The Strong Museum’s World Video Game Hall of Fame Inaugural Class Announced

Thinking about purchasing that Pac-man cocktail table for sale you’ve had your eye on? Now you can buy it in full confidence knowing you are about to own a piece of history. As one of the six finalists, Pac-man made it into the Strong Museum’s World Video Game Hall of Fame’s inaugural class, cementing it as one of the most influential and important titles in video game history.

The Winners

Besides Pac-man, Tetris, World of Warcraft, Pong, Super Mario Bros. and Doom can all claim the fame that comes with being the first recognized at the Strong Museum. After taking votes from individuals all over the world, the finalists were judged by a panel of video game journalists and scholars. The standards by which they were measured included the individual game’s iconic status, their worldwide geographical influence, the date published, and their overall effect on video game culture.

Each game is a legend in its own right. Pong is one of the earliest arcade games ever played and is definitely the first sports-based video game. Pac-man was much more than a game – it sparked a video game craze, especially in the United States, that developers and marketers had never expected. Tetris continues to puzzle gamers to this day and Doom paved the way for first-person shooter games in the early 90s. Super Mario Bros. is consistently ranked as the best, most important Nintendo game ever created. World of Warcraft continues to influence game production today, spawning the online multi-player and role-playing phenomenon.

The games are now on display at the World Video Game Hall of Fame located at the Strong Museum in Rochester, New York. The organization is already taking nominations for next year’s class of inductees, of which there will again be six. You can vote online at their website.

Have you played and loved all of the six initial games on this list? If not, why not head out to your local arcade retailer or video game shop and pick up a title or two?