Articles:2018/05/04/World Video Game Hall of Fame

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The original Tomb Raider from 1996 - and with it Lara Croft - now are officially recognized in the World Video Game Hall of Fame.

Combining the best elements of action-adventure games with platform games and puzzle-solving, Tomb Raider (1996) provided gamers with a unique cinematic 3-D universe, leading-edge graphics, and a female protagonist who remains an iconic figure in gaming. Largely thanks to the character of Lara Croft, and Angelina Jolie's theatrical portrayal of her in a blockbuster movie, Tomb Raider enjoys a widespread appeal among gamers and non-gamers alike, and currently heads a franchise that has sold more than 63 million units worldwide. "The Guinness World Records cites Lara Croft as the 'most recognized female video game character' of all time," says Curator Shannon Symonds. "The character is not without controversy for her early status as a sex symbol, but she’s evolved with the franchise to become the epitome of a strong female hero."

In a Twitter message[1] to the fans Ron Rosenberg and Scot Amos, both co-heads of studio at Crystal Dynamics thank the World Video Game Hall of Fame at The Strong for recognizing the impact Lara has had over the years.