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Iowa Aims to Establish International Video Game Hall of Fame 60

eldavojohn writes "Anyone who's seen King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters knows that Ottumwa, Iowa is the Dodge City of video games. Yesterday, 3,500 people showed up to the kick-off speech that announced the intent to build the International Video Game Hall of Fame right there. Radio Free Iowa states Ottumwa's desire to become the 'video game capital of the world' and held a Halo 3 and Guitar Hero tournament there yesterday. Will this town of 25,000 residents secure the title?"
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Iowa Aims to Establish International Video Game Hall of Fame

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  • Makes sense (Score:1, Troll)

    by Hatta ( 162192 ) *

    After all, there's not much else to do in Iowa.

    • Oh yeah, but they...

      held a Halo 3 and Guitar Hero tournament there yesterday.

      Oh wait, I guess my local Wal-Mart does the same thing. And I bet the store alone sees more than 3,500 people on any given day.

    • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Being someone who has lived in Iowa his entire life, but who also spent a lot of time travelling inside and outside the country, I cringe when people make comments like that. But then again, a lot of Iowans who aren't from Ottumwa say the same thing about Ottumwa.

      I find it a little silly that they want to become the "videogame capital of the world". Most of the world can't find Ottumwa, or even Iowa on a map and those who can wonder why they would express such a desire, but you have to start somewhere I gue

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by jshackney ( 99735 )

      Actually, I travel to Iowa at least once a week from Michigan. I can't speak for Ottumwa (I've wanted to head down to Twin Galaxies to take a picture, but haven't had time), but Iowa City, Coralville, Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, and Dubuque are all decent places to be. I've even spent a little time in a tiny town called Perry. Now, that's a place where there's not much to do. But it's still cool, they have the only hotel I've stayed at with a two lane bowling alley [] in the basement that is still functional.

      • by Hatta ( 162192 ) *

        I lived in Coralville for 3 years actually. It's a great place. The ribbing is all in good fun.

      • by Hatta ( 162192 ) *

        Also, MI to IA every week? That's a good 6 hours. Got a girl in IC or something? That's why I ended up moving to Omaha, and that was just a 4 hour trip every week.

        • I drive the corporate mailing tube [] there. It's about 1:45 there, and 1:20 coming home.

          One cool thing about Coralville is the fossil gorge [], if you're into that sort of thing. Iowa City is good fun too. Lots of great food down the ped. mall. Not to mention the last place on earth I'd expect to find palatable nigiri sushi, but it's there. I actually look forward to going to work every week. It's weird.

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by tirefire ( 724526 )


        The more that the urban scum on the coasts think that Iowa is devoid of anything good, the better. As an Iowan, I can safely say that the state is best left sparsely populated with nice people whose personalities reflect its tranquil beauty.

      • When I was young I lived in a nice little town called Pleasantville, Iowa.

        I've now lived in Texas for almost half my life and married a native Texan, but despite that and the fact that I was born in Illinois and lived a quarter of my life in Louisiana, I still consider myself an Iowan. It's a state you can get attached to.

  • by NecroPuppy ( 222648 ) on Friday August 14, 2009 @06:29PM (#29071875) Homepage

    that Ottumwa, Iowa was a real place.

    I thought it had been made up for MASH. You know, like Toledo, Ohio.

  • by JustOK ( 667959 )

    They'll probably do it. They get three tries for a quarter.

  • ummm... Quakecon? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Hadlock ( 143607 ) on Friday August 14, 2009 @06:45PM (#29071963) Homepage Journal

    3,500 people showed up to the kick-off speech

    There are 3,500 people playing video games in one room at quakecon right now. Could they have picked a worse inaugural weekend to do this? Anyone who's anyone in the videogame press is at Quakecon, home to iD software, the SMU Guildhall and countless other software houses. Not to mention 2 hours south is Austin, where at any one point there are probably 3,500 people playing halo in the dorms at UT. Good luck with that.

    • by sexconker ( 1179573 ) on Friday August 14, 2009 @07:31PM (#29072349)

      Honestly, neither Quake nor iD have been relevant for nearly a decade now.

      • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

        by Hadlock ( 143607 )

        Perhaps, but the event is enough to draw more gamers who actually play games, than the entire town could muster, whether or not they actually play games. Maybe 30% of quakecon is actually playing a game made by iD at any one time, agreed, but there's far better towns in Texas (pick almost any town in Texas) that have a greater claim to gaming than somewhere in a flyover state.

        • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

          by Anonymous Coward

          umm.... Texas IS a flyover state.

    • Quakecon is somewhat irrelevant in this case. This is Twin Galaxies, and it's legacy with classic gaming sets it apart from the current- and next- gen gaming being done at Quakecon. I am more interested in what's going on at Twin Galaxies than what's going on elsewhere in the Id world. But yeah, even film festivals make an effort not to overlap so much that there's a collision.

  • Shouldn't this be done in the birthplace of video arcade games -- Sunnyvale, CA?

    • Perhaps if California were not bankrupt.
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      Since Twin Galaxies has been doing its thing there for so long, Ottumwa actually seems like a sensible choice. I am one of those who scratched my head over Cleveland being selected for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame despite Cleveland's claims to being the location of the first rock concert and the first rock DJ. Ultimately, Cleveland offered the best financial incentives. Maybe Ottumwa was the only city even remotely interested.

  • Are you telling me Ottumwa, Iowa isn't proud enough that it's the hometown of Walter "Radar" O'Reilly? That's not enough for them?
  • I live in nearby Omaha Nebraska (No i am not a farmer and there are other things in Nebraska besides corn) and this seems pretty sweet especially since I'd be able to go see it in person.
  • by timpdx ( 1473923 ) on Friday August 14, 2009 @08:23PM (#29072675)
    makes about as much sense as locating the Hockey Hall of Fame in Rio de Janiero or calling Des Moines Surf City USA.
  • by Quizme2000 ( 323961 ) on Friday August 14, 2009 @10:08PM (#29073301) Homepage Journal

    Here in San Francisco we have the completely ignored "Walk of Game" in the Meteron which was heavily advertised but no one really cared, because its fucking dumb.

    Here's the kicker, its within walking distance to Bungie and probably and 4-5 large game publishers like Lucas Arts (well a cab ride anyway).

    Here's the Problem...Games are not Hall of Fame material that would dumb, only Gamers could be hall of fame material. (Kinda like the real HOF)

    However, gamers are the least interesting people in the world. Reference The Image Comment []

    If you want to make something people would actually give a shit about, make a museum gallery (not historical, more like MOMA style) that goes beyond button mashers and shows the interesting, weird, and beautiful games that never made it to the masses, that would never be seen unless a someone who knew where to find them was and put them on display to play.

  • The trick is that the Museum must be populated with as many arcade games as possible. It has to have every good console game in existence. I'd pay 10$ every day to go to an arcade/museum just to meet other gamers and talk about video games. This is actually a dream of mine to do myself, but I don't have the funds. All I can do is emulators. But if I let anyone come play and someone rats me out to the feds, it will close down rapidly.
  • Entering Iowa on the Interstate the new signs will read "FINALLY! We have more than corn! Giant statue of Mario on Exit 3"
  • by Anonymous Coward

    This Iowa thing is an absolute joke. For those who do not know, there is a REAL museum that really exists as something other than a pipe dream.

    It is located at the Funspot Family Entertainment Center in NH. It has been rated as the largest arcade in the world by the Guinness Book of World Records.

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