Tomb, Madden, FF7 Enter Game Hall of Fame

The World Video Game Hall of Fame has announced its fourth class of inductees with 1996’s “Tomb Raider,” 1997’s “Final Fantasy VII,” 1990’s “John Madden Football” and 1962’s “Spacewar!” making the list this year.

John Madden Football launched a franchise of yearly games that has sold more than 100 million copies and is still going strong. “Spacewar!” inspired the first mass-market arcade video game from Atari.

The “Tomb Raider” series has sold more than 58 million copies worldwide with the first lauded for its gameplay, 3D visuals and rare at the time female protagonist. Final Fantasy VII” is widely regarded as one of the greatest RPG games of all time and sold more than 10 million copies, making it the second-most-popular game for the PlayStation.

Founded in 2015, the World Video Game Hall of Fame was established to honor games across multiple platforms that have made a lasting impression on the gaming community and pop culture. Final selections are made on the advice of journalists and scholars.

Last years winners which included “Street Fighter II,” “Halo: Combat Evolved,” “Donkey Kong” and “Pokemon Red and Green”. The likes of “Tetris,” “Sonic the Hedgehog,” “Pac-Man,” “World of Warcraft,” “The Sims,” “Grand Theft Auto III,” “Space Invaders,” “The Legend of Zelda,” “The Oregon Trail,” “Pong” and “Super Mario Bros.” have also previously won.

Finalists that just missed out this year include “Minecraft,” “Half-Life,” “Metroid,” “Call of Duty,” “King’s Quest” and “Asteroid”. In previous years they’ve included “Portal,” “Myst,” “Resident Evil,” “Mortal Kombat,” “Angry Birds,” “Sid Meier’s Civilization” and “Microsoft Solitaire”.

Source: World Video Game Hall of Fame