The VGHF was established in June 2015 and nominees to the hall of fame need to match the following criteria to be nominated:-
- Have an iconic status - be globally recognised and well remembered
- Be something that has been enjoyed over a long period rather than a one hit wonder / fad game
- Meet both of the above criteria globally, not just in one or a few countries
- The game should have had a lasting influence on the design and development of games that followed and on popular culture and society
The VGHF is run and controlled by The Strong and the Information Center for the History of Electronic Video Games.
Anyone can nominate a game but it's down to a panel of expert judges to decide who is inducted. Other games which made it to the VGHF this year included Donkey Kong, Street Fighter II and Halo: Combat Evolved.
"Two decades after its inception and with the introduction of Pokemon Go, 'Poke-mania' shows little sign of fading,"- Shannon Symonds, The Strong Curator ref the induction of Pokemon Red & Green into the Hall of Fame.
There are now a total of 16 titles with permanent places in the VGHF following the entrance of these latest four. They are: Donkey Kong, Doom, GTA III, Halo: Combat Evolved, Zelda, The Oregon Trail, Pac-Man, Pokemon Red & Green versions, Pong, The Sims, Sonic the Hedgehog, Space Invaders, Street Fighter II, Super Mario Bros, Tetris and World of Warcraft.