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#1 Posted by Hayt (1257 posts) -

So I'm watching the VGX and I don't think a single person has called her Lara yet. Is this some crazy mindgame that the world is playing on me or is everyone but me insane?

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#2 Posted by WinterSnowblind (7598 posts) -

Americans can't pronounce words.

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#3 Posted by InsaneMatt (30 posts) -

I think many people believe 'Lara' is the British way of spelling Laura, thus many Americans say Laura.

That, or they're doing it to annoy fans.

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#4 Posted by AlisterCat (7365 posts) -
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#5 Posted by bigjeffrey (5282 posts) -

Americans dude.

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#6 Posted by Video_Game_King (36564 posts) -

Americans can't pronounce words.

But isn't it Britain usually adding U's to words?

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#7 Posted by wjb (1907 posts) -

We don't have a ton of Lara's over here, but sure, it's dumb.

It's like how Hyundai totally has a "y," but fuck that. It's Hundai, brah.

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#8 Posted by Yummylee (24646 posts) -

Nothing is worse than how Craig is pronounced 'kreg' in the US. Like, wut.

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#9 Posted by CABBAGES (593 posts) -

@video_game_king:

No its America taking away U`s ! and changing s`s for z`s n stuff

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#10 Posted by 49th (3552 posts) -

...people literally call her Lara in the games. Laura is a different name.

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#11 Edited by HatKing (7269 posts) -

I like that this is brought up each time Tomb Raider is made relevant again, and each time like it's a sudden epidemic. The name has been mispronounced since '96. And seeing as how the bulk of people, including the creators apparently, pronounce it that way, is it even really mispronouncing? But more importantly, who gives a shit?

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#12 Posted by Spoonman671 (5767 posts) -

You can't expect Americans to learn a new pronunciation every time you guys make up some new-fangled name.

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#13 Edited by NTM (9805 posts) -

I don't know what's up with the rest of America :P. No, I used to say Laura too I think, but yeah, it's Lara. Easy. Anyways, when did this start? I totally forgot about this! I hope they didn't show much. I don't care so much about the awards, but I want to see some trailers.

Edit - Oh, I missed it. Never mind.

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#14 Edited by NTM (9805 posts) -

@yummylee: How is it supposed to be? We either say 'Kreg' or 'Cray-ig', though the second is so subtly different it doesn't really matter. There is no wrong pronunciation between the American and British language, only right in wrong in the individual place. For instance, it'd be wrong of me to write 'favourite' if I were writing a college paper, but it doesn't mean it's incorrect in general.

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#15 Posted by Stonyman65 (3615 posts) -

I'm American and what's so hard about saying Lara? I mean come on we've only been calling her Lara for 16 years now. 10 games and TWO hollywood movies.... You'd think people would catch on by now.

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#16 Posted by Yummylee (24646 posts) -

@ntm: I'd say there's enough of a difference between 'krayg' (which is how we say it in the UK) and 'kreg' for kreg to still sound really stupid to me.

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#17 Posted by Rhombus_Of_Terror (2473 posts) -

@wintersnowblind said:

Americans can't pronounce words.

But isn't it Britain usually adding U's to words?

You can thank the French for that.

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#18 Edited by JJWeatherman (14929 posts) -

@yummylee: I can't speak for the entirety of a country, but I believe the vast majority of Americans prnounce Craig in a manner which you would find to be just fine.

Also who cares.

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#19 Posted by Video_Game_King (36564 posts) -

You can thank the French for that.

That's Britain's excuse for everything.

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#20 Posted by AMyggen (7632 posts) -

Not this dumb discussion again...

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#21 Edited by NTM (9805 posts) -
@yummylee said:

@ntm: I'd say there's enough of a difference between 'krayg' (which is how we say it in the UK) and 'kreg' for kreg to still sound really stupid to me.

There are many American's that say it like that too. That's what I meant to say with the cray-ig, which doesn't sound right now that I read it. No one says that. It to me is a small difference. One is more of an A sound and the other is more of an 'eh' sound.

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#22 Posted by Yummylee (24646 posts) -

@yummylee: I can't speak for the entirety of a country, but I believe the vast majority of Americans prnounce Craig in a manner which you would find to be just fine.

Also who cares.

I do? Obviously not to any serious degree, but it's just one of those little things that I find to be a bit irksome is all. Part of being human and all that.

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#23 Posted by Milkman (18913 posts) -

It's just another way of us Americans showing our dominance over you foreigners.

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#24 Posted by csl316 (13924 posts) -

That's my one stupid thing that slightly bothers me when people talk about Tomb Raider. Once the developer guy called her Laura I sincerely thought I was wrong about everything.

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#25 Posted by Andorski (5481 posts) -

Americans are pronouncing it incorrectly, but I refuse to believe that "Lara" is an actual name.

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#26 Posted by Jams (3043 posts) -
Here we go again
Here we go again

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#27 Edited by RazielCuts (3269 posts) -

But the weird thing is, that dude who worked for Crystal D was clearly British and I wonder now if its come back around and from higher up's 'Her name isn't Lara, it's LaUra, thats what people know and say so lets pronounce it like that.' I've never got the difficulty in it whatsoever, its an everyday name that people use, it's like if you had a guy called James and always referred to him as 'Jims'.

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#28 Posted by Yummylee (24646 posts) -

But the weird thing is, that dude who worked for Crystal D was clearly British and I wonder now if its come back around and from higher up's its become 'Her name isn't Lara, is LaUra, thats what people know and say so lets pronounce it like that.' I've never go the difficulty in it whatsoever, its an everyday name that people use, it's like if you had a guy called James and always referred to him as 'Jims'.

