Being Lara Croft

I finally found an Xbox game that I can identify with, “Tomb Raider. Yanno, Lara Croft® and all. It’s so obvious that this is the kind of game for me. So, you might think, why did it take you so long to figure out that this is the game for you? I guess I was just lost in the maze of vid games.

Here's a great photo of Lara Croft from HD Wallpapers. (

Here’s a great photo of Lara Croft from HD Wallpapers.

Anyway, I finally tried being Lara Croft and, so far, I’ve enjoyed playing the game. I’m about 64% into the game, but I’m not sure how much farther I’ll be able to go. For me, Xbox games are hard and very time consuming.

You can buy "Tomb Raider" on Amazon. (

You can buy “Tomb Raider” on Amazon.

I love the graphics and the remote, ancient Japanese island setting, and there’s time to do a lot of exploring which I like.

I don’t enjoy running around and killing things but the designers have done a good job of making me want to shoot the evil, murderous psychos that inhabit the island. And I like my bow and shot gun, and I like my AK47 and even my pistol. heh

I’d like to finish the game but game designers don’t seem to envision gamers who are over 30. I want to finish so I’ll have the skills needed to join the online, multiplayer game.

OTOH and the thing is, if the multiplayer experience is anything like the challenges in completing this game, I’m not likely to last very long.

About Yordie

I'm a blogger and photographer on WordPress. I'm active on Twitter. I'm a U.S. Air Force veteran. I'm a gamer in Fallout series, Skyrim, and other games, including an avatar in Second Life. I wrote the sci-fi novel, The Temporal Expeditions.
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8 Responses to Being Lara Croft

  1. Omg Yordie!! Good for you!! I tried one of the Lara Croft games and it drove me mad. I just can’t handle a thrill a minute lol. Anyway, I am more the caterpillar in Wonderland, sitting on a mushroom in the woods, smoking my hookah and contemplating my segmented abdomen. (on Sister Moon) You go girl!!


    • Yordie says:

      “Tomb Raider” has beautiful graphics, although I dread the caves and tombs, very gory, and there’s plenty of time to explore the amazing areas. OTOH, those thrill a minute situations/ordeals make me a nervous wreck. And to make matters worse, they get longer and more intense each time you advance in the game. After each of those fast ordeals I have to shutdown the game for a few days. Usually I comeback a little better coordinated and I’m able to use the controller a little more skillfully. And I’m on “EASY” mode, which is not easy at all. I prefer being a female as opposed to something like “Mason” in “Call of Duty”, for example. It’s a good distraction when I need to just take a break but I couldn’t take a steady dose of it.


      • I hear you and I did the exact same thing when I played one. I had to have a long rest in between but I made it through finally!! Once was enough for me!! 😀


        • Yordie says:

          Ah! I’ve wondered about that, if I’d continue to other games once I finish this one. I’ve started some others and I expect to continue playing the “Madden” football game with my ex, but I’m not sure how long I’ll remain interested in these shoot’em-up games. I’m at 68% now, so still a lot of play left in Tomb Raider.


  2. Second Life’s Yordie Sands to me always was a Lara Croft so it’s no surprise to me you like it. 🙂


  3. Hello Yordie! The multiplayer experience sounds interesting – I’d love to hear about it if you do decide to try it. As someone who was murdered by her husband, at her own brother’s command (sadly while that might have been a sort of “game” it was not fiction. But it was also 438 years ago and I’ve decided to let it go, move on, and live my new life in the here and now – more on that in a moment…

    Anyway, given my past, I don’t think I’d enjoy being repeatedly terminated by more hardcore players, but I do think the MMO is such a compelling space. You could argue that even 400 years ago the Medici Court was an MMO, but I do love the spontaneity of the interaction possible in your century.

    Speaking of “spontaneity,” your century has inspired me to try something I never would have imagined: Start a University!

    Medici University will be different. Very different. Our focus is Graduate Alternative Programs or “GAPs”. Instead of “wiser than you” faculty who tell you what to go do with your graduate program, at MU we empower students to create their own, individualized GAPs. Then we save them many tens of thousands in debt by empowering them to go attack their self-designed program in their own way.

    I was inspired by the spirit of adventure you discussed in this post, and I wonder if you might like to be a Professor of Adventure Studies at MU?

    Here is a prospectus which will give you an overview of the plans for MU. Please let me know if you have questions or suggestions. And, of course, please let any potential graduate students you may know about this exciting new opportunity.

    Warmest Personal Regards,

    Isabella Medici


    • Yordie says:

      Wow, that’s very cool, Isabella! I’m definitely interested in the Renaissance era and it’s a good fit for a virtual university and virtual world in general. My knowledge of the era is limited, as I’ve spent most of mine Italian history mindshare on the period from about 50BCE to 100CE. And I’m sorry to say that my real life has left me little time for new projects. I’ll check in on the Medici University as you progress along. Kindest regards… Yordie


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