Archaeology of Tomb Raider: In the Spotlight: Daryl B

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Title: Archaeology of Tomb Raider: In the Spotlight: Daryl B
Interviewer: Kelly M
Interviewee: Daryl B
Date(s): February 9, 2014
Medium: online
Fandom(s): Tomb Raider
External Links: In the Spotlight: Daryl B – The Archaeology of Tomb Raider, Archived version
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Archaeology of Tomb Raider: In the Spotlight: Daryl B was conducted in 2014.

Some Excerpts

How has Tomb Raider changed your life?

I’d say it’s definitely influenced me as to how a game can really revolutionise how a game can be played and heard, from its gameplay to the epic music, the kind that is only being given care and attention today with The Last of Us (and many more) whereas Nathan McCree was doing this 18 years ago. So it’s definitely inspired me, in a way, to write and it’s gotten me to interview the composer, so I’m sure that’s something!

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?

In the 90’s, she was definitely seen as an interpretation of ‘sex sells’. But when you’re 8 years old, as I was then, I just saw her as another hero, much like Lois Lane when I used to watch Teri Hatcher portray her in the 90’s TV series of Superman. But even then, and moreso now, she’s an icon for female heroes in games, and probably the only one now that you can truly see as the leader for female heroes.

If you could change one thing about the Tomb Raider franchise, what would you change?

Recognising the past. It would be great if the sequel to TR 2013 had some kind of a ‘LOST’ flash-forward that featured Judith Gibbons’ voice as an older Lara that would link to the story being told, just to honour us fans of the classic era.