This year's finalists for induction into the World Video Game Hall of Fame have been announced, including some all-time favorites like Metroid, Half-Life, Tomb Raider, and more.Twelve games total are up for consideration into this year's Hall of Fame induction, ranging from console games to computer and arcade titles. Here are the 2018 World Game Hall of Fame nominees:
- Call of Duty
- Dance Dance Revolution
- Final Fantasy VII
- John Madden Football
- King's Quest
- Ms. Pac-Man
- Tomb Raider
Spacewar!, which was created in 1962, is the oldest game to ever be considered for the Hall of Fame, while Minecraft, only released in 2009, is the youngest.
You can find out more details regarding the requirements for games to be entered in the Hall of Fame at The Strong's National Museum of Play website but, in short, it includes:
"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 above criteria across international boundaries; and influence, the game has exerted significant influence on the design and development of other games, on other forms of entertainment, or on popular culture and society in general. (A game may be inducted on the basis of the last criterion without necessarily having met all of the first three.)"
Last year's inductees were Donkey Kong, Halo: Combat Evolved, Pokémon Red, and Green, and Street Fighter 2. The finalists who didn’t make it last year were Final Fantasy 7, Microsoft Windows Solitaire, Mortal Kombat, Myst, Portal, Resident Evil, Tomb Raider and Wii Sports.
The World Video Game Hall of Fame 2018 inductees will be announced on May 3, 2018.
Do you think there's anything that should be listed or, more importantly, is missing from this list? I'd love to hear your thoughts.