Starting in 2015, The Strong (National Museum of Play) annually inducts new titles into the Video Game Hall of Fame. They choose nominees that have sustained popularity over a long amount of time and immortalize games that have affected global culture as a whole. Selections are made carefully with the advice from expert journalists, scholars, and game gurus. At the event yesterday, The Sims was finally inducted into the ranks.
Along with Will Wright’s original was classics such as Space Invaders, Oregon Trail, Sonic The Hedgehog, The Legend of Zelda, and Grand Theft Auto III. The choices even beat out some highly popular competitors such as Minecraft, Tomb Raider, and Final Fantasy!
According to the announcement, The Sims was chosen because it pushed the boundaries of videos into a flexible and open-ended environment. It has sold nearly 200 million sales in 50 countries with 20 languages, giving it the honorary title of the best-selling PC game franchise.
“The game has had universal appeal, with female players outnumbering males, and adults as passionate about the game as children,” said Jon-Paul Dyson, director of The Strong’s International Center for the History of Electronic Games. “And by turning the computer into a toy to explore the complexity of the human experience, The Sims radically expanded the notion of what a game could be.”
Last year, DOOM, Pong, Pac-Man, Super Mario Bros, Tetris, and World of Warcraft were the first games to be inducted into the World Video Game Hall of Fame. Nominations are now open for 2017 and anyone can nominate a game for consideration. What games would you like to see honored in the Hall of Fame?