November 4, 2003 (Renton, Wash.) – Games may come and go, but then there are the few that endure and become engrained in popular culture and Magic: The Gathering
The Games Hall of Fame was created in 1984 to honor games that achieve the highest play value and have endured in the marketplace for 10 years or more, according to Games Magazine Editor Wayne Schmittberger. “One of our key criteria is the more you play a game, the more you want to play – the game just keeps getting better,” explains Schmittberger. “There really wasn’t any debate about whether or not Magic should be in the Hall of Fame. Magic is a very original type of game that has a lot of re-playability. You can always find new strategies and you want to play it over and over.”
The Games Hall of Fame judging panel is comprised of the magazine’s veteran editors and game-testers from outside of the magazine. There have been only 22 games elected to the Games Hall of Fame since 1984. Magic: The Gathering brings that number to 23, joining the ranks of such classics as Monopoly
Created by award-winning game designer Richard Garfield and published by Wizards of the Coast, a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE: HAS), Magic: The Gathering combines the dynamics of a card game with the excitement of trading and collecting. Magic
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