The Strong Museum of Play is an institution in Rochester, New York devoted to celebrating and preserving the history of interactive entertainment. For the last few years, the Strong Museum has been building a Video Game Hall of Fame section that has garnered acclaim for being one of the most thorough collections of gaming’s greatest titles.
The nominees for Strong’s 2017 Hall of Fame class are in, and they once again represent some of the greatest games ever made.
This year, Pokemon Red and Green, Portal, Tomb Raider, Street Fighter II, Resident Evil, Wii Sports, Windows Solitaire, Myst, Mortal Kombat, Final Fantasy VII, Donkey Kong, and Halo: Combat Evolved all have a chance to enter the Strong Museum as Hall of Fame games. If they are selected, they will join Doom, Grand Theft Auto III, The Legend of Zelda, The Oregon Trail, Pac-Man, Pong, The Sims, Sonic the Hedgehog, Space Invaders, Super Mario Bros., Tetris, and World of Warcraft; the previously inducted games from 2015 and 2016.
According to the Strong Museum, these games were all selected for their “undeniable impact on the world of gaming and popular culture.” The museum identifies them as some of the most influential games of all-time, but have not yet named them Hall of Fame games yet. That will be decided by a group of well-respected video game journalists and scholars. The winners will be announced at a ceremony on May 4th.
The Strong Museum provide a general outline for what constitutes a Hall of Fame game here, but the process is, of course, always open to some amount of subjective interpretation. Going off of the precedent set by previous inductees, however, it’s hard to argue with any of the games up for nomination. While titles like Wii Sports carry something of a stigma due to their relative simplicity and mainstream reputation, each of these titles represents some important part of gaming history and great games in their own right.
Feet to the fire, though, we’d say that Halo, Portal, Pokemon, Street Fighter II, and Final Fantasy seem to be locks for an induction.