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Copyright 2010 Guinness World Records Press Release
[ January 21st 2010 ]
game character Lara
Croft, star of the hugely successful Tomb
Raider computer game franchise, has cemented her
status as video gaming's leading lady by notching
up an impressive six world record entries in the
brand new edition of Guinness World Records 2010
Gamer's Edition, published Thursday 21 January
means Lara Croft is now officially recognised
as the "Most Successful Video Game Heroine," "Most
Recognisable Female Character in a Video Game"
and "Most Detailed Video Game Character" while
Tomb Raider set new records as "Highest Grossing
Computer Game Spin Off", "Most Successful Live-Action
Transfer" and "Most Official Real Life Stand-Ins
in a Video Game".
Croft has transcended the boundary of the video
game to become a recognisable figure in mainstream
society, making her "Most Successful Video Game
Heroine" and "Most Recognisable Female in a Video
Game". Her position at the helm of the Tomb Raider
franchise has seen her star in two blockbuster
movies, TV advertisements for Lucozade and SEAT
cars. She has also appeared on the front cover
of style magazine The Face has even shared the
stage with rock band U2.
Croft is also the "Most Detailed Video Game Character".
In her Tomb Raider: Underworld incarnation, developers
used a character model consisting of 32,816 rendered
polygons during gameplay, which as well as ensuring
the video game looked amazing, also set a new
Raider is the video-game with the "Most Official
Real Life Stand-Ins" with Lara Croft having been
officially portrayed by 10 different models since
1996. Actress Rhona Mitra and TV presenter Nell
McAndrew are among the stars who became famous
as the official face (and body) of Lara Croft.
The most recent "real-life" Lara (pictured) is
UK gymnast and model Alison Carroll, who took
up the mantle from Karima Adebibe in 2008.
Croft: Tomb Raider already ranks as the highest
grossing video-game movie, but together with its
sequel, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of
Life (USA, 2003), the franchise has grossed in
excess of $431 million (GBP216 million) as of
July 2008, making it the "Most Successful Live-Action
Transfer" of all time.
World Records Gaming Editor, Gaz Deaves, says:
"Lara Croft epitomizes all that's great about
video gaming and we're delighted to acknowledge
her success by awarding her with six official
record entries including making her the most-famous
and most-successful female video game character
in the world."
Stewart, Brand Director of Crystal Dynamics, said:
"After traveling the world for 14 years now, exploring
and uncovering some of the world's greatest secrets,
Lara Croft has continued to remain one of the
most recognisable video game characters in the
world. She continues to break new ground and we
are thrilled that Lara has been recognised through
these Guinness World Records."
World Records 2010 Gamer's Edition is published
Thursday 21 January 2010 and is the third instalment
of the successful Gamer's series devoted to the
latest and greatest in video gaming. Guinness
World Records is the globally-recognised authority
on record-breaking achievements.