The Video Game Museum in Rochester, New York, has selected the four video games that enter its Hall of Fame in 2021. Every year, the museum receives thousands of requests, of which 12 candidates come out, until finally four of them are selected. The illustrious video games that are part of the 2021 vintage are Animal Crossing, Starcraft, Microsoft Flight Simulator and Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?
The list of the 12 nominees we met last month, and in addition to these four it included all these:
- Animal Crossing
- Call of duty
- FIFA International Soccer
- Guitar hero
- Mattel Football
- Microsoft Flight Simulator
- Pole position
- Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?
The selection of the finalists is divided as follows: three are voted directly by the public, while the rest are voted on by members of a committee made up of journalists and academics.
The museum curators highlighted the values of each chosen game. From Animal Crossing (2001, the GameCube) praised that its relaxed pace allows it to reach a much larger audience regardless of gender and age, unlike other games of its time, and of course mentioned the impact that Animal Crossing New Horizons had during the pandemic of Covid-19.
“It is difficult to express how revolutionary it was Microsoft Flight Simulator in 1983, “they explain.” The love of flying is universal, which explains why it continues to captivate audiences today. “ Starcraft, praise the twist he put on the strategy formula as they led a multiplayer revolution.
And of Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?, an educational program launched by Brøderbund in 1985 on computers, highlight their way of combining entertainment and education that remains popular today (with series on Netflix and a “crossover” with Google Earth).