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Poll results: Media 'manufactured' Tomb Raider rape scandal

CVG survey backs Crystal Dynamics; 84% say new game is not offensive

Specialist and national media outlets have paid unfair levels of attention to the Tomb Raider "attempted rape" scandal, new consumer data suggests.

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A 24-hour CVG survey, which launched yesterday, asked readers whether they were uncomfortable with the depiction of Lara Croft in the upcoming Tomb Raider game.

A total of 84 per cent claimed they were not offended by the game's content, and in a separate question 73 per cent said that journalists had "manufactured" the uproar.

The poll, published here, drew together more than 3,000 responses.

CVG published the survey during a frenzied week for developer Crystal Dynamics, after one of its employees told a journalist that the game's narrative featured "attempted rape". In a prepared statement, the studio swiftly denied that the game deals with matters of sexual assault.

But the initial outcry soon sparked a wider debate on whether Tomb Raider features distasteful content, due in part to depictions of a Lara in moments of intense distress and pain, as well as being a sexual target in one promotional video.

But only 5 per cent of readers said they were uncomfortable with the game's level of violence, while just 7 per cent said they had an issue with the sexual themes.

The results to not necessarily reflect the views of CVG.

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