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Lara Croft

  1. How to Make Video Games for Girls

    Developers, publishers, and marketing professionals, take heed.

    Just as many girls as guys are playing video games these days. That means developers have to step up to the challenge of appealing to both genders. But they sure do miss the mark in figuring out What Girls Want. So get out a pencil and paper and take note. It’s not that hard, I promise.

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  2. Review: Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris Raids Barren Old Tombs

    It’s good to see Lara Croft raiding classic tombs again. After last year’s Tomb Raider reboot focused so heavily on combating islanders, I longed for another adventure where she’d rattle off facts about mythological gods and beasts, get a witty jab in at her archaeological rivals, and execute a perfect somersault—all before finishing her sentence. In Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, she does it without breaking a sweat. As it should be.

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  3. Things We Saw Today: I Guess Van Gogh Liked Serenity, Too

    I'd probably cut my ear off if I had to listen to Mal's mouth all the time.

    Twenty27Designs has re-imagined Van Gogh's Starry Night with a Joss Whedon twist. You can show off your Browncoat loyalty with a Starry Flight t-shirt for 19.95, or check out more geeky designs on Facebook or Tumblr.

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  4. Today in E3: Two New Tomb Raider Games, Plus A Look at the Next Mass Effect [VIDEO]

    Our sister site Geekosystem is where you want to go for extensive E3 coverage, but there are some videos we wanted to share with you ourselves. Above is an introduction to BioWare's next Mass Effect game, if Mass Effect 3 didn't put you off the franchise entirely. Below the cut is the trailer for Rise of the Tomb Raider, a sequel to the Lara Croft reboot that Becky liked so very much. But... what's that? Microsoft announced another Tomb Raider game?

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  5. Incredibly Realistic Game of Thrones & Tomb Raider Cosplayers Look Like They Jumped Right Out Of Your TV Screen

    Fans Do Cool Things

    Wow. Wow. Wow. I'm a big supporter of anyone cosplaying any character they love but there's something to be said for an individual realizing they look oddly similar to an actor and running with it. So is the case for cosplayers Trine Ericzon, aka Santatory (as Game of Thrones' Margaery Tyrell) and Tara Cash (as the most recent incarnation of Lara Croft, Tomb Raider).

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  6. Things We Saw Today: Genderbent Lara Croft Cosplay

    Things We Saw Today

    Dr. Teng's Lara Croft cosplay has a little Hawkeye Initiative thing going on. We approve. (picture by Anna Fischer, more at Fashionably Geek)

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  7. The Mary Sue’s In-Depth Talk With Dark Horse Comics’ Editor In Chief On Women In Comics

    The Mary Sue Exclusive

    Dark Horse Comics, the home of Buffy, Star Wars comics, and a boy from Hell, is known for characters with strong personalities and big names to back them up. This year will be no different. Editor in Chief, Scott Allie, joined us for an extensive discussion on their titles, women on the comics pages, women writing and drawing the comics themselves, and the women buying them (Hey, that's us!). They've also given us a ton of exclusive cover reveals! Here's Part 1 of our chat, Part 2 will be up tomorrow. 

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  8. Check Out Six Pages From Gail Simone’s Tomb Raider #1

    It Belongs in a Museum!

    Gail Simone, comic-writing veteran of some of the most celebrated runs on Birds of Prey, Secret Six, Batgirl, Red Sonya, The All New Atom and Wonder Woman, has taken up the task of shepherding Lara Croft from her most recent hit game to its sequel, and not in a miniseries, in a new ongoing adventure. Here's the first six pages of that debut comic, straight from Dark Horse themselves.

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  9. This Lara Croft Fan Film Is So Incredibly Bad-Ass [VIDEO]

    Fans Do Cool Things

    What do you do when you get sick of waiting for a Tomb Raider film that does Lara Croft justice? You make one yourself! It's 20 minutes long, but you need to watch this incredible fan film, which features Lara bringing the Katniss realness. I don't think I've ever seen a more legitimately kick-ass live-action version of Lara than the one Cassandra Ebner plays here in Croft. Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  10. Disney Characters Dressed Up As Other Characters for Halloween, Take Three

    Great Hera!

    Artist Isaiah K Stephens’ previous sets of Disney characters dressed up as other fictional characters are great and all (Mulan as Xena!), but they didn’t have Meg from Hercules dressed as Catwoman. Hey, we’re all allowed to be biased toward our favorite Disney princesses.

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  11. Tomb Raider Is Definitely Getting a Sequel

    Good News Everyone!

    We already kind of expected this, since Gail Simone mentioned it when her gig writing comics that pick up where Tomb Raider left off was announced, but it's nice to have official word. Phil Rogers, Square Enix CEO, has confirmed that the company is hard at work to a next generation sequel to this year's reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise. And it's a good thing too, with that movie somewhere in production. Darrell Gallagher, studio head of Crystal Dynamics, chimed in today:
    It's still early days, so I'm afraid I can't provide any further details for now save my assurance that we're not resting on our laurels and acclaim from Tomb Raider's recent successes, but working hard to raise the bar even higher and re-affirm the faith you've shown.
    As a writer interested in seeing more lead female characters get their due, this news makes me happy. As a gamer, I want to shout "PUT IN MORE TOMBS." And as the owner of a wallet, I suppose I'll have to start assimilating the idea of purchasing a next generation console close to its actual release. Previously in Tomb Raider

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  12. Gail Simone Is Writing A Tomb Raider Comic. Heck. Yes.

