Six Newcomers In Video Games Hall of Fame! This year’s version of The World Video Hall of Fame includes six new names, as Grand Theft Auto III, The Legend of Zelda, The Oregon Trail, The Sims, Sonic the Hedgehog and Space Invaders have been immortalized. All the games “have significantly affected the video game industry, popular culture, and society in general,” according to The Strong Museum of Play.

Since 1971 The Oregon Trail offered its users to become settlers, going to the west. Besides introducing many to the American history, it also familiarized masses with computers. More than 65 million copies have been sold.

Six Newcomers In Video Games Hall of Fame
Six Newcomers In Video Games Hall of Fame

In 1978 Tomohiro Nishikado created Space Invaders, giving people the chance to shoot 8-bit aliens. Thought it wasn’t the first of a kind, this game has become very popular, inspiring everyone for coin-operated entertainment.

1986 marks the release of the Legends of Zelda. Creator Shigeru Miyamoto designed the game based on his childhood memories of exploring woods and caves. It’s one of the most famous games in role-playing, action, and adventure genres. Over 6.5 million copies have been sold.

Sonic the Hedgehog will celebrate its 25th birthday in June. It was a Sega’s attempt to rival Nintendo’s Mario, and what a success it was. With 15 million copies sold, and inspiring more than 20 spin-off games, a comic book, and a TV show.

The Sims came out in 2000 and become one of the games, that inspired a revolution in the industry. This game turns the PC into a toy, as millions of gamers loved the chance to play god. Will Wright’s creation, it is the best-selling PC gamer franchise in the world.

Finally, the Grand Theft Auto III came out in 2001. In was first successful 3D “sandbox-style” PC game that allowed players to do whatever they wanted, either on foot or behind the wheel. It renewed the talks about the role of video games and influence on kid’s behavior. However, right now it is the third best-selling franchise, as 220 million copies are sold.