeal?
She is a unique character ever to be made

(2) Do you find it esy to identify with a lead female action character?
Yes

(3) Are there any other female characters you like?
Yes (Yuna, Rikku, Paine [FINAL FANTASY X-2] and the list goes on...)

(4) What are your favourite & why?
Lara Croft, Yuna/Rikku/Paine for they are all hot:D yet not used as a sex icon or anything to sex appeal. Balanced, simple and clean.

(5) What initially attracted you to the Lara Croft game?
The story of herself as a Tomb Raider e.g. Tomb Raider I had an engaging story about this special atheletic, courageous women tryin' to save the world through massive obstacles...VERY cinematic and creative gameplay - liked the mansion idea :)

(6) Was it the way she looked, if yes why?
Yes, for it's very original to India Jones in a way, yet femunine. Has a nice physique, beautiful women with a nice accent.

(7) would you still play or be interested in the game if she didn't look the way she does?
Probably but from first site, I'd still like the video game anyway, for it's so new to me and original.

(8) Do you think me like Lara because they can control what she does?
Yes

(9) Iv'e just heard that they are going to reduce her breats size do you think this will subtract from the character?
No, for as long as they are still visible to present her as a women (too big would've been too bad anyway) and her "Breast size" isn't the main focus of Tomb Raider or to how big it should be for Lara Croft.

(10) Will this affect the way you think and feel about Lara if so why?
No, for I never let that fact get in the way anyhow. Of course, if they're too small is different but reasonable size is satisfactory in anyway.

(11) How do you feel about lead female characters?
They bring strong attention to both their beauty and their duty on what is to be accomplished in video gaming roles/movies (nothin' to do with sex though ofcourse! Like in missions, etc....take Jodie Foster from Flightplan as an example:))

(12) Do you think that Lara is a possitive female character, yes/no in what ways?
Yes for her icon is very appealing to many audiences yet in the movie, it is aimed differently at a whole different character (no for the movie of TR)

(13) could her physical identity be portrayed in another way, would it be as effective?
I don't think there's any other way for her to be potrayed unless she's a hit man/assasin of some sort:D

(14) would you be as interested in the character if she were male, why not?
Depending on how the character fits in the story (if it's femunine wise, then it won't fit in for the male figure)

(15) do you think woman can identify more or less with Lara as her pyhsical representation stands?
Yes, for it's a heroine that brings a new age to all who appeals.

munchkin
26th Mar 2006, 05:01
(1) Why do you think Lara Croft has such a big appeal?

She is smart sassy sexy, capable. Makes human errors
sometimes, she is simply iconic. has appeal to men and women, for
pretty much the same reasons, she has charecter and isn;t just
pixels.


(2) Do you find it esy to identify with a lead female action character?

I do find it easy, although i'm not a action person, i am confidetn,
and a leader, i have had to be, so i identify with those figures in
populare culture, like Xena buffy, going right back to childhood and
wonderwomen even, Lara is simply the pinacle of that.


(3) Are there any other female characters you like?

female heros are cool
Xena, Buffy, Kaede secondry charecter from Onimusha 1, Bloodraye
might be a Vamp but is smart clever and fights with the boys, better
than the boys. exactly why i like lara. Jill Valentine and Clare
Redfield fomr the Resident Evil series, smart sassy, tough mentally.

(4) What are your favourite & why?
Buffy, she really had no choice in having to be strong, she was
strong or dead. she had to hold otgether so much in her life, and
sometimes she was flawed and stuffed it up, or ran away but
eventually she had to be true to who she was.

I can feel that.


(5) What initially attracted you to the Lara Croft game?

It was the first game i played, i had it as a gift with my first
playstation, and never looked back, Lara gripped me right from the
off, as it was after tomb Raider 2's release within a week of having
my plystatsion i had brought T2 also which gave a much deepr look at
Lara croft the charecter.


(6) Was it the way she looked, if yes why?

Not really, It was her strength of charecter that won me, the i'm not
taking bloody prisonsers, attitude.


(7) would you still play or be interested in the game if she didn't
look the way she does?

Yes, but she'd still have to carry of certian Lara expressions,. like
the raised sarcastic trouble is coming eye brow.


(8) Do you think men like Lara because they can control what she does?

