Is That Just Some Game? No, It’s a Cultural Artifact: Video games now have an official-ish Hall of Fame.
On Thursday at the annual Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Mr. Lowood announced a game canon, an idea that grew out of a proposal submitted to the Library of Congress in September 2006 by a consortium made up of Stanford, the University of Maryland and the University of Illinois. […]
Mr. Lowood and the four members of his committee — the game designers Warren Spector and Steve Meretzky; Matteo Bittanti, an academic researcher; and Christopher Grant, a game journalist — announced their list of the 10 most important video games of all time:
- Spacewar! (1962)
- Star Raiders (1979)
- Zork (1980)
- Tetris (1985)
- SimCity (1989)
- Super Mario Bros. 3 (1990)
- Civilization I/II (1991)
- Doom (1993)
- Warcraft series (beginning 1994)
- Sensible World of Soccer (1994)
Wot?! No Project Gotham Racing 3?!? Doooodz, I pwn at that game!!!
All kidding aside, this is a good idea. If we’re going to name films are cultural significant, it’s only a matter of them before video games deserved the same honor.