While The Strong Museum in Rochester, New York remains closed under the order of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s lock down orders, business continues and on June 18, The Strong named the newest members of the World Video Game Hall of Fame.

Whether it be battling giant insects solving puzzles, completing quests, or building structures; the newest members of the Video Game Hall of Fame have occupied millions of video game fans for generations.  Bejeweled, Centipede, King’s Quest, and Minecraft are the four games that have been selected to join the games that have been inducted since its inception in 2015.

The games selected came from a field of 12 finalists including Frogger, Goldeneye 007, Guitar Hero, NBA Jam, Nokia Snake, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Uncharted 2, and Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?.  Coming from a variety of formats and countries; the newest Hall inductees have had a significant impact on video game culture, society, and popular culture itself.

Bejeweled is a web based game that has launched the match three gaming phenomena.  Created in 2001, Bejeweled is the first mobile game to become a member of the Video Game Hall of Fame.

One of the earliest arcade games, Centipede launched generations of gamers battling a giant zig-zagging insect in hopes of blasting it into bits.

Created in 1984, King’s Quest brought the world of fantasy into the gaming world, inviting gamers to built a fantasy world and has since spawned a whole generation of quests and building games.

Introduced in 2009, Minecraft challenges players to create structures with pixilated blocks.  Since its creation, the game has sold over 176 million copies.

Along with the World Video Game Hall of Fame, The Strong is the home of the National Toy Hall of Fame, the History of Electronic Games, the Brian Sutton-Smith Library, the Archives of Play, the “American Journal of Play”, and the Woodbury School.

Once The Strong Museum can reopen, visitors can see the newest class of Hall of Fame inductees along with the remainder of the members on the second floor of The Strong, along with the National Toy Hall of Fame.


feature photo credit: The Strong Museum in Rochester, New York