GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS HONORS TOMB RAIDER FOR ‘MOST MAGAZINE COVERS FOR A VIDEO GAME CHARACTER’ AND ‘LARGEST GATHERING OF PEOPLE DRESSED AS LARA CROFT’
Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix celebrate Lara Croft’s Guinness World Records win for ‘Most Magazine Covers for a Videogame Character’ and ‘Largest Gathering Of People Dressed As Lara Croft’ alongside a one-of-a-kind feature in the Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition next year.
The Tomb Raider franchise is a two-decade strong cultural phenomenon which follows the globetrotting action-adventures of celebrated archaeologist Lara Croft.
Since making her videogame debut in 1996, Lara Croft has been featured front-and-center on approximately 1,230 magazine covers spanning film, culture, lifestyle, and video game publications such as TIME Digital, Entertainment Weekly, Mad, PlayStation Magazine, and PC Gaming. With new covers from around the world being unearthed every day, that number grows to over 1,400 when factoring in covers that saw Lara alongside a co-star. These covers include portrayals of Lara Croft through official videogame artwork, original illustrations, parody cartoons, and real-life photo-shoots with official Lara Croft models and actresses.
Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix hosted a cosplay gathering at Paris Games Week on Saturday, October 29th as part of the ongoing celebration of 20 years of Tomb Raider. During the cosplay gathering, the European Tomb Raider community – spearheaded by passionate French fans – broke the Guinness World Record for the ‘Most People Dressed as Lara Croft’ in a single venue, drawing a crowd of 270 Tomb Raiders total. Fans could dress as any of the hundreds of official Lara Croft representations from the past 20 years, with participants donning costumes from the games, comics, movies, and even obscure fashion renders. Check out the official event photos here.
“Over the past two decades, Lara Croft has established herself as an iconic character in entertainment,” said Rich Briggs, global brand director at Crystal Dynamics. “Her Guinness World Record wins further solidify her continuing influence and relevance in popular culture.”
Lara’s two new Guinness World Records titles are added to an already impressive roster. Lara was awarded with six records in the Guinness World Records 2010 Gamers Edition, including the Most Successful Video Game Heroine, Most Recognizable Female Character in a Video Game, Most Detailed Video Game Character, Most Official Real Life Stand-Ins, Highest Grossing Computer Game Spin-off, and Most Successful Live-Action Transfer.
“Lara Croft is one of the most vital and iconic characters in gaming, with a powerful legacy and a string of great games under her belt,” said Stephen Daultrey, Editor, Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition. It’s fantastic to see so many cosplayers celebrate her in this unique way. Along with her covers record, these are already two of my favorite new GWR titles of the year. I look forward to seeing them in next year’s Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition annual.“
Lara has made an indelible mark on every facet of entertainment including video games, motion pictures, theme parks, lifestyle cosplay, and comic books. With over 30 video game titles released, selling over 46 million copies worldwide, winning hundreds of awards, and becoming an ambassador for scientific excellence to appearing live on tour with U2, Lara Croft continues to inspire and entertain millions around the world.
Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration is the most comprehensive version of the award-winning experience, and includes Rise of the Tomb Raider, along with a host of completely new content such as the new story chapter “Blood Ties,” “Lara’s Nightmare” zombie combat mode, PlayStation® VR support for “Blood Ties,” (available on PS4) co-op Endurance gameplay, an “Extreme Survivor” difficulty, five classic Lara skins, and an outfit and weapon inspired by TR III. It also includes all of the previously released downloadable content such as the critically acclaimed “Baba Yaga: The Temple of the Witch,” “Cold Darkness Awakened,” 12 outfits, seven weapons, multiple Expedition Card packs, and more.
This takes place a couple of years after the events of the show…
Today was the
celebration for the goddess Ostara and in order to please her and to
make her bring the summer after a long and cold winter, Ivar and you
had decided to bring her a sacrifice. Of course no one in Kattegat
wanted to miss out on the big celebration, so the village square was
crowded with people. You loved the atmosphere surrounding you. Music
was played, people were singing, fires were burning in a circle
around the main area. In nights like this you could feel that the
goods were close, watching you. For you it was a special night in
more than one way. You smiled to yourself and put an arm around Ivar.
You were sitting on the armrest of his throne, which was standing in
the center of the square, watching the people celebrate.
Some time later Ivar
put a hand on your thigh, squeezing it gently. “It’s time. Are
You smiled a bit
nervously but nodded.
As a goat was
brought you got up from your seat and the people formed a wide circle
around you. The drums were getting louder and their rhythm faster,
echoing in your head. Everyone was watching you, including Ivar and
your father Floki who seemed to burst with pride at any second. You
took your sword and held it in front of you while asking the goddess
for her favor. After taking a deep breath you sliced the goat’s
throat and held it so the blood could run into a bowl. When it had
filled up you took the bowl and slowly walked towards Ivar. He had a
devilish grin on his face and gave you a small nod. You put the bowl
down on his knees, dipped your fingers into the blood and smeared it
across his face. He closed his eyes, enjoying the feel of your hands
on his skin. When you were done, he did the same to you and you felt
the red liquid run down your face. Then all of a sudden he grabbed
you and pulled you into a passionate kiss. You knew that everyone was
still watching you and you could hear people start to cheer but to
you it was as if they were far away. After a while you broke the kiss
and smiled at Ivar before taking the bowl to go and sprinkle the
blood on all the other people.
