Before you ask, yes, there is a video game hall of fame. The World Video Game Hall of Fame was founded in 2015 and is run by the Strong Museum of Play in Rochester, New York.
Video games become eligible for the World Video Game Hall of Fame by meeting four basic criteria:
- Icon Status - is widely recognized and remembered
- Longevity - is more than a passing fad and has enjoyed popularity over time
- Geographical Reach - meets the above criteria across international boundaries
- Influence - has exerted significant influence on the design and development of other games, on other forms of entertainment, or on poplular culture and society in general.
I wouldn't be surprised if GTA V made it into the hall of fame. It's easy to see that it passes Icon Status and Longevity with flying colors. It meets Geographical Reach because GTA V remains a top seller in many countries (and it's even still the best selling game in some countries). Now influence is a bit trickier to explain. My best argument is that GTA V's sandbox gameplay did have an influence on other game developers, resulting in a boom of new games and even franchises that play like a GTA V-esque sandbox (i.e. Watch Dogs, Mafia III, Just Cause 3). There's also GTA V's multiplayer. There's so much openness and freedom, combined with ongoing updates. I've seen posts in the Online section of this forum stating that there's nothing like it.
Do you think GTA V will eventually make it into the Video Game Hall of Fame? Discuss.