Halo: Combat Evolved, the video game which kicked off the Halo franchise and helped launch the Xbox, was recently added into the World Video Game Hall of Fame as one of the four inductees for 2017. This is an amazing achievement for the franchise, as only 15 other games have ever had the honour of added to this list since its inception in 2015. Halo: CE now sits in the hall of fame, amongst other gaming icons such as Super Mario Bros, Pac-Man, Sonic the Hedgehog, Tetris, Space Invaders, Donkey Kong, Doom, Legend of Zelda and Pong.
Games are nominated for places in the World Video Game Hall of Fame based on four criteria:
- Icon status - how recognisble and memorable the game is.
- Longevity - how long the game remained popular.
- Geographical reach - whether the previous two criteria were met across borders rather than in a single country
- Influence - how the game has influenced the video gaming industry, other forms of entertainment and even popular culture as a whole.
That Halo: Combat Evolved was selected as an inductee for 2017 is a testament to the fact that it has met and exceeded all of the above critera. This outstanding achievement reflects the effort everyone involved with the creation and continuation the Halo franchise, as well as to the devout fanbase who nominated the game in the first place.
20:11, May 4, 2017 (UTC)