Every year, The Strong Museum in Rochester, New York holds a yearly event and inducts video games into their World Video game Hall of Fame. Back in March, the 2018 finalists to join the World Video Game Hall of Fame had been announced. The votes have been casted and we now how the four inductees. The 2018 inductees are Final Fantasy VII, Tomb Raider, John Madden Football and Spacewar!.

The youngest game on the list is Final Fantasy VII which released back in 1997. It was quickly greeted with both critical and financial success. Still to this day, Final Fantasy VII is regarded as not just one of the best Final Fantasy games or even one of the best JRPGs, but one of the best role playing games of all time. Final Fantasy VII was developed by Square and the game’s director, Yoshinori Kitase, accepts the Hall of Fame nomination.

Tomb Raider was first released back in 1996 and like many of the games mentioned today, it was an instant classic. The game is known for its emphasis on puzzle solving and the unique jumping maneuvers scattered throughout the game. While the game is not clean of any controversy, specifically the representation of Lara Croft, the series has grown over the years into an accomplished video game franchise. The game was developed by Crystal Dynamics and co-heads Ron Rosenberg and Scot Amos accepts the Hall of Fame nomination.

When John Madden Football was released, it changed the video game landscape forever. It put the sports genre on the map and to this day the Madden video game franchise is a mega hit. The game first released back in 1988 on the Apple II before being re-released on the Sega Genesis in 1990. Electronic Arts (EA) developed the game and to accept the nomination, Pittsburgh Steelers Wide Receiver Antonio Brown, Washington Redskins Cornerback Josh Norman and some guy named Tom Brady talk about the series legacy and the impact the series has had on them.

The last and final game being inducted is Spacewar! and it was released back in 1962 by Steven Russell for the Programmed Data Processor-1 (PDP-1). Many gamers out there may not have heard of this game but that does not take away from the game’s importance. Spacewar! helped launch the video game industry to the powerhouse that it is today. All four of these games will always be remembered as classics and for their contribution to the video game industry. For anything else gaming related, stay tuned to us here at Gamer Professionals.