    Yes. Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes. Yes.

    Awesome news of the day: Dark Horse is putting out a series that takes off where the most recent Tomb Raider game ended, and it's being written by Gail Simone. Are you excited? We are excited. Go under the cut for details about what to expect from the story, and when you can expect to see this project on the shelves of your local comic-book shop!

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  13. Today In Extremely Appropriate Hiring Choices: Buffy Scribe To Pen Tomb Raider Movie

    Officially Official

    That's another box Marti Noxon can check off on her "awesome female characters I've written" Bingo card.

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  14. It Looks Like Hayley Atwell Would Be Okay With Being Lara Croft, and We’re Also in Favor

    Fact From the Vapor of Nuance

    Sometimes we talk about poorly sourced rumors here because they look very, very likely to be true. Sometimes we talk about things that may not be something that Hollywood is officially doing, or will ever officially do, because we very, very much want it to be something that happens. You know, like Hayley Atwell returning to the nerd world as the lead in the Tomb Raider movie reboot currently in development.

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  15. When Professionals Aren’t: The PAX East Tomb Raider Cosplay Harassment Story

    The Mary Sue Exclusive

    Convention harassment is just an off-shoot of regular, old harassment but seeing it invade your "safe space" can be tough to stomach. And some people have had enough. At PAX East this past weekend, a journalist (I use that term loosely) decided to interview a group of Lara Croft  cosplayers at the new Tomb Raider video game booth. What followed was not a professional interview of fans but rather a chance to treat women in costume not as people, but as sex objects. The Mary Sue spoke with one of the cosplayers involved as well as PAX management about the situation - a situation we're hearing about far too often these days. 

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  16. MGM Announces New Tomb Raider Film in Development

    Cautiously Optimistic

    Rumors of a Tomb Raider movie inspired more by the current reboot of the series in video games rather than the two previous installments of the movie franchise have been swirling for a few months now. The putative film had even acquired a production company and producer, GK Films, whose pedigree is anything but marked by big budget blockbuster shlock, what with Traffic, Argo, The Departed, Gangs of New York, and The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys. But the project crossed an important line yesterday by partnering with a larger distribution studio. With the involvement of MGM, this is now a film that will probably get made.

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  17. Why The Fearful Hero Is A Good Thing For Video Games

    Essay

    There was a poignant article on Kotaku this week about a suicidal teenage boy, who found the inspiration he needed to turn his life around through none other than the rebooted Lara Croft. What inspired him the most, he explained, was not just her heroism, but her ability to act in the face of fear.
    When I [saw] her commit her first kill, I watched as she started crying. I had never seen that in a Tomb Raider before. I was shocked. But she picked herself up quickly, I loved that she had so much bravery especially when she was scared the most.
    I praised that aspect of the game in my review last week, but it later occurred to me that her portrayal as a frightened, flawed human being does not exist in a vacuum. When I think of the other protagonists we've seen in recent years, it seems that we’re in the middle of a cultural shift. Slowly but surely, we’re expanding our definition of what it means to be a hero.

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  18. Channel Your Inner Lara Croft With New Tomb Raider Apparel

    Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

    The new Tomb Raider video game is set to be released March 5 and Crystal Dynamics thought you might want to get into the Lara Croft spirit by sporting some official merchandise while you play. Check out the comfy looking items them have up for grabs. (Tomb Raider Official via Set to Stunning)

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  19. Outrageous Pop-Culture Nail Art Is Cosplay For Your Fingers

    eye candy

    As people who type for a living, we here at The Mary Sue can't really afford to put really fun things on our nails. But that doesn't mean we won't "ooh" and "aah" at other people who do. We've featured KayleighOC's nail art on the site before but realized she had a plethora of new styles you need to see. (via KayleighOC)

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  20. Ask Me Again In 2013: Thoughts on Tomb Raider and the Woman Writing It

    Essay

    If you get me talking about my early gaming years, you will learn very quickly that I love Tomb Raider. The original game was a favorite of mine back in middle school, and I was over the moon when the reboot was announced in 2010. When the rape scene controversy hit, several friends and acquaintances asked me for my two cents. I gave them all the following answer: I don’t know. I haven’t played the game yet. The controversy has had its back and forth between press, bloggers, and developer Crystal Dynamics, and one part of that back and forth was the reveal of Rhianna Pratchett as the game's head writer, which many seem to interpret as either a panacea absolving the game of any poorly presented gender issues, or that her appointment as head writer was obviously primarily so it could be interpreted as a panacea absolving the game of poorly presented gender issues. I'm not fond of either of these reactions.

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