World Video Game Hall of Fame inductees announced
Four video games have been added to the annals of video game history
Back in March, the nominees for the World Video Game Hall of Fame (HoF) were announced and most names didn’t surprise anyone. Among those listed were titles such as Candy Crush, Centipede, Mortal Kombat and Super Mario Kart, along with plenty of others, but only a few would survive the cut. The official list of inductees has now been published, and four popular games now share a spot alongside Tomb Raider, Final Fantasy VII and more.
The Strong’s National Museum of Play announced the inductees yesterday and all four titles are fan favorites that, in their own peculiar ways, are deserving of being in the HoF. Microsoft’s Solitaire for Windows – a game that made its debut in 1990 on Windows 3 – has finally been recognized for giving millions of computer users thousands of hours of distraction time when they should have been working.
Mortal Kombat will forever be immortalized by its induction into the HoF, as well. It, along with fellow inductee Super Mario Kart, have had significant influence on their respective video game genres and have turned into social icons over the years. Mortal Kombat has another claim to fame that it will never be able to lose. It played a role in the creation of the Entertainment Software Rating Board in 1994 due to its extraneous amounts of violent action.
The fourth game is Colossal Cave Adventure. This is a throwback to a time before what many of today’s gamers remember, but it was responsible for bringing to life most of the fantasy-based games introduced. The game made its debut in 1976, a year before Star Wars revolutionized modern Sci-Fi movies.
Not everyone can be a winner and this year saw a number of titles rejected for selection into the HoF. Perhaps next year Minecraft, Call of Duty, Half-life, Asteroids and Ms. Pac-Man will make the cut.