The Strong announces video game hall of fame finalists

The Strong museum’s World Video Game Hall of Fame announced 12 finalists for induction this year, a news release said.

“Asteroids,” “Call of Duty,” “Dance Dance Revolution,” “Final Fantasy VII,” “Half-Life,” “John Madden Football,” “King’s Quest,” “Metroid,” “Minecraft,” “Ms. Pac-Man,” “Spacewar!” and “Tomb Raider” were announced Tuesday as the finalists.

“These 12 World Video Game Hall of Fame finalists span decades, gaming platforms and countries of origin — but what they all have in common is their undeniable impact on the world of gaming and popular culture,” Jon-Paul C. Dyson, director of The Strong’s International Center for the History of Electronic Games, said in the news release.

The hall received thousands of nominations from more than 100 countries for the 2018 class. The public can vote for the Player’s Choice from March 27 to April 4.

The public can nominate a video game to the World Video Game Hall of Fame by going to its website.

Inductees to the first three classes are on display at The Strong museum in Rochester, New York. The museum recognizes individual electronic games of all types — arcade, console, computer, handheld and mobile — that have enjoyed popularity over a sustained period of time.

The 2018 inductees will be announced on May 3.