I have no i dea why men like Lara, for much the same reasosn as the
women i imagine, although you never can tell with some people.

(9) Iv'e just heard that they are going to reduce her breats size
do you think this will subtract from the character?

No.


(10) Will this affect the way you think and feel about Lara if so why?

not really no. as long as she is lara, then no.


(11) How do you feel about lead female characters?

If they are done properly they are great, old hollywood got it with
Katherine Hepbirn, and Marlene Deitrich lauren Bacall, we like
strong, flawed but cababnle, women,

(12) Do you think that Lara is a possitive female character, yes/no
in what ways?

yes, she like other firm femal heros, deal with a situation without
pnaicing, teaches people, and women that they do not have to take
second place to anyone who abuses them, fight back, mentally and
physically if you have to.

(13) could her physical identity be portrayed in another way, would
it be as effective?

her physicla identiy isn;t as important as it is made out to be. now she is Lara. certian things need to remain constant, so her id
remians, big breasts is not one of them. A certina sexiness is
essential to her charecter and a confident swagger.


(14) would you be as interested in the character if she were male, why not?

Woudln't be lara if she were male, so shed be an entirly differnt
mental make up.

(15) do you think woman can identify more or less with Lara as her
pyhsical representation stands?


Well as a women i'd say yes, i love lara in all her giueses, shes a
video game charecter, who back filps and so on, she is hardly goign
to be fat, or large, she is going to be fit, tones, and so on.
And way back in the day, she had to have defineing featurs so she
didn;t look male, hence the larger breasts, no defintions is clearer,
the size reduces, its really very simple.

(16) or is the notion of an attractive, tuff, independant,
intelligant woman the appeal.

Yes tough independant women are cool, and lara is the epitome of a
tough independant woman.

beccax

owen10
26th Mar 2006, 22:26
(1) Why do you think Lara Croft has such a big appeal?
She was the first, fully realised leading lady in computer games, strong, independent and intelligent.

(2) Do you find it esy to identify with a lead female action character?
Personally, yes - women are often depicted as having both brains and brawn, a combination lacking in most male action heroes.

(3) Are there any other female characters you like?
The Bride (Kill Bill), Motoko Kusanagi (Ghost in the Shell), Buffy - the list goes on!

(4) What are your favourite & why?
Lara is high on the list! First and foremost, I'm a fan of computer games - Lara was and remains the original and best female lead.

(5) What initially attracted you to the Lara Croft game?
It was the first, fully 3D, action adventure title I had ever played, initially as a demo on the Sega Saturn. I did not recognise the significance of the Lara character at the time, instead finding far more interest in the fully realised 3D environments, puzzles and setting.

(6) Was it the way she looked, if yes why?
Not at all, though I recognised her athletic frame enabled her to perform acrobatics a muscle-bound, gun-toting, male character could not.

(7) would you still play or be interested in the game if she didn't look the way she does?
I think it is necessary that she is in decent shape - the leaps and acrobatics she performs would not be feasible with a less fit character. However, her chest size and facial appearance were extra factors, ultimately mandatory for increasing sales and continued mainstream recognition of the series.

(8) Do you think me like Lara because they can control what she does?
Possibly some men derive pleasure from controlling a female character. It's an interesting change of pace.

(9) Iv'e just heard that they are going to reduce her breats size do you think this will subtract from the character?
... If they did, the reduction was pretty negligible!

(10) Will this affect the way you think and feel about Lara if so why?
Not at all - her character model has been refined, making her more anatomically correct.

(11) How do you feel about lead female characters?
As answered in (2), they're often more interesting - stereotypes suggest that women are weaker and need protecting. It's refreshing to see this allusion cast aside with women who are physically strong, capable and intelligent.

(12) Do you think that Lara is a possitive female character, yes/no in what ways?
Lara is independent; in that sense she is a positive role model. However, she is motivated by her own interests and pursuits, and cares less for those of others'.

(13) could her physical identity be portrayed in another way, would it be as effective?
As in (7), certain physical characteristics are mandatory for her to perform the athletic feats required of the level design. However, she could have had blond hair and/or blue eyes and the game would have been the same. The Lara we know would be different, but I doubt her impact would be greatly lessened, though it's difficult to say.

