World Video Game Hall of Fame nominees announced
The list includes some expected names
The finalists for the 2019 World Video Game Hall of Fame class were announced yesterday and the choices aren’t too surprising. There are a total of 12 nominees, including two from Nintendo, and fans are now able to vote on who will make the final cut. Voting will continue until March 28.
Making the list were (in alphabetical order): Candy Crush, Centipede, Colossal Cave Adventure, Dance Dance Revolution, Half-Life, Microsoft Windows Solitaire, Mortal Kombat, Myst, NBA 2K, Sid Meier’s Civilization, Super Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros. Melee.
Explains Jon-Paul C. Dyson, director for The Strong’s International Center for the History of Electronic Games, “These 12 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. Whether it’s a true pioneer like ‘Colossal Cave Adventure,’ a mobile gaming phenomenon like ‘Candy Crush’ that’s been played by hundreds of millions, or a game like ‘Mortal Kombat’ that pushed boundaries and changed the landscape of the gaming industry, they’re among the most influential games of all time.”
Previous inductees include The Legend of Zelda, Doom, Donkey Kong and others. Games must have reached icon status and have longevity and influence to be considered for induction into the Hall of Fame. There were thousands of nominations this year from over 100 countries, but only three will ultimately be selected. The inductees will be announced in May.