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UK: Road named after Lara Croft

A 32.2 Million newly developed ring road in Derby UK will be named “Lara Croft Way” following a public vote. The name was selected with an 89% majority from 27,000 votes, according to BBC News.

Councillor Lucy Care, cabinet member for planning and transportation, said:

“The vote really captured the imagination of people from across the world and, despite my lack of gaming knowledge, I accept that a majority of 89% for Lara Croft is too overwhelming to ignore. She was created in Derby and deserves to stand alongside some of the more traditional icons of the city.”

The Tomb Raider games were created by Core Design, which was based in Derby, and featured the treasure-hunting British archaeologist Lara Croft who was designed by Toby Gard. His vision for Lara was a female character who was a heroine, cool, collected and in control, but it was the games publisher Eidos who named her.

Inspired by pop artist Neneh Cherry and comic book character Tank Girl, Gard experimented with different designs during early development, including a muscular woman and a Nazi-like militant. He finally settled on a tough South American woman with a braid named Laura Cruz. Eidos however, preferred a more “UK friendly” name, and selected Lara Croft from similar-sounding English names they had found in a phone directory.

If game character road names became a thing of the future, what would you call a newly built road?

Discuss below.

Source: BBC News

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