(14) would you be as interested in the character if she were male, why not?
I doubt "Larry Croft" (lol) would have the same appeal. Lara's strength as a character comes from her (previously) unique status as a female, computer game lead character. Tie that to a revolutionary, adult-orientated, action adventure title, and you've got a winning combination.

(15) do you think woman can identify more or less with Lara as her pyhsical representation stands?
I think the old adage - "women want to be her, men want to be with her" is potentially true. Some women may not be able to identify with her other-worldly figure and cast her aside as a figment of juvenile, male imagination. Others may be able to identify with the character as a strong, independent, female role model. It depends on the perspective, and neither is incorrect.

(16) or is the notion of an attractive, tuff, independant, intelligant woman the appeal.
That's a loaded question, lol! Yes, I would agree that for some (myself included) that is the appeal of the character in a nutshell.

LaraAngelOfDarkness
27th Mar 2006, 03:01
(1) Why do you think Lara Croft has such a big appeal?

I think this depends on the person, because many like her different reasons. Some like her because she is a "hot chick" while others like her because she is smart, athletic, independent, and has a very fun personality.

(2) Do you find it easy to identify with a lead female action character?

I usually prefer them in game, as opposed to the strong guy who can just blow stuff away. As a guy, I can't really identify as being a woman. As a human being, I guess I could identify with her depending on a situation and her choice in it.


(3) Are there any other female characters you like?

ALOT, lol!
1. April Ryan (The Longest Journey).
2. Claire Redfield, Jill Valentine, Ada Wong, Rebecca Chambers, Cindy Lennox, Alyssa Ashcroft, and Yoko Suzuki. (Resident Evil series).
3. Fiona Belli (Haunting Ground).
4. Rayne (Bloodrayne).
5. Ulala (Space Channel 5).
6. Regina (Dino Crisis).
7. Yuna, Rikku, Paine, Lulu, Tifa Lockheart, Aerith Gainsborough, Yuffie Kisaragi, Terra, Celes, Rinoa Heartily, Quistis Trepe, Selphie Tilmitt, Ashe, Penelo, and Fran (Final Fantasy series).
8. Jade (Beyond Good and Evil).
9. Lady and Trish (Devil May Cry series).
10. Jennifer Simpson, Helen Maxwell, Alyssa Hamilton (Clock Tower series).
11. Alice (American McGee's Alice)
12. Miku Hinasaki, Rei Kurosawa, Mio and Mayu Amakura (Fatal Frame series).
13. Sniper Wolf, Meryl Silverburg, Eva, Emma Emerson, and Fortune.
14. Ayame (Tenchu series).
15. Heather, Eileen, Maria, and Angela (Silent Hill Series).
16. Nina Williams (Tekken series and Death by Degrees).
17. Zelda/Shiek (Zelda series).
18. Samus Aran (Metroid series)
19. Gum, Cube, Piranha, Mew, Jazz (Jet Set Radio)
20. Aya Brea (Parasite Eve).


I could name more but i'd be pushing it, lol! :p


(4) What are your favourite & why?

I really liked all the ones I named above, but that would take to long so here is a few. So here I go.

1. April Ryan (The Longest Journey).

She is one of my all time favorite, right next to Lara. She is one of the greatest chracters I have had the pleasure of controlling in a game. She is just a plain normal girl who get swept into an adventure. Her wit and the way she expresses things are just wonderful and her wit is just hilarious. She would probably be considered a "plain jane" but that makes her more likable.

2. Claire Redfield, Jill Valentine, Ada Wong, Rebecca Chambers, Cindy Lennox, Alyssa Ashcroft, Yoko Suzuki, and Fong Ling (Resident Evil series).

Each of these woman are different and that makes them each so special.

- Claire is just normal (If a tad tomboyish) 19 year old, who in the face of danger can cope really well.
- Jill was the first in the series and her actions and what she stood for as a cop was really interesting.
- Ada is the femme fatal of the series, but she is not overly sexy with her self. She is a woman who knows what she wants and does what it takes to do it, though her feeling for a character in the game makes her soft side show and can change her action.
- Rebecca was the youngest (18) in a group of highly trained cop, as a medic her determination at trying to prove her self to others is kind of inspiring.
- Cindy was a normal waitress at a bar and her caring attitude for others during the zombie outbreak in Raccoon City, makes her a compelling character because she would likely put herself in danger to help others.
- Alyssa would be classified as a ***** but her attitude problem strong personality in the time of crisis was a nice change. She doesn't have time to be scared so she takes charge. Its a nice change from the scared female who runs and hides in the corner.
- Yoko was a nice character because she was very mysterious and you wonder about her.

