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Portrayal of women in video games

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Much personal rage was felt last week after the announcement of the makeover in store for Lara Croft, Tomb Raider’s DD-cup heroine. Gone are the comically oversized, anatomically impossible breasts. She now gets to wear an actual outfit comprised of garments one would reasonably wear while engaged in a bloody crime fighting mission: a shirt that covers her midriff and a pair of pants that covers her ass. So far, this is (sadly) exciting progress in the realm of women’s representation in video games. Game makers have apparently moved beyond the “fuckable vixen/hero” trope. Great. But what terrible trope have they replaced her with?

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