In the Spotlight: Findlay G

findlay-gSo, tell us a little about yourself.

I’m 15 years old and, I’d imagine, one of the younger fans of the Tomb Raider series. I have an unhealthy addiction to video games (obviously Tomb Raider is among them), computers, and other types of technology.

When and how did you learn about the Tomb Raider series?

I learned about the series when I was probably 7 or 8, when my brother had TR1 for PS1. If I can remember correctly, he had played the first couple of levels or so before I got my hands on the game, but I was in no position to jump in at the deep end so I pottered about in the training level for a bit, then started the game from scratch.

Do you run a Tomb Raider fansite or blog? If so, what would you say was your biggest achievement to date?

Sadly, no, I do not run a Tomb Raider fansite or blog. A blog is certainly something I will think about in the future but, at present, I haven’t got the time. If it counts, I have a Twitter account (@findlaygrant5) which I use for Tomb Raider-related things, such as connecting with other fans, commenting on others’ thoughts on new releases, etc.

How has Tomb Raider changed your life?

I’m ashamed to say Tomb Raider hasn’t really changed my life. It has slightly changed my perspective about archaeology, however. This is because the games give me an insight into various topics that are of use, which I will go into more depth about later.

Were you interested in archaeology before discovering Tomb Raider? Have the Tomb Raider games and films inspired you to learn more about ancient history?

Yes, I was interested in it. As I said before, they give me an insight into various topics that are useful and this is helpful because I have been part of an archaeology club since I was 8. By coincidence, I have known about certain subjects because of the games. For example, we had a meeting on Norse mythology, which I only knew about through playing Underworld, and knew the fact that Mjölnir was the name of Thor’s hammer.

What are your thoughts on Lara’s image? Is she simply the product of a sexist gaming industry or can she be seen as a positive role model?

I think she can be seen as a positive role model. To me, she encourages self-sufficiency and determination.

What’s your favourite Tomb Raider game?

It would have to be a tie between TR1 and Anniversary.

And your least favourite game?

No such thing! If I had to pick one, I’d say Angel of Darkness as it was a very rushed game.

Classic, Legend-Anniversary-Underworld or Reboot Lara?

As I said above, it would have to be a tie between the Classic and Anniversary Lara

Do you have any favourite Tomb Raider moments or quotes?

Probably “Drop it, Zip, or I’ll drop you!” from Underworld. It shows how cold-hearted Lara is and proves that, if needs be, she will even kill her friends to achieve what she wants.

What about least favourite moments? Is there anything you dislike about the games/films/comics?

The way that Lara kills Pierre in Anniversary. In my opinion, shooting someone just because they have a fuse I would like doesn’t make it justifiable.

If you could change one thing about the Tomb Raider franchise, what would you change?

I can’t really think of anything wrong with it that needs changing.

Which places would you like to see Lara explore in future games?

Anywhere the dev team think of! I realise that this may appear a cop-out, but they normally do such a brilliant job. I’m never left disappointed.

Finally, if you could join Lara on one of her adventures, where would you go?

Probably Japan from Legend. I don’t know why, but I just find it appealing.

A huge thanks to Findlay for taking part in our series of fan interviews. You can find him over on Twitter under the username @findlaygrant5.

If you enjoyed this interview and want to read others like it, you can find an archive of all our fan interviews over here.

About Kelly M

Kelly McGuire is a translator, editor, writer, and gamer with a passion for archaeology, foreign languages, cultural heritage, and wildlife conservation. She tweets under the username @TRHorizons and is the admin and chief content creator for Tomb Raider Horizons.

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