Videogame Hall of Fame Finalists

The Strong National Museum of Play announces the finalists for their Videogame Hall of Fame. This Hall is still a bit of a newb, so they have lots of worthy games to honor. Word is: "The World Video Game Hall of Fame recognizes electronic games that meet the following criteria: icon-status, the game is widely recognized and remembered; longevity, the game is more than a passing fad and has enjoyed popularity over time; geographical reach, the game meets the above criteria across international boundaries; and influence, the game has exerted significant influence on the design and development of other games, on other forms of entertainment, or on popular culture and society in general. (A game may be inducted on the basis of the last criterion without necessarily having met all of the first three.)" This press release has all the finalists, saying inductees will be announced on May 4th. Here are the dozen games in the running:

  • Donkey Kong
  • Final Fantasy VII
  • Halo: Combat Evolved
  • Microsoft Windows Solitaire
  • Mortal Kombat
  • Myst
  • Pokémon Red and Green
  • Portal
  • Resident Evil
  • Street Fighter II
  • Tomb Raider
  • Wii Sports
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I disagree with the people poo-pooing Windows Solitaire. Windows has had other games, Reversi in the old days and then Minesweeper, but Solitaire is in that sweet spot for casual time-wasting for all comers. Until the match-3 game came along I don't think there was anything else to rival it for killing productivity.

In contrast, the solitaire that comes with Windows 8 & 10 is an abomination. It's buggy, microtransactiony and ad-ridden. I can't believe Microsoft wants people to take them seriously as a games platform at the same time they're screwing up 27 years of a good thing.

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What fighting games came before SF2? I gather there was a SF1, but it looks like those relatively bland karate championship type games. If SF2 was the first one with a character select and different movesets I think that would be a pretty big evolution.
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