Ten Years of Tomb Raider: A GameTap Retrospective

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Ten Years of Tomb Raider: A GameTap Retrospective
Country of origin USA
Executive producer(s) Ricardo Sanchez, Christopher Peeler
Producer(s) Will Payne
Running time 42:00
Original channel GameTap (web) / GamePlay HD (TV)
Original airing June 28, 2007 (web) / February 2, 2008 (TV)

Ten Years of Tomb Raider: A GameTap Retrospective, a nine-part documentary produced by online video game service GameTap, presents a partial history of Lara Croft and the Tomb Raider franchise, from the creation of the original game for the PC, PlayStation and Sega Saturn, to her status as a feminist icon and the making of Tomb Raider: Anniversary.

Whereas Ten Years of Tomb Raider's web release occurred episode-by-episode over the course of several weeks, the broadcast premiere (GamePlay HD) featured the entire documentary at once (42-minute running time). The documentary was also included on a bonus DVD with the Tomb Raider: Anniversary Collector's Edition released in Europe.[1]

The documentary was narrated by Keeley Hawes, TV/film star and former voice of Lara in the franchise. And later appeared on the bonus DVD of Collector's Edition of Tomb Raider: Anniversary.

The Episodes[edit]

  • Episode 1: Anniversary
A behind the scenes feature on Tomb Raider: Anniversary.
  • Episode 2: Not Just a Video Game
This episode shows the origins of Lara Croft and her rise to popularity.
  • Episode 3: Buried Alive
This episode shows how the development team was pressured to release a new Tomb Raider game each year and how this may have driven them to "kill off" Lara Croft in Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation.
  • Episode 4: Reanimation
This episode examines Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness and how it prompted Eidos to transfer series development from Core Design to Crystal Dynamics.
  • Episode 5: Pop Goes Tomb Raider
This episode chronicles Lara Crofts appearances outside the games and the various licensing deals Eidos has made.
  • Episode 6: Pixelated and Debated
This episode compares the perceptions of Lara Croft as both an "unrealistic adolescent fantasy" and a "feminist icon"
  • Episode 7: Lara Lovers
An episode about Tomb Raider fans around the world.
  • Episode 8: A Tale of 5 Laras
This episode is about 5 of the official Lara models who have portrayed the character and various events.
  • Episode 9: Being Lara Croft
An episode about Karima Adebibe, the current Lara model at the time of the documentary.


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