World Video Game Hall of Fame Announces 2018 Finalists

The World Video Game Hall of Fame has announced it’s 2018 finalists this Tuesday, and it looks as though these inductees will be one to remember. The World Video Game Hall of Fame is an international hall that was opened in New York on June 4th, 2015. The purpose of the hall of fame is to show off and reward video games that have had a huge impact on the world and how people have been affected by them. It’s a heartwarming and pivotal moment for all those involved, and this year, with inductees like Metroid, doesn’t seem as though it’ll be a let down on that particular aspect.

The games announced this year are the following, via AP News:

  • Asteroids: Released by Atari in 1979, the game sold more than 70,000 arcade units. Millions more played it on the Atari 2600.
  • Call of Duty: Launched by Infinity Ward/Activision, the game and sequels have sold more than 260 million units since 2003.
  • Dance Dance Revolution: Konami’s 1998 game spread from Japanese arcades, including to a home version for Playstation.
  • Final Fantasy VII:  A game that’s always been one of a kind for many fans out there, the 1997 game introduced 3-D computer graphics and other upgrades to the popular franchise that sold over 10 million copies.
  • Half-Life: After its creation by Valve/Sierra Studios in 1998, the game added the ability to modify the game itself, providing countless replay possibilities. Some even play it today.
  • John Madden Football: The 1990 reboot by Electronic Arts became a pop cultural phenomenon that has sold more than 100 million copies. Football is the best!
  • King’s Quest: Roberta Williams in 1984 made her game a hit on personal computers with its unique visuals and irreverent humor. Many sequels have been made after it.
  • Metroid: Remember Nintendo’s first female character? Nintendo’s 1986 game introduced the first playable human female character in a mainstream video game.
  • Minecraft: A game that left many parents tearing their hair out in frustration, the game lets players in a worldwide, online community build elaborate structures from pixilated blocks.
  • Ms. Pac-Man: A follow up of the Pac-Man game in 1981, it became one of the five best-selling arcade games of all time.
  • Spacewar: Created in 1962 on a mainframe computer. It is credited with helping to launch the multibillion-dollar video game industry.
  • Tomb Raider: The 1996 game and its protagonist, Lara Croft, recently had a new game announced.

What is new this year, however, is the hall inviting gamers to cast their vote on the inductees. This will allow the audience to cast their vote and convey their opinion, giving the game they love the edge it may need to win. What’s more, the 27 members of an international selection advisory committee will cast ballots for the winners. The three games that receive the most public votes from the new “Player’s Choice” voting will count as another ballot.

To vote for the game you feel deserves it the most, please check out the voting here. Remember to vote before April 4th before the ballot closes.

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