These Games Are This Year’s World Video Game Hall of Fame Finalists

Classics Such as Half-Life & Tomb Raider Have Been Picked

Twelve classic games have been picked as finalists for induction into the World Video Game Hall of Fame this year! The finalists were revealed on Tuesday and here are the games that made the cut: Asteroids, Call of Duty, Dance Dance Revolution, Final Fantasy VII, Half-Life, John Madden Football, King’s Quest, Metroid, Minecraft, Ms. Pac-Man, Spacewar!, and Tomb Raider.

The hall of fame is featured in The Strong National Museum of Play which is based in Rochester, New York. The museum was founded back in 1969 and was opened to the public in 1982. The museum is a collection of the many videogames and toys that have been created throughout the years.

“These 12 World Video Game Hall of Fame finalists span decades, gaming platforms, and countries of origin—but what they all have in common is their undeniable impact on the world of gaming and popular culture,” said Jon-Paul C. Dyson, director of The Strong’s International Center for the History of Electronic Games.

“Whether it’s a true innovator and original like Spacewar!, a pop culture icon like Ms. Pac-Man, or a game like Minecraft that’s still played by millions around the world, they’re among the most influential games of all time,” Dyson added.

A new addition to this year’s induction ceremony is a “Player’s Choice” ballot which fans can participate in. The three games that receive the most votes will become one ballot alongside 27 other ballots from the International Selection Advisory Committee (which is a group comprised of “journalists and scholars familiar with the history of video games and their role in society.”).

The final inductees will be announced during a ceremony that will be held on May 3rd at the museum.