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Arte-Factual: Tomb Raider 1: Aztec Maize Goddess

When I first played Tomb Raider 1 back in 1996, I never realized how many real-life Pre-Columbian (and other) artefacts could be spotted throughout the game’s Peru levels. Some of them, such as the Chimú bird carving, were already familiar to me as I had studied Peruvian art and archaeology for a GCSE art project. But it wasn’t until I started working on this blog and replaying this 1996 classic that I began to notice that the ... [Continue Reading]

11/07/2020 // 0 Comments

Guest Blog: Thoughts on Aztec Philosophy

Guest blog by C.T. Murphy. Games are an excellent medium for modern storytellers to explore ancient cultures and their mythologies. While many series, such as Tomb Raider, do so with some sense of realism, it’s the games that repurposed ancient mythological ideas into their own entities that first introduced me to a wider world of beliefs. For instance, the player ability to summon a flying feathered serpent capable of conjuring storms and ... [Continue Reading]

05/03/2021 // 3 Comments

5 Fantastic Free Resources on Aztec Mythology

In the co-op action/adventure game Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, Lara and the Aztec warrior Totec find themselves in a race against time to stop Xolotl, the Keeper of Darkness, from destroying the world. Players may come across a number of relics throughout the game that are named after Aztec gods and mythological creatures, such as the Mask of Tezcatlipoca and Eye of Cipactli. But if you can’t tell your Cihuacoatls from ... [Continue Reading]

02/03/2021 // 6 Comments


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