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Old 08-07-19, 21:28   #11
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Excellent work!
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Old 08-07-19, 23:13   #12
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I watched this last night and was going to make a thread about it, come to find out you already have!

What a delightful watch it was too, excellent work.

It's so refreshing to see someone who knows TR so well, making a video essay about it. YouTube is rife with TR thinkpieces, but IMO they've all struggled to express what the essence of TR is among fans, because their interest is often superficial, or they've just misinterpreted the point (insofar as there is one) of the game.

(to be fair, that came off very elitist - I'm just saying you seem to understand the game on the same level as many of us here on the forum, who love the series so deeply )

You really hit the nail on the head, though. Snaps for you, and thank you for bringing this to a wider audience, that they might feel the magic too.
This means the world to me - I've more or less felt the same. I think a lot of people were distracted by Lara on more of a superficial/surface level, which I think is a little unfair. I grew up in a household of strong women, and I only remember idolizing Lara (along with characters like Crash and Spyro) because I associate her so closely with my older sister. Now as an adult I think I also simply love the absolute fire and badassery of classic Lara. She fits so snugly with late 90's girl power!
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Old 09-07-19, 01:38   #13
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This means the world to me - I've more or less felt the same. I think a lot of people were distracted by Lara on more of a superficial/surface level, which I think is a little unfair. I grew up in a household of strong women, and I only remember idolizing Lara (along with characters like Crash and Spyro) because I associate her so closely with my older sister. Now as an adult I think I also simply love the absolute fire and badassery of classic Lara. She fits so snugly with late 90's girl power!
To be honest, I'm not sure the reception was entirely Lara's fault - even though there was, as you brought up, a sexual misdirection (ooooh, band name ) to the promotional art for the game.

Just because the game was a proto-cinematic experience, it gets retroactively fitted with the modern definition of an action-adventure game, similar to Uncharted, or indeed reboot TR - which are both cinematic experiences, as action-adventure games have been for a decade now.

That's unfair, though, because in the 90s, video games didn't suffer under nearly as much convention as they do today. TR1 was an action-adventure title, sure, but that didn't really mean anything at the time.

Nowadays, the game gets judged for half-heartedly occupying a niche that people somehow don't realise was invented long after its original release. I think that's where the ignorance (if that isn't too dramatic to say) stems from.

(and then there's the sexualization of Lara, as briefly discussed, but I don't think that's truly done anything on its own to hurt the series - it's only been a handy excuse to put the games down as "lesser than" because it's seemingly compensating with T&A)

Uncharted clearly does the cinematic experience better - where TR, whether classic or reboot IMO, has always focused more on gameplay - and so Lara's legacy is relegated to a footnote that paved the way for Drake...

I'm really glad you spoke about that dissonance. It's like finally someone's doing us ****ing justice for sticking with Lara.

All I can say for myself is that Lara was my best friend, growing up. I didn't even idolize her, necessarily - I just had no friends when I was a kid, so to be able to go on adventures with her, then, meant so much to me...

Today, she's the reason I am who I am, and that's so incredibly cheesy, isn't it, but it's true. The character of Lara Croft (and the world of Tomb Raider, generally) was profoundly formative to my childhood.

People can say what they'd like about the reboots, but I'm just glad my best friend's still around, you know? I don't care for all the in-fighting. I wouldn't be myself if I didn't have her.

Yikes, this got deep...
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Old 09-07-19, 13:39   #14
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What an amazing video. I love everything about it. I was about to go to bed and I ended up watching a 40 minutes long-video. This video describes with precision what TR1 made me feel when I was a kid and what how it still makes me feel while playing it today. It's so well written and edited. Bravo!
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Old 10-07-19, 07:49   #15
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i've seen the video before this post and i can just say how absolutely stunning this video is.
i enjoyed every second of it, keep this up, you are awesome
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Old 11-07-19, 08:06   #16
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Awesome video! And I agree with you: you GET it!

I think the comparison to horror is spot on, although I hadn’t thought of that before. I had always thought the isolation and silence of the first game made it an incredible experience, and both of those things *do* come up a lot in horror films and games.

I also like how you put your finger on the game’s great balance of the expected and the unexpected. By the end you know just how and where to move, you can so often see your path ahead (something later perfected with all the transparencies in Unfinished Business), and yet that mummy or gorilla or raptor can still jar you out of the mechanics and cause you to jump in your seat. The fact that Lara Croft cooly dispatches monsters with a backflip and uzis blazing is all the more fun because you, the player, just got scared by a pixelated creature spawning on your screen.

Looking forward to watching more videos of yours.
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Old 11-07-19, 17:24   #17
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Loved every second of your video. So well done! Subscribed btw

Were you planning on making any more for the series?
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Old 12-07-19, 12:20   #18
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best TR1 video I've ever saw honestly !
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Old 12-07-19, 18:21   #19
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He's currently live-streaming TR2 if anyone's interested on youtube.
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This is such a great video. Wonderful piece of work. Thanks so much for making and sharing it
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