World Video Game Hall of Fame

The World Video Game Hall of Fame is an international hall of fame that opened on June 4, 2015. It is located in The National Museum of Play's eGameRevolution exhibit; the hall's administration is overseen by The Strong and the International Center for the History of Electronic Games. The World Video Game Hall of Fame's creator is Jon-Paul C. Dyson, who is The Strong's Vice President for Exhibit Research and Development[1] and the Director of the International Center for the History of Electronic Games.[2]

World Video Game Hall of Fame
FormationJune 4, 2015
PurposeTo highlight the video games that have made an impact on the world
Location
Parent organization
The Strong
Websitewww.worldvideogamehalloffame.org

Video games become eligible for the World Video Game Hall of Fame by meeting four basic criteria:[3][4]

  • Icon Status - is widely recognized and remembered
  • Longevity - is more than a passing fad and has enjoyed popularity over time
  • Geographical Reach - meets the above criteria across international boundaries
  • Influence - has exerted significant influence on the design and development of other games, on other forms of entertainment, or on popular culture and society in general.

Class of 2015Edit

Nominations from the general public were accepted from February 17, 2015 through March 31, 2015. The finalists were chosen by an internal committee, while an international selection committee made up of journalists, scholars, and other individuals choose the inaugural inductees to the hall of fame.[5][6] The finalists were (inaugural inductees in bold):

Game Release Date Notes
Doom 1993
Pac-Man 1980
Pong 1972
Super Mario Bros. 1985
Tetris 1984
World of Warcraft 2004
Angry Birds 2009
FIFA International Soccer 1993
The Legend of Zelda 1986
Minecraft 2011
The Oregon Trail 1971
Pokémon Red and Blue 1996
The Sims 2000
Sonic the Hedgehog 1991
Space Invaders 1978

Class of 2016Edit

Nominations were again accepted from the public. The finalists were announced on March 19, 2016, and the inductees were announced on May 5, 2016.[7] The finalists were (with inductees in bold):

Class of 2017Edit

Nominations were again accepted online from the public. The finalists were announced on March 16, 2017, and the inductees were announced on May 4, 2017.[8] The finalists were (with inductees in bold):

Class of 2018Edit

Nominations were once again accepted online from the public. The finalists were announced on March 27, 2018.[9] The finalists are:

Class of 2019Edit

The inductees in 2019 are marked in bold below.[10]

Class of 2020Edit

Finalists for consideration were announced on March 19, 2020.[11] On June 18, 2020, the 2020 inductees were announced.[12] The finalists were (inductees marked in bold):

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Arrant, Chris (June 4, 2015). "WORLD VIDEO GAME HALL OF FAME Announces Inaugural First Class". Purch Company. Newsarama. Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  2. ^ "International Center for the History of Electronic Games". The Strong Museum. The Strong.
  3. ^ "Strong Museum of Play establishes World Video Game Hall of Fame, now accepting nominations for inaugural class". Warp Zoned.
  4. ^ "Pong and Doom enter first video game Hall of Fame". BBC News. 2015-06-04.
  5. ^ THOMPSON, CAROLYN (June 4, 2015). "Pong, Tetris make Video Game Hall of Fame's first class". Evening Post Industries. The Post and Courier.
  6. ^ "The Strong announces finalists for the World Video Game Hall of Fame's Class of 2015". Warp Zoned.
  7. ^ "2016 World Video Game Hall of Fame Inductees Announced".
  8. ^ "2017 World Video Game Hall of Fame Inductees Announced".
  9. ^ "Meet the 2018 World Video Game Hall of Fame Finalists". www.museumofplay.org. Retrieved 2018-03-27.
  10. ^ "World Video Game Hall of Fame inducts Super Mario Kart, Mortal Kombat, Solitaire, and Colossal Cave Adventure". May 2, 2019. Retrieved May 2, 2019.
  11. ^ "Meet the World Video Game Hall of Fame Finalists". March 19, 2020. Retrieved March 19, 2020.
  12. ^ "2019 World Video Game Hall of Fame Inductees announced". June 18, 2020. Retrieved June 18, 2020.

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