Ocarina of Time headlines Video Game Hall of Fame class of 2022

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Seven years after its creation, some of the best video games of all time are being inducted into the World Video Game Hall of Fame.

The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, NY, which hosts the Hall of Fame, announced Thursday that The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Ms. Pac-Man, Sid Meier’s Civilization, and Dance Dance Revolution comprise the Hall’s class of 2022.

For Ms. Pac-Man, the museum called out its more sophisticated enemies and mazes in comparison to the original Pac-Man. More importantly, the museum's representative wrote, Ms. Pac-Man helped change the idea that video games were just for men.

With Dance Dance Revolution, the museum highlighted its influence on the genre of peripheral-based music gaming, especially the mainstream phenomena that came later in Guitar Hero and Rock Band.

For Civilization, the museum praised the series as one that highlights creation over destruction — something that still isn’t necessarily common to video games now, and was even less so in 1991.

Finally, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time’s citation says the 1998 game defined the potential in 3D action games, for generations to come, and spotlighted its influence on many modern developers.

The World Video Game Hall of Fame was established in 2015 to recognize exceptional arcade, console, computer, handheld, and mobile games. Fans can already nominate games for the 2023 class; the finalists will ultimately be chosen on the advice of journalists, scholars, and those familiar with video game history.

The class of 2022 joins 32 other games in the World Video Game Hall of Fame. Here is the full membership of 36:

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WHERE IN THE WORLD IS CARMEN SANDIEGO IS ON THERE!? I get that colossal cave adventure is one of the first text based games but does it really deserve a spot? Was Centipede really that good? I mean, I always thought Galaga was a superior arcade game. What is this organization and why should we care?

Lol obviously the criteria is a little different.

These are "important" games, not necessarily good ones

…as evidenced by OoT headlining the entrants. This is a "hall of fame," not a "hall of actually any good."

You are a true iconoclast. Congrats?

https://www.museumofplay.org/exhibits/world-video-game-hall-of-fame/inducted-games/

They provide explanations for why each game is inducted. WitWiCS is one of the earliest edutainment games to hit a widespread market among other reasons.

one of the earliest edutainment games to hit a widespread market among other reasons.

OK so it was early, and it sold a lot. Is this the museum of play, or the museum of sales history?

This is generally how influential media becomes influential. It was early and popular.

not to mention there are other reasons as well, I just picked the main one but the fact that the game actually predates the gameshow and other media would also be of note.

That’s a good point. I mean, the new Netflix series ran from 2019-2021. Its impact is still being felt in significant ways.

What is this organization and why should we care?

Well see, they give extra recognition to things that are already famous, on the basis of them being famous. It’s super significant and not at all pandering to sell tickets to a church of popular commercial products.

I’m genuinely curious what an exhibit at this museum looks like. Like old arcade machines that require extensive preservation could be cool to look at but what do they do for the modern games? Put a disc on a pedestal? At least sports halls of fame commission cool busts and fancy plaques to look at.

If it’s anything like the one outside of Dallas, they have playable versions of all the games on display.

I’m now picturing people waiting in line for 10 hours while the person in front of them finishes their Civilization campaign.

just one more turn

Do you also hate the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this much?

"The World Video Game Hall of Fame was established in 2015 to recognize exceptional arcade, console, computer, handheld, and mobile games. Fans can already nominate games for the 2023 class; the finalists will ultimately be chosen on the advice of journalists, scholars, and those familiar with video game history."

Civilization is definitely the headliner here, not Ocarina of Time.

This is completely meaningless, though.

Beautiful choices…along with what is already a stellar list of all time greats.

As an archivist at heart and on [alkaline] paper, if not professionally, this makes my heart happy. Here’s to many more being added in the years to come.

If anybody wants to experience Ocarina of Time (or Link to the Past) in a new, innovative way, I highly recommend playing the Randomizer. A totally fun new experience with an old classic.

But can you play as Guy Fieri?

In ALTTPR, not only can you play as Guy Fieri, you can play as Bob Ross, the Powerpuff Girls, or Missingno.

I don’t think you can do that in ZOOTR. You can freely change the tunic colors though.

You’ve convinced me

It feels like the National Video Game Museum should’ve been doing this whole "Hall of Fame" concept instead of The Museum of Play That Started As One Woman’s Toy Collection.

Yeah but, NVGM is basically Randy Pitchford’s side project. Like how Nerdvana is his wife’s side gig. So you’re mileage might vary on that because it’s Randy.

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