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Museum launches World Video Game Hall of Fame

Gaming enthusiasts play video games at the PAX East convention in Boston, Massachusetts, April 12, 2014.

Gaming enthusiasts play video games at the PAX East convention in Boston, Massachusetts, April 12, 2014.  (REUTERS/Dominick Reuter)

The Strong – a Rochester, New York-based museum dedicated to the “history and exploration of play” – announced that it will establish the World Video Game Hall of Fame. This new hall will honor electronic games, a broad category that includes console, handheld, mobile, computer, and classic arcade video games.

In order to be inducted into the hall, a video game must reach “icon-status,” have “longevity,” have a wide “geographical reach,” and exert a certain amount of “influence” on other games, according to a release from the museum.

“There is no other video game award and recognition program sucha s this, which focuses solely on individual game titles across platforms and their impact over time and across international borders,” said G. Rollie Adams, The Strong’s president and CEO in the release.

The museum is already home to the International Center for the History Electronic Games (ICHEG) as well as the National Toy Hall of Fame. The ICHEG currently preserves a collection of over 55,000 video games and “related artifacts,” in addition to corporate records documenting the history of the video game. It’s quite a collection that makes The Strong “uniquely qualified” to celebrate “the most important games of all time,” Director of ICHEG Jon-Paul Dyson said.

Currently, the museum is accepting nominations for the hall’s inaugural class of honorees through March 31. For video game fans, the nomination process is a chance to celebrate the games they love in that nomination selections are not relegated to industry insiders – anyone can submit a game for consideration at worldvideogamehalloffame.org. The finalists will be selected by an advisory committee at the museum while final inductees will be selected by a group consisting of scholars, journalists and “other individuals familiar with the history of video games and their role in society,” according to the release.

The first-ever inductees will be announced in June during a ceremony at the museum.