The Hockeywood Video Game Hall of Fame: NHLPA 93 and NHL 94
Hockey games have been around as long as video games systems have been. And even though the games constantly evolved as computers and systems get more complex, there is one franchise that most gamers think of when they think of video puck.
Starting in 1991, Electronic Arts started mass-producing hockey video games, and while they've been cranking them out every season (including the lockout year), only two of them will be inducted into the Hockeywood Video Game Hall of Fame.
NHLPA 93 and NHL 94 are my next selections to be put into the hallowed ground, next to Ice Hockey and Blades of Steel. Why these two games? And why together? These two years happened to coincide with the Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers rise to the top of the hockey world, as well as the golden age of home consoles. And to include one over the other would lessen the importance of the other.
So, let's start with NHLPA 93. Electronic Arts, having already conquering the NBA World with Lakers vs. Celtics, and the world of the NFL with Madden, decided to bring hockey into the fold. Other hockey titles, like Blades of Steel and Ice Hockey, had a sideline view, where players who skate left to right. EA turned that on its ear, standardizing a unique vertical perspective, which brought understanding of the sport to a whole new level.