It’s been an initiative many have called for, but The Strong’s “World Video Game Hall of Fame” is a new attempt to catalog our most influential video games. Six games have been chosen from a list of 15 finalists, and by all means, thank goodness they got the first class right.
Every game on this list deserves to be considered for its contributions to gaming history, and the first class gives The Strong National Museum of Play based in Rochester, New York, a real shot for legitimacy. It plans to continue the project of collecting games that “significantly affected the video game industry, popular culture, and society in general” once a year.
Hopefully, next year’s choices are just as solid. The six choices for the first year are:
- Super Mario Bros.
- World of Warcraft
Again, these are definitely some of the most influential games in history, each still popular in their own way even to this day. Pong has been around for more than 40 years and people still love it! This is the purpose of the hall of fame, to capture not only influential games but also eternal games, ones that will be popular until the end of time.
With that said, what comes next? There are quite a few games on the finalist list that didn’t quite make it like The Legend of Zelda, Pokemon, Minecraft, The Sims, and Space Invaders, but I’d also throw in a vote for Grand Theft Auto III, Rogue, Metal Gear Solid, and Final Fantasy VII if I were to pick any others.
Is it me, or is it a shame that we have to immortalize that horrible DOOM movie? Talk about a double standard though. The Super Mario Bros. movie and each and every one of the horrible PAC-MAN cartoons are nowhere to be found!