My name is Eldin and I am from Bosnia and Herzegovina, a country in the heart of the Europe. I am 21 years old and a gamer from the heart, but, most of all, I am a big fan of Tomb Raider. In my free time, I like to write all kind of stories and, of course, play games.
When and how did you learn about the Tomb Raider series?
I remember that I was in 6th grade of elementary school. Back then, we had PlayStation Clubs and I was so hooked that my parents were giving me money almost every day. On my birthday that same year, my father had had enough and he decided to surprise me with a PlayStation 1 as a birthday gift. As luck would have it, it came with a copy of Tomb Raider 2 and that was the first Tomb Raider game I played. I was not hooked right away but when I bought TR4 some time later, that was the time when Lara stole my heart. And I have been playing ever since.
Do you run a Tomb Raider fansite or blog? If so, what would you say was your biggest achievement to date?
I do have a website that I created last year called Eldin’s Tomb Raider Site. I guess the biggest achievement is the site itself. I am very proud that I was able to pull it off even though I can be lazy sometimes.
How has Tomb Raider changed your life?
Tomb Raider changed my life in many ways and without it, I know that my whole life would be different today. First of all, TR helped me practice and learn the English language even more. Even today, I know almost every dialogue from every TR game and I am very proud about that. Second thing is that this game gave me so many good friends and it helped me build up a lot of friendships. I’ve even met some of them in real life. Most of them I haven’t met yet but they all have a special place in my heart and I simply can’t imagine my life without those friends any more.
Were you interested in archaeology before discovering Tomb Raider? Have the Tomb Raider games and films inspired you to learn more about ancient history?
I can’t say I was interested in archaeology before I got into Tomb Raider because I was too young back then. But nowadays, I can say for sure that archaeology interests me a lot. I live in Visoko and a few years ago, they discovered pyramids here. They say that they are even older than those in Egypt. Since I love this stuff so much, I have been trying for years to become a tourist guide, but so far no luck. I will keep trying, though.
What are your thoughts on Lara’s image? Is she simply the product of a sexist gaming industry or can she be seen as a positive role model?
Positive role model, that is for sure. For me, Lara is a figure with a message: that no matter how hard it gets, you can always make it through if you try hard enough.
What’s your favourite Tomb Raider game?
From the classic Tomb Raider games, my favourite is TR2, only because it was the first game I ever played. I will always remember it because, without it, I would never have got into playing TR games. From the newer games, my favourite is Anniversary for a few reasons and one of them is how great its storyline was. I love TR1 a lot but if I need to choose, I would go with Anniversary all the way.
And your least favourite game?
My least favourite game would be Tomb Raider 2013. I just didn’t get that Tomb Raider feeling from it like I did in previous games.
Classic, Legend-Anniversary-Underworld or Reboot Lara?
I will have to go with Legend-Anniversary-Underworld Lara. She is just so “Lara”, because when I say Lara, the first thing that comes to my mind is her face from these 3 games.
Do you have any favourite Tomb Raider moments or quotes?
My favourite moment was when Natla says “Sooner or later, you’ll run of bullets”. That was so hilarious. I guess the creators wanted us to laugh a little before that final battle and to be like “What? Natla, you really don’t have any idea, do you?”
What about least favourite moments? Is there anything you dislike about the games/films/comics?
I just dislike that moment when Lara finds her mother in Underworld. I was waiting so long to see what would happen and that is what I get? I was hoping for a more sad and emotional scene and that was not it.
If you could change one thing about the Tomb Raider franchise, what would you change?
There is nothing I would change in the classic TR games, but in the later games, I would really make levels harder so that players can get lost like we all used to in the classics. As for TR 2013, I would change a lot. I really don’t know where to begin. I don’t think it’s worth it because it seems to me that Crystal Dynamics is not willing to listen to fans any more.
Which places would you like to see Lara explore in future games?
I would like to see Lara in Egypt again. I was waiting for that for so long and I am happy to see that my wish will come true this December. :)
Finally, if you could join Lara on one of her adventures, where would you go?
I am not strong the way Lara is, so I would not try to get myself into trouble. But I would really love to visit the pyramids of Egypt with Lara.
A huge thanks to Eldin for taking part in our series of fan interviews! Feel free to check out his site, Eldin’s Tomb Raider Site, like his Facebook page, or read his Tomb Raider fan fiction, Once on Himalayas.
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