Three games have been added to the Video Game Hall of Fame: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Ms. Pac-Man, and Sid Meier’s Civilization.
The World Video Game Hall of Fame at the Strong Museum, based in Rochester, New York, has inducted 36 games since its inception in 2015.
Now it includes three flagship games, all of which deserve their place.
Nintendo’s 1998 classic was the first 3D Zelda game, setting the blueprint for future 3D action-adventure games to date. It also remains the highest-scoring game of all time (according to Metacritic) and is widely considered one of the best games ever made.
Ms. Pac-Man was the sequel to the dot-eating arcade classic famous for its enhanced gameplay and female lead character.
Civilization was the first in Sid Meier’s vast and ambitious empire-building series, released in 1991. Inspired by board games like Risk, it helped set the blueprint for future strategy titles.
These three games join Tomb Raider, Grand Theft Auto 3, Doom, Pong and many more. The original Legend of Zelda for the NES and Pac-Man are both included, making them the only two series with more than one entry.
You can view the full list on the Strong Museum website.
The inclusion of Ms. Pac-Man follows an ongoing rights dispute over ownership of the character. In Bandai Namco’s Arcade Archives: Pac-Land game, she was replaced by Pac-Mom.