The 2017 inductees into The Strong museum’s World Video Game Hall of Fame were announced last week: OH YES.
The Strong museum in Rochester, New York is the self-proclaimed “national museum of play”. They’ve held the competition for three years in a row now, honoring popular games that have influenced the video game industry.
This year’s winners are:
- Donkey Kong
- Street Fighter 2
- Pokemon: Red and Blue
Games are judged on four criteria: icon-status, longevity, geographical reach, and influence.
The 2016 winners were:
- The Oregon Trail
- Space Invaders
- The Legend of Zelda
- Sonic the Hedgehog
- Grand Theft Auto 3
The 2015 inaugural winners:
- Super Mario Bros
- World of Warcraft
The four 2017 winners were in the running in 2016 as well, but lost to the above titles. That means the 2017 losers, along with past year’s losers, still have a chance at being accepted into the annals of gaming history. Maybe 2018 or maybe later.
Looking at this year’s and past year’s losers, some of them are more than worthy.
- Resident Evil
- Tomb Raider
- Final Fantasy
- Final Fantasy VII
- Mortal Combat
- Wii Sports
- John Madden Football
- Sid Meier’s Civilization
- Microsoft Windows Solitaire
You can’t deny these games’ influence over the industry. Tomb Raider and Resident Evil are international best selling games and were adapted into popular movies. Final Fantasy VII’s graphics was a game changer.
Mortal Combat seems like a top contender. The franchise has spawned over 20 games, several novels and comic books, hit soundtracks, and of course a few kickass 90’s movies (maybe even a new reboot movie!)
Other games hit a few criteria, but missed checking them all off. Myst was wildly popular around the world and influenced games with it’s cutting-edge graphics, but definitely didn’t have the longevity of other games. Same with Wii Sports.
But we’ll likely see some of them find their way into the winner’s circle in coming years. I’ve got my fingers crossed for Portal in 2018.
Are there titles you’d like to see nominated? Head on over to their website and let them know. I’m a little surprised Frogger isn’t on here…
More importantly, let us know which ones you submitted in the comments below!