You may have heard a few things in pop culture recently about a little video game and TV series called The Last of Us. This isn't about HBO's adaptation — and the awards it and its creators may receive — but instead is all about an honor for the game itself.
The Last of Us was named March 15 as a finalist for The Strong Museum of Play's Video Game Hall of Fame.
The museum in Rochester, N.Y., launched the video game hall in 2015 as a companion to the Toy Hall of Fame. While the competition focuses on the digital content within those games — past Hall of Fame honorees include Madden Football, The Oregon Trail, Minecraft, Tetris and Dance Dance Revolution — the games also rely on plastics for the discs that content is housed on as well as the consoles and controllers used by gamers. There is a permanent exhibition at the Strong featuring the history and growth of the video game industry.
This year's finalists also include a gaming system that changed the way gamers play: Nintendo's Wii, with its motion-sensitive remote controller. The Last of Us and Wii will be up against 10 other games for a Hall of Fame spot. Those who survive and endure voting to enter the hall will be named May 4.