Opened in 1968, The Strong is dubbed as The National Museum of Play. It's a museum dedicated to entertainment through toys and playthings. Last year, the museum opened a regular exhibit showcasign the most iconic and groundbreaking videogames in history. The World Video Game Hall of Fame has already seen six games get immortalised in 2015 and this year another six have been added.
The first six games to be recognised for their importance in the history of gaming were Doom, World of Warcraft, Tetris, Super Mario Bros, Pong and Pac-Man. In addition, six more games have now been added from a shortlist which included Elite, Minecraft and Street Fighter II.
The winners overall however, and now inducted into the hall of fame, were:
- Grand Theft Auto III
- The Legend of Zelda
- The Sims
- Space Invaders
- The Oregon Trail
- Sonic the Hedgehog
Games are rated in four areas when considering induction. Icon-Status is a mark of how well remembered and recognisable the game is. Longevity looks at the lasting appear of a game and how it has maintained popularity. Geographical reach is taken into account, meaning that a game ought to be recognised worldwide, or at least in a large portion of it. Finally, Influence is looked at, to see how the game has influenced those that it followed. This is seen as the most important as a game can be inducted based on this category alone.
If your favourite game hasn't made the mark yet though, never fear. The exhibit inducts every year and it does so with the help of the friends of the museum. This means that if you want to see a particular game in there, all you need to do is nominate it, with 2017 nominations open already.