The World Video Game Hall of Fame selects Mario, Pac-Man, Doom, and others in first induction

The World Video Game Hall of Fame recognizes six genre-defining games for their inaugral selection.


Super Mario Bros. is one of six games to be inducted into the first class of the new World Video Game Hall of Fame. The other inaugural finalists include Doom, Pac-Man, Pong, Tetris, and World of Warcraft. These games will be on permanent display in the museum’s eGameRevolution exhibit.

The World Video Game Hall of Fame is in The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York. The museum also hosts theInternational Center for the History of Electronic Games and the National Toy Hall of Fame. The finalists are judged by journalists, scholars, and video game industry members in four subjects: icon-status, longevity, geographical reach, and influence. Anyone can nominate a game for induction for induction here. Nominations sent in before March 31, 2016 will be considered in next year’s selections.

Did the World Video Game Hall of Fame get it right? Let us know which games you feel deserved the praise and those that should’ve been included with the first class.

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      June 4, 2015 5:23 PM

      Why the hell is WoW in there?

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        June 4, 2015 5:25 PM

        Because it is/was a landmark game that has run for 10+ years, made jillions of dollars, and set the bar for quality MMOs?

        I don't play it any longer, but its inclusion isn't weird at all.

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          June 4, 2015 5:39 PM

          Wait, what was landmark about it?

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            June 4, 2015 5:44 PM

            Primarily: it was an accessible online RPG with mid-range hardware requirements. Its systems were amazing for its time.

            UO and Everquest existed, and I enjoyed both, but I wouldn't tag either as 'accessible'. WOW dumbed down some things and improved others for a much more solid package overall.

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              June 4, 2015 5:46 PM

              Oh, I may have been conflating 'landmark' with something like innovative I think.

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                June 4, 2015 5:48 PM

                Yeah, wrong word perhaps. I meant more like... mmo killer app?

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        June 4, 2015 5:32 PM

        I don't necessarily agree, but it does it fall within their selection criteria.

        Icon-status: the game is widely recognized and remembered.
        Longevity: the game is more than a passing fad and has enjoyed popularity over time.
        Geographical reach: the game meets the above criteria across international boundaries.
        Influence: the game has exerted significant influence on the design and development of other games

        I suspect that influence will be weighed lightly, and instead the entire deal will be more of a popularity contest.

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          June 5, 2015 7:37 AM

          Guess I'm thinking uo/eq would be there instead of wow. All blizzard does is rip off ideas. *coughs* warhammer.

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