Do you remember what it felt like watching the Bond films before Daniel Craig came in? There were all kinds of shiny — the guns, the gadgets, the cars, and the ladies’ legs. You’d watch it, because it was fun, but you didn’t feel like rooting for that tux-donning gentleman named Bond through all his travails, walking through them in one piece, invulnerably, in suave fashion, with nary a hint of “ugh,” “aaagh!” or “ouch.”
Do you remember what it felt like watching the Bond films when Daniel Craig came in? You’d gasp for breath when he jumps from one building roof to another, hundreds of feet above solid ground, already bruised and bleeding.
And you’d root for this guy because you knew he had motivation, there was a personal struggle for him, and through all his travails, he visibly got punched with an “oomph,” got knife-actioned with an “aaagh,” and literally got beat up in the balls with an “AAAGH!”
That’s why for Daniel Carrapa, architect, gamer and blogger, “like going through pre-Daniel Craig Bond movies,” the main problem for Lara Croft “is that along the way they forgot to develop Lara into a fully grown character.”
And he’s not talking about her breasts. In fact, he talks about, in writing, why the reboot is needed — good stuff that we just felt the need to reblog. Because here at Reads to Raid, we repost things we wish we wrote, but alas didn’t.Raid through »
Imagine getting so immersed in exploring the newest — or rather, the oldest — tomb you’ve uncovered. Just you and Lara, and the trees standing by, their leaves swaying slowly, their shadows cast on her skin as the sun shines idly by, above them.
Imagine hearing water running in the distance, in chorus with the chirping of birds that seem to stalk to you — somehow always there, but never quite in sight, then the brittle leaves on warm earth, crunching at Lara’s slightest moves… then *CLANG!* — that of a bear trap! Gnawing, digging through Lara’s leg! Blood draining. Pull leg, bear the metal scratching to the bones? Bear hours unclasping the damn thing, blood flowing to the night?
So you wanna be a smart ass and explore? Go the farthest distance and see what’s on the other side? Well, here you are tough guy. You’re dying, life bar’s draining, dead.
And so Moon-Safari writes, “I think it would be so cool if there were penalties for foolish exploration.” As do we. And that’s why for our first edition of Reads to Raid, we’re bringing you what Moon-Safari candidly writes as “cool” punishment for simply doing standard raiding. Because here at Reads to Raid, we repost things we wish we wrote, but alas didn’t.Raid through »