The Strong National Museum of Play has announced the six games that have made it into the World Video Game Hall of Fame for 2016.
The six new inductees are Grand Theft Auto III, The Legend of Zelda, The Oregon Trail, The Sims, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Space Invaders. The games were selected from a pool of fifteen, narrowed down from thousands of nominations made by the public. It’s unclear how the six games were narrowed down from the list of fifteen, however.
The museum decides which games make it into the hall of fame by the length of their popularity, significance worldwide, and influence in popular culture. Currently there are no clues as to why Mecarobot Golf hasn’t been added, but Shane Rhinewald, The Strong’s senior director of public relations, assured me in an email that the museum’s internal committee will consider the game for 2017.
Currently, the World Video Game Hall of Fame has 12 titles in its collection. The six games that made the cut last year were Doom (1993), Pac-Man, Pong, Super Mario Bros., Tetris, and World of Warcraft.