John Madden Football, Tomb Raider make World Video Game Hall of Fame

2018 World Video Game Hall of Fame inductees announced

In March, 12 finalists were named: Asteroids, Call of Duty, Dance Dance Revolution, Final Fantasy VII, Half-Life, John Madden Football, King's Quest, Metroid, Minecraft, Ms. Pac-Man, Spacewar!, and Tomb Raider. Tomb Raider, Final Fantasy VII, and John Madden Football have been considered in the past, so it looks like 2018 was finally their year. Largely thanks to the character of Lara Croft, and Angelina Jolie's theatrical portrayal of her in a blockbuster movie, Tomb Raider enjoys a widespread appeal among gamers and non-gamers alike, and now heads a franchise that has sold more than 63 million units worldwide. Finalists were selected from thousands of nominations from more than 100 countries.

The Japanese role-playing game Final Fantasy VII wowed players in 1997 with its complex storylines and advanced 3D graphics.

Spacewar was developed in 1962 and is known as the first video game to be played at multiple computers. It sold more than 10 million units, making the second most popular game for the Sony PlayStation.

Spacewar! for instance, was not added for commercial success but for its contribution in launching the industry and changing the way people thought about computers.

Director of the International Center for the History of Electronic Games, Jon-Paul Dyson, says inductees must have icon status, longevity, geographical reach and influence.

The World Video Game Hall of Fame recognized the 1996 "Tomb Raider" in part for its female protagonist, Lara Croft, who is cited by "The Guinness Book of World Records" as the most recognized female video game character of all time.

Curator at the Strong, Shannon Symonds, says the new inductees are all wonderful examples of ground breaking video games. The World Video Game Hall of Fame was established there in 2015, alongside the National Toy Hall of Fame.

Anyone may nominate a game to the World Video Game Hall of Fame.

The museum's International Center for the History of Electronic Games is hosting a permanent display of the Hall of Fame honorees in its eGameRevolution exhibit.

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