The popular video game Space Invaders has been added into the World Video Game Hall of Fame nearly 40 years after its initial release.
The game was honoured alongside other greats including Sonic the Hedgehog, Grand Theft Auto III, The Oregon Trail, Legends of Zelda and The Sims. The titles will join the inaugural six titles from 2015.
Titles are selected based on the longevity and influence from games at the US-based museum that has a permanent exhibition – The Strong Museum in Rochester, New York.
The new inductees are said to span all genres, decades and platforms and to have had a significant influence of the video game market and popular culture.
Space Invaders wasn’t the first shooting games but is the one that stands out head and shoulders above the rest so was an obvious inductee.
Oregon Trail involves gamers controlling a wagon of settlers crossing the Wild West. The game is seen as a forerunner of educational games with which saw many players frequently “die” of dysentery.
Grand Theft Auto III, is a game released in 2001 with violent and mature themes that made the headlines when it first hit the market. The game was a huge commercial success, selling over 14 million copies.
The Legend of Zelda and Sonic the Hedgehog were the first releases in what have gone on to become two of the longest running computer game franchises for two of the world’s leading video game companies – Nintendo and Sega – with both games still remaining popular today.
The games resulted in numerous sequels and spin offs, including various movies, TV shows and range of children’s toys and were some of the first games that turned console gaming into an activity for the masses.
The Sims which was released in 2000 is a life simulation and requires players to take control of digital characters to create their own stories and was perhaps the surprise addition. The game has promoted a series of sequels and has sold more than 200 million copies.