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In 2015, a museum in Rochester, New York, decided to establish a top for the best video games of all time. Every year, the World Video Game Hall of Fame receives nominees and chooses those titles that are worthy of being among the best. Four more games have entered the Hall of Fame today, and they are Tomb Raider, Spacewar!, Final Fantasy 7, and John Madden Football.
Every year, experts choose new games for the World Video Game Hall of Fame
Apart from the recent winners, there are 15 other titles that have received a place in the World Video Game Hall of Fame. Every year, video game experts gather to choose some new games to enter the top. These experts include historians, scholars, and other people who are familiar with the field of video games.
This year, they picked up the four winners from a group of 12 finalists. Spacewar! was the only new entry on this list. Final Fantasy 7, for instance, was a finalist in 2017 as well, while the other two titles have been nominated both in 2016 and 2017.
This year’s winners
Eidos’ Tomb Raider was out in 1996. Of course, everyone knows it for the iconic main character, Lara Croft, but also for the excitement the game brings. It is a clever combination of an action game, strategy elements, and puzzle solving, paired with some great 3D graphics and amazing cinematic properties.
Spacewar! is the oldest entry, as it was produced by MIT in 1962 by using a microcomputer. The game consisted of two spaceships that had to shoot each other without touching a star. Players also had to be careful not to hit the gravity field of this star situated in the center.
Electronic Arts produced John Madden Football in 1990, and it had a huge impact on both sport video games and the football culture in the US. In the end, Final Fantasy 7 came out in 1997. It is one of the best ‘90s RPGs. Its main contributions were to bring iconic cinematics, great 3D graphics, and a perfect mix between story and visual elements.
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