The Video Game Hall of Fame inducts ‘Ms. Pac-Man, ‘Ocarina of Time’

The World Video Game Hall of Fame, located at the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, NY, announced that its 2022 inductees are “Ms. Pac-Man”, “Dance Dance Revolution”, “The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time” and “The Civilization of Sid Meier”. Photo courtesy of the Strong National Museum of Play

May 5 (UPI) — The World Video Game Hall of Fame in New York announced the induction of breakthrough games Ms. Pac-Man, Dance Dance Revolution, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Sid Meier’s Civilization.

The World Video Game Hall of Fame, part of the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, announced that the four games had been selected from a group of nominees that also included Assassin’s Creed, Candy Crush Saga, Minesweeper, NBA Jam, PaRappa the rapper, Resident Evil, Rogue and Words between friends.

Mrs. Pac-Manthe 1981 sequel to the arcade classic Pac mansold 125,000 machines within five years of its release, making it one of the five best-selling arcade games of all time, according to the museum.

“By delivering the first widely recognized female video game character, Mrs. Pac-Man represented a turning point in the cultural conversation about the place of women in the arcade as well as in society at large,” Julia Novakovic, senior archivist at The Strong, said in a press release.

dance dance revolutionwhich first arrived in Japanese arcades in 1998, has been followed by over 100 versions of the rhythm game, and is credited with inspiring other music-based games including Guitar Hero and Rock band.

“Like dance dance revolutionits name suggests, it has truly revolutionized the music game scene,” said Lindsey Kurano, Curator of Video Games. “Music has been an integral part of human life since prehistoric times, so it’s no surprise that DDR enjoyed a unique popularity that spanned ages, genders and regions.”

the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Timewhich won several “Game of the Year” awards when it was released for the Nintendo 64 in 1998, and has often been cited as one of the best video games of all time.

“Even today, developers around the world attribute The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time as influencing the way they create games. The game’s sprawling 3D world, fluid combat, intricate puzzles, and time-shifting story have combined to inspire players with a wonder they’ll never forget,” said Andrew Borman, Curator of Digital Games. .

Sid Meier’s Civilizationreleased in 1991, reinvented the strategy genre with players taking over empires over centuries of gameplay.

“The addictive nature of the game, which creator Sid Meier himself called the ‘one more turn’ quality, and its nearly limitless choices that prevented repetitive play, earned Civilization recognized by Computer Gaming World as the greatest video game of all time in 1996,” said Jon-Paul Dyson, director of The Strong’s International Center for Electronic Gaming History. offered – players have committed with the Civilization series for over a billion hours.”

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