Archaeology of Tomb Raider: In the Spotlight: Eldin M

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Title: Archaeology of Tomb Raider: In the Spotlight: Eldin M
Interviewer: Kelly M
Interviewee: Eldin M
Date(s): August 2, 2014
Medium: online
Fandom(s): Tomb Raider
External Links: In the Spotlight: Eldin M – The Archaeology of Tomb Raider, Archived version
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Archaeology of Tomb Raider: In the Spotlight: Eldin M was conducted in 2014.

Some Excerpts

When and how did you learn about the Tomb Raider series?

I remember that I was in 6th grade of elementary school. Back then, we had PlayStation Clubs and I was so hooked that my parents were giving me money almost every day. On my birthday that same year, my father had had enough and he decided to surprise me with a PlayStation 1 as a birthday gift. As luck would have it, it came with a copy of Tomb Raider 2 and that was the first Tomb Raider game I played. I was not hooked right away but when I bought TR4 some time later, that was the time when Lara stole my heart. And I have been playing ever since.

How has Tomb Raider changed your life?

Tomb Raider changed my life in many ways and without it, I know that my whole life would be different today. First of all, TR helped me practice and learn the English language even more. Even today, I know almost every dialogue from every TR game and I am very proud about that. Second thing is that this game gave me so many good friends and it helped me build up a lot of friendships. I’ve even met some of them in real life. Most of them I haven’t met yet but they all have a special place in my heart and I simply can’t imagine my life without those friends any more.

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?

Positive role model, that is for sure. For me, Lara is a figure with a message: that no matter how hard it gets, you can always make it through if you try hard enough.