Towards the end of last year, NekoJonez from NekoJonez’s Gaming Blog rounded up a group of 13 bloggers to create The Legend of Zelda Retrospective. Together we looked back through series from its beginning on the NES in 1986 right up to Breath of the Wild in 2017 and shared fond memories involving each of the titles. I had the pleasure of telling my story about my stepson’s introduction to Ocarina of Time and the cure for his Minecraft obsession.
Although a huge undertaking and exercise in coordination, Jonez has decided to do it all again with an upcoming collaboration focusing on Tomb Raider. Archaeologist Lara Croft has gone through many changes since the original game in 1996 and she, along with the franchise itself, are now one of the most well-known and loved throughout gaming history. It laid the foundations for and popularised action-adventure video games, even appearing on the long-list for the nation’s favourite example of British design in 2006.
When I asked Jonez how he’d come up with the idea for this collaboration, here’s what he told me: “I love Tomb Raider since it’s so close to the series that is the basis for my name: Indiana Jonez – I mean Jones. The nostalgia surrounding it is just overwhelming. After completing the Zelda project, two writers started on a Final Fantasy project. While I didn’t write an article for this, I helped them behind the scenes. Now since the new Tomb Raider movie released this year and a new game is coming soon, I want to give the same love to the franchise.”
Bloggers who have already signed up to take part include Ryan from Games With Coffee, Chris from OverThinker Y and TriformTrinity, so anybody else interested in joining in will be in great company. Although several YouTubers have been in touch with Jonez, he’s looking to keep this as a blogging collaboration which means there are still spots available on the team. Head over to the contact page on his site or Twitter and send him your details if this sounds appealing.
Does it matter if you haven’t played a Tomb Raider game before or have a somewhat negative opinion of them? Not at all, and having a range of gamers on board will add a unique aspect to the project. My only real experience with the series is with the original title and even that is indirectly: my brother played it extensively while I was preparing for my Dance GCSE back in the mid-nineties, so much so that The Tomb Raider Theme ended up becoming the music to which my practical exam was performed. Yet I’m part of the crew and have a plan up my sleeve…
My other-half and I will be live on the Later Levels’ Twitch channel from 11:00 BST on Saturday, 04 August 2018 as we work our way through the Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light and Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris cooperatives. Jonez himself will hopefully be joining us in the chat room too! There’ll be some breaks along the way but we’re planning to stream continuously all weekend until both titles have been completed, after which (and several hours’ sleep) we’ll be sharing our thoughts in a post.
There’ll be more news about the collaboration – known as Tomb Raider: Writers’ Raid – and our stream in the coming weeks and in the meantime, I’d like to thank Jonez for his very kind Real Neat Blog Award last month! Now let’s do Lara proud.