World Video Game Hall of Fame announces 2018 finalists

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — The World Video Game Hall of Fame has named 12 finalists for the class of 2018, including “Ms. Pac-Man” and “John Madden Football.”

Also announced Tuesday are: “Asteroids,” “Call of Duty,” “Dance Dance Revolution,” “Final Fantasy VII,” “Half-Life,” “King’s Quest,” “Metroid,” “Minecraft,” “Spacewar!,” and “Tomb Raider.”

New this year, the hall is inviting gamers to weigh in on which ones to induct. Online balloting closes April 4.

A panel of experts will vote as well.

The winners will be inducted May 3 at a ceremony at the hall of fame, which is inside The Strong museum in Rochester.

Electronic games of all types — arcade, console, computer, handheld and mobile — are eligible. Honorees are recognized for their popularity over time and influence on other games and pop culture.

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