2016 Finalists for Video Game Hall of Fame Announced

If you own a Pac-Man cocktail table, you can rest assured that you invested in a timeless title. After all, Pac-Man was one of the first inductees into the World Video Game Hall of Fame at The Strong Museum in Rochester, New York. But that was last year, this is now. The 2016 finalists have just been announced, and it’s a group of video games well-deserving of the honor.

The Nomination Process

The Strong Museum, known as the National Museum of Play, opened the World Video Game Hall of Fame in 2015. Anyone is able to nominate a game for entry, but then a panel of industry experts pick the final class. The games have to meet certain standards in order to be selected for induction. Each game has have achieved “icon status,” been well-known for a long period of time, be popular on a global scale and have influenced the industry in some way. There are no restrictions on the game’s medium – it can be a title in any format, from classic arcade games to computer games.

In 2015, the first six games to gain entry were Pac-Man, World of Warcraft, DOOM, Super Mario Bros., Pong, and Tetris. And now, the initial nominations are in for 2016.

2016 Nominees

This year, the nominees include:

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

It’s quite a list, and it won’t be easy for the panel to narrow it down. It’s hard to deny the influence of games like Final Fantasy and Street Figher II. And it’s also hard to argue with the iconic status of The Legend of Zelda and Space Invaders. The next wave of modern games draw heavily from Minecraft and who can forget the hours they spent playing The Oregon Trail after school?

On May 5, the second class to enter the World Video Game Hall of Fame will be announced during a special ceremony at The Strong Museum. Stay tuned for the results, then join in voting for the 2017 class.