It is the 20th anniversary today that the first and original game of Tomb Raider was released and the world of gaming changed forever!
I don't think there will be many here that will disagree with me when I say that Tomb Raider and it's leading lady have had an incredible affect on many people's lives over the last two decades. And I for one, couldn't be more grateful for the years of love, laughter, entertainment and amazing friendships that I have discovered in that time.
I've created this thread in order for others to show and share their appreciation for the games, so please, let us know what Tomb Raider and Lara has meant to you over the years
And also to wish our lovely lady a happy birthday and tell us how you intend to celebrate!
Tomb Raider and Lara Croft have meant a great deal to me for a very, very long time. They're opened up opportunities and brought me into contact with some exceptional people. The projects I've participated in, the creators I've met, the joys I've had... it's too much to reduce to one measly post xD
*steals some Cognac from Carvier's apartment, raises a glass* To Lara!
As a kid, I felt Lara was one of the coolest fictional women around, and I hadn't even played the games! She was everywhere. In advertisements, comic books, movies (I bought the movie action figure to play with alongside my Power Rangers) . . . Although there are a lot of video game characters that I really like, I personally don't feel that there are many true gaming icons. You have Mario, you've got Sonic, but I can't think of many others. You've certainly got to throw Lara into the mix, though.
I was aged 14 when I first got into the Tomb Raider games. I had tried out and enjoyed the original Tomb Raider as well as The Angel of Darkness years before, but for me it properly started with Tomb Raider: Legend, which I was amazed by when trying it out in GAME (hey, I was 14, although I do still rather like the game ). After finishing it, I bought the original four Tomb Raider games at a budget price, noticed how much harder they were than Legend (LOL!), but still had a lot of fun with them, although I only ever finished the first one, which I thought was a genuine classic. The levels are just so memorable. Natla's Mines was my favourite, for some strange reason. I kinda wished I'd played through all the games when I was younger, but the first one took so much out of me I thought I'd take a break before moving onto the second! XD Didn't get round to it for various reasons, though, one of which being my CRT TV breaking down when I was planning on playing the PS1 version on my PS2. (I was hoping to re-play Spider-Man as well. Damn.) I actually originally bought the first four games for PC, though, but the versions I've got have some issues that need working around (hence why I bought the PS1 versions of the ones I could as well, ha ha!). Planning on sorting them out soon.
Anyway, I'm hoping the new movie brings Lara and Tomb Raider back into the limelight. It'd be awesome for both to be everywhere again. I have fond memories in regards to Tomb Raider, whether it be being bombarded with images of Lara as a young child, being completely engaged in Tomb Raider: Legend, spending time in Greece over the 2006 Christmas period with the original Tomb Raider, or more recently playing the first game in the reboot series during my first year of university. Hopefully there will be many more memories to come.