The Strong World Video Game Hall of Fame Announces First Class of Inductees

"Mario", a character in Nintendo Co Ltd's "Mario Bros" video games, is seen at the company's showroom in Tokyo July 28, 2011. (PHOTO CREDIT: Toru Hanai/Reuters)
“Mario”, a character in Nintendo Co Ltd’s “Mario Bros” video games, is seen at the company’s showroom in Tokyo July 28, 2011. (PHOTO CREDIT: Toru Hanai/Reuters)

The Strong World Video Game Hall of Fame in upstate New York has announced its first class of inductees and it’s a good one!

Doom, Pong, Pac-Man, Super Mario Bros., Tetris, and World of Warcraft are on the list of games announced at the beginning of the month that “have enjoyed popularity over a sustained period and have exerted influence on the video game industry or on popular culture and society in general,” according to the museum’s website.

The games will now be on display at the museum in Rochester, New York.

The Strong Museum itself is an interactive place “devoted to the history and exploration of play. … At 55,000 items and growing, The Strong’s collection of video games, other electronic games, and electronic game-related historical materials is the largest and most comprehensive public assemblage of such items anywhere.”

The reason for the inductees makes sense. These games were not only popular but affected future games.

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SOURCE: ABC News, Michael Rothman