Lara Croft Needs Your Protection Because She’s A Woman

Wow, given that I lost interest in Tomb Raider after the 2nd outing, I never thought I’d write a single blog post about Lara Croft, let alone two within a few months of each other. The first one was simply incidental because the game played into my topic, but I had no plan for a repeat Lara Croft cameo. That is, until I saw this article on Kotaku the other day entitled You’ll ‘Want To Protect’ The New, Less Curvy Lara Croft and found myself simply appalled.

Essentially, in the article, Crystal Dynamics executive producer Ron Rosenberg was explaining how the Lara Croft we see in the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot will be different from the Lara Croft we’re accustomed to. As the article states:

In the past, Lara Croft didn’t need protecting. She was a fearless daredevil, a crack shot in short shorts with enough attitude to scare off a pack of bloodthirsty gorillas. But in the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot, things will be different. She hasn’t become that woman yet.

As anyone who has played a Tomb Raider game knows, and as Mr. Rosenberg himself states in the quote above, Lara Croft has always been a very empowered female lead, facing down wolves, bats, crocodiles, thugs and even T-Rexes without batting an eyelash. She’s fearless, tenacious, confident and highly skilled. She’s essentially the female equivalent of Indiana Jones, only with less bullwhip and underage womanizing. Lara Croft has never needed a man on her adventures to protect her or get her out of a jam; if anything it’s the other way around when a male character is involved.

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In Defense Of Hawkeye

Since the release of the Avengers movie, much ado has been made about Hawkeye, and not all of it has been flattering. In fairness, the majority of it has been positive and related to what a badass Jeremy Renner has made him, but it’s been those few nagging voices that have compelled me to speak up on his behalf for the way he has been unfairly singled out.

As those who have seen the Avengers movie or read the comics know, Clint Barton, a.k.a. Hawkeye, is the sharpshooter of the Avengers team, known for his incomparable skills with the bow and arrow and his amazing eyesight. In the film he is portrayed by Jeremy Renner.

For the sake of disclosure, I was not a previous fan of Hawkeye, not because I disliked him or anything, but primarily because I was never an avid reader of comics involving the Avengers, so he just wasn’t really on my radar.

Also because he dressed like this.

I was more of an X-Men guy, particularly anything Gambit-related, or a Deadpool fan. I started taking an interest in Hawkeye when I saw the Thor movie and found myself highly entertained by Jeremy Renner’s cameo.

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WTF Japan?!? – It’s A Trap!

In the immortal words of Admiral Ackbar: “It’s a trap!”

WTF Japan?!? is the newest segment to be introduced to my blog, featuring all of the weird and disturbing trends that primarily emanate from Japan and deserve to be monitored a bit more closely under the microscope. While I had originally planned on putting many of the subjects that will be discussed here under the Entropic State of the Industry heading, I have since decided to keep that feature confined to the more business and socioeconomic related topics while this new one discusses the more sociological, philosophical, psychological or just plain disturbing aspects of the geek industry at large.

That being said, the first topic on the block is anime traps. And by traps I don’t mean booby traps (not in the way you’d expect, anyway). No, a trap in anime is a boy who often dresses and acts in a manner similar to a girl to the point where one believes they actually are a girl, up until the point where someone develops feelings for them or discovers the wrong set of genitalia during an intimate moment. By that point they’ve already been taken in by the ruse, hence the name “trap.”

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