News from France
We have a hot debate this week about an article published in one of the most famous videogame magazine: Joystick. In a special issue on Tomb Raider, the journalist is excited by the scene where Lara Croft is “almost raped”.
The polemic is not about the game but the media treatment, with a simple question: is this article a rape apology? And should we tolerate this?
The reasons are multiples: first of all, the article is stupid as it tries seducing a young public with sexual theme by making « cool » jokes about it. It’s the videogame press DNA: making fun. It’s part of a wider ideological frame: the industry is fun (what is a joke)
Secondly, as it is mentioned in a long post by @mar_lard a french feminist gamer, this article is part of a rape culture and ordinary machism. This argument, usually used by anti-videogames people, is nowadays used by grown-up gamers who are fed up with this kind of media treatment.