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Press Release

2022 World Video Game Hall of Fame Nominations Due February 28

Published February 2, 2022

News release

For more information contact: Shane Rhinewald, The Strong, srhinewald@museumofplay.org;

ROCHESTER, New York—Do you have a favorite video game that deserves to join icons such as Pong, Pac-ManSuper Mario Bros., TetrisThe Legend of Zelda, and The Oregon Trail in The Strong’s World Video Game Hall of Fame? Video game lovers everywhere are urged to submit nominations for induction onlineSubmissions for nominations must be made by Monday, February 28, 2022. Finalists will be announced in March, 2022, and inductees will be revealed at a special ceremony at The Strong museum on May 5, 2022.

The World Video Game Hall of Fame at The Strong was established in 2015 to recognize individual electronic games of all types—arcade, console, computer, handheld, and mobile—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.

Anyone can nominate a game to the World Video Game Hall of Fame. An internal museum advisory committee comprised of curators, educators, and historians reviews the submitted nominations and determines which games meet the criteria for selection. Final selections are made onthe advice of journalists, scholars, and other individuals familiar with the history of video games and their role in society.

Inductees to the World Video Game Hall of Fame are on view on the museum’s second floor—Animal Crossing, BejeweledColossal Cave AdventureCentipedeDonkey KongDoomFinal Fantasy VIIGrand Theft Auto IIIHalo: Combat EvolvedKing’s QuestThe Legend of ZeldaMadden FootballMicrosoft Flight Simulator, Microsoft SolitaireMinecraftMortal KombatThe Oregon TrailPac-Man, Pokemon Red and Green, PongThe SimsSonic the HedgehogSpace InvadersSpace WarStarCraft, Street Fighter IISuper Mario Bros., Super Mario KartTetris, Tomb Raider, Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?, and World of Warcraft.

About The Strong

The Strong is a highly interactive, collections-based museum devoted to the history and exploration of play. It is one of the largest history museums in the United States and one of the leading museums serving families. The Strong houses the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of historical materials related to play and is home to the International Center for the History of Electronic Games, the National Toy Hall of Fame, the World Video Game Hall of Fame, the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play, the Woodbury School, and the American Journal of Play. Together, these enable a multifaceted array of research, exhibition, and other interpretive and educational activities that serve a diverse audience of adults, families, children, students, teachers, scholars, collectors, and others around the globe.