Gamers are rejoicing as four classic video games have been selected to be inducted into the World Video Game Hall of Fame.

Welcome To The Club

On Thursday, May 3, the Strong National Museum of Play announced that Final Fantasy VII, John Madden Football, Spacewar!, and Tomb Raider would become the fourth members of this elite club. The four video games represented different genres and made an impact on pop culture. Spacewar! is the oldest inductee, the game was released in 1962, the other games became video game staples since they were introduced in the 1990s.

The Other Finalists

The four games faced competition between eight other finalists that were a part of the selection process. Among the modern-day games that were nominated but were eliminated from consideration include Minecraft, Call of Duty, and Dance Dance Revolution. Vintage games such as Asteroids, Ms. Pac-Man, and Metroid were also included in the final vote.

A Tech Times Exclusive

Tech Times corresponded with Jeremy Saucier, the Strong's Assistant Vice President for Interpretation and Electronic Games. He stated that the games met the Video Game Hall of Fame's criteria of achieving icon status, longevity, and geographic interest. Also, he also mentioned that decision came down to two groups.

"Spacewar!, John Madden Football, Tomb Raider, and Final Fantasy VII were inducted on the advice of the Player's Choice ballot and an International Selection Advisory Committee of journalists, scholars, and other experts on the history of video games," wrote Saucier to Tech Times.

Video Game Roundup

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Other Honored Games

Spacewar!, John Madden Football, Tomb Raider, and Final Fantasy VII will join previous recipients of this award in this illustrious group. Last year, Pokémon Red and Green, Street Fighter II, Donkey Kong, and Halo: Combat Evolved were selected to join the Video Game Hall of Fame. Other inductees include DOOM, Super Mario Bros., The Sims, and The Oregon Trail.

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