World Video Game Hall of Fame finalists revealed

New York’s Strong Museum, home to the National Toy Hall of Fame, is preparing to introduce a new attraction – the World Video Game Hall of Fame. Today, we’ve learned the first 15 finalists vying for a spot in the Museum – and it’s an interesting mix.

Pong: The Original

Pong: The Original

The criteria for inclusion are somewhat subjective:

[The game] must have icon status, prove to be more than a passing fad, and leave a mark on other games or forms of entertainment, pop culture or society in general.

Happily, this hasn’t restricted the list to a particular era, with modern games nestled right up against the aging classics.

Officially, the 2015 nominees for the World Video Game Hall of Fame are:

  • Pong
  • Space Invaders
  • Pac-Man
  • Oregon Trail
  • Tetris
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Sonic The Hedgehog
  • The Sims
  • Doom
  • FIFA Soccer
  • The Legend Of Zelda
  • Pokémon
  • World Of Warcraft
  • Angry Birds
  • Minecraft

That is: Three titles from Nintendo, two from Blizzard, one sports game, and one which shot to fame on mobile devices.

Jon-Paul Dyson, director of The Strong‘s International Center for the History of Electronic Games explains:

The 15 finalists for the World Video Game Hall of Fame span decades, gaming platforms and geographies. Whether it’s the groundbreaking game Pong or a more recent viral sensation like Minecraft, all of these games have helped shape the way that people across the globe play and relate to one another.

These 15 games represent the best of the thousands of nominations the museum has received since February, but it’s not finished yet. Only a handful of these games will actually be included in the Hall of Fame in a ceremony at the Rochester museum on June 4, with an international committee of journalists, scholars and “video game experts” deciding exactly which ones. There’s also an online poll, which – at time of writing – puts The Legend of Zelda firmly in the lead, with 37% of nearly 10,000 votes.

The Strong already features an electronic games centre, boasting more than 55,000 video games and related bits and pieces documenting the history of video games, including personal papers and corporate records.

If you’d like to visit, head to 1 Manhattan Square Drive, Rochester, New York – entry will set you back a whopping US$13.50 per person over the age of 2.

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