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Weekly Wrap-Up #6! 05/20/2016

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Week of: 05/20/2016

Hey, hey! Here we are at Weekly Wrap-up #6 already! Let’s see what we can do about getting Tomb Raider Uncovered for this week.

In the name of the 20th anniversary of this glorious icon and game, Tomb Raider, Crystal Dynamics has made available Fankits! So let’s get on with the show!

#TombRaider20 Celebration Tribute – The Original 

Ready to join the #TombRaider20 celebration? Throughout 2016 we’ll highlight major milestones from the past two decades, starting with a retrospective look at the original Tomb Raider from 1996. Check out our fankit on Flickr to share in on the nostalgia and download your own social banners, screenshots, renders, and more.

And that news was only the beginning. Hold on to your backpacks, because there is more news about the magazine covers! The greatest news ever!

*GOING FOR THE GUINNESS WORLD RECORD*
VIDEO GAME CHARACTER WITH THE MOST MAGAZINE FRONT COVERS

Update: Only 200 more covers to go to reach our goal!

We’ve now assembled nearly 900 magazines in our collection and are looking to reach over 1,100 to set a high bar!

Last week, we formally applied for the Guinness World Record for Lara Croft as the Video Game Character with the Most Magazine Front Covers.

You’ve likely read these instructions weekly but we’re looking for a final push for the community to help be a part of Tomb Raider history by adding Lara Croft magazine covers to our Flickr collection.

If members of your community have magazine covers they would like to contribute, please help us by gathering links to the relevant Flickr albums and sending us an e-mail with all the links. Thank you for your contributions thus far!

So, if you would like to contribute as a fan to this project this is what you can do!

As part of our 20 year celebration, we’ve been trying to get a good count on how many covers Lara Croft has been on over the last two decades. We’ve found it to be almost impossible to track, and want to enlist your help!

We’d love for you to scan and upload the covers (covers only, no interiors) to Flickr which allows uncompressed image uploads. You can create a Flickr account for free if you don’t have one yet. Once you’ve uploaded them, send us a link to your dedicated album of Tomb Raider covers, and we’ll select those we don’t have in the collection yet and favorite them as a means to adding them to a single feed. Meagan uploaded a few to her own account so that you can see what we’re aiming for here.

A few notes:

  • Upload to a PUBLIC album so other contributors can see which magazines are already in the collection
  • These can be any magazine with images of Lara Croft or Tomb Raider on them related to the Tomb Raider games, comics, movies, or merchandise. Even covers with Angelina Jolie on them count, as long as they are billed as an interview about Tomb Raider. The only thing we won’t accept is adult magazines with ties to Tomb Raider.
  • The cover can be shared with another gaming character, as long as Lara takes up at least half of the image.
  • Please ensure the cover doesn’t have a mailing address on it. If it does, please Photoshop or obscure any personal details prior to scanning.
  • In the title of the image, please put the magazine name, issue number, and month/date of release. In the caption, please put the country it is from.

You can watermark the cover image if it is a rare image, but please put it somewhere small and inconspicuous so that it doesn’t detract from the overall design. We want this to feel like an art gallery.

HDR Comes to Rise of the Tomb Raider!

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Last week, NVIDIA posted a new blog on their site about the process of implementing HDR in Rise of the Tomb Raider. Written by Jeroen Soethoudt and Jurjen Katsman (Nixxes) and Holger Gruen (NVIDIA), this blog explores how the team added support for true HDR to a real-time 3D application, focusing on the challenges tied to game development.

Amongst other things, the great cinematic quality of this fantastic game is what got us at NVIDIA interested. Also, an analysis of many captures of the game showed that the pre-tone mapping data had truly amazing scope for HDR.”

Click here to read the entire blog post.

Gear Up Guide: Konstantin

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Go here to check out the Crystal Tidbit! 

Fanart Friday!

Check this beautiful contribution to the Baba Yaga DLC. If you click on the above link you can learn more about this piece.

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Well folks, that’s a wrap! I am so excited about the many changes and items made ready and some on the horizon coming for Tomb Raider. Lara Croft has more than a bottomless backpack to share. Stay tuned for more news straight from Crystal Dynamics about our favourite game icon Lara Croft and Tomb Raider!

For now, gather your wits, tools and gear up for an exquisite adventure. Maybe you will discover your own mystery hidden away for centuries. Happy raiding all!

~Emma Q

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