Liveblog: debate on Tomb Raider’s “rape” elements

Wednesday, 13 June 2012 20:02 GMT By Patrick Garratt

New Statesman’s Helen Lewis and Guardian columnists Mary Hamilton and Sarah Ditum joined us this afternoon to live-chat on the subject of Tomb Raider’s attempted rape scenario. Read the entire thing here.

Following the release of an E3 interview confirming Tomb Raider will feature a “rape” attempt – in which Lara “is literally turned into a cornered animal” – we debated the subject here today.

Crystal Dynamic has now issued a clarifying statement, saying comments made by Ron Rosenberg in Kotaku’s E3 interview were “misunderstood”. GamesIndustry is reporting that CD has said Rosenberg “misspoke” on the matter.

Joining us were New Statesman deputy editor Helen Lewis, who yesterday published an article titled, “Hey, let’s ‘evolve’ Lara Croft by having people try to rape her!”

The Guardian’s Mary Hamilton was also here, having this week written to ask whether or not Lara really has to survive a sexual assault as part of her back-story.

In addition, Sarah Ditum was here. Sarah writes for the Guardian, New Statesman and other titles on games, women’s issues and more.