World Video Game Hall of Fame Finalists Revealed

The Strong News Release
NEWS RELEASE
One Manhattan Square Rochester, NY 14607 585-263-2700 museumofplay.org

April 28, 2015

For Immediate Release

Shane Rhinewald, 585-410-6365, srhinewald@museumofplay.org

Kim Della Porta, 585-410-6325, kdellaporta@museumofplay.org

World Video Game Hall of Fame
Reveals 15 Finalists
(
Inaugural Class to be Announced June 4)

ROCHESTER, New York—Which video games will make it into the first class of the World Video Game Hall of Fame this June? Will Super Mario Bros. jump its way past the competition? Will Sonic the Hedgehog roll across the finish line? Or will Angry Birds soar into the inaugural class?

The Strong’s World Video Game Hall of Fame in Rochester, New York, today announced the 15 finalists for induction into the hall: Angry Birds, DOOM, FIFA, The Legend of Zelda, Minecraft, The Oregon Trail, Pac-Man, Pokémon, Pong, The Sims, Sonic the Hedgehog, Space Invaders, Super Mario Bros., Tetris, and World of Warcraft.

“The 15 finalists for the World Video Game Hall of Fame span decades, gaming platforms, and geographies—but what they all have in common is their undeniable impact on popular culture and society in general,” says Jon-Paul Dyson, director of The Strong’s International Center for the History of Electronic Games. “Whether it’s the groundbreaking game Pong or a more recent viral sensation like Minecraft, all of these games have helped shape the way that people across the globe play and relate to one another.”

The World Video Game Hall of Fame received thousands of nominations for the inaugural class. The final 2015 inductees, chosen with guidance from an international selection committee made up of journalists, scholars, and other individuals familiar with the history of video games and their role in society, will be announced during a special ceremony at The Strong museum on Thursday, June 4, at 10:30 a.m.

The World Video Game Hall of Fame recognizes electronic games that meet the following criteria: icon-status, the game is widely recognized and remembered; longevity, the game is more than a passing fad and has enjoyed popularity over time; geographical reach, the game meets the above criteria across international boundaries; and influence, the game 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. (A game may be inducted on the basis of the last criterion without necessarily having met all of the first three.)

Anyone can nominate a game to the World Video Game Hall of Fame online at worldvideogamehallofame.org. Initially, the inductees will be displayed and interpreted in a section of The Strong museum’s eGameRevolution exhibit.

About the World Video Game Hall of Fame

The World Video Game Hall of FameTM at The Strong recognizes individual electronic games of all types—arcade, console, computer, handheld, and mobile—that have enjoyed popularity over a sustained period and have exerted influence on the video game industry or on popular culture and society in general.

About The Strong
The Strong is the only collections-based museum in the world devoted solely to play. It is home to the International Center for the History of Electronic Games, the World Video Game Hall of Fame, the National Toy Hall of Fame, the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play, the Woodbury School, and the American Journal of Play and houses the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of video games and other historical materials related to play. Known widely as the nation’s museum of play, The Strong blends the best features of both history museums (extensive collections) and children’s museums (high interactivity) to explore the ways in which play encourages learning, creativity, and discovery and illuminates cultural history.