3. Fiona Belli (Haunting Ground).

Fiona was a great character whose problem made you feel for her. Her parents are dead and she is trapped in a castle with dark people who want something from her she can't give..........willingly. She is weak physically but her emotions are strongly portrayed with her eyes and the way she speaks. I would say that her facial expressions are the best I have ever scene from a videogame character....EVER. With the help of a canine companion she is able to gather courage to face her fears(even though sometimes she still ends up running away while screaming).

4. Rayne (Bloodrayne).

Ah Rayne, the red head vampire with a attitude....that kills....... *okay so its cliched, so sue me* :p . I like Rayne because she is agressive and highly sexualized(plus her personality rocks!). She may use herself to get what she wants, but those who cross her are usually dead before anything happens anyway. :D

5. Ulala (Space Channel 5).

Ulala, is a fun character. A space reporter who dances to defeat her enemies? Awesome! She isn't overly exposed and her style is mainly from the early sixties. Plus the dancing is awesome, I mean who else could be the equivalent to Michael Jackson from the 80's and thus dance3 with him in her games.

6. Regina (Dino Crisis).

Regina was a fun character to play in Dino Crisis. I can't remember too much about her because I can't remeber the game too well.

7. Yuna, Rikku, Paine, Lulu, Tifa Lockheart, Aerith Gainsborough, Yuffie Kisaragi, Terra, Celes, Rinoa Heartily, Quistis Trepe, Selphie Tilmitt, Ashe, Penelo, and Fran (Final Fantasy series).

Each girl is memorable for an archtype they usually fill.
1. shy and timid girl who gains the strength to fight = main girl.
2. Fun loving and somewhat ditzy girl who is brighter than she looks.
3. Tough femme fatal who has a softer side than she lets on.

Beyond these archtypes, they manage to differentiate themselves from each other very well.

12. Miku Hinasaki, Rei Kurosawa, Mio and Mayu Amakura (Fatal Frame series).

Miku was a great character because she pushed her self to find her brother despite how terrifying the positon she was in, and I mean terrifying! This series is truly one of the scariest games ever made. The first game was rated T for teen, but is generally excepted as the scariest game ever released. Miku was able to deal with having the ability to see ghosts and exercise them with the camera obscura. If you don't think a camera is scary, you are wrong. Going into First Person view to stare at said ghosts in the face is very chilling.

Rei was great because with the death of her boyfriend in an automobile accident in heavy rain, which she feels responsible for because she was driving, you could relate to the position of feeling empty and alone. She tried to deal with her emotions but everything reminded her of him. When her dreams began from this feeling, her ability to choose life over dying to be with the one she loved was interesting.

Mio and Mayu were awesome because these twins are only 15 and had to deal with this problem. Mio, being the youngest, is racked with guilt for leaving her sister behind, who later slide off the side cliff while trying to catch up. Mio feels that she must take care of Mayu as a result of her carelessness.

(5) What initially attracted you to the Lara Croft game?

I would say the true 3D graphics for an adventure game. It was a very exciting time, and the idea of exploring large tombs was wonderful. The next thing was that the main character was a female and she was weilding guns. She was smart, could read different languages, acrobatic, and she was strong. At the time I didn't care that she looked sexy, because it wasn't important.

(6) Was it the way she looked, if yes why?

Well I guess 5 answered that.


(7) Would you still play or be interested in the game if she didn't look the way she does?

I guess I don't know. Her look interesting back then, she was sexy yet she was smart. Do you mean by becoming less pretty and such? I don't know, because it was kind of new at the time to be beautiful and smart in a videogame. Or do you mean the clothes? If she was wearing more clothes and her bust was smaller it wouldn't affect me, I would still be playing it. I mean the bathing suit and shorts with climbing boots and a backback makes sense. She wears what some people would wear while rafting or hiking through the woods. Though the sequels went farther and farther away from the original design. Cleavage was there, the bathing suit was turning into a thong, and her shorts got shorter. Her breasts were also getting bigger and thats when her image became more about her body than the actual game itself to the public.


