Archaeology of Tomb Raider: In the Spotlight: AJ Rich

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Title: Archaeology of Tomb Raider: In the Spotlight: AJ Rich
Interviewer: Kelly M
Interviewee: February 18, 2014
Medium: online
Fandom(s): Tomb Raider
External Links: In the Spotlight: AJ Rich – The Archaeology of Tomb Raider, Archived version
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Archaeology of Tomb Raider: In the Spotlight: AJ Rich was conducted in 2014.

Some Excerpts

How has Tomb Raider changed your life?

A lot, actually. Growing up with Lara Croft has made me a very determined person. If there is something I feel is worth fighting for I’ll keep at it until I get results.

What are your thoughts on Lara’s image? Is she simply the product of a sexist gaming industry or can she be seen as a positive role model?

I’ve always seen her as a role model for young woman (and even boys). She’s strong willed and never gives up. I mean, what more can you ask for in a role model? I never have really given her image much thought. It wasn’t until Legend that they really started focusing on Lara herself. Before that, she was always in the background. Her image in magazines, etc, in the 90s may have been pretty sexualized but so what, we all know sex sells. The important thing is she was never oversexualized in the games themselves.

What’s your favourite Tomb Raider game?

My all-time favorite game in the series is, and always will be, The Angel of Darkness. To me it was the last real TR game. The music was spellbinding and stuck with you, the story was the best in the series, and the characters were very well written. I loved the fact Core Design took a risk by switching up the gameplay.