GTA III, Legend of Zelda, The Sims among Video Game Hall of Fame inductees

DOOM, Pac-Man, Pong, Super Mario Bros., Tetris, and World of Warcraft now have company.


The World Video Game Hall of Fame in Rochester, NY, has added six new games into it short list of current members. 

The latest inductees include, Sonic the Hedgehog, The Legend of Zelda, Grand Theft Auto III, The Sims, Space Invaders and The Oregon Trail. The winners were selected from 15 nominess, which also included Elite, Final Fantasy, John Madden Football, Minecraft, Nürburgring, PokémonRed and Green, Sid Meier’s Civilization, Street Fighter II, and Tomb Raider.

About the entrants

  • The Oregon Trail came out in 1971 and not only taught kids about hsitory, but about computers. More than 65 million copies of the game have been sold.
  • Space Invaders  originally appeared in arcades in 1978. In 1980, the game entered the home console market and became the Atari 2600’s most popular game.
  • The Legend of Zelda came out for the NES in 1986. It sold more than 6.5 million copies and became the fifth best-selling NES game of all time.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog released in 1991 for the Sega Genesis. With more than 15 million copies sold, Sonic the Hedgehog remains the best-selling Sega Genesis game of all time; the entire Sonic franchise has 350 million sales or downloads.
  • The Sims hit in 2000 for the PC. With nearly 200 million sales in 60 countries and more than 20 languages, The Sims is the best-selling PC game franchise ever. 
  • Grand Theft Auto III was originally for the PlayStation 2 and came out in 2001. The third standalone title in the franchise sold 14.5 million copies by 2008, becoming the first breakout hit in a series that sold more than 220 million units as of 2015.

These six games join DOOM, Pac-Man, Pong, Super Mario Bros., Tetris, and World of Warcraft, which were inducted as the first Hall of Fame selections last year. The Hall of Fame is part of The Strong Museum. Anyone can nominate a game, but final selections are chosen "on the advice of journalists, scholars, and other individuals familiar with the history of video games and their role in society."

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