Tuesday, January 24, 2006


Being new to the world of video gaming. I found it interesting, when Aarseth dicusses about Lara Croft's appearance

"Likewise, the dimensions of Lara Croft's body, already analyzed to death by film theorists, are irrelevant to me as a player, because a different looking body would not make me play differently. when I play, I don't even see her body, but see through it and past it."

I do agree with it partially, but the question is..
If the player is not concerned by Lara's body or name then why is it selling with that image and that name? and if it is marketing then how did it reach to this point that the name and image play an important role in its sales?


At 12:11 PM, Blogger Steve said...

I thinks its BS that you don't notice her body. They made her look like that for a reason. They market her looks becuase it appeals to the young generation. I do agree with the guy saying her body wouldn't make me play differently. If it would then your love life is in a sad state if your just staring at her and not playing.

At 3:04 PM, Blogger Ashley Ward said...

OK, perhaps after playing a while the guy stops noticing the body. But come on. The whole marketing was based on this Barbie doll with inflated breasts doing physically impossible stunts. Saying that Lara Croft's body doesn't effect the game is like saying that I bought 'Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball' because I like volleyball.

At 3:55 PM, Blogger Nick Geidner said...

I think Aarseth was saying the game is in no way altered by Lara Crofts inflated breasts. Its not like you can't fit through some doorways, because of them.

If Lara Croft was a 5'1" 170lb man the game play would be exactly the same way.

The marketing I agree is completely based around her body. That is the only reason she exists, as a marketable, branded character. She is like Mickey Mouse, only a lot naughtier and for a completely different demographic.

At 9:00 PM, Blogger Betsy said...

Just today in the Bull Pit there was a disscussion about people who pay WOW (world of warcraft) and some men/guys prefer playing a woman character so they can watch her ass as she runs around the world.

Hard to believe, watching a digital ass?!

At 9:02 PM, Blogger Donggeol said...

Sure, there's even 3D aniamtion porns nowadyas.
If we know there're many people who like to read Japanese porn cartoon book (called "Hentai Manga"), it is no suprise to hear gamers play female characters to see their asses.

At 10:15 AM, Blogger Julius said...

If I take a look at the first Lara Croft, her "digital ass" still leaves a lot to the imagination. Today's 3D technology makes it possible for characters to look almost real. This can definitely have an influence on the gameplay, but more a disturbing one. If a player is keeping more attention to the body of the on screen character it might get more difficult to focus on the actual game.

At 12:45 PM, Blogger Curtisgeist said...

Disturbing? If you find something disturbing beware! Your attention is most likely being drawn away from something else...

...like violence. In researching GTA for the VGame Violence paper J.K. and I are working on I found that GTA has gone from attempting to shock with violence to freaking parents out with the--hmm, what to call it? How about--"MAYAporn" alluded to earlier. The MAYAporn scenes actually have a name already, their called "hot coffee". They are programmed into a game, but players need to obtain a third-party hack to enable them in the game as easter eggs.
Hillary Clinton switched GTA to decaf with some tough love legislation, however, so many of the discs were recalled and redistributed, as well as re-labelled.


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