After devising an illustration of Lara Croft the Tomb Raider from ideas taken from artists like Victor Rinaldi, who’s piece of art; a simple pencil and ink drawing received 3,018 views since it’s debute March 2 2013, I realized I was not alone in my love and admirations for this legendary icon of game play and femme fatale lore.
Craig Macmillan, a Premium Gallery owner, of the United Kingdom did well when he found Victor’s work to showcase. I sometimes wonder what a gallery owner who has had to take stakes in the arts would say about my own work, but I will content myself with the idea that I was not too late to contribute my name to the list of artists that took on Lara Croft.
Stephan Ashby spoke with the Eidos Montreal team that produced all three of the newest titles for Lara Croft set in the Mayan forests and David Anfossi says, They have no plans to make another game. A large mix of Ubisoft developers and Crystal Dynamics got together to make a beautiful game that focuses on Lara Croft and her independent nature.
I look at Lara Croft and place her in a field of cultural influences and in the midst of all the women that have sought to showcase what a strong woman, a confident woman, one that can stand toe to toe with a man and kick his ass, a woman that can do the job of a man, better than a man and I wonder did she really do her job well?
Many suggest that there will never be another Lara Croft and I hope they are right. I hope she remains a legend and not a re-washed character of feminist propaganda like Wonder Woman- Salt- Black Widow of Marvel-Spider girl-Bat girl-She-Hulk-Tank-Girl- Power girl- Samus Aran and the list can go on as long as I desire it really, but I hope Lora Croft can age gracefully with me like my love for 007 and her other male counter parts of the United Kingdom action genres.
I took a poll on twitter and asked people, “How did Tomb Raider make you feel as a child growing up?”
1) 0%Feminist Icon?
2) 100%A puzzle master
3) 0%feminist propaganda
4) 0% A game for everyone?
These stats are set to change by the end of the week, but at the moment after a day of polling it seems many believe the game just had a wonderful emphasis on tactics, strategy, puzzle mastery and no matter how the game evolves graphically, as long as they can feel like ‘puzzle masters,’ by the end of it, they will continue to play.