Did you know that there is a Video Game Hall of Fame? Cause there is and they’ve announced the finalists for their 2017 class. Since 2015, when such games as Super Mario Brothers, PAC MAN, and (sigh) World of Warcraft were inducted, every year another six games joined the ranks of the most important video games of all times.
This year’s nominees are:
Final Fantasy VII
Halo: Combat Evolved
Microsoft Windows Solitaire
Pokemon Red and Green (or Blue in the West)
Street Fighter II
As gamers, I think we’ve all got opinions on who should be on that list. You can argue whether Solitaire is so much a game as tool to teach you how to use the mouse. You can argue whether Mortal Kombat or Street Fighter II had more influence on the fighting game genre. Personally, I’d prefer to see GoldenEye nominated before anything Halo, but that might just be the old school gamer in me. Heck, I would also throw Chrono Trigger in there ahead of Final Fantasy VII, but I might be a bit biased on that front.
Still, it is tough to doubt the importance of games like Donkey Kong or Pokemon, and Portal definitely broke new ground in the way that game developers procrastinate (seriously, are we ever getting another Half Life game?) so there is a lot to be said about the games on this list.
The important question, of course, is what do you think should be included in this year’s list?
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An American trying to infiltrate and understand English society, Trent is a writer of novels and player of games. He has a serious addiction to JRPGs, the weirder the better, and anything that keeps him distracted from work.