Ready, Player One? “Madden”, “Tomb Raider”, “Final Fantasy” among 2018 World Video Game Hall of Fame inductees

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Courtesy of The Strong®, Rochester, New YorkThe World Video Game Hall of Fame has just announced its 2018 inductees.

Out of a dozen finalists, ABC News has learned John Madden Football, Spacewar!, Tomb Raider, and Final Fantasy VII are this year's graduating class. The other hopefuls were: 

Ms. Pac-Man
Asteroids
Call of Duty
Dance Dance Revolution
Half-Life
King's Quest
Metroid
Minecraft

In years past, quarter-chugging classics like Donkey Kong, Doom, and Space Invaders were memorialized by the Hall. 

To be considered worthy of the honor, the hall explains a given title must tick off the following criteria:

Icon-status: The game is widely recognized and remembered.

Longevity: The game is more than a passing fad and has enjoyed popularity over time.

Geographical reach: The game meets the above criteria across international boundaries.

Influence: The game has exerted significant influence on the design and development of other games, on other forms of entertainment, or on popular culture and society in general. A game may be inducted on the basis of this criterion without necessarily having met all of the first three.

Located in Rochester, New York, the Hall of Fame's home is in The Strong, the National Museum of Play. According to its website, "The Strong houses the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of historical materials related to play."

It's also home to institutions like the International Center for the History of Electronic Games, the National Toy Hall of Fame, the World Video Game Hall of Fame, and the American Journal of Play.

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