Earlier this year the Strong National Museum of Play's International Center for the History of Electronic Games (y'know, ICHEG) laid plans to open a World Video Game Hall of Fame. Those plans came to fruition this week as the organization inducted its first six games: Pac-Man, Tetris, Pong, Super Mario Bros., World of Warcraft and Doom.
"All of these games stand out because in addition to being great games, they have transcended the world of gaming to impact our wider culture," ICHEG director Jon-Paul C. Dyson wrote in a blog post detailing why each game was selected. "These six games have influenced not only people’s play but also the broader society."
The sextet were selected from a list of fifteen finalists culled from a public call for people to nominate influential, iconic or otherwise important games. Going forward, anyone can nominate a game to be included in the World Video Game Hall of Fame via its website; ICHEG expects to induct another round of games this time next year.