Livingstone: Reaction to Tomb Raider Attempted Rape Comments were ‘Extreme’

Eidos life president Ian Livingstone recently responded to the controversy over what Tomb Raider executive producer Ron Rosenberg said in describing a scene in the new Tomb Raider game that involved protagonist Lara Croft narrowly avoiding an "attempted rape."

Livingstone said that the recent controversy about Tomb Raider's E3 trailer was "quite extreme" and "blown out of proportion."

He went on to say that Rosenberg's comments were the result of a "live interview that went slightly wrong. Quotes were misinterpreted and blown out of proportion," Livingstone made the comments during an appearance at the Game Horizon conference in Newcastle, England.

He also said that, while rape may be a topic that can be covered in other mediums, it is a different beast in video games.

"I think about my responsibility as a developer – films can deal with these themes, but it's different in games when the user controls the action," he said. "We should be celebrating what's great about the game. I guarantee fans will be delighted with the new Tomb Raider."

Livingstone's message falls in line with what Darrell Gallagher, the boss at Tomb Raider developer Crystal Dynamics, said about the topic recently.

"Sexual assault of any kind is categorically not a theme that we cover in this game," Gallagher previously said, in response to Rosenberg's comments.

Source: Eurogamer

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