The Finalists For 2019’s World Video Game Hall Of Fame

Every year, the World Video Game Hall of Fame inducts a few games into its exhibition, recognising that game’s legacy and contribution to the world of games. Last year Final Fantasy 7, Space War, Tomb Raider and John Madden Football were all welcomed into the the list. Now, we have 2019’s finalists.

The finalists were published on the World Video Game Hall of Fame’s website, with the inductees to be announced on May 2 internationally.

The nominations are a mix of classic arcade games, iconic franchises, and even Microsoft Windows Solitaire:

  • Sid Meier’s Civilization
  • Super Mario Kart
  • Super Smash Bros. Melee
  • NBA 2K
  • Myst
  • Mortal Kombat
  • Microsoft Windows Solitaire
  • Half-Life
  • Dance Dance Revolution
  • Colossal Cave Adventure
  • Centipede
  • Candy Crush

I feel rough that Candy Crush gets a callout and not Bejeweled, which helped popularise the genre, or Puzzle Quest. For a similar reason, I can see Colossal Cave Adventure and Centipede being overlooked just because of the current inductees.

Mario Kart is a great thing to have in an interactive archive, and it’s one of those games that are still truly universal even today. Windows Solitaire is all kinds of special to a lot of non-gaming audiences, and Half-Life deserves a gong if only for the amazing franchises that spawned out of it. I do like that they recognised what NBA 2K and Civilization have accomplished, although I wouldn’t be betting that either of those would win this time around.

What do you think? If you had to pick three games from that list to place in an exhibit showing off the best video games of all time – keeping in mind what’s already been inducted – what would you choose? (You can pick up to three, although you can only choose one or two if you prefer.)

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