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2016 World Video Game Hall Of Fame Finalists Announced

So, which of these timeless classics deserve to be enshrined?

The Strong National Museum of Play has announced the 15 finalists for this year's World Video Game Hall of Fame inductees.

As you can see below, the list includes legendary names like Final Fantasy, The Legend of Zelda, Sonic the Hedgehog, Tomb Raider and John Madden Football, with a few more recent titles also coming into play (get it?): Minecraft, Sid Meier's Civilization and Grand Theft Auto III. Check it out:

2016 World Video Game Hall of Fame Finalists

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

Said The Strong director Jon-Paul C. Dyson:

"These 15 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. They're among the most influential games of all time."

The organization received "thousands of nominations" from people around the world, and an advisory committee comprised of journalists, scholars, and "other individuals familiar with the history of video games and their role in society" helped shrink the pool down to the 15 titles you see above.

In order to be considered, games had to "have enjoyed popularity over a sustained period and have exerted influence on the video game industry or on popular culture and society in general." The winners will be announced during a ceremony at the museum on May 5.

Last year, the first ever inductees into the World Video Game Hall of Fame were: Pong, Pac-Man, Doom, Super Mario Bros., Tetris and World of Warcraft.

Tags: world video game hall of fame, hall of fame nominees, classic games

3/29/2016 8:59:36 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (9 posts)

bigrailer19
Tuesday, March 29, 2016 @ 10:40:12 PM
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A little surprised no Mario.

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Vitron
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 @ 1:59:25 AM

Its already on the Hall of Fame.

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bigrailer19
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 @ 2:08:49 AM

Must have been 2015? I think I remember that now. I also remember saying "I'm a little surprised no Legend of Zelda" and here it is in 2016.

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Vitron
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 @ 6:15:20 AM

But... But its on the article ser.

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Vitron
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 @ 6:16:40 AM
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Personally rooting for pokemon. Gave me a childhood when all we can afford back then was a gameboy.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 @ 8:57:46 AM

Too recent your childhood is young padawan.

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Vitron
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 @ 8:15:45 PM

The 90s was still a great time to be a kid. 2000s on the other hand...

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 @ 8:59:55 AM
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Well, I want to say Final Fantasy because it became the greatest franchise of all time until SE put a dagger through its heart with the word "Action" engraved in the blade but the first game was really just a handy step up from Dragon Warrior. It were no Zelda, let's put it that way.

So, Zelda.

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Underdog15
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 @ 1:19:45 PM
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All great choices, but no one else should go in until Final Fantasy, Zelda, and Sonic's histories are in. All 3 revolutionized gaming at some point in history. The rest are just really great.

Space Invaders should probably be in because it's sort of the origin of gaming posterchild next to packman and pong.

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