Pwahaha. I now seriously wish I knew a James irl just to test out calling him 'Jims'.

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#29 Edited by BabyChooChoo (6563 posts) -

Does this really bother people that much? I felt like no one gave a shit until recently and suddenly, for some reason, the pronunciation police are out in full force kicking down doors and beating the shit out of people for saying it wrong.

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#30 Posted by Spoonman671 (5767 posts) -

I think I have this figured out. I think maybe Americans make a different, more subtle, distinction between the names Laura and Lara. I don't think anybody is confusing those two names.

Laura (like "door-ah")
Lara (law-ra) (American)
Lara (lah-ra) (British)

Tell me if I'm wrong.

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#31 Posted by roboculus92 (562 posts) -

They're saying laura because lara is a dumb name.

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#32 Posted by BeachThunder (14579 posts) -

Who? Oh, you mean Larry Craft?

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#33 Posted by DirkGently (99 posts) -

Looking forwards to Caura Ellison on Bombin in the AM. I wonder if there's any announcements of a pauralympian Winter Olympics game.

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#34 Posted by crithon (3979 posts) -

Oh wait? You mean the Terminator? How everyone dies around her or she conveniently shoves a pick axe to the back of their skull? And then continues to do melee kills because using a gun isn't as satisfying a cold metal cutting into the flesh. Yeah Patrick Bateman, that's how you pronouce the name. There's a movie I recomend the Prowler. There's a scene, where a killer shoves a spear into a guy's head. That's how you pronounce that name.

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#35 Posted by tourgen (4568 posts) -

hahahah oh no everyone, the brits are mad

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#36 Posted by Vuud (2052 posts) -

The funny thing is that Brits and Americans sounded pretty similar, and its the Brits who changed their pronunciations.

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#37 Edited by Ravenlight (8057 posts) -

I will forever pronounce Lara Croft as Tom Braider. Thanks, Idle Thumbs.

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#38 Posted by Reisz (1622 posts) -

Yeah I gave up any hope when I heard the studio exec auto-shotgun Laura into the mic about ten-times during that segment. It's over, go home, nothing to see here, the spelling may as well be changed in all US releases.

Lara over here sounds more like "Larra" than "Lahra". And "Lahra" is way closer to Laura

That's it no one should speak anymore. Languages are over.

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#39 Edited by SeanFoster (958 posts) -

WHO GIVES A TURKEY

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#40 Posted by TheHumanDove (2520 posts) -

WHO GIVES A HAM

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#41 Posted by Veektarius (6102 posts) -

Isn't Lara the American spelling of Laura?

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#42 Edited by deerokus (902 posts) -

I once saw a woman called 'Tara' mispronounce 'Lara'! Just inexplicable. It's two rhyming syllables that are pronounced as they look, I have no idea how Americans get it wrong.

It isn't even that odd a name, surely?

As well as Craig, the other name Americans can't do is Graeme/Graham. You guys seem to say some variant of Gram or Grem. I think that guy in 24 who was Jack's brother had four different pronunciations, and it wasn't even spelt properly. Horrid.

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#43 Posted by PeasantAbuse (5098 posts) -

Why do euros complain about everything? Such a miserable continent.

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#44 Posted by Justin258 (14374 posts) -

@rhombus_of_terror said:

You can thank the French for that.

That's Britain's excuse for everything.

I found this funnier than I should have.

Anyway, aren't they pretty much the same? I thought it was just a slightly different spelling of the same name that occurs in the UK some. It seems kind of like the difference between "Brittany" and "Brittney". There might be a subtle difference but it's not that big.

If you genuinely care... why?

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#45 Posted by Spoonman671 (5767 posts) -

Why do euros complain about everything? Such a miserable continent.

You realize that they're now going to complain about your calling the British European, right? They hate that for some reason, even though it's totally true.

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#46 Posted by Video_Game_King (36564 posts) -

It seems kind of like the difference between "Brittany" and "Brittney".

Isn't the former a region in France?

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#47 Posted by Yummylee (24646 posts) -

@peasantabuse said:

Why do euros complain about everything? Such a miserable continent.

You realize that they're now going to complain about your calling the British European, right? They hate that for some reason, even though it's totally true.

It's no different than how Canadians prefer to be called Canadian rather than American.

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#48 Edited by Justin258 (14374 posts) -

@video_game_king said:

@believer258 said:

It seems kind of like the difference between "Brittany" and "Brittney".

Isn't the former a region in France?

I think so? It's a common name around here and I've seen both spellings.

@veektarius said:

Isn't Lara the American spelling of Laura?

I think the only time I've ever seen it spelled "Lara" in Tomb Raider.

@spoonman671 said:

@peasantabuse said:

Why do euros complain about everything? Such a miserable continent.

You realize that they're now going to complain about your calling the British European, right? They hate that for some reason, even though it's totally true.

I think they complain about it when people say "Europe" when they really mean "the UK" or "Britain" or "England" (which actually refers to three different things - UK is England, Scotland, and Northern Ireland, Britain is the island on which England and Scotland are located, and England is, well, pretty much the southern two thirds of the island).

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#49 Edited by flasaltine (2388 posts) -

@believer258 said:

It seems kind of like the difference between "Brittany" and "Brittney".

Isn't the former a region in France?

I am pretty sure I have seen it in Crusader Kings 2 or one of the Europa games. So yes.

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#50 Posted by Yummylee (24646 posts) -

@believer258: UK also consists of Wales too, y'know... But don't worry about it, everybody forgets about Wales.

j/k Wales is great, and they have such a sweet accent. They're basically the UK's own Canada for how they're stereotyped as being super nice and welcoming.