If you thought the Ms Pacman cocktail arcade game was in the World Video Game Hall of Fame, you'd be wrong. It's been on the shortlist for entrance -- it had been about the shortlist both this season and last year. It still hasn't made the cut yet, though.
Actually, no 1980s arcade games joined the Hall of Fame this year. That said, the judges failed to select a timeless 1990s arcade game. This was also to console games, a mid-70s text-based adventure game, and a game that was packed free from the Microsoft Windows operating platform.
Classic 1980s (and Pre-1980s) Arcade Games on the Shortlist but Which Missed the Cut
The World Video Game Hall of Fame is managed by The Strong's National Museum of Play.
These are some of the great 1980s arcade games that got cut in the final hurdle this year:
• Ms Pac-Man -- a finalist for two years now so, hopefully, it will get the recognition it deserves in future years
• Centipede -- the 1981 award winning classic from Atari that provided gameplay like Space Invaders but with bugs instead of spaceships
• Asteroids -- the most brilliant multidirectional shooter released by Atari in 1979 that was one of the very first arcade games to achieve widespread popularity
The 2019 Inductees
Here they are:
• Mortal Kombat -- this is the only arcade game to get in the World Video Game Hall of Fame in 2019. Over time, various titles and versions of the game have been released on a range of different platforms. The first four incarnations, however, beginning in 1992, indoor playground supply were arcade only.
• Microsoft Solitaire -- packed in the Windows operating system, it's been mechanically installed on countless computers across the world. Since 1990, it has helped office workers pretend to be active and is currently played 35 billion times annually.
• Super Mario Kart -- the fun and still popular racing game which was first published in 1992. It features characters from the Mario Bros video game franchise and continues to be released on multiple consoles and platforms.
• Colossal Cave Adventure -- an obscure (compared to the other big gaming names mentioned in this article) text-based adventure game released in 1976. To perform it, you write commands and there are no graphics. The intention is to find treasures and resolve puzzles.
Hopefully, Ms Pac-Man gets her chance next year. You don't need to wait until then to perform it however, especially in the event that you've got your own arcade system. Have a look at our range today.