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Tomb Raider’s ‘Reborn’ Trailer Lets Players Tell Their Lara Croft Story

Posted on February 27, 2013 AT 02:10pm

In what I can only describe as perhaps the most forward-thinking videogame video I’ve ever seen, Tomb Raider’s “Reborn” trailer lets players tell their Lara Croft story.

It’s interesting, really, because when you think about it, all videogame characters suffer from some semblance of dissociative identity disorder. There’s the character and personality as written by the developers, and then there’s the behavioral patterns as dictated by the player—which often contrast the personality established in cutscenes and the like.

I’m particularly fond of how this video unintentionally broaches the reality that gender is a social construct, not something inherently biological. Lara Croft is female by the strictest definitions, but her actions—as guided by players—are open for interpretation based on all the gender-defining variables that guide their unique play styles.

Check out the trailer for yourselves:

Chris Holzworth, News Editor
Chris Holzworth has wanted to write about games all his life. He first cut his teeth writing for enthusiast sites such as RPGFan, and after writing for just about every other enthusiast website he could came across, wound up as EGM's east coast news correspondent (read: editorial intern) before relocating to LA to serve as news editor. You can follow his rants about storytelling on Twitter @manadrive.[Meet the rest of the crew]

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