Lara Croft 'birthplace' gets blue plaque

Virtual Tomb Raider star to receive a commemoration on a block of flats built on the site of the creator's old office.

Cyber-babe Lara Croft has had many accolades so far--she's been on the cover of The Face, nominated as one of the top 20 most influential figures of the 20th century by TIME magazine--and now the Tomb Raider heroine will be getting her own blue plaque on a building.

A blue plaque is a permanent sign installed in the UK on buildings or public places to commemorate a link between the location and a famous person or event. Others already commemorated include Mozart, Virginia Woolf, and Jimi Hendrix. However, Lara Croft will not be the first fictional character to be engraved on a blue plaque--detective Sherlock Holmes also has one on his "221B Baker Street" address in London.

The site of the former Core Design offices in Ashbourne Road, Derby, is soon to be the site of a new block of flats developed by Radleigh Homes. The housing developers are going to be putting up a blue plaque on the wall to let visitors know that Lara was "born" there.

Radleigh Homes senior sales manager Paul Walters commented, "We were aware of the history of the building, but it was actually a local resident who wrote to the local paper and suggested it. We're really keen on the idea to mark Lara's 'birthplace.'" He added that the building's likely completion date is the middle of 2008, and as soon as work is finished the plaque will be placed on the building's exterior.

Core Design was founded in 1988 and was acquired by Eidos Interactive in 1996. The development team created the Lara Croft character for the first Tomb Raider game, released on the PlayStation and PC in 1996. A number of sequels followed, including Tomb Raider II and III. Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness was the last Lara title which Core Design worked on, as Eidos then handed over the development of the series to Crystal Dynamics.

The reasoning behind this, according to Eidos' product acquisition developer, Ian Livingstone, was to freshen things up. "I think a lot of the team at Core Design were exhausted and they were struggling with the [PlayStation 2] tools." In 2006, Core Design was sold to Oxford-based development studio Rebellion, which took over the material assets and management of former Core staff. Core moved from the Ashbourne Road offices in 2000.

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ObiKKa
ObiKKa

HybridRogue "The development team created the Lara Croft character for the first Tomb Raider game, released on the SATURN, PlayStation and PC in 1996." StreetFighter10 It was on the Saturn too. Please emply people that know their stuff instead of boredly 'putting in their own words' crap they lifted from newspapers. monco59 "The development team created the Lara Croft character for the first Tomb Raider game, released on the PlayStation and PC in 1996." Stupid GS, forgetting all about the Saturn. Now that was a console... Anyways, congrats to Lara. OK, dudes, look. Gamespot isn't stupid at all. Tomb Raider was first released on the Saturn console, BUT specifically in 1995, not 1996, I'm sure. However it made little impact, and when it was released on the PS1 (along with the PC) that's when it shook the world with an earthquake of magnitude 10.1, and that's how the TR franchise began to become immortalised.

tyzwain
tyzwain

Awesome! I can go visit it sometime lol...or maybe not... anyway i'm glad British gaming is being recognised for its talent.

yeahdogg
yeahdogg

I was a big fan of the first Tomb Raider game on the PS1. I'm curious to see what this 're-imagining' will be like. I'm anxious to play it... on the Wii!

cannibal127-9
cannibal127-9

Wow. Some one is really hateful of Ms. Croft... The most recognized character in videogame history.

Tomdogg
Tomdogg

Tomb raider is my favorite game of all time, and nothing will ever change that for as long as I exsist in this world.

wild_world_girl
wild_world_girl

Tomb Raider is in my top 3 favorite games of all time. I love the anniversary edition, and I think that while legends for their work on TR, TR:2 and TR:LR - Core lost the edge so to speak. I figured it was over until Crystal Dynamics did Legend, and if Anniversary Edition is an indicator of things to come, I am very, very happy. EDIT - the article fails to mention Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation! Why is that always looked at as the "stepchild" of the PS TRs? It is AMAZINGLY good, especially when compared to it's predecessor, TR3.

luksifox
luksifox

Since Crystal Dynamics took over, the game went from E to A+.

theKSMM
theKSMM

Tomb Raider is one of my favorite games of all time, one of the few that I was compelled to play to completion, so I'm always happy to see the franchise get its kudos. I know that everyone doesn't share my sentiments, but it's hard not to acknowledge that it's one of the greatest franchises / characters in gaming.

Mugen100
Mugen100

lol ratgril i can't believe you claim to be so much of a fan and still haven't realised she is called 'Lara' not 'Laura'

Yodake
Yodake

She's sexy yet sensual. ... she can make a gamer go wild and that's a women should be like all miss Lara

TTDog
TTDog

@ratgril; your comments would have so much more impact if you had managed to spell her name right.

ratgril
ratgril

mkurtz- thank you sooo much for letting the rest of us know the Laura is a ho. I mean, we would have never picked up on that without your help. Really......i'm sorry, but its just been one time too many that i have heard that phrase. YOU don't like the franchise, therefore its main character is a ho. Do you realize how ignorant that makes you sound? Look , Tomb Raider 3 was one of the first games i ever played. I liked it so much that i ran out and bought the first two right away. I have enjoyed every game since, some more than others (save angel of darkness) . What you are missing is that at the time, the franchise did things differently, it wasn't just about Laura, it was the story, the locations, the pondering on how to get over the ravine, or out of the raft, or away from killer statue before you fried, drowned, or snapped your neck (come on, admit it...how many of you deliberately flung Laura to her death just to hear those crunching sounds she made). Was Laura influential? Well, no, she didn't achieve world peace, but she certainly made an impact on video games. Since mkurtz doesn't seem to have a problem with giving plaques to video game characters, i wonder who he thinks is worthy? Would they be recognized by as many non-gamers as Laura is? No? If only she wasn't, well, such a ho.........

