A new batch of iconic video game titles was recently inducted to the Strong Museum's World Video Game Hall of Fame, two of which FFVII and Tomb Raider were part of the 2017 list of finalist, Spacewar which was the first video game ever created and John Madden Football was also inducted.
Yoshinori Kitase, the director of FFVII, accepted the recognition through a video showing his deep appreciation to both fans and the museum. Final Fantasy VII was recognized not only for its technical achievements and exceptional storytelling but for the influence it bestowed upon the video game community who up to now continues to admire the masterpiece.
Crystal Dynamic's Ron Rosenberg and Scot Amos accepted the recognition for Tomb Raider. Besides the fact that Tomb Raider has grown to a multi-million dollar franchise with three feature films, it all boils down to its protagonist. Lara Croft has always been at the center of the Tomb Raider Universe who by breaking the typical male action hero trend became a video game icon and a cultural phenomenon all on her own, as per The Strong Museum. Without Lara, the entire franchise will simply crumble to the ground. Check out the acceptance videos below and stay tuned for more gaming news and updates.
World Video Game Hall of Fame Inductees
Donkey Kong (Inducted 2017)
Street Fighter II (Inducted 2017)
Halo: Combat Evolved (Inducted 2017)
Pokemon Red and Green (Inducted 2017)
Grand Theft Auto III (Inducted 2016)
The Legend of Zelda (Inducted 2016)
The Oregon Trail (Inducted 2016)
The Sims (Inducted 2016)
Sonic the Hedgehog (Inducted 2016)
Space Invaders (Inducted 2016)
Pac-Man (Inducted 2015)
Pong (Inducted 2015)
DOOM (Inducted 2015)
Super Mario Bros. (Inducted 2015)
Tetris (Inducted 2015)
World of Warcraft (Inducted 2015)
"Final Fantasy VIIAcceptancee Video"
"Tomb Raider Acceptance Video"
Source: The Strong National Museum of Play