Tomb Raider has been around now for ten years. If back in 1996 you would have put Lara Croft at somewhere in the region of 25-27 years old, that would make her pushing 40 now. But with the latest game in the series newly released, Miss Croft is still looking as fit as when she first turned up!
Tomb Raider is a video game developed by Core Design and published by Eidos Interactive. It was originally released in 1996 for PC, PlayStation and Sega Saturn. The game follows the exploits of Lara Croft, a British female archaeologist in search of ancient treasures à la Indiana Jones. The game was critically acclaimed and widely influential. It spawned a number of sequels and a franchise of related media.
Movement in the game is varied and allows for complex interactions with the environment. Besides walking, running and jumping, Lara can perform side-steps, hang on ledges, roll over, dive and swim through water. While swimming, an extra status bar appears under the health meter to indicate the amount of breath left in Lara's lungs.
In a free environment, Lara has two basic stances: one with weapons drawn and one with her hands free. By default she carries two pistols with infinite ammo. Additional weapons include the shotgun, dual magnums and dual Uzis. At a certain point in the story, Lara will be stripped of all her weapons, leaving the player defenceless and forced to recover her pistols. This development went on to become a staple of the series.
Lara's famous breast size was in actuality brought about by accident. Toby Gard was experimenting with the model when he accidentally blew up Lara's bosom to 150% of what he intended it to be. As he was resizing it back to normal, the other designers saw what he was working on and told him they loved it and that he should keep the increased size (or at least that is the story he puts about!) The game's use of a hard edged, female heroine has been both hailed as revolutionary (breaking away from the male perspective of game playing) and derided as sexist for its stereotypical depiction of a woman designed to appeal to an audience of teenage boys. Nevertheless, Lara caused a sensation in the gaming world and catapulted to cyber celebrity status.
Ten years down the line and Tomb Raider is still a top selling game, and speaking as a woman, I find nothing offensive about Lara being a big bosomed, sexy, gun totting super babe! So heres to the next ten years, YOU GO GIRL!