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Video Game Hall of Fame Starts With Pong and Which 5 Others?

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The World Video Game Hall of Fame announced its inaugural class Thursday, honoring influential fan favorites that crossed several generations, including 1972's Pong and 2004's multi-player online game World of Warcraft.

The two games will be joined by Pac-Man, which was introduced in 1980; Russia's Tetris, which bowed in 1984; Super Mario Bros., which debuted in 1985; and 1993's DOOM.

The hall is housed at the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York. The games will be on permanent display in the museum's eGameRevolution exhibit. The museum was founded in 1968 by toy, doll and play paraphernalia collector Margaret Woodbury Strong, noted BBC News.

The conversation about the inductees kicked off in April when the museum announced 15 nominees for its first class.

"The World Video Game Hall of Fame at The Strong was established in 2015 to recognize individual electronic games of all types — arcade, console, computer, handheld, and mobile —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," said a museum statement.

"Videogames invaded pop culture nearly from their birth," wrote Sarah Needleman, of the Wall Street Journal. "Recently, they've been elevated to the status of professional sports … with live coverage of tournaments held in massive stadiums and aired on ESPN. Some players are landing college scholarships, while others are carving out careers as pro gamers."

Needleman said that while others have attempted to curate video games, the Strong Museum is claiming to have "the world's largest and most comprehensive collection, along with other historical materials related to play."

Nominees that did not make the initial cut include: Angry Birds, FIFA, The Legend of Zelda, Minecraft, The Oregon Trail, Pokémon, The Sims, Sonic the Hedgehog and Space Invaders.

The museum announced it is already taking nominations for next year's class, which will be taken until March 31, 2016. The final selections will be made with the advice of journalists, computer game scholars and historians.

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