Beloved video games nominated for induction into Video Game Hall of Fame

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A game featuring a then little-known plumber, another with the goal of gobbling up pac pellets, and the game many consider to be the one that started launched an industry.

“Super Mario Brothers,” “Pac-Man,” and “Pong” were among the inaugural class of the World Video Game Hall of Fame. This year, 15 new titles are among those nominated for induction.

Many of us have likely spent many “productive” hours, controller in hand, on a mission to reunite pieces of the triforce in “The Legend of Zelda,” or facing off with a friend in “Street Fighter II.”

The Strong Museum in Rochester, New York manages the hall which opened in 2015. The museum, which also manages a National Toy Hall of Fame, is dedicated all things play and how such activity encourages learning and creativity.

Five or 6 games will be inducted this year into the World Video Game Hall of Fame based on longevity, geographical reach, and influence on the video game culture.

The nominees are:

  • “Elite”
  • “Final Fantasy”
  • “Grand Theft Auto III”
  • “John Madden Football”
  • “The Legend of Zelda”
  • “Minecraft”
  • “Nürburgring”
  • “The Oregon Trail”
  • “Pokèmon Red and Green”
  • “Sid Meier’s Civilization”
  • “The Sims”
  • “Sonic the Hedgehog”
  • “Space Invaders”
  • “Street Fighter II”
  • “Tomb Raider”

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