Well, I’ll never forget where I was when I heard the news – and I know you will too. The World Video Game Hall of Fame has announced 2016’s lucky inductees. No great surprises, nothing controversial – this year’s entries pure bread and butter choices.
In no particular order (except when they are):
- Space Invaders (1978)
- Sonic the Hedgehog (1991)
- The Legend of Zelda (1986)
- Grand Theft Auto (2001)
- The Oregon Trail (1971)
- The Sims* (2000)
You know you’ve pissed it up against the wall when The Sims is your edgiest ‘really?!’ choice.
All stone-cold classics. Can’t bitch over any inclusions, but can’t feel proud either, because deep down you know, regardless of how you personally feel about the game, it deserves its spot there. It’s not the games themselves – man, they changed the world, that’s why they’re included – but not one of them is an inspired, sit-up-and-debate choice. Your mother could’ve chosen a more passionate and creative list (Seriously, go ask her).
But I’m forgiving schmuck, since the Hall of Fame’s celebrity corridor is only two years old – they’re just clearing away the classics. Many of the most famous old-school originators are there now: Pong, Pac-man, Doom, World of Warcraft, Tetris, and Super Mario Bros. (Beating Sega by a year). Sure, expect a couple more obvious ones, like Tomb Raider, in the coming years, but from now on, the WVGHoF can be a little freer and think outside the cartridge box.
The only real question is: Why did it take so long to recognise Space Invaders?
Anyway, without even linking that last sentence to this one, here’s six games I’d like to see enter next year’s fame hall. Previously known as the Fame Game Name Shame.
Resident Evil (1996)
Would totally survive this outbreak. Would just kick locked doors down.
Ambitious and beautiful project that spawned the inarguably more famous, and unreleased, Shenmue III.
Final Fantasy VII (1997)
I don’t care that you like VI more, VII is objectively subjectively the better game.
Mario Kart (1992)
Don’t drop that peel there, man. Fucking animal.
Streets of Rage (1991)
Favourite quote: ‘If you pick up that steel pipe before I do, I will break you.’
Creativity ahead of its time. Hence near identical remake.
*I’m very open to the suggestion that we boot out The sodding Sims and replace it with Theme Hospital.