The Strong Muse­um in Rochester, New York has announced 12 final­ists for this year’s class in the World Video Game Hall of Fame, and it includes some heavy hitters.

The twelve games that will be nom­i­nat­ed include: Ani­mal Cross­ing, Call of Duty, Far­mVille, FIFA Inter­na­tion­al Soc­cer, Gui­tar Hero, Mat­tel Foot­ball, Microsoft Flight Sim­u­la­tor, Pole Posi­tion, Star­Craft, Tron, and Where in the World is Car­men Sand Diego?

In order to make this list, a game must have “enjoyed pop­u­lar­i­ty over a sus­tained peri­od and have exert­ed influ­ence on the video game indus­try or on pop­u­lar cul­ture and soci­ety in gen­er­al.” It will be inter­est­ing, to say the least, which games will end up being induct­ed into the hall on May 6th.

In 2020, the four inductees includ­ed Bejew­eled, Cen­tipede, Minecraft, and King’s Quest. Any­one can nom­i­nate a game for future induc­tions, if you feel it deserves to be added to the Hall of Fame.

The World Video Game Hall of Fame opened at Strong Muse­um in 2015, with the goal of hon­or­ing the most influ­en­tial games in the industry. 

2021 World Video Game Hall Of Fame Nominees

  • Ani­mal Crossing
  • Call of Duty
  • Far­mVille
  • FIFA Inter­na­tion­al Soccer
  • Gui­tar Hero
  • Mat­tel Football
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator
  • Pole Posi­tion
  • Por­tal
  • Star­Craft
  • Tron
  • Where in the World is Car­men San Diego?

Previous World Video Game Hall Of Fame Inductees

  • Bejew­eled
  • Cen­tipede
  • Don­key Kong
  • Doom
  • Final Fan­ta­sy VII
  • Grand Theft Auto III
  • Halo: Com­bat Evolved
  • John Mad­den Football
  • King’s Quest
  • The Leg­end of Zelda
  • Minecraft
  • The Ore­gon Trail
  • Pac-Man
  • Poke­mon Red and Green
  • Pong
  • The Sims
  • Son­ic the Hedgehog
  • Space Invaders
  • Space­war!
  • Street Fight­er II
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Tetris
  • Tomb Raider
  • World of Warcraft