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Extra Life 2014: Donor Perks & Prize Draws

Extra Life 2014 is less than a month away and The Archaeology of Tomb Raider has managed to raise a total of $105 to date thanks to 5 generous donors! Thanks so much, guys! You rock. All donors will be officially thanked on this blog at a later date so stay tuned for a proper thank you. :-) Now, in case you were wondering what Extra Life is all about and why I’ve been promoting it so much on social media lately, please take a moment to ... [Continue Reading]

30/09/2014 // 0 Comments

Never Alone: An Adventure in Storytelling & Cultural Preservation

If you were to believe certain news outlets and religious organizations, video games are responsible for many of modern-day’s social ills. They glorify violence, promote sexism, and can turn us into dangerous loners who can go off on a murderous rampage at the drop of a hat. Not only are these absurd claims completely unfounded, they do a real disservice to the gaming industry as a whole. Like the film and television industries, games ... [Continue Reading]

28/09/2014 // 7 Comments

Review: Tomb Raider #7

After a somewhat disappointing first story arc, Dark Horse Comics’ Tomb Raider comic series kicked off a brand new story arc in August 2014 with Tomb Raider #7. Co-written by comic writer Gail Simone and acclaimed game writer and long-time Tomb Raider afficionada Rhianna Pratchett, “Losing Her Grip!” (or is it “In Memoriam”?) is the first part of a new story arc that promises a return to the globe-trotting ... [Continue Reading]

23/09/2014 // 8 Comments

Extra Life 2014: September Update

With just over a month until this year’s Extra Life charity gaming marathon, I thought it was time for a quick update on my and Team Tomb Raider Community’s fundraising efforts. Thanks to several generous donors, I’ve moved a few steps closer to reaching my target. Furthermore, a few new faces have joined the team in the past few weeks, including Survivor Reborn co-admin AJ Rich and avid gamer Circe W. It’s going ... [Continue Reading]

20/09/2014 // 0 Comments

Meet the Main Characters of Lara Croft & the Temple of Osiris!

As the release date of the much-anticipated Lara Croft & the Temple of Osiris edges ever closer, Crystal Dynamics have finally released some more background information on the game’s main characters. While we’re all very familar with Ms Croft (who seems to be in her early 30s in this incarnation), the game’s other three main characters have been a bit of a mystery thus far. So here’s an introduction to the Temple of ... [Continue Reading]

17/09/2014 // 1 Comment

Wedding Bells…

UPDATE: Achievement Unlocked! Tied the knot. Thanks for all the well wishes, folks! I couldn’t have asked for a better wedding. :-) One of my fave photos from our wedding reception in Gibraltar, taken by a good friend of mine Well, folks, I’m not normally one to write about my private life but let me indulge myself this one time… After almost 13 happy years together, my partner and I will finally be tying the knot on Monday ... [Continue Reading]

30/08/2014 // 7 Comments

The Rise of the Console Exclusive Raider?

Pretty much anyone who has been following this week’s gaming industry news already knows about the “Great Tomb Raider PR Blunder of 2014″. When Crystal Dynamics’ Head of Studios Darrell Gallagher posted his special announcement on the official Tomb Raider Blog on Tuesday, there was a great disturbance in the TR fan community, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in anger and yelled “Oh, hell no!” And ... [Continue Reading]

16/08/2014 // 5 Comments

Photo Gallery: Lara Croft & the Temple of Osiris Demo Screencaps

Things have been a little quiet on the blogging front lately due to my upcoming wedding. It’s tough to sit down and write a full article while juggling a full-time job and wedding planning (seriously, I don’t recommend it). So, instead, I thought I’d share some screencaps I made of PlayStation Blog’s Lara Croft & the Temple of Osiris demo gameplay video, which aired on their Twitch channel a couple of days ago. For ... [Continue Reading]

10/08/2014 // 9 Comments

Hunted: A Fan Film Based on Tomb Raider

When rumours of a new Tomb Raider film failed to come to fruition, fans wasted no time filling in the void in their fandom. Last year, we were treated to Croft, a 20-minute film shot in British Columbia, Canada, and starring Cassandra Ebner. And now there’s another fan-produced film on the horizon: Hunted. The Hunted promo banner, created by Sara LaRochelle Hunted is the brainchild of a group of talented actors, artists, and writers and ... [Continue Reading]

08/08/2014 // 0 Comments

In the Spotlight: Eldin M

So, tell us a little about yourself. 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 ... [Continue Reading]

02/08/2014 // 1 Comment

Lara’s Travels: The Aleutian Islands

Over the years, Lara Croft has visited some of the coldest and most remote places on the planet and the Aleutian Islands, which feature in the mini-adventure The Golden Mask, are no exception. In Golden Mask, Lara travels to Melnikov Island in search of the legendary Golden Mask of Tornarsuk and ends up infiltrating an old Soviet base in the process. While Melnikov Island is completely fictional, the Aleutian Islands themselves are very much ... [Continue Reading]

27/07/2014 // 2 Comments

Extra Life 2014

UPDATE: I’ve created a dedicated page for my Extra Life 2014 fundraising efforts over here. Go there to find out what perks donors are eligible for & how to take part in my “Early Bird” prize draw! This year, I will be joining the Team Tomb Raider Community and the hundreds of other gamers who have signed up to take part in Extra Life 2014, the largest charitable fundraising event in the gaming world! I wrote a short ... [Continue Reading]

26/07/2014 // 8 Comments

“Tomb Raider Volume 1: Season of the Witch” Out in November 2014

If you haven’t been able to get your hands on any of the new Tomb Raider comics so far, you’ll be happy to know that Dark Horse Comics will be publishing the first six issues as a trade paperback, Tomb Raider Volume 1: Season of the Witch, later this year. Lara and the other survivors of the Endurance are experiencing horrific visions after their ordeal in the lost kingdom of Yamatai. But the visions lead to a darker fate…  ... [Continue Reading]

21/07/2014 // 2 Comments

In the Spotlight: Stella

So, tell us a little about yourself. I’m Stella and I live in upstate New York, about 100 miles north of New York City. I’m in my 40’s and married, with a soon-to-be 21-year-old son. I run several walkthrough sites. You may be familiar with Stella’s Tomb Raider Site, though I also have guides for LEGO Indiana Jones and Space Colony. I’m addicted to social media in its myriad forms, and I struggle against my ... [Continue Reading]

20/07/2014 // 3 Comments

5 Bloggers Who Have Followed in Lara Croft’s Footsteps

Long-time readers of The Archaeology of Tomb Raider will probably be familiar with my series, Lara’s Travels, which looks at the various real-life locations Ms Croft has visited over the years. Places which include Meteora, the Greek monastic complex which may have been the inspiration for Tomb Raider 1’s St Francis’ Folly, and Jan Mayen, the icy, volcanic island which made an appearance in Tomb Raider: Underworld. Lara’s ... [Continue Reading]

17/07/2014 // 5 Comments

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