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2017 World Video Game Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

The Strong Museum at the National Museum of Play announced the games that are the 2017 World Video Game Hall of Fame Inductees. These four games are the third class to be inducted into the World Video Game Hall of Fame.

The World Video Game Hall of Fame at The Strong was established in 2015 to recognize individual electronic games of all types – arcade, console, computer, handheld, and mobile – that have enjoyed popularity over a sustained period and have exerted influence on the video game industry or on popular culture in general.

The games that have been inducted into the World Video Games Hall of Fame this year are: Donkey Kong, Halo: Combat Evolved, Pokemon Red and Green, and Street Fighter II. These games emerged from a field of 12 finalists that also included Final Fantasy VII, Microsoft Windows Solitaire, Mortak Kombat, Myst, Portal, Resident Evil, Tomb Raider, and Wii Sports.

Donkey Kong was released in 1981 and became Nintendo’s most profitable game to that point, selling an estimated 132,000 arcade cabinets. Donkey Kong introduced the world to Mario, who became the star of numerous other games and one of the most recognizable video game characters in the world.

Halo: Combat Evolved was created by Microsoft. The game was released on Microsoft’s Xbox system in 2001. More than 50% of the consoles sold with the launch game Halo: Combat Evolved. The game sold more than six million copies and inspired a number of sequels and spin-offs, as well as novels, comic books, and action figures. The science-fiction, first-person shooter game combined an intricate storyline, memorable characters like Master Chief, and a dynamic multi-player experience.

Pokemon Red and Green created a multinational cultural phenomenon when it was relased on Nintendo Game Boy in 1996 as Pocket Monsters Aka (Red) and Midori (Green). The game challenged players to collect 151 unique monsters, and Nintendo coined the catch-phrase “Gotta catch ’em all!” As of 2014, the Pokémon franchise has encompassed more than 260 million copies of its games, 21.5 billion trading cards, and numerous spinoffs including more than 800 television episodes and 17 movies.

Street Fighter II: The World Warrior was released by Capcom in 1991. It helped to spark an arcade renaissance in the 1990s. The game inspired numerous sequels and an entire genre of one-on-one fighting games. Capcom sold more than 60,000 original cabinets and a staggering 140,000 cabinets and game conversion kits of the company’s “Champion Edition,” making it one of the top-selling arcade games ever.

World Video Game Hall of Fame Includes 6 Games

The Strong National Museum of Play logoThe Strong’s World Video Game Hall of Fame recognizes individual video games of all types. They have selected 6 video games as the first class of inductees to the World Video Game Hall of Fame. These games are on permanent view in the National Museum of Play’s eGameRevolution exhibit.

The video games that were selected had to fit the selection criteria.
Icon-Status: The game is widely recognized and remembered.
Longevity: The game is more than a passing fad and has enjoyed popularity over time.
Geographical Reach: The game meets the first two criteria across international boundaries.
Influence: The game has exerted significant influence on the design and development of other games or on other forms of entertainment, or on popular culture and society in general.

The last criteria seems to be the most important one. A game can be inducted into the World Video Game Hall of Fame on the basis of that criteria alone (even if it has not met the other three criteria).

The official list of the first class of inductees to the World Video Game Hall of Fame are: Pong, Pac-Man, Super Mario Brothers, Tetris, Doom, and World of Warcraft. They are the 2015 class of inductees. Nominations for the 2016 class of inductees are being considered now. You can nominate a video game by filling out a form on the website of The Strong at the National Museum of Play.