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Tomb Raider Writer Rhianna Pratchett Moving On From Series

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Tomb Raider developers Crystal Dynamics announced that new reboot writer Rhianna Pratchett will be moving on from the now two-game series.

“Rhianna was instrumental in helping us find Lara’s voice in the 2013 origin story,” writes Crystal Dynamics. “And through Rise of the Tomb Raider she shaped Lara into the evolving heroine we know today. The entire team thanks Rhianna for her dedication and tireless efforts on the games.”

Pratchett took to twitter to express her own heartfelt thanks with the amicable split.

The recently rebooted series have received very favorable reviews. One of gaming’s most famous characters was re-imagined as a more realistic and gritty action heroine rather than a blow-up doll with guns. The sequel, Rise of the Tomb Raider, continued the same superior writing and gameplay. It was released as an Xbox exclusive in 2015 before coming to PlayStation 4 and Windows PC in 2016.

For her work on Rise of the Tomb Raider, Pratchett won Outstanding Achievement in Videogame Writing from the Writer’s Guild of America Awards in 2016.

While her work on Tomb Raider has been her biggest yet, Pratchett has been quietly working as a writer in the video game industry for far longer than that. Her writing credits include Prince of Persia, Mirror’s Edge, and the Overlord series.

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Female Sexualization in Video Games in Decline Says Study

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A recent study at Indiana University analyzed female video game characters over the last 31 years. The three-decade study spans from 1983 to 2014. That’s pretty much the entire history of video games. “Sexy, Strong, and Secondary: A Content Analysis of Female Characters in Video Games across 31 Years,” was published in the Journal of Communication by Teresa Lynch, Jessica E. Tompkins, Irene I. van Driel, and Niki Fritz. Read More