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Good morning and welcome to the Open Forum. For those who have never met me, I am RobGronkowski’sPartyBusDriver and I asked Zarnyx for the chance to do an open forum and she agreed. So welcome to the bus everyone, we’re going to have a good old time.

Today, I wanted to discuss the idea of a Hall of Fame. When something is the best of the best, we often say it should be in the hall of fame. There are halls for sports stars who achieve the greatest heights of their professions. I did some checking and it turns out there is a HOF for practically anything. There is a HOF for astronauts, a HOF for American TV Game Shows, and in Oklahoma City, where I live, we have the National Cowboy Hall Of Fame. So i started thinking about video games and if I was doing a hall of fame, what games would I pick. Turns out i’m not alone.

There is a place called The Strong National Museum Of Play in Rochester, NY. According to their mission statement

The Strong® is a highly interactive, collections-based museum devoted to the history and exploration of play.

One of the exchibits is the World Video Game Hall Of Fame.

The Strong’s World Video Game Hall of Fame® recognizes individual electronic games of all types—arcade, console, computer, handheld, and mobile—that have enjoyed popularity over a sustained period and have exerted influence on the video game industry or on popular culture and society in general.

Here are the criteria they use for selecting what games get in.

  • Icon-status: the game is widely recognized and remembered.
  • Longevity: the game is more than a passing fad and has enjoyed popularity over time.
  • Geographical reach: the game meets the above criteria across international boundaries.
  • Influence: 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 may be inducted on the basis of this criterion without necessarily having met all of the first three.

They choose six games for 2015. Pong, Pac-Man, DOOM, Super Mario Bros., World Of Warcraft and Tetris. All good choices. I ask you all, what would be the three games YOU would require to be in your video game HOF. For me, Tetris is a requirement. It created the puzzle genre practically on it’s own. You have to include the first Half-Life. Those around my age, early to mid 30s who played PC gaming in the late 90s, we remember what a revolution Half Life was. FPS became less about keys and more about story, less about mindless killing and more about interaction with the enviorment and feeling a cinematic experience. Lastly, while it’s not as old a game as others might pick, I would have to have Portal. Portal has redefined both what puzzle games and FPS games can be. So what about you?

  • What games would form the first class in your own gaming Hall Of Fame?
  • Conversely, for every Hall of Fame, there is a Hall of Shame. What games would you say are must haves for that?

If none of those topics interest you, feel free to Talk Amongst Yourselves about whatever tickles your fancy. That’s why it’s called the Open Forum.