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Halo: Combat Evolved accepted into the World Video Game Hall of Fame

After being established in 2015, the World Video Game Hall of Fame has highlighted the most impactful titles within the industry. With the likes of Doom, Pac-Man and The Legend of Zelda showcased in the museum, a place within the exhibit is only reserved for the most prestigious video games in history. Four new games have been added to the showcase today, including the first game in the Halo series.

Alongside Halo: Combat Evolved, "Donkey Kong," "Pokemon Red and Green" and "Street Fighter II" were all accepted into the Hall of Fame. Games nominated for induction are assessed on icon-status, longevity, geographical reach, and influence. This refines nominees down to only the most prevalent in history, which is a major reason for the significance of the award.

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All these titles will now be showcased at The National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York, alongside other iconic games from recent decades. A full list of the sixteen featured games is available on the World Video Game Hall of Fame website. Nevertheless, it's great to see the game being recognized for its impact on shooters in the console space, as well as the industry as a whole.

Matt Brown is Windows Central's Senior Games Editor, Xbox & PC, at Future. Following over seven years of professional consumer technology and gaming coverage, he’s focused on the world of Microsoft's gaming efforts. You can follow him on Twitter @mattjbrown.

13 Comments
  • And rightly so!
  • Would be better if it was accepted into the GOG or Steam stores.
  • Ofc that's never going to happen it's one of the few things their console has going for it
  • wow that was overdue.
    Babby's First FPS should have been put up there the moment the remaster was announced.
  • Well deserved!
  • I love the Strong Museum of Play in Rochester! We take the kids there a couple of times a year. Fantastic place for the whole family!!
  • "Road Rash" but preferably "Jailbreak".
  • That moment when the flood came crashing out of the ventilation shafts surrounding and attacking from all directions... My first OMG moment in that game. Sweet memories
  • Agreed!
  • Bungie's Halo: Combat Evolved. That was Halo used to be great.
    I still have my copy of the game.
    Those were the days... I feel kinda sad about what "halo" is now.
  • Landscapes were memorable. The others, not so much. Even the Library, the most repetitive level is appreciated for being what it is.
  • Best of the franchise IMO. I never liked how they eliminated health and went to a shield only, made most long range engagements pointless as people would just take cover to regenerate the shield and the sniper rifle became far less effective. Let's not forget the amazing pistol that later games crippled. Halo 3 is the last one I played, couldn't stand the game anymore.
  • Awesome.  It's one of the best games ever.  Terrific story, gameplay, atmostphere, maps, baddies, protagonist, pace, and soundtrack.