Tuesday, 11 April 2006

Lara Croft No. 1

Lara Croft (2006)
Tomb Raider Legend - the seventh Lara Croft adventure - zooms to No.1 in the official UK games charts, the fastest selling game of 2006 so far. But this isn't all. Lara has been socking it to 'em for a whole decade. Tomb Raider is one of the best-selling video game franchises ever: more than 28 million copies sold worldwide. Last Friday the Guinness Book of World Records pronounced Lara Croft the "most successful human video game heroine" in history. In short, she's a work of art and an extremely popular one.
So why is it we find stories like this in the BBC's technology section, instead of in its arts section? Because the Art Establishment is totally out of touch with 21st century art. It wants to maintain its elitist posturing and browbeat us peasants into admiring that tripe which it defines as Art. So third-rate craftspersons who couldn't make a living as cabinet makers create trash for the art galleries and museums, while real artists create today's icons, such as our two-gun Venus: Lara Croft.


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