The Strong Museum has officially inducted four new games into their World Video Game Hall of Fame, helping to cement these titles’ respective legacies as some of the most influential in gaming history.

The four inductees included in the World Video Game Hall of Fame’s class of 2018 are Spacewar!, Final Fantasy VII, Tomb Raider, and John Madden Football.

These four games were seen as the cream of the crop of the original pool of twelve nominees that were being considered for a spot in this year’s hall of fame induction. The other finalists that just made the cut were Asteroids, Call of Duty, Dance Revolution, Half-Life, King’s Quest, Metroid, Minecraft, and Ms. Pac-Man.

Games that are nominated for the World Video Game Hall of Fame are judged on various criteria, including their “icon-status.” That in mind, it’s not hard to see why these four titles won their spots in this year’s inductions.

Spacewar! is actually considered by recognized to be the first video game ever, having been released in 1962. While this MIT-developed game was never actually commercially sold, The Strong Museum’s Jon-Paul Dyson describes it as a game that helped people think about “creative new uses” for technology.

Released in 1997, Final Fantasy VII is also a fairly historic video game. Many Final Fantasy fans hold the game up as the pinnacle of Square Enix’s fabled franchise in just about every conceivable way. So much so, in fact, that they have demanded an HD remake of the game for years, which is finally being developed.

Moving on, the original Tomb Raider from 1996 is also a rather iconic title. The game spawned countless sequels and a reboot series; gave birth to Lara Croft, one of the most recognizable protagonists in all of gaming; and even crossed over to the world of Hollywood, with the most recent Tomb Raider film having been released earlier this year.

Finally, 1988’s John Madden Football kickstarted the now-iconic Madden NFL franchise, EA’s flagship sports game series, which now contains an upwards of thirty games.

The World Video Game Hall of Fame’s 2018 class is the fourth in the institution’s history, and previous classes have included even more iconic games, including Doom, Grand Theft Auto III, Halo: Combat Evolved, The Legend of Zelda, Sonic the Hedgehog, and World of Warcraft.

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A lifelong gamer who got his start playing Spyro the Dragon, Trap Gunner, and Medievil II on the original PlayStation (and has been impatiently awaiting Medievil III ever since), as well as Sonic the Hedgehog on the Sega Genesis. Now has a penchant for games with compelling stories, but still spends way more time playing Tony Hawk games than any one person should and could listen to their soundtracks all day long if need be. Has worked as an online writer since late 2016, giving his take on video games, movies, television shows, comic books, and the like. Currently waiting to be cast in a 21 Jump Street revival TV series.