How come GTA3 and Street Fighter 2 got in there while their predecessors didn't, while Halo got in despite it's successors being vastly superior in every way?
The original Street Fighter was reviewed as mediocre and was an afterthought until II came out and took the arcades by storm. GTA3 apparently brought the sandbox genre to a whole new level back in the day. Then Halo Combat Evolved was revolutionary for its time in the first person shooter genre with its online multiplayer and compelling campaign. At least, that's how all of them are remembered by.
Halo changed how shooters are made, from being Doom-like with lots of weapons at once and healthpacks to a limited weapon loadout and regenerating armor. As such, Halo is more influencial than Halo 2, even though the sucessor is the better game.
Maybe they're not sure which one to choose for the HOF.
Well theyre both equally important. DQ made the genre more accessible than RPGs before it and did things that were important in the development of future RPGs such as giving depth to characters on your team, the way battle HUDs look, etc. While FF popularized the genre and added a party system, etc.
That all existed before with Wizardry and Ultima. In fact, JRPGs where invented basically by mixing those 2 game series together, and the creators of both DQ and FF credit those games as being their inspiration for their games.
Reasons why Dragon Quest or Final Fantasy have yet to be added baffles me
Ys and Dragon Slayer deserve it more seeing how Falcom created the very first Japanese role playing games ever. They were ARPGs but still the first. Both series are still around and still popular.
Didn't Black Onyx come out even before?
In any case, the creators of all those games mentioned how much they got influenced by 2 western game series, Wizardry and Ultima, and it shows as they are all a bit of mix and match of both games. So clearly these 2 game series needs to get into the Hall of fame (and, by extention Akalabeth: World of Doom, as it was Richard Garriot's prototype for the later Ultima series) as mixing those games together made the entire genre of JRPGs