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:
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.