Pong, Doom, and Super Mario Bros., are among the first inductees into the new Video Game Hall of Fame! The first six games to enter the World Video Game Hall of Fame reach cross decades and platforms, but all have impacted the video game industry, popular culture and society in general.
Joining Pong, (1972), Doom (1993), and Super Mario Bros. (1985) are arcade draw Pac-Man (1980), Russian import Tetris (1984), and World of Warcraft (2004), which has gained millions of devoted followers worldwide.
This brand spanking new Hall of Fame is located at The Strong in Rochester, NY, which bills itself as the national museum of play and also houses the National Toy Hall of Fame, has been preserving and collecting games and artifacts for years through its International Center for the History of Electronic Games.
The inaugural hall of fame class was recommended by a panel of judges made up of journalists, scholars and other experts on the history and impact of video games. They chose from among 15 finalists that also included Angry Birds, Fifa, The Legend of Zelda, Minecraft, The Oregon Trail, Pokemon, The Sims, Sonic the Hedgehog and Space Invaders.