The Strong National Museum of Play is a museum in the city of Ottumwa, Iowa, United States. It is dedicated to the world of video games and all those historically prominent personalities in the video game industry.
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The Museum has just revealed the game titles inducted into the 2022 Video Game Hall of Fame. The four honorees this year are Ms. Pac-Man, Sid Meier’s Civilization, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, and Dance Dance Revolution.
The Hall of Fame considers electronic games of all kinds each year: arcade, console, computer, laptop and mobile. Members are recognized for their popularity and influence in the video game industry or pop culture over time.
The finalists who lost the distinction this year are Assassin’s Creed, Candy Crush Saga, Minesweeper, NBA Jam, PaRappa the Rapper, Resident Evil, Rogue, and Words with Friends. All of those are classics in their own way, but it’s hard to argue with any of the four picks.
Some games have been nominated multiple times without entering the Hall of Fame. But, in the case of Ocarina of Time, managed to enter the Hall of Fame with its first nomination.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, was first released in 1998for game console Nintendo 64 and defined what a 3D action video game could be, Hall of Fame officials said. the award winning game sold over 7.6 million copies worldwide and continues to be recognized by some gamers and critics as one of the best video games ever made and remains the highest scoring game on Metacritic.
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For its part, the simulation and strategy title Sid Meier’s Civilization was named a finalist for the first time in 2016 and again in 2019. Arcade icons Ms. Pac-Man and DDR made the list once before.
In the case of Ms. Pac-Man, Hall of Fame distinction happens, more than 40 years later to pave the way for female video game characters. The arcade game Ms. Pac-Man was released in 1981 as Midway’s follow-up to Pac-Man, which entered the room as part of the inaugural class in 2015.