The celebration went
on the whole night. A lot of beer and meat was drunk and everyone had
a good time. You danced a lot while Ivar watched you in awe.
Later that night you
took Ivar’s hand. “Let’s go home. I want to talk to you.”
“You want to go
home to talk?” He smirked and raised an eyebrow.
You slapped him
against the shoulder. “Yes, I indeed want to talk.”
“So what’s there
to talk about?”, he asked as you were sitting on your bed, your
head resting on his chest.
You looked up to
him, getting nervous for the second time that night.
He stroked your
hair. “What is it? You know you can tell me.”
You took a deep
breath. “I’m with child.”
Ivar opened his
mouth but no words came out, then he looked away, avoiding your gaze.
something, please. I thought you’d be happy.” Your heart felt
heavy like a stone in your chest.
“I am happy.”,
he said, still not looking at you.
He turned his head
to look at you and you were shocked by the anger in his eyes. (*gif*)
“And what if the
baby is like me? Hmm? Have you ever thought about that?”
You smiled bravely
at him and lovingly touched his cheek. “I really hope he will be
Most of his anger
vanished from his face but he was still serious. “You know what I’m
You sighted. “It’s
in the hands of the gods now, there’s nothing we can do. And even
if he will inherit it from you, do you think I would love our son any
“But what kind of
life could he have?”
not happy with your life?”
Now a soft smile
appeared on his face. “I am happy. But only since I met you.”
He wrapped his arms
around you and pulled you closer to him.
How do you know it’s going to be a boy?” he suddenly asked.
“I just know.
He grinned and slid
down to put his head and both hands on your belly.
“My son, you are
going to make me so proud.”
Your heart warmed
and you smiled happily.
A couple of month later Ivar was
holding a perfectly healthy little boy in his arms. When it had been obvious that your time had come the other women had tried to make
Ivar leave the room but he had refused to leave your side and the
warning look on his face had been enough to make them shut up.
You were exhausted like hell but to
watch Ivar hold your son for the first time made you happier than you
ever thought you could be. He watched the little bundle in his arms
with pride written all over his face.
Then he looked at you. „You did so
well. I have no words. He’s just perfect.“
He handed the baby back to you and sat
down on the bed beside you. As he wrapped one arm around your
shoulders, you gave him a triumphant grin.
„I was right.“
„It’s a boy. And one can already see
that he will look like you.“
You rested your head against his
shoulder, more than happy with your little family.
Now, 13 years later, a Tomb Raider themed Jeep returns to celebrate 20 years since the original Tomb Raider launched in 1996, and the recent launch of Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration. This time, it has taken on an adventure with Lara, whilst being suspended on a skyscraper in New York City.
Visitors to New York City are invited to check out the Tomb Raider Jeep at the intersection of 52nd and Broadway all October long. If you spot it while in the Big City, use #PrizeOfTheTombRaider and #TombRaider20 to share your photos of the Jeep.
My server, Famfrit, had a big end of school celebration tonight !:) many people were there, and many fireworks were set off ! There was a school glamour contest a few weeks ago and the winners were announced tonight also! I entered that school photo I posted a while back :) and when the winners were announced at the celebration tonight , my entry for my entire FC won!! 💕 I’m so proud of my FC 💕
it’s officially the first day of fall and also Bisexual Pride Day (aka bi visibility day or celebrate bisexuality day), squarely in the middle of Bisexual Awareness Week (sep 20-26). so here’s something for the occasion. be aware of bisexuals. We’re Coming For You
here’s a transparent moon for your blog that will probably look awful on anything but a black background, please credit & do not edit.
Behind the Scenes of the Tomb Raider 20 Year Celebration Medley by Player Piano
In case you missed it at New York Comic Con, Player Piano - comprised of Composer & Pianist Sonya Belousova and Director Tom Grey – debuted an all new music video and medley that spans two decades of franchise history.
The medley takes inspiration from four tracks and twenty years of Tomb Raider history: with features from Nathan McCree’s iconic Tomb Raider theme, haunting notes from Peter Connelly and Martin Iveson’s Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness soundtrack, the global sounds of Tomb Raider: Legend from Troels Folmann and Jason Graves’ grand tribute to Lara Croft’s transition from survivor to Tomb Raider from the 2013 release.
As some insider notes from the making of the video, we counted
ONE wrecked piano – drenched in rain from the Angel of Darkness segment that begins around 01:35.
TWO axes – cleverly positioned next to the piano should any bears or wildlife have made unplanned cameos during the shoot. You can spot these if you look closely in the bottom right of your screen around 02:36.
THREE unique settings as Lara starts out in the vast desert, then quickly traverses to the rainy grounds of a Croft Manor-like setting at night, and lastly a brisk alpine forest similar to the Remnant Valley of Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration.
FOUR nostalgic themes, spanning from the late 90’s hit from franchise composer, Nathan McCree up through the Survivor is Born theme from the 2013 reboot via Jason Graves.
Check out the video on Youtube. As an added bonus, we’ve made the 20 Year Celebration Medley available for free to download on SoundCloud so you can listen to it on repeat while on the go. Additionally, pianists can also download Player Piano’s sheet music so you can recreate the music at home.