The World Video Game Hall of Fame has inducted its first six honorees, highlighting some of the most significant early games that brought gaming from the arcade into the home, as well as a couple of games that revolutionized PC gaming.
The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, NY, has announced that Super Mario Bros., Pong, Pac-Man, Tetris, World of Warcraft, and Doom have become the first titles entered into the Hall of Fame. The list was culled from 15 finalists, with games like Oregon Trail, The Legend of Zelda, and Minecraft not being voted in—yet.
The oldest inductee is Pong, first released in 1972, followed by Pac-Man in 1980. (To play both at once, try out the free online game Pacapong.) Both arcade titles, the games would also see releases, and rereleases, on home consoles, though that market dramatically picked up with the release of the NES and the original Super Mario Bros. in 1985.
Tetris, released in 1984, has seen any number of different releases and variations made, but the original game is still as fun to play as it was when it first released. Doom, released in 1993, is one of the most influential first-person shooters ever released, and while the series has remained long dormant, a proper sequel/reboot is well on its way, with it expected to be shown off at E3 later this month.
And last but certainly not least is World of Warcraft, the still incredibly popular massively multiplayer online game that has remained running since its launch in 2004, seeing new expansions, new players, and even a South Park episode dedicated to it. For more on WoW’s expansive legacy, read EW’s lookback at the game 10 years into its life.