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Fighting Censorship: The Power of Community in "Tomb Raider I-III Remastered"

Recently, the "Tomb Raider I-III Remastered" community experienced a moment of confusion and concern when the latest update, Patch 2, inadvertently removed posters from the "Sleeping With The Fishes" level in "The Lost Artifact."


Aspyr Daniel, representing the development team, quickly responded to the feedback, thanking the community for its support and promising a swift resolution in the upcoming Patch 3.



However, there's more to this story than a simple oversight... In a previous video on my YouTube channel, I discussed the likelihood of such "mistakes" occurring and speculated that these changes were not accidental but rather a response to public discourse. True to my predictions, the developers labeled it a 'mistake.' However, the swift community response shows a keen awareness among gamers that their voices can effect change.



The narrative presented by Aspyr—that the removal of these posters was an unintended consequence of the update—was met with skepticism. This skepticism stems from a broader concern within the gaming community about the gradual encroachment of censorship under the guise of updates or errors. As I emphasized in my video, it's crucial for the community to stay vigilant and hold developers accountable to maintain the integrity of the original game content.


This incident serves as a testament to the impact that a united community can have. It highlights the importance of transparency in game development and the role of feedback in shaping the products we love. The developers' quick acknowledgment and promise to restore the original textures in Patch 3 demonstrate the power of community engagement.

Let this serve as a reminder: Never give an inch on censorship issues. The slippery slope of allowing small changes unchecked can lead to significant alterations that may alter the core of our beloved games. It's essential to keep the channels of communication open between developers and the community to ensure that games remain true to their original vision while respecting the voices of their most passionate fans.



The "Tomb Raider I-III Remastered" poster incident is not just about a few missing graphics—it's about the broader implications of community involvement and vigilance in the face of potential censorship. It's a call to action for all gamers to stay informed, speak out, and hold developers to account. Together, we can continue to make a difference in the gaming world and ensure that our experiences remain unfiltered and authentic.


~Smash

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Didn't really have a dog in this fight, but good to see those pin-ups reinstated into the game. Big win. 👍

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