While we can all agree that the board continuing to overlook BMX XXX is a travesty, we can also all agree that this year’s batch of inductees for the World Video Game Hall of Game were some great picks. Those inductees are: Mortal Kombat, Super Mario Kart, Colossal Cave Adventure and Microsoft Windows Solitaire.
Some of the finalists that didn’t quite make the cut were: Call of Duty, Dance Dance Revolution, King’s Quest, Metroid, Minecraft and Ms. Pac-Man, Asteroids, and Half-Life, so apparently it’s not just Valve that don’t want to acknowledge it.
The criteria for induction involves games that “significantly affected the video game industry, popular culture, and society in general,” which surely means that BMX XXX is entering next year.
There’s no denying the legacies of Mario Kart and Mortal Kombat, the latter having a new game released just a few weeks back. As for Windows Solitaire, anyone who grew up in a house without internet (dial-up was barely worth it) will be able to vouch for its inclusion. Meanwhile, Colossal Cave Adventure from 1976 is a slightly more obscure pick that gets the nod because it inspired “an entire genre of fantasy and adventure games, and it directly inspired other pioneering titles, such as Adventureland and Zork.”
The National Museum of Play chose this year’s games, which join the likes of Halo, Doom, Pac-Man, Pong, Super Mario Bros., WoW Tetris, GTA III and many more in the annals. You can find the full list on their website.