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Tomb raider among British gaming triumphs celebrated in new Royal Mail stamps

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By Jamie Harris

Influential UK-designed games from the 1980s and 1990s are being celebrated by Royal Mail in a new set of 12 stamps.

Tomb Raider, which was created by developers in Derby and went onto to became a global franchise selling more than 74 million copies worldwide, is among the country's selected creative successes.

The new set includes four stamps presented in a Miniature-Sheet, chronicling protagonist Lara Croft through the years.

"The UK has been at the forefront of the video games industry for decades," said Royal Mail's Philip Parker.

"In the 1980s and 90s young designers grappled with coding on the new microcomputers and set the template for the industry with iconic games.

"We celebrate some of their landmark creations on stamps."

Space trading title Elite, the Dizzy series and 1989's Populous complete the set, as well as Scottish-made Lemmings, Micro Machines, Sensible Soccer, Wipeout and Worms.

Royal Mail chose the games with the help of gaming trade body UK Interactive Entertainment (Ukie).

"This collection celebrates a selection of the great British video games that have helped define both the national and global development scene over decades," said Ukie chief executive Dr Jo Twist.

"Video games are a key part of our cultural footprint and we're pleased to see their contribution recognised in such memorable style."

The set will be available in a presentation pack for £14.25, to pre-order online or buy in Post Offices from January 21.

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