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Interview

Tomb Raider writer Rhianna Pratchett on creating "men with boobs" and writing a vulnerable Lara Croft

Lara Croft’s influence on modern videogames is incalculable. So the potential outcome of a reimagining of her character and corresponding hero’s journey was understandably inestimable. After several months of controversy surrounding alleged depictions of rape in the new Tomb Raider, the game was finally released last month to ecstatic reviews. So ecstatic, in fact, that many critics came to find the entire question of the game’s dubiously sexist underpinnings “silly,” to quote one popular review. But just because critics are done fretting about Lara’s legacy, are Tomb Raider’s creators themselves? I caught up with veteran games writer and Tomb Raider…