In Schleiner’s article about gender and gender-roles in video games, she points out early on that before Tomb Raider, characters were “almost exclusively male, with the exception of the princesses offered as battle trophies…” and while Lara Croft is most definitely the heroine in her games, she is also, according to Schleiner, “an idealized, eternally young female automaton, a malleable, well-trained techno-puppet created by and for the male gaze” with “Barbie-like proportions”. I’m pretty sure we have all realized that Barbie does not look like your average woman, so why does this character, described as “a highly educated and adventurous upper-class British woman”, have similar proportions? Is it because people thought that the only way to sell a game centered around a female character was to have her look like that? And if she were less well endowed, would the Tomb Raider games be as successful? I would like to say yes, after all, gameplay would not change at all; the only change would be in the character design. Do you think the Tomb Raider series would be as successful with a Lara Croft that had a different body design? After all, the face of Tomb Raider would be the same, the game of Tomb Raider would be the same, the only thing that wouldn’t be the same would be the character’s proportions.