(CNN) – Four iconic video games have been included in the World Video Game Hall of Fame: Ms. Pac-Man, Dance Dance Revolution, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Sid Meier’s Civilization.
All four games “have impacted popular culture and the video game industry,” according to a Explanation of the World Video Game Hall of Famewhich is hosted at The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York.
Ms. Pac-Man, in particular, is crucial to video game history because it features a female protagonist, says the World Video Game Hall of Fame.
Released in 1981, the game built on the unexpected success of the original pac man, A Japanese arcade game designed to be less violent than popular games of the time.
“MS. Pac-Man encouraged and signaled the game’s expansion across genders. There was nothing inherently gendered about early video games, but the coin industry certainly promoted them that way,” said Julia Novakovic, senior archivist for the World Video Game Hall of Fame, in the statement.
“By offering the first widely recognized female video game character, Ms. Pac-Man represented a turning point in the cultural conversation about women’s place in the arcade and in society at large.”
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, one of the other recruits, is also a major touchstone in video game history and gaming culture. The high fantasy Zelda universe remains popular, with a sealed copy of an early version of The Legend of Zelda that will sell for $870,000 in 2021.
All games are on permanent display at the Strong National Museum of Play.
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