Behold, the first six games inducted into the World Video Game Hall of Fame: Pong, Tetris, Pac-Man, Super Mario Bros., DOOM and World of Warcraft.
A committee of scholars, game experts, journalists and others whittled down a list of 15 finalists and settled on these six games that "significantly affected the video game industry, popular culture, and society in general," according to the Strong Museum, which houses the hall of fame in in Rochester, N.Y.
The panel inducted the Yellow Man "as the first video game icon and the face of a mass cultural phenomenon." Pac-Man was introduced in 1980. Here's a 1982 Atari 2600 version, which became the system's best-selling game, per the museum:
The game was in arcades before Atari released a home version in 1975. Once it did, the simple, table-tennis-like game propelled the console's brand.
Here's a version similar to the one played on the console Intellivision:
The addictive puzzle game, born in the Soviet Union in 1984 before spreading throughout Europe and into North America, is considered one of the most successful games in history.
Here's an MS-DOS version of the original commercially licensed version, released in 1987:
This game, first introduced in 1993, was chosen for ushering in an age of first-person shooting games with multiplayer interaction. While we couldn't find a DOOM emulator, here's the 1994 sequel, DOOM II:
Super Mario Bros.
Mario was a Donkey Kong character before he starred in his own iconic game, published in 1985.
You can't use the Internet Archive to play an original version of the game. But with a little effort you can turn your computer screen into a playable level of the game, thanks to "Screentendo" by programmer Aaron Randall:
World of Warcraft
One of the most popular games around, WoW was first introduced in 2004. Since then, 100 million accounts have been created by players. Play this game online here. The starter edition is free, but you'll have to pay to keep going.