The first games have officially been inducted into the World Video Game Hall of Fame in Rochester, New York – and while there are always going to be arguments, we think this half-dozen is a pretty great illustration of the diversity of gaming.
The first inductees will be on permanent display at The Strong National Museum of Play.
In case you were curious, the games were nominated by the public, and then judged according to 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.
For those playing at home, titles like Oregon Trail, Space Invaders, The Sims, Pokémon, Sonic the Hedgehog and Minecraft miss out, this round – but there’s nothing to say they won’t make it in next year.
If you want to have a say in what’s included in the 2016 round? You can nominate your choice of game right up until March 31, 2016 to be considered.