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Guest Blog: Why I Love Lara Croft, the Tomb Raider


This guest blog by Shanthini M is the fifth in our Tomb Raider Inspirations series, in which fans of the Tomb Raider series share their thoughts on the franchise and its leading lady and explain how their personal and/or professional lives have been influenced by one of the most successful video game series to date. In … Continue reading »

10 Biographies of Early Female Archaeologists & Explorers


I’ve always thought of Lara Croft as a modern-day “romantic explorer”, albeit one who’s armed to the teeth and equipped with all the latest high-tech gadgetry. Her insatiable thirst for knowledge and adventure drives her to explore ancient ruins and remote lands in search of priceless artefacts and long-lost civilizations. But she is not alone … Continue reading »

Arte-Factual: Tomb Raider 2013: Metal Inro


It’s been a while since I last wrote about an artefact from Tomb Raider 2013. Over a month, in fact. So without further ado, it’s time to examine one of the many collectible items hidden throughout the Shanty Town: the Metal Inrō. Inrō are small cases that were once used by Japanese men and women … Continue reading »

Join Survivor Reborn’s Tomb Raider Forum!


If you’re looking for a great place to talk about all things Tomb Raider but find Tomb Raider Forums a little overwhelming, why not sign up for an account over at Survivor Reborn’s Forum? Link: http://tombraider.boards.net/ Registration is easy and absolutely free! And if you join before Friday 6th September, you’ll be able to take part … Continue reading »

10 Things I’d Like to See in the Tomb Raider Sequel


It’s been a couple of weeks since Square Enix confirmed that a sequel to this year’s Tomb Raider reboot was in the works. Many other bloggers have already put forward their wishlists for the upcoming game but I thought I’d still go ahead and add my two cents. Here are 10 things I’d like to … Continue reading »

Arte-Factual: Tomb Raider Anniversary: Athenian Owl Figurine


In the last edition of Arte-Factual, I wrote about the Gayer-Anderson cat statue and its virtual counterpart seen in the original Tomb Raider. This time around, I will be looking at an artefact that depicts one of my favourite animals: the Athenian Owl Figurine. The Athenian Owl Figure is one of the collectible relics found … Continue reading »

Guest Blog: All T*ts and Tight Shorts: A Feminist’s View on Lara Croft


Classic Lara’s portrayal in the older Tomb Raider games has certainly caused a lot of controversy over the years, with some people even suggesting that Lara’s unrealistic proportions were the very reason why many female gamers found it hard to relate to Ms Croft. Cath certainly felt that way, as she explains in her article, … Continue reading »

Survivor Reborn’s Q&A with Richard Morton, Former Core Design Employee


AJ Rich, one of Survivor Reborn’s Facebook page admins, recently interviewed ex-Core Design team member Richard Morton and asked him about his work and the original plans for Core’s much-maligned Tomb Raider: Angel of Darkness. It’s been ten years since AoD’s release but thanks to AJ and Richard, a few new details about Core’s controversial … Continue reading »

Guest Blog: Life Might Not Be a Video Game But…


This guest blog by Anya Martin is the fourth in our Tomb Raider Inspirations series, in which fans of the Tomb Raider series share their thoughts on the franchise and its leading lady and explain how their personal and/or professional lives have been influenced by one of the most successful video game series to date. In … Continue reading »

Lara’s Travels: Jan Mayen Island


In the last edition of Lara’s Travels, we looked at the real and in-game Tomb of Semerkhet in Egypt. This time, we will be leaving the scorching deserts of Egypt behind us and will be turning our attention to a remote, volcanic island in the Arctic Ocean: Jan Mayen. Lara travels to Jan Mayen in … Continue reading »

Arte-Factual: Tomb Raider I: Egyptian Cat Statue


Yesterday was World Cat Day so I thought I’d celebrate it (albeit belatedly) by writing a post about one of the most easily recognizable artefacts seen in the original Tomb Raider and Tomb Raider Gold: Unfinished Business, the Gayer-Anderson cat statue. A replica of this famous and much-loved statue could be found in the City of Khamoon … Continue reading »

Real Experience Tours


Looking for a holiday that lets you indulge your inner adventurer? Do you enjoy broadening your cultural horizons and learning about local history and traditions? If the answer to either of these questions is “yes”, visit the Real Experience Tours website today to search for your dream holiday. Real Experience Tours is a directory of … Continue reading »

Lara Croft: Product of sexism?


Reblogged from Games, Eh?: I’m making good on my promise from my review of 2013′s Tomb Raider: I’m finally going to give my opinions on why I believe Lara Croft is an excellent female video game character. With so much social justice and feminism hullabaloo suddenly surrounding video games (WHY?! They’re supposed to be fun), … Continue reading »

Guest Blog: Gates of Hel: The Norse Cosmology Behind Tomb Raider: Underworld


This fascinating article on Norse cosmology and its depiction in Tomb Raider: Underworld was written by reader and Tomb Raider fan, Anya Martin. If you have any comments or feedback on this article, you’re welcome to leave your comments below or contact Anya directly. Her email address is anya.martin8_at_gmail_dot_com. —————————————————————————————————————— In Tomb Raider: Underworld (2009), we follow … Continue reading »

Guest Blog: Lara Croft: The Muse for Every Strong Fictional Female Character Since 1996


This guest blog is the third in our Tomb Raider Inspirations series, in which fans of the Tomb Raider series share their thoughts on the franchise and its leading lady and explain how their personal and/or professional lives have been influenced by one of the most successful video game series to date. Today’s guest blog is from … Continue reading »

Jean-Yves Empereur: A Career in Ruins


“All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.” How often have we seen these words appear on the big screen, on TV, or in print? But oddly enough, there was one occasion where the resemblance to a fictional character in a Tomb Raider game was … Continue reading »

Tomb Raider Sequel Has Been Confirmed


Good news, Tomb Raider fans! There *will* be a sequel to this year’s Tomb Raider game. A sequel had been hinted at when Dark Horse Comics announced a new Tomb Raider comic series was in the works but Phil Rogers, CEO for Square Enix Europe, put all the rumours to rest on his blog earlier today. “Square Enix is … Continue reading »

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