Tomb Raider

Tomb Raider

Platform:

PlayStation 1

Developer:

Core Design

Release Date:

1996

Notes:

While volumes could, and have, been written on the inaccuracies and problems of archaeological representation with the Tomb Raider series, it does mark an important moment for us as a discipline, as it was entry of women archaeologists into games media consciousness.

Unfortunately, in all other ways, it was a massive regression. The game is all looting, unethical field behavior, and poor professional choices, setting us back representationally for at least another 10 years, until the series re-wrote their own canon, turning Lara Croft from a rich tomb raiding dilettante into a University College London archaeology student on an expedition with her major professor.