The Strong Museum has revealed the dozen finalists for its World Video Game Hall of Fame class of 2018. The finalists include some of the biggest names from gaming history, including Tomb Raider, Spacewar!, and Metroid. For the first time, the public can vote on their favorite games on the list, too. 

This year’s finalists provide a nice slice of gaming history, showing the diversity in genre, subject matter, and platforms that video games have enjoyed over the decades. You’re bound to recognize a few of them, too:

  • Asteroids
  • Call of Duty
  • Dance Dance Revolution
  • Final Fantasy VII
  • Half-Life
  • John Madden Football
  • King’s Quest
  • Metroid
  • Minecraft
  • Ms. Pac-Man
  • Spacewar!
  • Tomb Raider

If you’d like to weigh in on the finalists, you can cast your ballot once per day here from March 27 through April 4. The three games that get the most public votes will be used as a special “Player’s Choice” ballot, which will be cast along with the other 27 ballots from members of the Hall of Fame’s advisory committee. 

Winners will be revealed at a ceremony at The Strong on May 3, joining historic releases including last year’s inductees Pokémon Red and Green, Street Fighter II, Donkey Kong, and Halo: Combat Evolved.

 

Our Take
The best thing about the Hall of Fame’s relative youth is that they’re still sorting through the best of the best. It’ll be interesting to see what they’re considering for induction 25 years from now.

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