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'Super Mario Bros.,' 'The Sims' among first nominees for World Video Game Hall of Fame

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If you’ve lost a few good pioneers to dysentery on the Oregon Trail, had enough Sims burn in a house fire, or will never, ever be able to get the Super Mario Bros. theme song out of your head you are among those whose lives have been forever changed by some of the nominees for the new World Video Game Hall of Fame.

The fifteen nominees—announced Tuesday by The Strong World Video Game Hall of Fame—include everything from classic arcade games like Space Invaders and Pac-Man to smartphone apps like Angry Birds. Favorites like Pong, Minecraft, Doom, FIFA, Legend of Zelda, Pokemon, Sonic the Hedgehog, Tetris and World of Warcraft fill out the list of potential winners.

But only a few will games be chosen for the hall of fame’s freshman class by an international selection committee composed of journalists, scholars and video game experts.

“The 15 finalists for the World Video Game Hall of Fame span decades, gaming platforms, and geographies—but what they all have in common is their undeniable impact on popular culture and society in general,” said Jon-Paul Dyson, director of The Strong’s International Center for the History of Electronic Games. “Whether it’s the groundbreaking game Pong or a more recent viral sensation like Minecraft, all of these games have helped shape the way that people across the globe play and relate to one another.”

The induction ceremony will take place June 4 inside The Strong museum in Rochester, also home to the National Toy Hall of Fame.