Episode 168: Tomb Raider Matters is sponsored by MANSCAPED.com
This year, Tomb Raider turns 25! To celebrate the anniversary of the iconic franchise and its main character we dive into the history of Tomb Raider and how Lara has impacted gaming and beyond. With Kate leading the way, Lara Croft is in the spotlight once again. While her game franchise has had its ups and downs over the years, Lara will always be an absolute icon in all of her iterations. In this episode, we chronicle Tomb Raider’s development journey, the bad marketing choices behind the original games, and ultimately why Lara Croft still resonates today. Plus, we dive into the films and the new series from Crystal Dynamics. While we’ve covered the topic in the past, we’re bringing in a new lens.
If you’re unfamiliar with Tomb Raider, it’s a media franchise that originated with an action-adventure video game series created by British gaming company Core Design. The franchise focuses on fictional British archaeologist Lara Croft, who travels around the world searching for lost artifacts and infiltrating dangerous tombs and ruins. The gameplay in the series generally focuses on the exploration of environments, solving puzzles, navigating hostile environments filled with traps, and fighting enemies. Additional media has been developed for the franchise in the form of film adaptations, comics, and novels.
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- Original concept art of Lara croft:
- More than the Male Gaze: In Defense of the First Lara Croft
- Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) Opening