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Could you really imagine Tomb Raider being a man? It would have had a totally different reaction, probably most notably because people would have said how is this any different from Indiana Jones?
The only game I can think of that follows the same sort of storyline, features a man as the main character and has sold particularly well in the past few years was Uncharted: Drakes Fortune, which was released on Playstation 3. The game play really isn't that different from Tomb Raider games, but are majorly enhanced by the graphics which are the most life-like I've seen to date. Other than that, no other games of this particular genre have come anywhere near the success of the Tomb Raider series.
I think this is largely down to the fact that Lara Croft is a woman, and therefore appeals to a male audience because of her appearance and the idea of a dominating woman who isn't frightened about getting her nails broken or scratching her knee, etc. It also appeals to women because she is a role model for feminism, and proves that the role of a woman is not just to have babies and clean houses - that they are actually capable of taking on huge challenges and overcoming them.
Gotta wonder who Sony used for their icon if Lara was changed with a man instead. They did plan to use a man at first, but kinda figured they may get sued for copyright issues due to Indiana Jones ideas being copied.
atytyut2434 20.02.2009 18:16
Actually Eidos always intended Lara to be female as they knew she'd appeal to both male & female gameplayers alike.
Her character is elements of lots of films and books like Alan Quartermaine (google him), not just Indy Jones.
I've never liked their weird camera angles for the games and found them difficult to play due to their lack of first person perspective.
anoop_mair 15.08.2008 12:11
I totally agree with you, Lara Croft as a man would have been just as crazy as John McClaine from Die Hard as a woman, it just wouldn't work. Lara Croft's whole character is based on a strong beautiful woman that has evrything both sexes want. The men love her because she's beautful and women love her because she's a strong confident woman.