2017 Video Game Hall Of Fame Finalists Named - Details Inside

Apr 03, 2017 12:10 PM EDT | Ileen Jasmine

After WWE honoring its superstars at the WWE Hall of Fame earlier this week, the Strong Museum's World Video Game Hall of Fame follows suit. The museum released the names of its finalists for the 2017 Video Game Hall of Fame.

The Strong Museum's World Video Game Hall of Fame in Rochester, New York opened back in 2015. The museum spent its first two HOFs honoring mostly the classic games.

Classic and iconic games such as "Pac-Man", "Super Mario Bros." and "The Oregon Trail" were inducted into the Hall of Fame. These games were honored for their lasting impact on pop culture, and for paving the way to future game design.

Naturally, there were also a few more recent releases inducted. "The Sims", "Grand Theft Auto III" and "World of Warcraft" were also inducted at the Hall of Fame. Last Monday, however, the museum waded deeper into the gaming world.

The Strong Museum finally unveiled the twelve finalists for the third class of inductees into the 2017 Video Game Hall of Fame. The list included some of the familiar titles to gamers.

The list includes Donkey Kong (1981), Final Fantasy VII, Halo: Combat Evolved, Microsoft Windows Solitaire, Mortal Kombat, Myst, Pokémon Red and Green, Portal, Resident Evil, Street Fighter II, Tomb Raider, and Wii Sports. According to reports, the finalists were selected through open voting on the museum's website.

Thousands of users from more than a hundred countries sent in their votes before the polls closed on the 28th of February. As for the final inductees, they will be chosen by an advisory committee.

The committee will be made up of video game scholars from all over the world. Jerry Saucier, assistant director at the museum gave an interview to the New York Times in which he said, " "Many of these games really changed the way that we think about video games by introducing video games to new audiences."

The criteria for the induction include cultural icon status, influence on both the gaming industry and society, the longevity, and the geographical reach. The final results will be revealed at the museum on May 4.

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