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Colossal Cave Adventure rounds out World Video Game Hall of Fame’s 2019 class

The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, N.Y., has announced the 2019 inductees into its World Video Game Hall of Fame:

  • Colossal Cave Adventure: “The best games fire the imagination. Anyone who first typed a command like ‘get lamp’ into Colossal Cave Adventure could see the power of electronic games to create magical worlds of the imagination.” — Jon-Paul Dyson, director of The Strong’s International Center for the History of Electronic Games
  • Microsoft Solitaire: “The game proved that sometimes analog games can be even more popular in the digital world and demonstrated that a market existed for games that appeal to people of all types. In many ways, it helped pave the way for the growth of the casual gaming market that remains so popular today.” — Jeremy Saucier, assistant vice president for electronic games and interpretation
  • Mortal Kombat: “Beyond its controversial content and role in triggering debate about the role of violent video games in society, Mortal Kombat’s compelling gameplay, iconic characters, and many sequels have kept players coming back again and again.” — Andrew Borman, digital games curator
  • Super Mario Kart: Super Mario Kart truly excelled as a social game that appealed to players of all skill levels, especially with its engaging multi-player settings. It invited friends, family, and gaming fans of all ages along for an unforgettable ride that has made it the longest-running racing series in gaming history.” —
    Julia Novakovic, archivist

According to The Strong, the four games chosen span multiple decades, countries of origin and gaming platforms, but all have significantly influenced the video game industry, popular culture and society in general.

The inductees emerged from a field of 12 finalists that also included Candy Crush Saga, Centipede, Dance Dance Revolution, Half-Life, Myst, NBA 2K, Sid Meier’s Civilization and Super Smash Bros. Melee.

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