Ms. Pac-Man, Dance Dance Revolution, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, and Sid Meier’s Civilization have all been inducted into the World Gaming Hall of Fame.
Located at The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, the hall was established in 2015 to recognize electronic games of all kinds (arcade, console, desktop, handheld and mobile) that have been popular over time and influenced the industry. of video games or pop culture. and society
The four members of the Class of 2022, announced on May 5, came from a field of finalists that includes Assassin’s Creed, Candy Crush Saga, Minesweeper, NBA Jam, PaRappa the Rapper, Resident Evil, Rogue and Words with Friends.
Ms. Pac-Man, a 1981 spin-off of the arcade game Pac-Man, reimagined the main character as a female to acknowledge girls and women who loved playing the original, part of the salon’s inaugural class .
“There was nothing inherently gender-related about early video games, but the slot machine industry certainly advertised them that way,” said Julia Novakovic, the museum’s senior archivist. “By offering the first widely recognized female video game character, Ms. Pac-Man represented a shift in the cultural conversation about the place of women in the arcade, as well as in society at large.”
Ms. Pac-Man, from video game developer Midway, also featured more sophisticated mazes, smarter opponents, and new challenges than the original.
Within five years of its release, it had sold 125,000 cabinets, making it one of the top five best-selling arcade games of all time, behind Pac-Man and two other previous members, Space Invaders and Street Fighter II.
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Konami’s Dance Dance Revolution, which hit arcades in Japan in 1998 and challenged players to hit colored arrows with their feet following musical and visual cues, helped pave the way for other iconic music games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band.
“It really was a revolution for the music game scene,” said video game curator Lindsey Kurano of Dance Dance Revolution, which quickly spread to arcades around the world and was released as a home version for Sony in 1999. PlayStation.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time defined what a 3D action video game could be, the museum said. Ocarina of Time’s combination of storytelling, puzzle-solving, and combat earned it multiple Game of the Year awards in 1998, the year it was released. To date, it has sold over 7.6 million copies worldwide.
Released in 1991, Sid Meier’s Civilization, which asks players to develop their own empire over centuries, was recognized as an influential simulation and strategy game that launched a number of other similar games, most recently Civilization: Beyond Earth and Civilization VI.
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The addictive nature of Sid Meier’s Civilization, which Meier himself described as its “one more turn” quality, coupled with nearly limitless options that avoided repetitive gameplay, led Computer Gaming World to call it the greatest video game of all time in 1996. Jon-Paul said. Dyson, director of The Strong’s International Center for the History of Electronic Games. “In total, and given the game’s extraordinarily long play times, players have engaged with the Civilization series for more than a billion hours.”
Inductees from the Video Game Hall of Fame are on permanent display on the second floor of the museum.
Anyone can nominate a game on museumofgames.org. The final selections are made with the advice of journalists, academics, and others familiar with the history of video games and their role in society.