NaViGaTr had the right idea:
This is the same thing as the "nuns" attacking Hitman in the latest trailer.
A great marketing tactic, covered by the story...
And most people dig it, some won't...
Getting pissy over nothing. It's a video game, and it's not like it's a major feature of the game. People old enough to be playing this game should be mature enough to be able to deal with stuff like this. Again, it's a fucking video game, not real life.
Wait no, she makes a joke immediately and you walk past their crumpled bodies then go and have a light-hearted meeting with some old friends. Sure, half life's story is dark and it's filled with tragedy, but you can't argue that the violence isn't heavily "sanitized" if you want to call it that.
Well I suppose it is, in some regards.
But, like I said, if they portrayed it the way it should be portrayed, you wouldn't want to play video games. I'm speaking more specifically about games like 'Modern Warfare', etc.
A lot of people keep thinking that if you don't react to the QTE, Laura gets raped. Even if you do fail, I doubt they would even show the scene, she's most likely gonna die.
Hell, in Mafia 2 you are almost raped during Vito's time in prison, why is it so concerning now?
They are pulling a mw2. They just want free publicity for the game.
Either way, if you didn't sanitize the action in Half Life it'd be a disaster - imagine if every time you killed a metrocop they had to go through an overlong death sequence based incredibly realistically on how you harmed them, like they're clutching their leg you shattered with your crowbar that's no wbleeding out and screaming - based on how varied and believable the deaths were it'd either become cheesy bad or too traumatic to play and the rest of the storyline would be lost on you.
I actually did feel a bit bad for the Civil Protection in Half-Life 2, because they make it clear very early on that they are literally just humans when you meet Barney. They're just people who, at basically the end of civilization, did what they had to in order to survive. Before Gordon's arrival, there was literally no hope for humanity so they did what was necessary.
The Combine themselves though, they are lobotomized tools, no free will. I was indifferent in killing them.
I don't think it's unreasonable to say she spared them though and I can definitely see where you're coming from
RAPE AS DRAMA, We're pulling away from those dirty sexist dudebro shooters now!
instead she just kind of flirts with you, not even harboring any resentment towards you or Eli for actually starting this whole thing.
Oh man, I didn't know attempted rape in a video game could be this sensational. Witcher 2 had rape in it, but there was never any outrage if I recall correctly.
I don't see what the big deal is, as long as it isn't done in a really hamfisted way, why shouldn't they be allowed to have rape in games when you see it in movies and tv all the time. As far as I am aware there was no huge controversy over the anal rape scene in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, why shouldn't a game be allowd to do a similar thing?
While there is no reason why games shouldn't be allowed to to show rape like movies do, this one has NO rape. None at all. It's sexual harassment at most. This shit is so overblown it makes me more sick than actual virtual rape.
If anything, I think it adds to the atmosphere more than character development. You know you are in some gritty shit when you have people and animals trying to rip your shit, having your friends murdered, and to put icing on the cake, one of these guys even tried to rape you.
Either way, it isn't very bad. It isn't like the whole "This girl is raped look how strong willed and independent she is" cliche either. It is just a little semi-shocking quicktime event. Not a big deal