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World Video Game Hall of Fame finalists announced

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The World Video Game Hall of Fame's 2017 finalists span decades and electronic platforms, from the 1981 arcade classic "Donkey Kong" that launched Mario's plumbing career to the 2006 living room hit "Wii Sports" that made gamers out of grandparents.

The Hall of Fame at The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester said Tuesday that 12 video games are under consideration for induction in May. They include: "Final Fantasy VII," ''Halo: Combat Evolved," ''Microsoft Windows Solitaire," ''Mortal Kombat," ''Myst," ''Pokemon Red and Green," ''Portal," ''Resident Evil," ''Street Fighter II" and "Tomb Raider."

The finalists were chosen from thousands of nominations from more than 100 countries.

Museum officials said an international committee of video game scholars and journalists will select the 2017 class.  The winners will be inducted May 4.