YukoAsho
YukoAsho

mkurts - Considering Lara Croft is perhaps the only female video game character to garner any long-term appeal at all, as well as being a model of strength and independance so rare in female video game characters, I'd say this is an important character. That being said, I agree with azizrulez, we need to be throwing Core Design a bone here.

mkurts
mkurts

Lara is influential ? Probably only to her fanbase (who gets a turn on from her pixelated sexiness block body with massive boobs). Who cares about her birthplace ? There are so many other game characters more deserving of a plaque than this ho. Absolutely Pathetic.

serph-1925
serph-1925

Good for her i like lara corft very, so any new games thats tomb raider i will play it.Evend if its a remake, but it better not be a 6 hours of gameplay like the legend.

psymon_05
psymon_05

eggisboss, it doesn't say she's the first fictional character to get a plaque. Read the article properly. It also fully acknowledges Sherlock Holmes was a fictional character.

BrUnOdeFeNiX
BrUnOdeFeNiX

i don't know if I will buy this game, because is remake, nothing more, no news, ....

eggsiboss
eggsiboss

doh, who writes this tosh!! It says she is the first fictional character that has one of these and then goes on to say about sherlock holmes having one too, yeah and he isnt fictional at all!!! Jeez if you want someone who can actually write to come and work for you, please give me a call, you have my details!! PM me seriously because this lack of attention to detail can only perpetuate current levels of ignorance :)

HXCDEW
HXCDEW

Shoal, wake up and smell the coffee. Your daughters can't even dream to emulate Lara. It's a fictional character, get it? Girls have been trying to emulate skinny top models for ages, don't try to blame it on a gaming icon.

HXCDEW
HXCDEW

Shoal, wake up and smell the coffee. Your daughters can't even dream to emulate Lara. It's a fictional character, get it? Girls have been trying to emulate skinny top models for ages, don't try to blame it on a gaming icon.

azizrulez
azizrulez

shouldnt the creator be honored instead of the creation

Sergsky
Sergsky

Shoal I agree with you, but this is not a person, it's a character and they are celebrating the success of the people that worked behind it. radbytrade Ulysses and Oedipus are not British either.

HybridRogue
HybridRogue

"The development team created the Lara Croft character for the first Tomb Raider game, released on the SATURN, PlayStation and PC in 1996."

komradandre
komradandre

good to see that their priorities are in good order.

HuxleyHobbes
HuxleyHobbes

Did y'all maybe think this is about an important videogame franchise more than the character who was in it? 'Cause I dunno about anyone else, but much as I'm not particularly interested in the Tomb Raider games anymore, back in the day they were massive, and even my grandma knows who Lara Croft is. Tomb Raider, and as a result Croft, form a major part of the later 90s gaming scene.

TheUnionFrag
TheUnionFrag

What a waste of blue paint and metal . . .

coolasj19
coolasj19

Reetesh Look at the number of Tomb raider ports and versions!! i know im more amazed at the # of tomb raiders than this mediocre news peice 42 in total!!!!!

Reetesh
Reetesh

Look at the number of Tomb raider ports and versions!!

radbytrade
radbytrade

Sergsky, Ulysses and Oedipus also don't have blue plaques. :P

BigDaveyDogz
BigDaveyDogz

Maybe you missed my point. She is the first real female gaming icon. That is mostly what she is being praised for!

Shoal
Shoal

Sergsky, I guess I have this crazy idea that people who aren't role models shouldn't be given accolades.

Sergsky
Sergsky

Shoal They are not awarding Lara Croft for her physique or her pretentious one liners. She's just a character, you know? It's because she's very likable. Sales prove that. Will you bash Ulysses and Oedipus too? They are not role models either.

Fyernix
Fyernix

plaque, like as in what you get on your teeth?

goodemon
goodemon

Lara Croft is so awesome how can you bash her? (Shoal) Someone is angry at pretty people...

mohmaaytah
mohmaaytah

LOL, I live next to Ashbourne Road, never new Lara was born here!

dr_jashugan
dr_jashugan

I prefer a photo instead of a plaque. 8)

Shoal
Shoal

PhatSeeJay, Lara Croft is not a strong woman. She has an impossible figure, is good with a gun, and is incredibly pretentious in word, action, and dress. That's not strength; that's not character; that's not intregrity. I would never, ever want my daughters -- or any little girl -- to want to emulate Lara Croft in any way, shape, or form. Remove her sexy physique, her skill at combat, and her sassy quick wit and what's left? Not a thing. We might as well give a plaque to James Bond while we're at it.

StreetFighter10
StreetFighter10

It was on the Saturn too. Please emply people that know their stuff instead of boredly 'putting in their own words' crap they lifted from newspapers.

monco59
monco59

"The development team created the Lara Croft character for the first Tomb Raider game, released on the PlayStation and PC in 1996." Stupid GS, forgetting all about the Saturn. Now that was a console... Anyways, congrats to Lara.

zsc4
zsc4

Wow, plaque...wait it's only plaque :P :roll:

Proman84
Proman84

Meh, much ado about nothing.