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article imageDonkey Kong enters gaming hall of fame

By Tim Sandle     May 5, 2017 in Entertainment
Classic video games Donkey Kong and Pokemon have been inducted into the Donkey Kong and Pokemon join gaming hall of fame hall of fame.
The games Donkey Kong and Pokemon Red and Green are the two most classic games to join the World Video Game Hall of Fame. At the same time, Halo: Combat Evolved and Street Fighter II have also been added. Part of the honor is a permanent spot at the The Strong Museum of Play in Rochester, New York. Games that already hold pride of place include Sonic the Hedgehog, The Sims, Doom, Pong and World of Warcraft.
Pokemon Art Academy
Pokemon Art Academy
Courtesy Nintendo
With the two big name games to enter the hall of fame in 2017, Donkey Kong represents a whole series of video games featuring the adventures of an ape-like character called Donkey Kong, conceived by Shigeru Miyamoto in 1981. Pokemon is based on fictional creatures called "Pokemon", which humans, known as Pokemon Trainers, catch and train to battle each other for sport.
The cover art for the Nintendo Wii game  Donkey Kong Country Returns.
The cover art for the Nintendo Wii game "Donkey Kong Country Returns."
The World Video Game Hall of Fame is an international hall of fame that opened on June 4, 2015. It is located in The National Museum of Play's eGameRevolution exhibit in New York. To be honored with a place in the hall of fame, a video games must meet four essential criteria. These are:
Icon Status. the games needs to be widely recognized and remembered.
Longevity. This means the game is more than a passing fad and has enjoyed popularity over time.
Geographical Reach. In other words, the game needs to meet the above criteria across international boundaries.
Influence. Which means 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.
Not every game nomination was successful. Games that failed to be added, at least this time around, were Tomb Raider, Resident Evil and Microsoft's Solitaire. Any member of the public can nominate a game, although voting is undertaken by a panel of judges made up of veteran gamers and industry insiders.
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