“Pong,” “Super Marios Bros” Among Video Game Hall Of Fame

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The Strong World Video Game Hall of Fame in upstate New York recently announced its first class of inductees, which includes a list of classic and iconic titles.

Among the picks include the 1972 icon Pong, 1993's Doom, 1985's NES title Super Mario Bros., arcade classic Pac-Man, 1984's Tetris and the 2004 mmorpg classic World Of Warcraft.

The first six games to enter the hall of fame cross decades and platforms, each of which were enshrined Thursday (June 4)... and will now be on display at the museum in Rochester, New York.

The newly created World Video Game Hall of Fame pays homage to massive gaming industry, which rivals Hollywood in the entertainment pecking order.

The Strong, which bills itself as the national museum of play and also houses the National Toy Hall of Fame, has been preserving and collecting games and artifacts for years through its International Center for the History of Electronic Games.

"Electronic game play is increasingly influential and important," Strong President and Chief Executive G. Rollie Adams tells Yahoo Games. "It's changing how we play, how we learn and how we connect with each other across boundaries of geography and culture."

Nominations for the hall of fame's class of 2016 are open from now through the end of March.