Ms. Pac-Man paves the way to the World Video Game Hall of Fame

ROCHESTER, NY (AP) — More than 40 years after paving the way for female video game characters, Ms. Pac-Man was inducted into the Global Video Game Hall of Fame on Thursday, along with Dance Dance Revolution, The Legend of Zelda : Ocarina of Time and Civilization by Sid Meier.

The Hall of Fame annually considers electronic games of all types – arcade, console, computer, handheld and mobile. Inductees are recognized for their popularity and influence on the video game industry or pop culture over time.

The Ms. Pac-Man arcade game was released in 1981 as Midway’s sequel to Pac-Man, which entered theaters as part of the inaugural class in 2015. Pac-Man’s sequel reinvented the main character to recognize the woman from the original game. fans, depending on the room. After selling 125,000 machines in the first five years, it has become one of the best-selling arcade games of all time.

There was nothing inherently gendered about early video games, said Julia Novakovic, the room’s senior archivist. But “by delivering the first widely recognized female video game character,” she said, “Ms. Pac-Man represented a turning point in the cultural conversation about the place of women in the arcade, as well as in the society in general.

The Class of 2022 was chosen from a group of finalists that also included Assassin’s Creed, Candy Crush Saga, Minesweeper, NBA Jam, PaRappa the Rapper, Resident Evil, Rogue and Words with Friends. This is the eighth class to be inducted since the establishment of the World Video Game Hall of Fame at the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York.

Konami’s Dance Dance Revolution, first seen in arcades in Japan in 1998, has been credited with helping pave the way for other music-centric games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band. The fast-paced game puts players on a dance floor with a screen in front to direct their movements.

“Music has been an integral part of human life since prehistoric times, so it’s no surprise that DDR enjoys unique popularity spanning ages, genders and regions,” said video game curator Lindsey Kurano. .

A home version of the game followed on Sony PlayStation in 1999.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, also first released in 1998, was released for the Nintendo 64 game console and defined what a 3D action video game could be, Hall of Fame officials have said. Famous. The award-winning game has sold over 7.6 million copies worldwide and continues to be recognized by some gamers and critics as one of the best video games ever made.

“Even today, developers around the world credit The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time with influencing the way they make games,” said Andrew Borman, Curator of Digital Games. “The game’s sprawling 3D world, fluid combat, intricate puzzles, and time-shifting story combined to inspire players with a sense of wonder they’ve never forgotten.”

Sid Meier’s Civilization, released in 1991, has been recognized as an influential simulation and strategy game. The game, which challenged players to develop their own empires, launched a series of successor games, including the most recent Civilization: Beyond Earth and Civilization VI.

“The game’s addictive nature, which creator Sid Meier himself called the ‘one more turn’ quality, and its nearly limitless choices that prevented repetitive gameplay, earned Civilization Computer Gaming World recognition as the best game video game of all time in 1996,” said Jon-Paul Dyson, director of The Strong International Center for Electronic Game History. have engaged with the Civilization series for over a billion hours.”

Anyone can nominate a game for the World Video Game Hall of Fame. Final selections are made on the advice of journalists, academics, and others knowledgeable in the history of video games and their role in society.


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