Space Invaders and Sonic the Hedgehog have been added to the gaming hall of fame at The Strong, museum of play, this week, alongside other key games from over the last 40 years.

The two titles join four others in this years addition to the gaming hall of fame which has been growing steadily since it was established. The other games added to the list include The Legend of Zelda, The Oregon Trail, Grand Theft Auto III and The Sims.

Space Invaders joins the list nearly 40 years after its 1978 release and the six new titles join last years six; Doom, Pong, Pac-Man and Super Mario Bros, Tetris and World of Warcraft. Six titles are added each year based on their status among players, longevity and influence.

The Video Game Hall of Fame is a permanent exhibit at the Strong museum in Rochester, New York that recognizes individual electronic games of all types, from arcade to console to handheld. It highlights games that have achieved wide popularity over a sustained period and exerted influence on the video game industry or on popular culture generally.

This years six inductees were chosen from 15 games including Final Fantasy, Tomb Raider and the orignial Pokemon games. They span generations, genres and platforms but “all have significantly affected the video game industry, popular culture, and society in general,” the museum said.

“Although a handful of shooter games preceded Space Invaders, its runaway success, innovative features, compelling graphics, and elemental themes captured the public imagination, spurring many imitators and a craze for arcade games,” said Jeremy Saucier, assistant director of The Strong’s International Centre for the History of Electronic Games (ICHEG).

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