Lara Croft: A Gaming Girl's Hero
March 5, 2013 has proven to be another big win for the positive portrayal of women in video gaming. Not since Chell has a female video game character been created in such a way you don't feel you're playing the game as a woman but this woman is making you want to play the game.
The next generation of female gamers are on the horizon, and they have another character to point to as a reason for why they game. For those of you that have already picked up Tomb Raider you already know I am talking about Lara Croft, for those who haven't, you need to take the time to meet her.
This most recent version of Tomb Raider is an origin story, and does a great job of laying the foundation for the Lara Croft we all know and love. As the game unfolds we quickly understand the potential and strength of Lara. You want her to survive, you want her to win, and you become wrapped up in how the island is forcing Lara to evolve.
Lara's beginning moments didn't find me saying, "Poor girl," more like, "Damn Girl!" The last time I felt this way about a character was when Jack suffered a similar fate forcing him to the "island" of Rapture. This version of the game shows and develops Lara as a strong character and not just another pretty face adding depth to the series not seen before.
Having played the first 4 hours I found I have stopped thinking about Lara having a pony tail and more, "crap another wolf." Following Lara on this adventure has made this game great, the fact that she is a woman allows for more gamers to relate.Continued on the next page