Choices can be difficult, especially when it comes to choosing favourites. Food, movies, sports teams….even your own children! These issues however pale into insignificance compared to what confronts the Video Game Hall of Fame judges each and every year. And 2016 is no exception.
Every year a group of dedicated judges get together and decide on new inductees to the prestigious hall of fame. Some of this years finalists included classic titles such as Elite, Final Fantasy, John Madden Football, and Tomb Raider. All of which deserve their respective places in the Video Game Hall of Fame in their own right. However it’s difficult to refute the ultimate winners which without doubt have earned their place in the illustrious line up, soon to be immortalised in gaming greatness. The final inductees were Grand Theft Auto III, The Legend of Zelda, The Oregon Trail, The Sims, Sonic the Hedgehog, and ……..Space Invaders! Now while all 6 games are known for spanning multiple decades, countries of origin, and gaming platforms one in particular deserves some mention….you guessed it, Space Invaders. Here you can see the complete list of finalists and new inductees to the Hall of Fame.
This brilliant game was developed by Tomohiro Nishikado and flooded into the arcades in 1978. At the time, it was one of the earliest shooting games available on the market and Space Invaders became an immediate success. Within the first year of its release in Japan more than 100,000 arcade machines had been installed with Space Invaders grossing over $600 million. By 1982 the Space Invaders juggernaut had grossed over $2 billion in quarters and a net profit of approximately $450 million. By today’s standards that equates to roughly $7.26 billion and $1.63 billion respectively. Not bad at all!
Now, for the two people in the world that don’t already know, Space Invaders is a two-dimensional fixed shooter where the aim is to slide side to side and fire your lasers into the sky to battle the constant waves of alien’s attacking the planet while at the same time dodging their deadly lasers hurtling towards you. The more aliens you kill, the more points you are awarded and the further up the highest score rankings you go.
This game has become such a pop culture icon even major Hollywood movies such as Pixels (2015) starring Adam Sandler, have started using the games premise to capitalise on its popularity and immediately recognisable space invader design.
It’s worth mentioning all of the other finalist that unfortunately just missed out this year and who will undoubtedly be considered for future years: Elite, Final Fantasy, John Madden Football, Minecraft, Nürburgring, Pokémon Red and Green, Sid Meier’s Civilization, Street Fighter II, and Tomb Raider. Whilst these heavy weights of gaming missed out this year, it isn’t a tough argument to see why Space Invaders has made it through and we look forward to seeing which games are up next year.
If you can’t wait a whole year why not have a look at our very own Greatest Game Of All Time showdown between the team here at D1DLC! Here you can see how our own competition is coming along, where we give you the power to decide which games are the greatest of all time!