Plenty of games are fun, but only a select few rise to the level of being legendary. Whether it’s a record number of subscribers, like in World of Warcraft, or reaching $800 million in sales in just 24 hours, like Grand Theft Auto V, some games just have something that sets them ahead of the rest.
The Strong, the only museum in the world solely dedicated to the act of playing, previously announced that they would be opening a video game hall of fame to honor some of these legendary games. As planned, they have now announced their list of 2015 World Video Game Hall of Fame inductees.
The Strong’s World Video Game Hall of Fame announced 15 finalists for their first year of inductions, of which six were chosen to be the inaugural class. According to a press release by The Strong, nominations were made by the general public, and both the finalists and the inductees were chosen by an international committee comprised of journalists and scholars.
The fifteen finalists considered for the inaugural class of The Strong’s World Video Game Hall of Fame were Angry Birds, DOOM, FIFA, The Legend of Zelda, Minecraft, The Oregon Trail, Pac-Man, Pokémon, Pong, The Sims, Sonic the Hedgehog, Space Invaders, Super Mario Bros., Tetris, and World of Warcraft.
The actual inductees for the year 2015 are as follows:
It is understandably difficult to look at the history of video games as a whole and narrow it down to a few games to place in a hall of fame. Most gamers would probably agree that the historical significance of Pong means its spot is well-deserved, and Pac-Man, Tetris, and Super Mario Bros. are legendary old-school games that still influence gaming culture today. DOOM is one of the most prolific original first-person shooters, and World of Warcraft has wide-spread, mainstream recognition as the leading MMORPG. However, there are still many memorable games that are absent from the finalist list, and it’s also sorely lacking in representatives of many genres.
While the games that did make the final cut are definitely deserving, the finalist list seems to be missing some notable games and franchises that definitely deserved a nod. Gamers who are peeved that their favorites didn’t make the cut may feel better knowing that new inductees will be added each year, and nominations for 2016 will be accepted through next March.
Are you satisfied with the hall of fame inductee list, or are you wishing that other games had made it in? Let us know in the comments.
Source: Museum of Play