Ocarina of Time and NBA Jam among 2022 World Video Game Hall of Fame finalists

Why is this important: The Strong National Museum of Play has announced a dozen finalists vying for induction into the World Video Game Hall of Fame. Strong since 2017 has inducted four games a year into the Hall of Fame. Should that be true this year, which four do you think should be approved?

The finalists span a range of genres, platforms, and eras, as listed below:

  • Assassin’s Creed
  • Candy Crush Saga
  • dance dance revolution
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
  • Minesweeper
  • Mrs. Pac-Man
  • NBA jam
  • PaRappa the rapper
  • resident Evil
  • Thug
  • Sid Meier’s Civilization
  • Words between friends

Several of these games have already been voted on but have not been inducted. NBA Jam, for example, was a finalist in 2020, and Dance Dance Revolution (DDR) made the list in 2019 alongside Sid Meier’s Civilization and Candy Crush Saga. Ms. Pac-Man was on the ballot in 2018, as was DDR.

Notable games that still haven’t entered the Hall of Fame despite multiple appearances in the finals include Half-Life, Guitar Hero, and Myst.

If it were up to me, the top three inductees would be easy: NBA Jam, Resident Evil, and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. NBA Jam was a blast to play with friends, Resident Evil popularized the survival horror genre (The Hunter scared me in daylight even when I knew he was coming), and Ocarina of Time was truly at breathtaking on the Nintendo 64.

From now until March 24, you will have the option to vote through the Player Ballot.

The winners will be announced during a virtual ceremony on May 5.