World Video Game Hall of Fame Finalists Announced

World Video Game Hall of Fame Finalists Announced

The list of games in the running to be the first inducted in to the new World Video Game Hall of Fame has been narrowed to 15, ahead of an announcement for the first wave of inductees in June.

The 15 candidates for the inaugural class are:

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

The winners will be determined by an international selection committtee of journalists, scholars, and videogame experts; exactly how many will make the cut is unclear. Though it won't directly affect the selection process, anyone who wants to can vote for their favourite game from the final 15 at the Hall of Fame's website.

An induction ceremony will take place at The Strong National Museum of Play in New York at 10.30am EDT on June 4 (2am NZST on June 5).

The Strong announced the World Video Game Hall of Fame in February this year, created to celebrate games that have had a significant influence on the industry or wider society. The museum is also home to the National Toy Hall of Fame and the International Center for the History of Electronic Games.



 

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Comments Comments (7)

 
Posted by jtbthatsme
On Wednesday 29 Apr 2015 5:18 PM
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To be honest I'd not want to be one of the judges trying to narrow that list down so many games in that list were industry changers it would be hard to not include them....with only 2 there that I'd remove for certain 1 being Angry Birds (although it really symbolises a breakthrough in mobile gaming) and The Oregon Trail (only because I've not heard of it lol). Doom could possibly be a third to remove but that depends on why it's being included....horror (stays) or fps (goes).
 
 
 
Posted by ActualTats
On Wednesday 29 Apr 2015 7:24 PM
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29 April 2015, 05:18 PM Reply to jtbthatsme
To be honest I'd not want to be one of the judges trying to narrow that list down so many games in that list were industry changers it would be hard to not include them....with only 2 there that I'd remove for certain 1 being Angry Birds (although it really symbolises a breakthrough in mobile gaming) and The Oregon Trail (only because I've not heard of it lol). Doom could possibly be a third to remove but that depends on why it's being included....horror (stays) or fps (goes).
Agree with the comment about Angry Birds. Hard to determine whether some of these titles should be included, they almost need to be nominated for a specific category to perhaps give a bit of reasoning why they have been selected (over other legendary titles) .
 
 
 
Posted by piratemonkey
On Wednesday 29 Apr 2015 7:35 PM
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Good List
Only 2 I have not played
Minecraft & FiFA
 
 
 
Posted by atipuss
On Thursday 30 Apr 2015 8:22 AM
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Good list apart from the Oregon trail but understandable. .its American thing I guess
 
 
 
Posted by SpawnSeekSlay
On Thursday 30 Apr 2015 2:04 PM
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Should certainly go to some of the older all time classics, not these newer ones in the last 10 years.
 
 
 
Posted by piratemonkey
On Thursday 30 Apr 2015 6:27 PM
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30 April 2015, 02:04 PM Reply to SpawnSeekSlay
Should certainly go to some of the older all time classics, not these newer ones in the last 10 years.
The Oregon Trail fits the bill then
originally developed in 1971 , 65 million units sold

It was fun ..but i think i preferred to play Lemonade stand
 
 
 
Posted by kiwibadboy
On Saturday 2 May 2015 10:40 PM
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I'd say Zelda and SMB are the two strongest contenders, two timeless classic franchises! Though I'm a big FIFA fanatic, I will be the first to say that it neither belongs in the HoF nor deserves the award. Maybe a sports-specific branch?