Not Inducting Pokemon Into The Video Game Hall of Fame is an All Time Snub


Source – The second class of World Video Game Hall of Fame inductees has been announced. The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York, has whittled down the list of fifteen nominees to six new entrants. The new inductees include:

  • Grand Theft Auto III
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • The Oregon Trail
  • The Sims
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Space Invaders

These six bring the total number of inductees to twelve. They join the following games in the inaugural class:

  • Doom
  • Pac-Man
  • Pong
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Tetris
  • World of Warcraft

This year’s fifteen nominees were: Elite, Final Fantasy, Grand Theft Auto III, John Madden Football, The Legend of Zelda, Minecraft, Nurburgring, The Oregon Trail, Pokémon Red and Green, Sid Meier’s Civilization, The Sims, Sonic the Hedgehog, Space Invaders, Street Fighter II, Tomb Raider


The Sims?! The fucking Sims beat out Pokemon? The game where you’d try to build a super dope mansion with a pool and bitches, but were forced to use cheats 25 minutes in because of how boring it was? Pizza Trav is the only 90s kid I know who never played Pokemon, so he probably agrees with this list. But anyone else who properly lived their 90s childhood has to be disgusted with this decision. Other than Pizza T, I can’t think of anyone else I grew up with off the top of my head who didn’t want to be a Pokemon master between the ages of 6-10. This isn’t a Pete Rose debate, this is one of the greatest games any generation has ever played. I remember exactly where I was when I got Pokemon Red for the first time in 1998. Still one of the greatest Christmas presents I’ve ever had in my life. It was every kid’s dream to leave home with a travelling monster-pet and run around the neighbouring towns to fuck shit up. Think back to the first time you stepped in front of that desk in Professor Oak’s lab.


I’ve had easier Calc finals than that first overall pick. Unprecedented pressure. What’s the toughest decision you’ve ever had to make in The Sims? What colour of furniture you want for your living room? Cool, 10 minutes after you realized how ugly it was, you could just bang out a couple money cheat codes and get new ones. Guess what happens if you don’t like Bulbasaur halfway to Cerulean City? You suck it up or start over. No cheat codes to get you a Charmander instead. And nobody wants to go through the Mt. Moon cave again, never mind try to beat Brock’s Onix one more time. You had to wait until the second last gym to get your first Pokemon cheat (Missingno babaaaay). That’s what makes Pokemon so great. It was your heroic adventure. It was you against the world, and it didn’t matter how many times you put one of those Bug Catcher’s into a body bag, it always made you feel unstoppable. It was so good they made a TV series after it. Where was The Sims show? Oh, that’s right, they never made a TV show for a game that glitched harder than a KHL broadcast.


Other games that should be Hall of Fame include: Super Mario Kart, RollerCoaster Tycoon, GoldenEye 007, Super Mario 64, Halo 3, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas


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