The inductees include the classic video games Pong, Pac-man, Super Mario Bros., Doom, World of Warcraft, and the original version of the Facebook hit game Tetris Battle.
A special exhibit in the Strong national Museum of Play, the gaming HOF is located in Rochester, New York. The Strong is a not-for-profit institution that includes thousand of historical items related to play.
Candidate inductions were based mainly on four factors including geographical reach, icon status, influence and longevity.
An international committee made recommendations based on public nominations, but finalists for gaming hall of game were chosen by a selective committee of the Strong.
Chris Grant is an editor of the online gaming publication Polygon. One of the 23 video game experts who made the selection committee, Grant said that the grand opening of the Video Game Hall of Game was past due.
Grant explained that old video games never received the museum level recognition they deserved. However, classic video games were featured in a Smithsonian Museum exhibit, and the Library of Congress’s Game Cannon.
Video games are popular today. However, Grant noted that the gaming community fails to discuss previous games or a video games cultural significance.
Grant argues that the 1993 video game Doom is the most important one ever designed. It was a key fist person shooter game and allowed for self-made game levels.
Some of the vocal critics of violent video games opposed the inclusion of Doom in the gaming HOF. They included activist jack Thompson.
Thompson argued that the most violent video games often become hall of Fame inductees due to their being the most successful. He believes halo and Grand Theft Auto could follow Doom.
Grant stated that the goal of the video game hall of fame is to shine a light on some classic titles.
Other popular games HOF finalist did not make the cut. They included Space Invaders,” “The Legend of Zelda,” “FIFA,” “Angry Birds, and “Minecraft,”