(8) Do you think me like Lara because they can control what she does?

I like it not because of controlling Lara, but because of the places she visits. I like running around and exploring the levels.

(9) Iv'e just heard that they are going to reduce her breats size do you think this will subtract from the character?

The breasts don't make Lara, her back ground and personality do. I personally feel her breasts damage her character. I mean in every article that mentions her, they make a boob joke when they talk about her character model. It really gives ammo to haters of the game when they talk bad about the game.


(10) Will this affect the way you think and feel about Lara if so why?

Answered in 9.


(11) How do you feel about lead female characters?

I like them more so than male characters, but will play games that stars male characters. I just like an interesting character. If they happen to be male or female, doesn't really change my opinion of the game.


(12) Do you think that Lara is a possitive female character, yes/no in what ways?

I would like to think so, though some may think she is a man beater, lol. She does what she does for the love of it and doesn't have to have a man in her life to be complete.


(13) could her physical identity be portrayed in another way, would it be as effective?

Back then, it was a new shock to people that a videogame character could be considered sexy and smart. Toby Gard designed her the way he did for a reason. She was cartoony but somewhat real. The way she looked could be considered a "plus", I guess. Though that was still not the focus of Tomb Raider.

(14) would you be as interested in the character if she were male, why not?

Nope, the game would have just been an Indiana Jones clone. Making the character a female, who:

Was British, smart, a gymnist, could fire a gun, wasn't afraid to be adventurous, and was forth most "a lady" made her appealing.


(15) Do you think woman can identify more or less with Lara as her pyhsical representation stands?

I don't think women identify with her on her physically side, because Lara wasn't supposed to look realistic, though Legend is slowly trying to take Lara in that direction. Which is actually a good thing, but they need to make her body proportions more realistic possible like Angelina Jolie's, if they do indeed take the realistic approach to further games.

(16) or is the notion of an attractive, tough, independant, intelligant woman the appeal.

Thats more like it! :D


Well, thats just my opinion.

Stuntbabe X
27th Mar 2006, 04:07
(1) Why do you think Lara Croft has such a big appeal? Because she's female and she's strong.

(2) Do you find it esy to identify with a lead female action character? Of course. Im female so its awesome to even HAVE a lead female action character to identify with.

(3) Are there any other female characters you like? Abbey Chase from Danger Girl, Alice from Resident Evil, Supergirl, Batgirl

(4) What are your favourite & why? Lara Croft. She's just different. Its hard to say. Probably because she's the FIRST lead female character I really got into.

(5) What initially attracted you to the Lara Croft game? Tomb Raiding, and the female icon.

(6) Was it the way she looked, if yes why? It wasnt the way she looked.

(7) would you still play or be interested in the game if she didn't look the way she does? Not sure. Probably not. I like lara because she's not the stereotypical blonde bombshell. She looks more "girl next door".

(8) Do you think me like Lara because they can control what she does? Thats probably part of it.

(9) Iv'e just heard that they are going to reduce her breats size do you think this will subtract from the character? It will only add to her already athletic physique. As long as the breasts are THERE and VISIBLE, I think thats all that really counts.

(10) Will this affect the way you think and feel about Lara if so why? Wont change anything.

(11) How do you feel about lead female characters? Theyre awesome. Its great to see a woman who is both feminine and can kick the crap out of any guy.

(12) Do you think that Lara is a possitive female character, yes/no in what ways? Yes she motivates a lot of women to better themselves, both physically and intellectually.

(13) could her physical identity be portrayed in another way, would it be as effective? If she had a little more muscle on her arms, it would look more realistic because she must be VERY strong in the upper body to be able to do what she does.

(14) would you be as interested in the character if she were male, why not? Probably not because then it would just be an indiana jones rip off.

(15) do you think woman can identify more or less with Lara as her pyhsical representation stands? huh?

(16) or is the notion of an attractive, tuff, independant, intelligant woman the appeal. Not sure what the question is asking.

kcushing
2nd May 2006, 20:21
(1) Why do you think Lara Croft has such a big appeal?
She breaks the stereotype of women being weak.

