2016 Video Game Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

Out of all the upright arcade games you enjoyed as a kid, there were some titles that live on in your memory. The Strong Museum of Play in Rochester, NY agrees, and that is why they created the Video Game Hall of Fame – to honor the games that transcend time and spark innovation across generations. And now, the wait is over. Out of 15 finalists, six titles have been selected for the 2016 class. See if your favorite game made the cut:

1. Space Invaders

If you were surprised this classic title didn’t make it into the museum’s first class of inductees entered in 2015, you’ll be happy to know it was not forgotten this time around. It was originally released in Japan in 1978, but soon was ported to the Atari 2600, becoming its most popular game ever.

2. Sonic the Hedgehog

What is the best selling Sega Genesis game of all time? You guessed it – Sonic the Hedgehog. When Sega’s Sonic character was not being recreated in 20 different spin-offs of the original popular game, he was being recreated as a parade balloon for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the first game character to receive the honor.

3. Grand Theft Auto III

This entry might surprise some due to how it sparked controversy about violence in gaming, but it was the best-selling video game of 2001 and is widely thought of as one of the greatest video games of all time.

4. The Legend of Zelda

It’s hard to imagine a video game hall of fame without this game included. The Legend of Zelda has sold over 62 million copies, been adapted to a comic book series and an animated television series.

5. The Oregon Trail

This might have been the first game you ever played. It was created by three student teachers in 1971 with the purpose of teaching students about American history and the settlement of the west. It has sold over 65 million copies and became a staple on school computers for decades.

6. The Sims

First published by Electronic Arts in 2000, The Sims took the PC gaming world by storm. As of 2013, the series has sold over 175 million copies worldwide, making it the best-selling PC game ever.

Have you played all the games on this list? If not, it’s time to discover classics or rediscover old favorites. And don’t forget to nominate games you believe deserve recognition for next year’s class.