Archaeology of Tomb Raider: In the Spotlight: Jason Croft

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

Some Excerpts

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

My dad works for a big computer company and was trying to help out a client with something. In short, the company did not help out the best way it could have and, as an apology, gave the client a box full of PC games. As a thank you for helping him out, the client offered my dad one of the games and he picked out Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation.

He played through the first level and really enjoyed it and thus bought the first game. I would have only been a toddler at the time so my brother was more interested at first in watching my dad play than I was, but I still watched. Over time my brother lost interest but I was fully into the game by then. It was a real great way for my father and I to bond and since then I have been a Tomb Raider fan for the majority of my life.

How has Tomb Raider changed your life?

I feel Tomb Raider has made me a more respectable person. I didn’t play it because I thought Lara was a sexy icon or a large-chested figure; I played it because I was inspired by the character and her determination to get what she wants, when she wants it, which in turn I feel has boosted my self-confidence to do the same. She has also inspired me to take a small interest in archaeology and since TR4, I have been longing to go to Egypt.

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?

As I said before, I have never seen Lara as a sexy figure but more of an intelligent aspiration for people to live up to. I am saddened by the fact that so many young gamers these days are always commenting on her chest size and not focusing on the fantastic character that Core Design created. Even when the reboot dropped, I heard people hating on Lara just because she had a smaller physique than in previous games. I also can’t stand some of the sexy renders made by Eidos for the previous games.