Video Game Hall Of Fame  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | Video Game Hall Of Fame  RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network The World Video Game Hall of Fame Inducts Donkey Kong, Street Fighter II, Pokemon, and Halo Thu, 04 May 2017 11:14:35 -0400 Jonathan Moore

The video game world finally knows which games made it into the 2017 World Video Game Hall of Fame. At a ceremony held today at The Strong Museum in Rochester, New York, a panel of video game experts and journalists announced its decision. 

Donkey Kong, Street Fighter II, Pokemon Red and Green, and Halo: Combat Evolved will be joining the ranks of other well-remembered and beloved titles such as The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros., Grand Theft Auto III, and World of Warcraft

John-Paul Dyson, director of the International Center for the History of Electronic Games and VP of Exhibits for the Strong Museum said:

Play is an essential activity, [one] critical to human development, through the world of video games. The [Video Game Hall of Fame] recognizes games of all types ... that have exerted influence and popularity over a long period of time.   

And today, The Strong showcased that vision and sentiment by inducting games that were released over a 30-year span and have greatly influenced both casual and hardcore gamers alike. 

Donkey Kong

Released in 1981, Donkey Kong arcade took the world by storm and introduced gamers across cultures to the most beloved plumber of all time: Super Mario. On top of that, the game spawned a franchise of sequels that spanned the Super Nintendo and Nintendo 64, where Donkey Kong and his rag-tag group of compatriots embark on zany and endearing adventures The game inspired a generation of game developers to take gaming to new and inventive heights.

Street Fighter II

Street Fighter II revolutionized competitive gaming when it released in arcades in 1991. Through numerous sequels and iterations, Street Fighter II not only made the fighting game genre what it is today, but it was one of the games at the forefront of the competitive gaming scene, and what would ultimately transform into the eSports community. 

Pokemon Red & Green 

Pokemon Red and Green both released in 1996 on the Gameboy and were the first games of the now-beloved franchise to be released to the public at large. Since then, these games have spawned a franchise that continues to take the world by storm via myriad mobile games, such as Pokemon Sun and Moon and Pokemon Go. What's more, the franchise has etched its mark on pop culture history with the phrase "Gotta' Catch Em' All," alongside numerous animated films and television series. 

Halo: Combat Evolved

The release of Halo: Combat Evolved for the original Xbox in 2001 was a watershed moment for the FPS genre. Although other shooters had already begun to eschew the on-rails, corridor-confined designs of titles such as Doom and Wolfenstein, Halo: Combat Evolved took the genre to new heights for a new generation of gamers with its story-driven campaign and frenetic multiplayer combat. Over the years, the game has cemented itself in not only gaming culture but pop culture at large. 


Finalists for the World Video Game HoF Class of 2017 were chosen over the past year through open voting on The Strong's website by thousands of gamers from more than 100 countries. 

Established in 2015, the World Video Game Hall of Fame judges and inducts members based on cultural impact, longevity, game design, and geographical reach, among other criteria. The museum considers all electronic games for induction, including arcade, console, handheld, PC, and mobile games. 

Voting for the World Video Game Hall of Fame Class of 2018 is currently open on the museum's website until February 28, 2018. 

The Legend of Zelda enters the World Video Game Hall of Fame Sat, 07 May 2016 04:46:59 -0400 ESpalding

This year, six more well-loved games will be entered into the World Video Game Hall of Fame and among them is The Legend of Zelda. Occupying part of The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York, the Hall of Fame recognizes all types of video games that have kept their popularity over an extended period and that have had a considerable influence on the video game industry in one form or another. 

The Strong National Museum of Play

The Legend of Zelda was originally released on the NES in 1986 and was a turning point in gaming as it used a non-linear gameplay style now prevalent in today's games. The series' popularity has consistently grown and has since spawned 17 titles (number 18 is due to come out in 2017 along with the Nintendo "NX" system.) making Link, Zelda, and Ganon household names.

Starting last year, the first "class" of games to enter the Hall of Fame were DOOM, Pong, Pac-Man, Super Mario Bros., Tetris, and World of Warcraft. This year, the finalists, selected by a committee of journalists, scholars, and video game industry members were The Legend of Zelda, Grand Theft Auto III, The Oregon Trail, The Sims, Sonic the Hedgehog and Space Invaders.


The Video Game Hall of Fame is Finally Here Thu, 04 Jun 2015 20:36:27 -0400 Fireboltz_7795

This is the real deal! The Strong National Museum of Play, located in Rochester New York, officially announced its first class of video games into the Video Game Hall of Fame! Some of entries were not surprising. Super Mario Bros., Pac-Man, Pong, and Tetris all made it into the first class (and rightfully so). There were also two surprising entries as well. Doom and World of Warcraft also found their way into first class.

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There was also some notable finalists that didn’t quite get in. The Legend of Zelda, Angry Birds, Space Invaders, Pokemon, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Oregon Trail didn’t make the cut either. While I personally feel that The Legend of Zelda should have made its way into the Hall of Fame, I have to (and everyone else does as well) remember that there is always next year.

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What does this mean to us gamers?

This means a lot; actually, almost everything in essence. The games that get in are based on popularity, influence on the social world, longevity, etc. This means that games like Halo, Bioshock, Final Fantasy 7, and Mega Man, all may have a chance to be truly recognized as the wonderful games they are. This is an annual event that is sure to rapidly create a lot of buzz in the video game world.

Is there a game you feel should have made it into the first class? Or what is your pick for the first six in the Video Game Hall of Fame?