15 Finalists Announced for 2016 Video Game Hall of Fame

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On Monday The Strong National Museum of Play announced the 15 finalists that will be considered for recognition at this year’s World Video Game Hall of Fame. The finalists cover a diverse selection of games, from classics such as the Oregon Trail to relatively modern titles such as Minecraft. See the complete list below:

  • Elite
  • Final Fantasy
  • Grand Theft Auto III
  • John Madden Football
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Minecraft
  • Nürburgring
  • The Oregon Trail
  • Pokemon Red and Green
  • Sid Meier’s Civilization
  • The Sims
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Space Invaders
  • Street Fighter II
  • Tomb Raider

According to a press release, The Strong National Museum of Play received thousands of nominations arriving from over 100 different countries. The international selection advisory committee, which is made up of a team of “journalists, scholars, and other individuals familiar with the history of video games and their role in society,” selected titles that are seen as iconic, have proven their longevity, have exerted a wide geographic influence and have demonstrated an influence on video games that followed them.

These traits are highly evident in all of the titles above. The original John Madden Football established one of the most dominant sports series in history and pioneered sports simulations at large. The 1975 arcade classic Nürburgring became the “the model for almost every car racing game that followed,” according to the description provided by the Strong National Museum of Play, and Grand Theft Auto III proved once and for all how immersive and engaging an open world design can truly be.

The titles that are inducted into the World Video Game Hall of Fame will join the five titles that received the honor last year: World of Warcraft, Doom, Pong, Super Mario Bros., and Tetris. The winners will be announced on May 5th during a ceremony held at The Strong National Museum of Play.

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