The Strong National Museum of Play has recently inducted four games into its World Video Game Hall of Fame. The 2019 class includes Colossal Cave Adventure, Microsoft Solitaire, Mortal Kombat, and Super Mario Kart. These titles join the 20 other Hall of Fame games the Strong National Museum of Play has inducted since opening their Hall in 2015.
Colossal Cave Adventure.
Colossal Cave Adventure is a text-based adventure game released in 1976 where players had to type commands into the game in order to explore your surroundings, complete puzzles and gain treasure. Colossal Cave Adventure has no graphics and relies on the player’s imagination and ingenuity to navigate the dangerous cave and collect the treasure.
As the very first text adventure game, CCA is widely considered one of the most influential video games of all time, and a precursor to the entire roleplaying genre and other text-based games like Zork.
If you want to give Colossal Cave Adventures a shot, you can actually play it on AMC’s website promoting their television show Halt and Catch Fire. Here is the link https://www.amc.com/shows/halt-and-catch-fire/exclusives/colossal-cave-adventure
The second and probably most widely played game in the 2019 class is Microsoft Solitaire. The card game that earned a place in the Hall of Fame was released in 1990 with Microsoft’s Windows 3.0 bringing the game into millions of homes. The card game was already a popular game, and the Microsoft version definitely helped bring casual gamers into the world of video games.
The original Mortal Kombat arcade game is deserving of a place in the World Video Game Hall of Fame for helping to bring video games into the national discussion, if only for its violent content. Released in 1992, the controversy surrounding Mortal Kombat’s bloody action helped lead to the creation of the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) rating system that we still use today.
Even through all of the controversy, Mortal Kombat has been one of the world’s most successful fighting franchises, spawning several sequels (with the most recent addition being Mortal Kombat 11), both live-action and animated movies, comic books, toys and more.
Super Mario Kart.
The final inductee for the class of 2019 is Super Mario Kart, which was released in 1992 for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES).
Super Mario Kart captured the hearts of gamers around the globe and took Mario out of his platformer roots and onto the racetrack with all of his friends. The Mario Kart series has lasted the test of time, appearing on Nintendo’s home consoles and handheld ones as well, introducing new courses, gameplay mechanics, and characters.
Although these games levelled up into the Hall of Fame, there were several that didn’t make the cut this year. The finalists that didn’t make it into the Hall of Fame are Centipede, Dance Dance Revolution, Sid Meier’s Civilisation, Super Smash Bros. Melee, NBA 2K, Candy Crush Saga, Half-Life, and Myst.
Written by: Anthony Giudice
Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Strong®, Rochester, New York