The Strong Museum has announced their third class of inductees into the Video Game Hall of Fame. Joining the likes of Pong, Sonic the Hedgehog, and The Sims are Donkey Kong, Halo: Combat Evolved, Pokemon Red and Green, and Street Fighter II.
— The Strong Museum (@museumofplay) May 4, 2017
That’s a pretty strong class of games. In fact, it seems a little odd that Donkey Kong, one of the most iconic games of all-time, didn’t get in until the third class. How many games have a documentary film dedicated to them? Plus, without Donkey Kong, Jumpman would have never become Mario, and Super Mario Bros. was already inducted into the Hall. However, as they say with professional sports halls of fame, all that really matters is getting inducted, and when it happens isn’t that important.
There were 12 finalists this year with the likes of Mortal Kombat, Tomb Raider, and Final Fantasy VII not quite making the cut. They will all be eligible for induction next year. The criteria for inclusion include icon-status, longevity, geographical reach, and impact on design and development on other games, pop culture, and society. Frankly, until the arcade Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game makes the cut, the Hall is going to feel a bit lacking. Still, congratulations to everybody’s favorite barrel throwing ape and the rest of the inductees.