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The Strong’s World Video Game Hall of Fame in Rochester, N.Y., has named the 12 finalists for induction in 2018:

  • Asteroids
  • Call of Duty
  • Dance Dance Revolution
  • Final Fantasy VII
  • Half-Life
  • John Madden Football
  • King’s Quest
  • Metroid
  • Minecraft
  • Ms. Pac-Man
  • Spacewar!
  • Tomb Raider

“These 12 World Video Game Hall of Fame finalists span decades, gaming platforms, and countries of origin — but what they all have in common is their undeniable impact on the world of gaming and popular culture,” said Jon-Paul C. Dyson, director of The Strong’s International Center for the History of Electronic Games, in the museum’s announcement Tuesday. “Whether it’s a true innovator and original like Spacewar!, a pop culture icon like Ms. Pac-Man, or a game like Minecraft that’s still played by millions around the world, they’re among the most influential games of all time.”

There were thousands of nominations from more than 100 countries for the 2018 class of inductees.

This year, fans can vote for their favorite 2018 World Video Game Hall of Fame finalists at through April 4 in a “Player’s Choice” ballot; the three games with the most public votes will form one ballot that will join the 27 other ballots submitted by members of the International Selection Advisory Committee, made up of journalists and scholars familiar with the history of video games and their role in society.

The final inductees will be announced in a special ceremony May 3 at The Strong museum.

The World Video Game Hall of Fame looks for following criteria in video games:

  • 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
  • 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.

Did your favorite game get overlooked? You can nominate a game to the next class online at

Inductees to the first three classes of the World Video Game Hall of Fame included Donkey Kong, DOOM, Grand Theft Auto III, Halo: Combat Evolved, The Legend of Zelda, The Oregon Trail, Pac-Man, Pokemon Red and Green, Pong, The Sims, Sonic the Hedgehog, Space Invaders, Street Fighter II, Super Mario Bros., Tetris, and World of Warcraft. They are on permanent display in Rochester.

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If you’re interested in exploring The Strong’s collection of artifacts, but can’t get to Rochester, consider this book: A History of Video Games in 64 Objects, available for pre-order, is inspired by A History of the World in 100 Objects and will be available May 29.

2018 World Video Game Hall of Fame finalists:

Images courtesy of The Strong, Rochester, New York

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