The Strong Museum’s “World Video Game Hall of Fame” added four more games to their collection of titles that have made a monumental impact on the industry and have served to influence the games we have today.
An Impressive Start
To start off, Spacewar!, which many consider the first video game ever to be created, is now part of the Video Game Hall of Fame. This title was initially created at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was playable on the PDP-1 minicomputer, while Spacewar! was never commercially sold, it moved many to consider using computers to create a new type of game that had never been seen before, according to the Strong Museums’ Jon-Paul Dyson. The other inductees include the classic football game John Madden Football; one of the first action-adventure titles, Tomb Raider; and the JRPG loved by many, Final Fantasy VII.
These four games came from a pool of various other considerations for the Video Game Hall of Fame. The other games that were up for a spot were Asteroids, Call of Duty, Dance Dance Revolution, Half-Life, King’s Quest, Metroid, Minecraft, and Ms.Pac-Man.
The games are recognized for a number of different criteria, such as icon-status, longevity, geographical reach, impact on design and development of other games, pop culture, and society. A full list of all the different criteria can be found on the Museum’s website.
This group of games is the fourth installment of inductees that the museum has had. A full list of the existing inductees is available at the bottom of this article. All of the titles are currently on display at The Strong Museum in Rochester, New York.
Eidos Montreal Increasing Focus on Online Experiences
Triple A developer Eidos Montreal, most well known for its Deus Ex series, confirmed plans to focus on online elements. In a blog post on the developer’s website which was initially reported by the gaming publication IGN, the studio’s head David Anfossi said you can expect an “added emphasis” for online play in the developer’s games going forward to improve the experience overall.
“At Eidos-Montreal, we’re constantly working towards creating innovative and exciting experiences for gamers everywhere,” he explained in his post detailing his plans for the future of the company. “In turn, we are placing an added emphasis on the online experiences in our games, striving to continually provide players with content that is memorable and impactful.” (http://bit.ly/2CWdgOY)
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
Anfossi continued by saying that online play, through its “inherent interactivity,” presents the studio an opportunity for the games it develops to exist for a longer period of time in the market. This comes as no surprise as the company had previously detailed its plans to approach a “games-as-a-service” approach, where a developer launches a game and overtime supports the experience with new content generally for free with the ability to purchase microtransactions. Anfossi also said Eidos Montreal is currently forming teams and tools to support these goals.
Eidos Montreal recently revealed they are working on the new Tomb Raider game, but they have not offered any details on the title. The studio is also working on a new Marvel Avengers game in partnership with Crystal Dynamics, but even less is known about that other than a short teaser trailer.
Deus Ex On Hiatus
Unfortunately for fans of the series, it was reported that Square Enix is putting Deus Ex on hiatus after their last entry, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided because of poor sales figures. Square Enix’s CEO, Yosuke Matsuda, said that the series isn’t going away forever but it is unknown when development will pick it up again.
Eidos Montreal has yet to offer any details on its upcoming projects so little is known about how they plan to approach this new direction. Hopefully, they are able to keep up the strong nature of their single-player campaigns because it is what the studio did so well. Make sure to keep checking back with Gigamax Games for more details on the studio’s future as they become available!
This classic franchise has a new rendition and it did not disappoint. The graphics and environment was absolutely beautiful. The classic story line with a new twist offered just enough of the same with a fresh perspective to keep it interesting. Rise of the Tomb Raider, the Let’s Play below was played on Xbox One but on Playstation 4 the version comes with an amazing Playstation VR mission we can’t wait to try. We just got the hardware to record VR so stay tuned because that will be coming soon! This game is a perfect match for VR and it should be a great time.
Rise of the Tomb Raider is basically just an origin story of Lara Croft. In every Tomb Raider we have known her as a badass, seasoned adventurer with a great deal of blood on her hands. This Lara Croft is straight off the boat, inexperienced and overly ambitious. However, she doesn’t stay this way for long. Coft does a great deal of growing throughout the progression of the game. At the end, we get a glimpse at the Lara Croft we all know and love and watching her grow adds another layer of depth to the story.
Hope you all enjoy our Rise of the Tomb Raider visit, we’ll have more episodes soon to continue to story.
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