Starcraft Inducted Into the World Video Game Hall of Fame
Blizzard Entertainment’s RTS game, StarCraft, was among the four titles inducted into the World Video Game Hall of Fame 2021 class of inductees alongside Animal Crossing, Microsoft Flight Simulator, and Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?
Watch Blizzard co-founder Allen Adham discuss Starcraft and its legacy at the 2021 World Video Game Hall of Fame digital presentation.
ROCHESTER, New York—It’s official! Animal Crossing crossed the finish line. Microsoft Flight Simulator flew past the competition. StarCraft battled its way to victory. And Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? trekked into history. These four iconic games—which have influenced popular culture and the video game industry—today joined the World Video Game Hall of Fame. They emerged from a field of finalists that also included: Call of Duty, FarmVille, FIFA International Soccer, Guitar Hero, Mattel Football, Pole Position, Portal, and Tron.
About StarCraft: California-based developer Blizzard Entertainment took the real-time strategy genre to new heights in 1998 with the debut of StarCraft. The single-player mode of the immersive, science-fiction game proved popular, but the multiplayer mode, which included a ladder ranking system, turned it into the largest esports title of its day. StarCraft won multiple Game of the Year Awards, and generated its own lines of novels, graphic novels, licensed toys, clothing, and gaming accessors.
“StarCraft added a new twist to the strategy game formula while leading a revolution in multiplayer gaming,” says Andrew Borman, digital games curator. “It’s regarded as one of the best real-time strategy games of all time and significantly impacted many of the real-time strategy games that have followed in the past two decades.”