Archaeology of Tomb Raider: In the Spotlight: Robert (aka Mrxenomorph123)

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Title: Archaeology of Tomb Raider: In the Spotlight: Robert (aka Mrxenomorph123)
Interviewer: Kelly M
Interviewee: Robert (aka Mrxenomorph123)
Date(s): December 16, 2014
Medium: online
Fandom(s): Tomb Raider
External Links: In the Spotlight: Robert (aka Mrxenomorph123) – The Archaeology of Tomb Raider, Archived version
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Archaeology of Tomb Raider: In the Spotlight: Robert (aka Mrxenomorph123) was conducted in 2014.

Some Excerpts

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

Typically, like a lot of Tomb Raider fans I’ve met, by watching my dad play. *laughs* I was about 4 when I started playing Tomb Raider (this was probably about 2000-2001). It was the first game I started with. I play the console versions now but I used to play the PC versions of TR1 and 3. My mum felt I was too addicted to them and broke them. *laughs* I was distraught at the time but it’s something that makes me laugh now.

How has Tomb Raider changed your life?

It has changed me in many ways. I didn’t have many friends when I was young, and Tomb Raider kind of filled in that patch. It’s what made me a gamer for life. Lara Croft has been sort of a role model for me, personality wise, and taught me to be tougher rather than a push over. Where I live, there aren’t that many people I know who love Tomb Raider as much as I do, which was a huge shame. But when I look around YouTube and Twitter, I’ve met some really great people from the Tomb Raider community. Gamermanmark is one particular person I’d like to thank for welcoming me to such an amazing community that I didn’t know existed years ago. I pretty much talk to people in the Tomb Raider fan community every day now. It’s one of the greatest things in my life!

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?

It depends on what kind of person you are. I feel it’s okay to have a laugh, but not to take it too far. The TR1 boob jokes are understandable, especially as it was actually not intended. They messed up with the sliders. *laughs* I feel she’s been more of a role model to me. Playing Tomb Raider has influenced my life in so many ways.