The Strong’s World Video Game Hall of Fame in Rochester, New York, has named 12 finalists for induction. This year’s induction class includes AsteroidsCall of DutyDance Dance RevolutionFinal Fantasy VII, Half-Life, John Madden Football, King’s Quest, Metroid, Minecraft, Ms. Pac-Man, Spacewar!, and Tomb Raider.

The World Video Game Hall of Fame received thousands of nominations from more than 100 countries for consideration. New this year, fans may vote for their favorite finalists from March 27 to April 4 as part of a “Player’s Choice” ballot at The final inductees will be chosen with guidance from an international selection advisory committee made up of journalists, scholars, and other individuals familiar with the history of video games and their role in society. They will be announced during a special ceremony at The Strong museum on May 3.

The World Video Game Hall of Fame recognizes electronic games that meet the following criteria: icon-status, that the game is widely recognized and remembered; longevity, more than a passing fad and has enjoyed popularity over time; geographical reach, meeting the above criteria across international boundaries; and influence, that the game has exerted significant influence on the design and development of other games, on other forms of entertainment, or on popular culture and society in general. A game also may be inducted on the basis of the last criterion without necessarily having met all of the first three.
Inductees to the first class of the World Video Game Hall of Fame—DOOMPongPac-ManSuper Mario Bros.Tetris, and World of Warcraft—are displayed on permanent view at The Strong in Rochester, New York.

This update was originally published on the Toy Insider.

About the author

Maddie Michalik

Maddie Michalik

Maddie Michalik is the senior editor at the Pop Insider, best known as the resident Insta Queen, where she fuels her geeky heart with the latest entertainment and pop culture news. She travels to different stations in the U.S. and Canada to show all her fav products on TV! Maddie is also an editor at the Toy Insider, the leading consumer holiday gift guide and toy review and news website, and serves as the editor-in-chief of leading trade magazine The Toy Book and weekly e-newsletter Toy Report, keeping the toy industry up to date with the latest happenings. Her love for consuming media is surpassed only by her love creating it (especially when she gets to talk about her favorite things). She is a Leslie Knope in training, and you can often find her rereading the Harry Potter series with a cup of coffee in her hand and patiently waiting for the next season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine. See more of Maddie on Twitter and Instagram @MaddieMichalik.