The Strong Museum in Rochester, New York, home of the National Toy Hall Of Fame, has now established the World Video Game Hall Of Fame. Back in April, 15 games were nominated for induction, and now 6 games have been selected into the inaugural class to earn a permanent place in the museum’s collection.
Here is your 2015 Inaugural Class:
Pong (1972): One of the earliest arcade video games and the very first sports arcade video game involving two paddles and a ball. Pong introduced millions to the joys of playing video games and was the first game to grab wide-scale public attention. Its success launched Atari into a preeminent role in the video game industry.
Pac-Man (1980): Pac-Man is considered one of the classics in the industry, virtually synonymous with video games, and an icon of 1980s popular culture. Since its release, Pac-Man and its many variations and sequels have munched their way into countless arcades, homes, and new digital spaces.
Tetris (1984): This puzzle game was pretty simple: rotate and move falling shapes in order to complete solid horizontal lines that then disappear. The pieces vary in shape and, as the game continues, they fall ever faster, stacking on top of each other and forcing the player to try to fit them in before the lines fill to the top. Tertis is one of those timeless games that works on every platform in every corner of the earth.
Super Mario Bros. (1985): I think everybody owned Super Mario Bros. at some point. Mario is legitimately a household name. He is just as, if not more iconic than Mickey Mouse himself. Since his introduction, the character of Mario has been in more than 200 games and on every Nintendo console ever created.
Doom (1993): One of the first ever PC games I’ve ever played! Doom was also the very first violent video game that put critics on high alert. It influenced generations of designers and ushered in the popularity of the first-person shooter genre
World Of Warcraft (2004): A “massively multiplayer online role-playing game” (MMORPG) where tens of millions of people play together in a compelling virtual universe, known as the World of Warcraft. The game has shaped the way people think about their online lives and communities. World of Warcraft is the largest and best-selling MMORPG ever created.
What games would you have liked to have seen inducted this year? Better yet what games do you want to see inducted next year? The Strong Museum museum is currently accepting nominations for next year’s inductees, so make sure to check it out!