Square Enix announced today in a press release that they are celebrating two new Guinness World Records wins for "Most Magazine Covers for a Videogame Character" and "Largest Gathering Of People Dressed As Lara Croft."
The Tomb Raider franchise is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, and since Lara Croft's debut in 1996, she has been featured on the cover of thousands of magazines. She has appeared on magazine covers front-and-center approximately 1,230 times. When you factor in the amount of times she has appeared on the cover alongside some other costar, that number grows to over 1,400 times.
In order to qualify, the portrayals of Lara Croft can come in many different forms. They can come from in-game artwork, illustrations, cartoon drawings, and official photoshoots done with models and actresses. So, yes, a lot of these magazine covers are Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft.
Check out the Tomb Raider Flickr feed here to browse through some of the thousands of magazine covers featuring Lara.
Next up, the award for "Largest Gathering Of People Dressed As Lara Croft." Guinness awarded this after Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix hosted a cosplay gathering at Paris Games Week on Oct. 29th. The event was organized to help celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Tomb Raider franchise, and 270 cosplayers showed up in total. The previous record was 250, according to the press release.
Here's what Stephen Daultrey, editor of the Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition, had to say on the two new world record wins:
Lara Croft is one of the most vital and iconic characters in gaming, with a powerful legacy and a string of great games under her belt. It’s fantastic to see so many cosplayers celebrate her in this unique way. Along with her covers record, these are already two of my favorite new GWR titles of the year. I look forward to seeing them in next year’s Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition annual.
What do you think of Lara's two new world record wins? Is it just me or is the award for "Largest Gathering Of People Dressed As Lara Croft" REALLY specific? Like, way too specific? Let us know in the comment section below?