The Strong National Museum of Play, a museum in Rochester, New York, devoted to the history and exploration of play, has inducted four classic titles into its World Video Game Hall of Fame, including Animal Crossing, StarCraft, Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? and Microsoft Flight Simulator.
The top four Hall of Famers were chosen from a list of 12 finalists, which included FIFA International Soccer, Call of Duty, Mattel Football, FarmVille, Guitar Hero, Pole Position, Portal and Tron.
The World Video Game Hall of Fame recognizes electronic games across a variety of categories — arcade, console, computer, handheld and mobile — that have maintained popularity across international boundaries and have had a significant impact on the world of gaming or pop culture.
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“These are games that have really transcended how we play, how we learn, how we relate to one another,” explained Jon-Paul Dyson, Director of the International Center for the History of Electronic Games in The Strong’s inductee announcement video.
Game submissions are open to the public, but a panel of esteemed journalists and video game historians carefully review nominations in order to help The Strong select top candidates each cycle. Last year’s inductees included Bejeweled, Centipede, King’s Quest and Minecraft.