(2) Do you find it easy to identify with a lead female action character?
I get more into the game trying to keep a female protected.

(3) Are there any other female characters you like?
It's really the only game I play with a female character. In fact it's the only single player game I play.

(4) What are your favourite & why?
Definately Laura

(5) What initially attracted you to the Lara Croft game?
It was the first good 3D action game that wasn't all about blood and guts.

(6) Was it the way she looked, if yes why?
That is definatly part of it. Now her shorts are shorter, and her skin glistens when she gets out of the water. It's almost more than I can take! ;)

(7) would you still play or be interested in the game if she didn't look the way she does?
Maybe, not sure.

(8) Do you think men like Lara because they can control what she does?
Good question! You may have something there!

(9) Iv'e just heard that they are going to reduce her breats size do you think this will subtract from the character?
Her overall looks just keep getting better and better. I little reduction there doesn't hurt anything. As long as I can keep watching her walk away! :D

(10) Will this affect the way you think and feel about Lara if so why?
Not at all.

(11) How do you feel about lead female characters?
Their time has come.

(12) Do you think that Lara is a positive female character, yes/no in what ways?
Yes, even though she is beautiful, she is also intelligent, strong, and stands up for what is right.

(13) could her physical identity be portrayed in another way, would it be as effective?
I think it would take longer for most people to warm up to her if it were done in another way. This way, you get pulled in right away, and then get effected by her other positive aspects.

(14) would you be as interested in the character if she were male, why not?
No. It is part of what makes her unique. I wouldn't get quite the shock when the enemy jumps in if I was to save some guy. Her strength despite her vulnerabilities is what makes her attractive. Besides, she's easy on the eyes when playing a game for hours on end.

(15) do you think woman can identify more or less with Lara as her pyhsical representation stands?
I'll let the women answer this question.

(16) or is the notion of an attractive, tuff, independant, intelligant woman the appeal.
To quote Angelina in the first movie, "Absolutley!"

Pang_Pang
2nd May 2006, 21:28
(1) Why do you think Lara Croft has such a big appeal?
Femanine icon. i.e. Up until lara all heroes were men.

(2) Do you find it easy to identify with a lead female action character?
Male or female doesn't really matter

(3) Are there any other female characters you like?
Yuna (FFX-2)

(4) What are your favourite & why?
Dual wield Guns

(5) What initially attracted you to the Lara Croft game?
I'm a fan of the rest of the series.

(6) Was it the way she looked, if yes why?
Next gen is so much better.

(7) would you still play or be interested in the game if she didn't look the way she does?
Yes

(8) Do you think men like Lara because they can control what she does?
What kind of game would it be if you didnt control her?

(9) Iv'e just heard that they are going to reduce her breats size do you think this will subtract from the character?
nope

(10) Will this affect the way you think and feel about Lara if so why?
no it's just a game

(11) How do you feel about lead female characters?
fine

(12) Do you think that Lara is a possitive female character, yes/no in what ways?
yes shows that women can be indiana jones too

(13) could her physical identity be portrayed in another way, would it be as effective?
it has been and it stank

(14) would you be as interested in the character if she were male, why not?
i play indy too so i dont think it matters

(15) do you think woman can identify more or less with Lara as her pyhsical representation stands?
no most british women are fat and drink lots of alcohol not like lara at all in anyway whatsoever

(16) or is the notion of an attractive, tuff, independant, intelligant woman the appeal.
you forgot rich.

Godfather
3rd May 2006, 22:03
(1) Why do you think Lara Croft has such a big appeal?

Simple. Women want to be her ... men want to be with her. Plus the fact that Lara Croft is undoubtedly the most beautiful example of pure feminism in showing that women are no less than men and can achieve exactly the same goals if they put their minds to it!

(2) Do you find it easy to identify with a lead female action character?

I don't identify myself with Lara Croft ... I'm a man and that would just be too weird! ;) No: when I play Tomb Raider, I picture it like watching a movie. I'm a spectator and I have a front seat and thus I clearly see how a beautiful and strong female person manages herself perfectly. That's all and more than enough for me to fully enjoy Tomb Raider for the past decade! :thumbsup:

(3) Are there any other female characters you like?

