Tomb Raider I-III Remastered Has a Peculiar Intro Warning

Gaming from past decades can include some questionable motives, Lara Croft’s recent remaster touches upon that topic very elegantly.

By AtillaTuran, Posted 14 Feb 2024

Back when gaming was thriving, developers tended to take no measures while creating video games. Let it be the ethnicity of the character or the motives shown in the story. If you were to play a game that came out in the PlayStation 1 era, you could definitely see some rough showcases of the past with how people used to approach some topics with their own takes. Nowadays though, developers tend to avoid such conflicts in order not to offend anyone.

Although the thought behind not including sensitive matters is nice, it does limit what people can do with their own way of creating characters or atmospheres, which is evidently sad to see. Not only developers’ hands are tied, but publishers can’t let developers come up with ideas that would offend one person in the slightest. However, with the recent emergence of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider I-III Remastered, the creators behind the series have taken a route that would please everyone in one way or another.

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Crystal Dynamics, the series creator, came up with a solution that basically states that the motives and inexcusable depictions shouldn’t be related to developers’ own values. The whole text reads as follows:

"The games in this collection contain offensive depictions of people and cultures rooted in racial and ethnic prejudices. These stereotypes are deeply harmful, inexcusable, and do not align with our values at Crystal Dynamics.

Rather than removing this content, we have chosen to present it here in its original form, unaltered, in the hopes that we may acknowledge its harmful impact and learn from it."

Lara Croft isn’t a game based on stereotypes or offensive elements, we are almost always alone fighting against dinosaurs or evil men who want to exploit nature, though there are times when Lara gets to talk with townsfolk of the places she visits. It is unknown which part Crystal Dynamics is pointing at with that statement, our guess is basically the stereotyping of certain tribes seen throughout the series.

Interestingly, this warning was the talk of certain people of people who have both reviewed and played the beloved title and they have welcomed the idea of letting everything as it is. Rather than finding an excuse and removing what the game has to offer, Crystal Dynamics seems to have done its best by taking cautious measures. However, it cannot be said the same for the quality of gameplay you could expect from Lara Croft: Tomb Raider I-III Remastered

Atilla Turan (@burningarrow)
Editor, NoobFeed

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General Information

Platform(s): Xbox One, PS4, Switch, PC
Publisher(s): Aspyr
Developer(s): Aspyr, Crystal Dynamics
Genres: Action, Adventure
Themes: Action, Adventure, Puzzle
Release Date: 2024-02-14

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