The World Video Game Hall of Fame recently inducted three games as its 2017 honorees. Donkey Kong, Halo: Combat Evolved, Pokémon Red and Green, and Street Fighter II join the hallowed ranks.
The Hall of Fame is part of The Strong National Museum of Play, located in Rochester, NY.
If all this seems a bit behind the times, well, maybe it is. Cut the place some slack, though.
The Video Game Hall of Fame was only established in 2015. It’s an outgrowth of The Strong National Museum of Play. They’ve only been doing this with video games for a couple of years, but the museum is an old and respected one.
Although there are certainly many (many, many, many!) more games deserving of recognition than the 16 currently in the Hall, they’ve given each of those games a lovely write up and video explaining to the layperson non-gamer why it’s special.
Take this snippet from the Halo page:
In an era when PC games dominated the first person shooter genre, Halo proved a console could be just as effective a platform for these games. The game’s immersive universe, compelling characters, and intricate plot were almost unprecedented in the genre and led players to become deeply involved in the game’s story. Halo also boasted one of the strongest multiplayer experiences of its time, despite being released prior to the launch of Xbox Live and therefore requiring players to hook up local area networks to face each other.
There’s a case to be made for not overloading on this stuff. By highlighting just a few games each year, they ensure the message gets across to museum-goers who might be hurrying to get through all the exhibits on display.
Or at least I hope so. The Strong, the museum that hosts the Hall of Fame, dates back to the 60s and showcases everything from comic books to Sesame Street. It’s the nation’s only museum devoted entirely to play and entertainment. I’m willing to trust that they do, in fact, know about video games and that they know what they’re doing.
Still wouldn’t hurt to get a little Monkey Island or Planescape: Torment up in there.
Check out the World Video Game Hall of Fame online, and nominate your own picks, at http://www.worldvideogamehalloffame.org/