To be inducted in a hall of fame is to be a part of an exclusive club that marks extraordinary achievement in a given field. And being a part of the New York-based Strong Museum's Video Game Hall of Fame is no different.
Strong Museum's jury has selected 12 video game finalists for the 13th desirable spot in the Video Game Hall of Fame.
And The Nominees Are...
Strong Museum's jury has elected 12 video game finalists for 2017's spot in the Video Game Hall of Fame.
The 2017 finalists are:
- Donkey Kong Country (1994)
- Final Fantasy 7 (1997)
- Halo: Combat Evolved (2001)
- Microsoft Windows Solitaire (1990)
- Mortal Kombat (1992)
- Myst (1993)
- Pokémon Red and Green (1996)
- Portal (2007)
- Resident Evil (1996)
- Street Fighter 2 (1991)
- Tomb Raider (1996)
- Wii Sports (2006)
Quite the selection of awesome and (in most cases) timeless games, and the reasons for them being on the list kind of speaks for itself. Halo: Combat Evolved? The most influential shooter since Doom. Final Fantasy 7? Probably the most loved JRPG of all time. Resident Evil? The game that practically invented 3D survival horror.
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Personally, I'm rooting for Solitaire. No seriously, everyone, their parents AND their grandmother have played that game. As Jon-Paul C. Dyson, director of The Strong’s International Center for the History of Electronic Games, put it in a press release:
“These 12 World Video Game Hall of Fame finalists span decades, gaming platforms, and countries of origin—but what they all have in common is their undeniable impact on the world of gaming and popular culture.”
Who Makes The Decision?
Which of the 12 games will actually be inducted into the Video Game Hall of Fame will be announced during a ceremony at The Strong museum on May 4, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. The decision will be made by an "international selection advisory committee consisting of journalists and scholars familiar with the history of video games and their role in society".
The games will be judged on four 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.
Going by the public (and non applicable) voting on worldvideogamehalloffame.org, Pokémon Red and Green is slightly leading the race with almost 20% of the votes cast so far. Right behind it is Halo: Combat Evolved with 18% and Final Fantasy 7 with 13%
Joining The Ranks Of Formidable Games
Whether one, two or even more games are going to be inducted into the Video Game Hall of Fame this year is hard to say. In any case, the game(s) that will be going on display there will be included in a group that represents the very best of video games.
Here's the 12 games currently in Strong Museum's Video Game Hall of Fame
- Doom (1993)
- Grand Theft Auto 3 (2001)
- The Legend of Zelda (1986)
- The Oregon Trail (1971
- Pac-Man (1980)
- Pong (1972)
- The Sims (2000)
- Sonic the Hedgehog (1991)
- Space Invaders (1978)
- Super Mario Bros. (1985)
- Tetris (1984)
- World of Warcraft (2004)
Think there's a couple of games missing from the 2017 finalists? No worries. You can already cast your vote for a games that should be considered for induction next year. Right here.
What game do you think deserves a spot in the Video Game Hall of Fame?