Of course, but not as much as I love Lara Croft!

(4) What are your favourite & why?

Mona Sax from the (SUPER-FANTASTIC) videogame "Max Payne 2: The fall of Max Payne"
Private Vasquez from the film "Aliens"
Sarah Connor from the film "Terminator 2: Judgment Day"
and virtually every other beautiful woman who can stand her ground. What can I say ... I've always had a terrible weakness for strong, beautiful women! :rasp:

(5) What initially attracted you to the Lara Croft game?

The fact that they finally made a hero out of a woman + the groundbreaking new graphics and ultimately the utterly important videogame that Tomb Raider still is today! :cool:

(6) Was it the way she looked, if yes why?

Of course! Lara Croft wasn't just a pretty girl ... she was a pretty girl who redefined how women should be treated from then on! For once and for all Lara Croft terminated that ancient belief that men are stronger and better than women!!

(7) would you still play or be interested in the game if she didn't look the way she does?

Interesting question! I suppose her looks are only secondary to her mental and physical strength but I'm quite sure that turning Lara Croft in some fat chick would seriously damage the quality of Tomb Raider (unless it was intended to be a comedy of some sort).

(8) Do you think men like Lara because they can control what she does?

No - absolutely not! Although I'm truly mad-crazy about Tomb Raider as a videogame and Lara Croft as a character (due to all of those awe-inspiring and ultra-fascinating movements she can do), I would definitely prefer for Lara Croft to control me! Now that would make up for a great game, no?! Being controlled by Lara Croft ... being totally her slave ... being totally at her will ... being (ok: I'll quit now before I start to sound really creepy)! :D

(9) Iv'e just heard that they are going to reduce her breast size do you think this will subtract from the character?

I think she'll be better off moving around now that she doesn't have those giant balloons reducing her movements! :lmao:

(10) Will this affect the way you think and feel about Lara if so why?

Too big is too big. As long as they don't make her front completely flat so she looks more like a young boy than a woman, I'm fine with these adjustments.

(11) How do you feel about lead female characters?

Like I said before: there's nothing sexier than a beautiful woman taking the lead. I would totally give myself up!

(12) Do you think that Lara is a positive female character, yes/no in what ways?

There's nothing negative about her! She's perfect and because she doesn't exist this immediately proves that there is no such thing as the perfect woman! :lol: But seriously - she's beautiful, sexy, mentally & physically strong, she fights for good causes killing bad people and making the world a better place, she's got class and she moves like no other person ever did! What's not to like?! :nut:

(13) could her physical identity be portrayed in another way, would it be as effective?

As stated before (and I know this is a bitter pill to swallow) making her fat would totally destroy the idea behind Lara Croft. But I suppose you could make her blond (although that might make her a bit more cheap). I suppose changing anything would result in rather negative responses. After all - why change something when it ain't broken, right?

(14) would you be as interested in the character if she were male, why not?

Absolutely not and I'll tell you why. Although I'm a fan of Schwarzenegger-films, the idea of yet another muscled heroic man is so tiresome that even with a great formula such as Tomb Raider, it would become sooo cheap and unoriginal that it would definitely result in a total failure. Tomb Raider is one of thé greatest games (and game-saga's) ever because of its main character!

It's a bit like the wonderful series 24! It's very, very good but the presence of Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer makes it perfect! Tomb Raider is very, very good but it's the presence of Lara Croft that makes it worth the while! A very interesting main character is so important to both films, TV-series or videogames! It's the true foundation of the product.

(15) do you think woman can identify more or less with Lara as her physical representation stands?

I don't think any woman can do what Lara Croft can do - physically speaking! Angelina Jolie already did the impossible performing as our favourite heroine, but I DO believe that woman can stand their grounds as firm as Lara Croft does!

(16) or is the notion of an attractive, tough, independant, intelligant woman the appeal.

Like I said before .... there is nothing sexier than a beautiful, strong and intelligent woman ....... it's the max!

At least ... that's my humble opinion and this is why I have been soo crazy about playing Tomb Raider for the past 10 years!

BekkAlekkA
4th May 2006, 22:09
(1) Why do you think Lara Croft has such a big appeal?

