The video game industry has been giving people something to talk about for several decades. Thanks to their development and evolution, their scope is becoming wider and it is impossible to deny the impact they have on society and popular culture. A ceremony will be held soon to choose games that will enter the Video Game Hall of Fame and in the competition are gems like The Last of Us and… Barbie?
The Strong National Museum of Play, as every year since 2015, will carry out one more edition of the inauguration to the World Video Game Hall of Fame and has just revealed a list with 12 finalists, which includes great titles that defined genres and even times, and that they will try to enter this privileged space in which there are already 36 games, such as Pong, Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda.
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A Barbie Hall of Fame 2023 game?
As you can see below, the competition will be fierce, with titles like the genre-defining Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and Quake, the pioneers Computer Space and FIFA International Soccer, as well as modern gems like The Last of Us and the legendary Wii. Sports.
Perhaps what catches the attention of many because it seems out of place on the list is a Barbie game appears, we are talking precisely about the title Barbie Fashion Designer (1996). In this virtual adventure of the favorite doll, as the title suggests, players could act as dressmakers and find outfits for Barbie.
If you’re a young gamer, you might look down on this title, but you shouldn’t, as this is the best and most endearing Barbie game. This game was a legend in times before the popularity of the Internet and was a game that accompanied many girls (and even boys) of the Centennial and Millennial Generation. Just like the Encarta Encyclopedia, this title could not be missing from children’s computers at the end of the last millennium and the beginning of the current one. That being said, the opportunity to recognize the legacy of this game is interesting and well deserved.
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Hall of Fame Finalists 2023
Age of Empires
Barbie Fashion Designer
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
FIFA International Soccer
The Last of Us
Image via The Strong Museum
How to vote to elect the 2023 Hall of Fame games?
According to the details, anyone can nominate games to enter the Hall of Fame, but in the end it is the specialists in the field who choose the finalists based on the criteria of being iconic and having enjoyed “popularity throughout a sustained period and has exerted influence in the video game industry or in popular culture and society in general”.
Internet users will be able to participate and choose their favorite games from the list of finalists who they think meet this criteria. Thus, the 3 most voted will be obtained, which will be added to those selected by the specialists and members of the International Selection Advisory Committee. It is expected that in the end there will be 4 games that are selected to enter the Hall of Fame, as in previous years. On this page you can vote.
It is expected that 4 games will be invested in this new edition, which will be announced on May 4 at 9:30 AM (Mexico City time) during a virtual ceremony. At LEVEL UP we will inform you of the results, of course.
What games would you like to see inducted into the Hall of Fame? Tell us in the comments.
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