Out of the 12 finalists nominated for induction into the World Video Game Hall of Fame, four games have survived to make the cut and become the newest members in the Hall of Fame. After spanning decades, crossing borders, and inspiring minds “Colossal Cave Adventure”, “Microsoft Windows Solitaire”, Mortal Kombat”, and “Super Mario Kart” are now members of the World Video Game Hall of Fame.
The World Video Hall of Fame is a part of The Strong Museum in Rochester, New York; which along with numerous interactive exhibits also houses the National Toy Hall of Fame. Both Halls of Fame can be found on the second floor of The Museum.
“Colossal Cave Adventure” has emerged from the “Stone Age” of computer technology to join the Hall of Fame. Making its debut in 1976, the game had no graphics and depended solely on written text commands. Despite the “primitive” nature of the game, it garnered adventure seekers and puzzle solvers from around the world and helped to launch a whole new genre of game playing.
Emerging on the scene in 1992, “Mortal Kombat” ushered in a whole new realm of realistic graphics and as a result of its graphic violence, the advent of the Entertainment Software Rating Board. Proving that video games aren’t just for kids, “Mortal Kombat” went on to spawn a whole franchise of its own.
Also released in 1992, “Super Mario Kart” gave Mario fans a whole new thrill as Super Mario raced his way to victory with 100 million units sold and a whole new list of games starring Mario.
“Microsoft Windows Solitaire” appeared on every new computer sold as a part of the pre-loaded Windows package and provided millions of computer users with a new way to play the single player card game as they sough a way to wile away the hours.
Established in 2015, the World Video Game Hall of Fame recognizes all electronic games for their longevity, popularity, and cultural influence.
photos courtesy of The Strong Museum in Rochester, NY