She stands on her own two feet and she doesn’t take ‘‘no’’ for an answer. She’s dangerously intelligent and quick-on-her-feet. The modern age is fast to respond to that sort of thing, especially in a woman. Just about everyone loves a woman who can fight.

(2) Do you find it esy to identify with a lead female action character?

Not personally. I don’t exactly traipse through ancient ruins and unearth universal secrets and legends. Nor do I know the first thing about handling a gun/sword/other weapon or possess any sort of combat skill. I’m a lower-middle class art student trying to survive in modern-day America. What do you expect? :P

(3) Are there any other female characters you like?

Sure, why wouldn’t I? Gender is insignificant.

(4) What are your favourite & why?

I liked Rikku from Final Fantasy X and X-2. Bubbly and energetic and sort of an unexpected hero, even though she’s often shown as being only second in the spotlight next to Yuna. Why I like her? She doesn’t take herself or the world around her too seriously. She’s upbeat and humorous. She has a lot of knowledge - thanks to being an Al Bhed - and it serves her well, and she doesn’t have to flash it in your face at all times. She has a lot of conviction that keeps her moving forward, even when she doubts herself. That’s admirable to me, I guess.

(5) What initially attracted you to the Lara Croft game?

I first heard about Tomb Raider when TR4 was new. I saw an advertisement for it on TV and I thought that the idea of getting to explore and excavate ancient ruins was really cool. I then asked for the game for Christmas (I was 14 at the time).

(6) Was it the way she looked, if yes why?

No. In fact, I spent a lot of time during gameplay overanalyzing her appearance, and thinking about how impractical it really was. I would often think that if I were her and my boobs were that big, I’d probably want a breast reduction, because her back must be in constant pain, what with constantly being on foot like that and having them bounce all about. Also, I kind of wanted to feed her a sandwich. No one is that thin. :P

(7) would you still play or be interested in the game if she didn't look the way she does?

As cheesy as her overall appearance is (come on - all it is is a giant caricature of a crapload of modern beauty standards), probably not if it stayed similar to what it already is or if it became more realistic (natural waist size + average bust, which Eidos actually seems to be doing), but if it took a nosedive, I probably wouldn’t be able to take TR seriously enough anymore.

(8) Do you think men like Lara because they can control what she does?

That’s a generalization. It really depends on the man playing it. I think, though, that the majority of male TR fans like TR for more than just Lara, otherwise they wouldn’t keep playing it.

(9) Iv'e just heard that they are going to reduce her breats size do you think this will subtract from the character?

Anyone who does think that is completely idiotic and without any concept of what the game is actually about. Now, I implied before that I think generalizing is bad, but in this case, it’s a fact. :P

(10) Will this affect the way you think and feel about Lara if so why?

No. It would affect the way I think and feel about the people who design her, in either a positive or negative way depending on what they choose to do with her breast size. ‘‘Lara’’ is just a collection of pixels.

(11) How do you feel about lead female characters?

Not all of them have to be male, do they? I don’t think it should matter so much. Some are men and some are women. Why can’t people just leave it at that instead of reading too into it?

(12) Do you think that Lara is a possitive female character, yes/no in what ways?

Yes. She seeks to be intelligent and at the top of her game at all times. She fends for herself. She maintains a healthy dose of skepticism. Basically, her personality defies many of the typical female standards you see being promoted all over the place in magazines and media.

(13) could her physical identity be portrayed in another way, would it be as effective?

It depends on how realistic it is. I mean, if she looked like a middle-aged housewife or she suffered from dwarfism or something, I don’t think many people would take her seriously. :P

(14) would you be as interested in the character if she were male, why not?

Sure.

(15) do you think woman can identify more or less with Lara as her physical representation stands?

Take a look around you at how many women actually look like Lara does and answer that for yourself. It’s horribly inaccurate, therefore I doubt many women can relate. Although if you look at just the way she presents and takes care of herself when not out raidin’ tombs, then maybe so. She does take care of her hygiene and strive to look presentable.

(16) or is the notion of an attractive, tuff, independant, intelligant woman the appeal.

Er, I thought this was her physical representation? and how does the amount of women able to relate to her increase or decrease the appeal depending on how big or small the number is?