World Video Game Hall of Fame

First established in 2015, the Video Game Hall of Fame has inducted classic games such as Pacman, Super Mario Bros, and World of Warcraft.

The World Video Game Hall of Fame is an international hall of fame established on June 4, 2015. It is located in The National Museum of Play in New York.

Video games become eligible for the World Video Game Hall of Fame by meeting four basic criteria:

  1. Iconic Status – the game must be widely recognized and remembered
  2. Longevity - is more than a passing fad and has enjoyed popularity over time
  3. Geographical Reach - meets the above criteria across international boundaries
  4. Influence - 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.

The video games must be selected by a special committee made up of journalists, scholars, and other individuals. In 2015, a few of the first batch to be inducted were Tetris, Pong, The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros, and Grand Theft Auto III


This year they have announced a new batch of inductees to be inducted this May 4, 2017. Among which are Microsoft’s Windows Solitaire, Final Fantasy VII, and Wii Sports.

The committee says the video games in the Hall of Fame “all share the achievement of having an undeniable impact on the world of gaming and popular culture.”

Here’s the list of video games in the World Video Games Hall of Fame so far.

2015:

Angry Birds (2009)
Doom (1993)
FIFA International Soccer (1993)
The Legend of Zelda (1986)
Minecraft (2011)
The Oregon Trail (1971)
Pac-Man (1980)
Pokémon Red and Blue (1996)
Pong (1972)
The Sims (2000)
Sonic the Hedgehog (1991)
Space Invaders (1978)
Super Mario Bros. (1985)
Tetris (1984)
World of Warcraft (2004)

2016:

Elite (1984)
Final Fantasy (1987)
Grand Theft Auto III (2001)
John Madden Football (1988)
Nürburgring (1975)
Sid Meier's Civilization (1991)
Street Fighter II: The World Warrior (1991)
Tomb Raider (1996)

2017:

Donkey Kong (1981)
Final Fantasy VII (1997)
Halo: Combat Evolved (2001)
Microsoft Windows Solitaire (1991)
Mortal Kombat (1992)
Myst (1993)
Pokemon Red and Green (1996)
Portal (2007)
Resident Evil (1996)
Street Fighter II (1991)
Wii Sports (2006)

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