It’s the first week of November so that means we find out the voting results! No, not of the latest political election (although I’d like to hear who won for governer of Illinois…still waiting…) but the results of which favorite toys and/or games were voted into the National Toy Hall of Fame! This year’s winners: Playing Cards and The Game of Life.
Just a little bit of history about the National Toy Hall of Fame. It was established in 1998 to recognize “toys that have inspired creative play and enjoyed popularity over a sustained period.” In that first year, 10 toys and only 1 game were inducted into the hall of fame. Can you guess the game? Monopoly (of course) Sadly, that was the only game voted in until checkers in 2003. Okay, marbles was also inducted in 1998 and jacks in 2000, but I don’t really see them as a games as much as a “pastimes,” you can–and frequently do–play them solo. But feel free to disagree.
Overall, in the past 10+ years there have only been 4 games (+2 if you don’t agree about Jacks and Marbles) and 2 electronic gaming systems inducted into the National Hall of Fame, that is, until this year. 2010 was a huge year for games! Playing cards AND The Game of Life, which coincidentally is celebrating its 50th birthday this year. So that ups the total to 8-10 games and gaming systems and 36-38 toys, depending of course on where you stand on the jacks/marbles issue. That’s not a lot.
Still, I hope this trend continues and we can call the next 10 years “The Decade of the Game” and we’ll see classics like Operation, Risk, Boggle, backgammon and some of this year’s losers have the doors to the Hall of Fame flung open and they’ll be welcomed to their rightful place beside the notable toys of the past and present! Just think about it — NINE more years with two each year will triple the total we have now. It will still leave us far below the total number of toys, but at least it will look respectable.
If you’d like to put your two cents in about whether or not jacks and/or marbles are games, leave a comment below.
If you’d like to nominate a game for next year’s Toy Hall of Fame induction, click HERE.