Tomb Raider writer disappointed that the characters are all male

Rihanna Pratchett, well-known screenwriter of various video games, including the Tomb Raider reboot trilogy, gave her personal opinion regarding Rockstar Games’ GTA V, commenting in particular on the decision by the overseas software house to narrate the story of the open world sandbox through three male characters.

Speaking to Wired’s microphones, Rihanna Pratchett, daughter of writer Terry Pratchett, criticized the Rockstar blockbuster, stating that she was disappointed to discover that all three protagonists – Franklin, Michael and Trevor – were male. Evidently the author would have liked a feminine touch within the trio set up by the development team.

Pratchett delved into the issue saying she was curious to know how scriptwriters who “tend to make game worlds hyper-masculine” would act if they were dealing with material closer to the female world. In short, the screenwriter would like a coexistence and an exchange between the sexes most present in the world of video games, since “masculinity is not only the world of men and femininity is not only the world of women”. As an example, Pratchett cited the television series Orange is the New Black, which was able to bring female protagonists into a context – that of the prison – usually approached to male figures. What do you think of Rihanna Pratchett’s opinion?

While waiting for the title to also arrive on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X | S on November 11, GTA V continues to record mind-boggling numbers for Rockstar Games.