The World Video Game Hall of Fame (WVGHF) has spoken and its choice of classic and seminal video games inducted into their heady list of legends is pretty surprising at first glance. Surprising as in why weren't a few of these titles already carved in stone. But the Hall of Fame was only opened in 2015, so that's a pretty fair excuse.
The WVGHF seeks to highlight 15 exceptional electronic games of all genres; games that have greatly influenced entertainment, the gaming industry and the lives of 3 generations of gamers. And make them a permanent addition to their eGameRevolution exhibit at The Strong in Rochester, New York
Last year's inaugural additions were Doom, Pac-Man, Pong, Super Mario Bros., Tetris & World of Warcraft.
See if you agree with this year's lineup:
'The Oregon Trail'
This revolutionary educational game, first developed in 1971, evolved with the advancement of computers—from mainframe to PCs to mobile phones. Still enjoyed by American school children both in the classroom and at home, The Oregon Trail has taught history, introduced kids to computers, and become a cultural icon for millions.
The first Japanese arcade game to use a microprocessor, Space Invaders debuted in 1978 and launched the international arcade game craze of the late 1970s and early 1980s by challenging players to fight off waves of attacking aliens. The game’s exciting play and innovative features popularized the “space shooter” game and the idea of achieving a “high score.”
'The Legend of Zelda'
Inspired by creator Shigeru Miyamoto’s childhood expeditions through woods and caves, The Legend of Zelda debuted in 1986 and popularized non-linear, open-world exploration games. As the first Nintendo Entertainment System game to sell more than one million copies as a standalone title, it became one of the most iconic titles of the 1980s. It also became a staple of popular culture, spawning sequels, spin-offs, comic books, and a television series.
'Sonic the Hedgehog'
After its launch in 1991, the lightning-fast game play of Sonic the Hedgehog struck a chord with Generation X gamers who loved the character’s brash, in-your-face attitude. Sonic became the face of the Sega Genesis game console, allowing Sega to challenge Nintendo for supremacy in the electronic game marketplace. The game spawned its own franchise, including more than 20 additional games and spin-offs, as well as a television show and comic book, making Segas’s mascot recognizable to millions of people worldwide who may have never played the game.
Released in 2000, designer Will Wright’s virtual dollhouse game, The Sims, pushed the boundaries of what a video game could be by allowing players flexibility to tell stories in an open-ended environment. By simulating the complexities of human relationships, The Sims taught players to view their own lives in new ways. With nearly 200 million sales in 60 countries and more than 20 languages, The Sims is the best-selling PC game franchise ever.
'Grand Theft Auto III'
Released in 2001, Grand Theft Auto III was the first 3-D open-ended, “sandbox-style” game to achieve massive mainstream popularity and widespread critical acclaim. The third standalone title in the franchise sold 14.5 million copies by 2008, acting as the first breakout hit in a series that sold more than 220 million units as of 2015. Appealing to players who relished the freedom to push the boundaries of what their in-game characters could do, Grand Theft Auto III made the series one of the biggest and most controversial video game franchises ever.
And here are the games that narrowly missed out:
'John Madden Football'
'Pokémon Red & Blue'
'Street Fighter II'
'Sid Meier's Civilization'
Do you agree?
Which games would jump into your Hall of Fame?