2 May 2010

2nd May 2010

As promised I have wrote a second part to the "Police, Models and Highway Pursuits". Like the original this article looks at the Tomb Raider series and picks out some of the funniest or interesting moments since it's birth in 1996. Last time there was police catching 'armed' cosplayers, life sized Lara being impounded, interviewers not knowing where to draw the line and Jolie's continuing portrayal of the video game heroine. The last article was alot of fun to write and I hope you enjoy this one too.

Megan Fox was asked to star as Lara in the third movie. Very little has been released so far, the main focus is on who will be replacing Angelina Jolie as we know that the origin movie demands a new actress as the lead role. While being asked, Megan was busy filming Transformers 2. Like the Wonderwomen role she declined, because she didn't want to be compared with Angelina Jolie. What I found quite amusing is one of her outfits in a scene that he wore after. Vest, shorts, boots, with her hair tied back and a big belt...Sound familiar. You can view the photo HERE, the link will redirect you to The Sun with a photo of Megan Fox in her outfit.

The second story is about another movie actress; Angelina Jolie. In the previous article I mentioned about her desire to return as Lara in the next film and how (even though she's not returning) she has stayed in role. She recently moved to Venice to film a few scenes for her upcoming movie, Venice is of course one of the most popular levels in Tomb Raider 2. Angelina also bought herself a nice pair of dual pistols, the same type as Lara's in the movie. There is actually a few more coincidences appearing now, one of her scenes in the new movie is for her to drive a boat around Venice (that was a great TR level, but really difficult) and I managed to find an old article with an interview with her stating that she wants to buy the bungee ropes that she had in the TR movie. If you already follow the other sites, there are several mentions of her saying that Megan Fox isn't good enough for the role as well as her desire to return. I have this feeling...call it strange...but I think she wants to return.

The third story isn't so much Tomb Raider related, than Eidos related. Some of you might be aware from news articles (if you follow the Batman Arkham Asylum game) you can't download it without several serious errors, one of them being is unable to glide. Batman will repeatedly attempt to do this action but fail. This was programmed to stop people using pirate copies. In early September, a gamer posted the following comment on the Official Eidos forums:
I've got a problem when it's time to use Batman's glide in the game. When I hold , like it's said to jump from one platform to another, Batman tries to open his wings again and again instead of gliding. So he fels down in a poisoning gas. If somebody could tel me, what should I do there?
Now this was picked up by Keir (Community manager at Eidos, if you've been on the forums you've probably bumped into him a few times). Recognising it was a pirated copy he replied:
The problem you have encountered is a hook in the copy protection, to catch out people who try and download cracked versions of the game for free. It's not a bug in the game's code, it's a bug in your moral code. 

It's an awesome line, and I want it on a t-shirt! One of the reasons how they were discovered to have an illegal copy as well as asking for help getting through a hook was because they asked for help for Batman:AA on PC before the PC version of the game was out. And the poisoning gas doesn't appear in the PC demo. After the reply, another member posted a new thread asking for Eidos to apologise, and then opened another account to agree to their thread! Seriously...Why!

As our final story I would like to return to the Lara Croft statue I mentioned in my previous article. A man who brought home the statue to sell it on eBay left it by the window. Later that evening he received numerous random phone calls and decided to inform the police, the police came and saw a gun wielding manic by the window. They closed off the street and knocked on the door. After hearing silence they entered the house armed and wearing protective gear to see a Lara statue by the window and it's terrified owner. The owner was charged with a firearms offense and Lara was impounded. Recently I have found a follow up article to this story....and it has a good ending...of sorts. After five days following the inquiry the statue was returned to the owner; David William. The statue was missing three fingers, which had broken while in the Police care. The owner who was bailed said that the damage rendered the statue "worthless"...Who wouldn't still have it! It's just a flesh wound! UPDATE: I wrote the previous section about a three weeks back, and recently I noticed a very familiar looking statue on eBay. It turns out that the "worthless" statue was bought by someone after the event, because it is a big statue the new owner is now selling it on eBay. CLICK HERE for the link. It made me smile.


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