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Final Fantasy 7, Tomb Raider Headline Inductees To World Video Game Hall of Fame (polygon.com) 43

Dave Knott writes: The 2018 World Video Game Hall of Fame inductees have been announced. The Hall Of Fame "recognizes individual electronic games of all types — arcade, console, computer, handheld, and mobile -- that have enjoyed popularity over a sustained period and have exerted influence on the video game industry or on popular culture and society in general." The 2018 inductees are: Final Fantasy 7, John Madden Football, Spacewar!, and the first Tomb Raider.
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Final Fantasy 7, Tomb Raider Headline Inductees To World Video Game Hall of Fame

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    Because it wasn't "3D" enough?

    • Well, it kinda says what the honour criteria is in the summary "that have enjoyed popularity over a sustained period and have exerted influence on the video game industry or on popular culture and society in general"

      There's no doubt in my mind that FF7 fits the bill, heck I bet there's somebody cosplaying Cloud right now somewhere in the world. There are a lot of great games (FF6 among them) but there are some that stick out more than others.

      Obviously "Hall of Fame" type organizations are strange in that th

      • There's no doubt in my mind that FF7 fits the bill

        Despite its impact, games in that era are uniquely difficult to go back and enjoy. The graphics just do not hold up like 2d games or subsequent 3d games.

        • I can overlook outdated 3D graphics, but the old control schemes are what kills many of these games for me. Some of those older 3D games have terrible controls, typically coupled with bad camera placement. The graphics often did a good job of pushing the limits of the developers ability and systems at the time, but most developers had no experience with designing three dimensional game worlds. The original PlayStation didn't even have a controller built with those kinds of games in mind.
        • Parent is correct that FFVII is actually a low-point in graphics. The 2D games that came before it were at the peak of development, whereas FFVII was a very clunky attempt at the next generation, graphically. It's really obviously bad. It doesn't even really "work", graphically.

          Nobody knew how to do 3D games at the time. FFVII field graphics used hand-drawn 2D backgrounds, with 3D animated characters overlaid on them. Other contemporary games did the exact opposite (like Xenogears), and had 3D environments
      • Dunno, they inducted World of Warcraft, but not Everquest. Not even mentioning EQ on the write up (though conspicuously referencing Ultima Online.)

        WoW was certainly influential, but in no way, shape, or form was it more influential than the original Everquest. UO came along prior (along with a bunch of other MUDS, graphical or not) But in terms of mass market, 3-d, first person MMO's -- if EQ wasn't first, I'd be curious as to what came first.

        This points out the problem with these sorts of things (be it

        • That's the nature of "Hall of Fame" lists - it's a popularity contest, not an olympic competition.

          Everquest may have done all the things WoW did before WoW came along, but WoW added the approach ability and is still the reigning king of MMOs. Everquest never had 15 million+ subscribers.

          Similarly with FF7 and FF6. FF7 was a 4-disk story that created a world and characters that inspired movies, figures, remakes, fan art and so on for DECADES afterward. FF6 is widely regarded to be the best of the FF series,

    • I am not even an RPG fan, but I know that FF7 is absolutely massive by comparison. It was a real accomplishment far beyond anything like it at the time.

      • I am not even an RPG fan, but I know that FF7 is absolutely massive by comparison. It was a real accomplishment far beyond anything like it at the time.

        It's not the size of the game, it's the second part. There was nothing like it at the time. And they were smart enough to make a multi-platform release! You could get it for the PC, and it had support for the plethora of 3d accelerators available at the time. It was still better on the Playstation, though, if you could live with the low resolution. They used Direct3d over DirectVideo on Windows and the two didn't sync, so going up elevators and such looked bad.

    • by ThePyro ( 645161 )
      Personally I liked FF6 better, but FF7 sold about 6x as many copies. It's really no contest.
    • Because the transition from 16 Bit to 32 Bit was the point where video games truly broke into the mass market and became a fundamental way of entertainment. I remember that back in the day me and one other classmate where the only ones who owned a Super Nintendo. Since I'm from Europe, I had to import FF3/6 from the US and was the only person I know who had it. Then the PSX came and half of my class had one. FF7 was the first FF to be released in Europe ever, so for many people it was also the first FF ever

    • FF7 to me was one of the first games that tried to be bigger than itself - and pulled it off - it was an extravagant cinematic/multimedia experience and one of the first of its kind to do so successfully.

      The scene with Aeris death still makes me cry.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Why do Americans always do this?

    World Videogame Hall of Fame : John Madden Football

  • The four inductees span multiple decades, countries of origin, and gaming platforms,

    One can only hope this is a happenstance noticed after the inductees were selected rather than an important selection criterium to somehow validate the "World" in World VG HoF...

  • Three inductees from the 90's, and the first videogame, from 1962. How was Spacewar not the very first inductee?

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