Hall of Fame: Video Game Edition

Hello all!

I often visit sites like Gameinformer, Gamasutra, Polygon, and Kotaku to get news on what’s going on in the industry. Today I had found this article that was about 6 games that have been inducted into he Video Game Hall of Fame. The Video Game Hall of Fame is in a museum that is located in Rochester, New York called The National Museum of Play. We are in a day in age that electrinics, games, and other technological innovations should be presented in a museum so the younger generations can learn about how they contributed to society. This list of new additions and previous editions made me think about how these game all contributed to the gaming industry. Some of them are the games that really got this industry off of it’s feet. All of these games contributed something big to this industry and the players of all games should be thankful to them.

The list of games in the hall of fame is:
Grand Theft Auto III
The Legend of Zelda
The Oregon Trail
The Sims
Sonic the Hedgehog
Space Invaders
Doom
Pac-Man
Super Mario Bros.
Tetris
World of Warcraft

I’m sure from this list you can definitely point out that these games made anything from a major impact in the industry to creating entirely new genres in the industry. We owe a lot to each of these games, and I’m not just talking about having fears of ovens and stoves because of The Sims games. I’m sure you also know that there are a lot more games that deserve to be on this list. If you know a game that should definitely be on this list you should go here, to nominate it to be inducted into this hall of fame.

There are a couple games that I personally think should be inducted into this list.

I definitely think that the Final Fantasy series should be inducted in the Video Game Hall of Fame. I think that if not the series as a whole then Final Fantasy VII should be in it. Now I’m not like most fans of Final Fantasy VII. I don’t think that it is the best game in the entire series at all, I actually don’t like it nearly as much at IV. I think that this game was popular for a couple of reasons. It’s animations, visuals, gameplay, and story were very innovative for it’s time. These attributes combined made this game so well perceived at the time. When playing the game now a days, it’s actually not that good. Since we currently have visuals that go far beyond what this 1997 game had, it’s not that appealing. When talking about creating an HD remake of the game even the developers had admitted that they would have to do somethings differently because if an exact copy would be made but only with better visuals than the game would be harshly criticized for being too bland and basic. It’s the dedicated fans of the original that keep this game at the top of the popularity contest of the Final Fantasy Series. None the less, this game should definitely be inducted if the series as a whole can’t. As I said, for it’s time, this game was extremely innovative for it’s time when 3D was just being introduced into this industry. You can see below a level made by a fan in Unreal Engine 4 of Tifa’s bar.

As much as I would love to see the Tomb Raider series inducted in, I think that Minecraft deserves to be in it more. Over the past 7 years this game has done so much for this industry. For what seems to be such a basic and simple game, there has been so many advancements because of it. We now have the ability to play Minecraft in virtual reality, as well as use it for educational uses. We are now helping teach children mathematics by having them play games, as well as using Minecraft itself as a game engine to teach students design skills necessary to build levels and create video games. Minecraft is the kind of game doesn’t really have a definition because it can be used for so many different things as well as can be used to advance so many different things. Minecraft fully utilizes the ability to do educational gaming and proves that games can be educational. Everywhere from basic architecture to basic programming, is all cover in Minecraft.

That’s all for today!

Karina