In a stunning twist, the Tomb Raider 1-3 Remastered collection has unearthed a hidden secret that has sent shockwaves through the gaming world. The remastered trilogy, set to release on February 14 for PC and consoles, comes with a warning that denounces certain content from the original games as "rooted in racial and ethnic prejudices." Brace yourselves, adventurers, because we're about to dive deep into this archaeological controversy.

The Tomb Raider series, known for its iconic action-adventure gameplay, had its first three entries developed by the now-defunct British company Core Design. Since then, the torch has been passed between different developers, finally landing in the capable hands of Crystal Dynamics. However, it is Crystal Dynamics, not Aspyr Media (the sister company responsible for the remastered collection), that is responsible for the emergence of this content warning.

So, what exactly does this warning entail? Well, dear readers, the notice suggests that the offensive content lies in the depictions of people throughout the trilogy. Now, the original Tomb Raider games weren't teeming with human enemies or friendly characters, which narrows down the search. By excluding ethnically white foes and those completely obscured, we're left with just two levels that could be the culprits: the Coastal Village and the Temple of Puna in Tomb Raider 3, both located in the South Pacific section of the game.

In this particular segment from the 1998 game, players encounter various Tribesmen armed with spears, axes, and poison darts, who are implicitly portrayed as cannibals. These depictions have long been criticized for perpetuating cultural stereotypes that are deeply offensive to tribal communities. In fact, back in 2011, a human rights organization called Survival International lodged a formal complaint with UK authorities over media reports suggesting that a German tourist had been "eaten by cannibals" in Polynesia. The complaint argued that such narratives propagated the offensive notion that tribal people are "primitive savages." It's the equivalent of labeling present-day Germans as Nazis due to their historical past.

Crystal Dynamics, in an unexpected move, has decided to leave the offensive content intact. However, they hope that this controversial decision will raise awareness and prompt a shift in modern sensibilities. While the warning itself doesn't provide specific examples of the offensive content, it serves as a wake-up call for the industry to be more mindful of the impact their creations can have.

Early reports from players indicate that the content warning appears only once upon starting the remastered collection. If you wish to revisit it, you'll need to delete your save file. It's as if the warning itself is a hidden relic, waiting to be discovered.

Aspyr and Crystal Dynamics' Tomb Raider I-III Remastered collection brings together Lara Croft's first three adventures, along with their expansions. The games have been visually revamped, but fear not, nostalgic explorers, as the original polygon art style can still be chosen as an option.

So, fellow tomb raiders, as we embark on this remastered journey, let us not forget the past and the lessons it can teach us. May this controversy serve as a reminder for game developers to dig deeper into their narratives and ensure that their creations not only entertain but also respect the diverse cultures and peoples they represent. Happy adventuring!

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