VGAs 2011: Zelda Franchise First Ever Inductee Into The Video Game Hall of Fame

Spike TV has created what some may argue is long overdue and some may feel is a dangerous move toward ossified irrelevance*, the Video Game Hall of Fame, and the first indctee is the, ahem, legendary Legend of Zelda franchise. Shigeru Miyamoto made a charming appearance to accept, and reminded me of why I was such a super Nintendo fanboy for so many years. Seriously, there’s just something kind of wonderfully wholesome about the culture of Nintendo, right? One thing he did not talk about was the rumor, since denied, that he would be stepping down. So don’t ask!

*I confess. I feel this way. BOOO Hall of fames! They turn living culture into museum fixtures! That’s bad! But if we have to have a hall of fame, then I support this selection if only because it’s a perfect depiction of how lackluster Miyamoto’s output has been in recent years. The man is a genius and undeniably one of the all-time most important figures in gaming, but he’s been essentially reiterating past successes for more than a decade.

This being the first ever inductee, we can’t say for certain, but it appears the VGHoF is going the Rock and Roll hall of fame route by requiring a 25 year span since original publication in order to qualify. If true, then there’s a lot of old, forgotten games that seriously deserve the recognition. Let us know in comments what you’d like to see, or if you’d even like to see any.

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2 Comments on VGAs 2011: Zelda Franchise First Ever Inductee Into The Video Game Hall of Fame


On December 11, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Think before you speak, bro; there isn’t a single series out there, with more than 2 titles to its name, that isn’t guilty of reiteration in what it uses.

That’s not a valid reason to discount the Zelda series.

There’s not a single game series that has done more for gaming as a whole than Zelda has over its long life. Ever.

It defined open-world, non-linear exploration.
It defined story-telling without the need of tons of scripts and lines.
It was the first game in history to allow users to save without passwords.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Nothing deserves the honor of first inductee into the VG Hall of Fame more than Zelda.


On December 12, 2011 at 10:33 am

@smashbrolink Yeah Zelda defined open world and exploring and such. But there are other games that started stuff up, that are not 25 years of age. Therefore cannot be thrown into the video game hall of fame. I think it’s a little to early for one of these video game hall of fame things. The Quake series, creators of mutliplayer gaming (made it popular) Quake series isn’t 25 years of age, and it was way more revolutionary than Zelda.