ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- It has the pomp and circumstance of a Hollywood awards show. For the fourth year, four new inductees officially became part of the World Video Game Hall of Fame at The Strong. The games are judged on their icon status, longevity, geographical reach and influence.
The first inductee was Spacewars. The game was developed in 1962.
"That was the first video game that ever became wildly popular and in many ways helped launch the industry,” said Jon-Paul Dyson, Director of International Center for the History of Electronic Games at the Strong.
Also making the cut this year, John Madden Football, initially released in 1988.
"Every year there is a new John Madden game that everyone is playing. Everyone from athletes to kids on their living room couches are playing it,” said Dyson.
From football to fantasy, a Japanese import, Final Fantasy 7 entered the Hall of Fame too.
"I bonded with the characters immediately. The game play was just amazing. It's just one of my personal favorites as a player,” said Shannon Symonds, Curator for the International Center for the History of Electronic Games at The Strong.
Tomb Raider was also inducted. The game features leading lady Lara Croft.
"Tomb Raider revolutionized graphics and has this amazing female video game heroine,” said Symonds.
The games join the likes of previous inductees including Tetris and Donkey Kong at the strong.
"Video games are having a seismic impact on culture, on learning and on the way we relate to each other. It's a chance for everyone, even if you haven't played these video games, to find out where these games come from,” said Dyson.