This year’s finalists for the Strong Museum’s Video Game Hall of Fame have been announced, highlighting another selection of influential titles. Like previous years, the nominees include games from across multiple eras, including classics like Asteroids, Elite, and Metroid.

Released in 1979, Asteroids made the list for its challenging gameplay and intense sound effects, while Elite was praised for being an early pioneer of 3D graphics. Nintendo’s Metroid made the cut thanks to innovative gameplay, an alien atmosphere, and a memorable soundtrack. Moving to the ’90s, the Strong Museum highlighted Myst for its puzzles and adoption of CD-ROM technology, Resident Evil for popularizing the survival-horror genre, and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater for bringing the sport and culture of skateboarding into the mainstream.

Guitar Hero mixed licensed music and plastic instruments to create a new wave of rhythm-based gaming with wide appeal when it first launched in 2005, You Don’t Know Jack reimagined the game show format as a social video game experience, and Ultima helped define the computer role-playing genre during the early days of PC gaming. You can see the full list of nominees below.

Strong Museum Video Game Hall Of Fame 2024 Nominees

  • Asteroids
  • Guitar Hero
  • Elite
  • Metroid
  • Myst
  • Neopets
  • Resident Evil
  • SimCity
  • Tokimeki Memorial
  • Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater
  • Ultima
  • You Don’t Know Jack

Like previous years, the Strong Museum says these nominees “have enjoyed popularity over a sustained period” and have exerted their influence on the video game industry or on popular culture and society in general. Anyone interested in seeing a particular game in this lineup can also cast their vote in the Player’s Choice Ballot. Once voting has concluded, the selected games will be put on display at the the Strong Museum, which is based in Rochester, New York.

Last year’s entrants into the Video Game Hall of Fame included Barbie Fashion Designer, Computer Space, The Last of Us, and Wii Sports, and 2022’s inductees included Sid Meier’s Civilization, Ms. Pac-Man, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, and Dance Dance Revolution.

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