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Iowa Aims to Establish International Video Game Hall of Fame

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 4 years ago | from the this-is-my-graceland dept.


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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BATTLE TOADS (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29071795)

1st place

Makes sense (1, Troll)

Hatta (162192) | more than 4 years ago | (#29071797)

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

A Few of my Favorite Things (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29071883)

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Re:A Few of my Favorite Things (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29072125)

Stupid easily offended mods with no sense of humor. They're jokes, get over it. I can laugh at a nigger joke but if I ever saw someone harassing a black man because he was black I would come to the black man's defense. I bet you fucks wouldn't understand that. You see, it's easy to separete the reality of racism from the fantasy of a joke, unless you're a moron. The reality of racism is a horrible thing that must be resisted but the jokes are quite entertaining. I bet you dumb fucks think violent video games are anything other than a non-issue too, for all of the same reasons. Now go pat yourselves on the back for sitting in your computer chair and wasting a mod point and thinking that you're doing a god damned thing to further the cause of human equality. Or just admit you'll mod this down too because the truth hurts when it exposes how shallow and stupid and conformist you are.

Meanwhile, I CHALLENGE ANYONE to come up with a GOOD and FUNNY white joke. I've never ever heard one. I want to. May wanna post it anonymously because the frothing-at-the-mouth easily offended politically correct droids will probably mod down even a white joke. So much for tolerance and free speech. Oh they say they are for those things then they only support speech they like because they are hypocritical little bastards who should have been blowjobs.

Re:Makes sense (1)

negRo_slim (636783) | more than 4 years ago | (#29071911)

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:Makes sense (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29072105)

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 guess, and I wish them the best of luck.

Re:Makes sense (2, Informative)

jshackney (99735) | more than 4 years ago | (#29073087)

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 [hotelpattee.com] in the basement that is still functional.

Re:Makes sense (1)

Hatta (162192) | more than 4 years ago | (#29073277)

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

Re:Makes sense (1)

Hatta (162192) | more than 4 years ago | (#29073295)

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.

Re:Makes sense (1)

jshackney (99735) | more than 4 years ago | (#29076105)

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

One cool thing about Coralville is the fossil gorge [uiowa.edu] , 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:Makes sense (3, Insightful)

tirefire (724526) | more than 4 years ago | (#29073443)


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.

Re:Makes sense (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29073533)

Sweetie, most of the "urban trash" don't have the slightest desire to live in Bumfuck, Wherever, no matter how nice it is.

P.S. Good job representing the "nice people whose personalities reflect [Iowa's] tranquil beauty."

Re:Makes sense (1)

SydShamino (547793) | more than 4 years ago | (#29073555)

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.

Hey Guys (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29071803)

May have a Donkey Kong kill screen coming up...

Pointless money grab by local politicians (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29071833)

This is akin to Flint, Michigan's attempts to attract tourism with Autoworld, which was a horrible failure.

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Wife's cousins are from Iowa (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29071837)

They say Iowa stands for Idiots Out Walking Around.

doesn't make since (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29071863)

Video Game capital of the world? Iowa? Are you kidding? What about Japan, California, or Washington State? Those seem like better candidates.

the World != the real world (1, Insightful)

RotateLeftByte (797477) | more than 4 years ago | (#29074039)

Remember that to most Americans, 'The World' is just the 48 States that makeup continental USA. Even Alaska & Hawaii are often perceived as 'foreign' places.

Where are the European, African, Asian & South American teams in the 'World Series'?

I didn't know... (4, Funny)

NecroPuppy (222648) | more than 4 years ago | (#29071875)

that Ottumwa, Iowa was a real place.

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

Re:I didn't know... (1)

Itninja (937614) | more than 4 years ago | (#29072161)

Reminds me of when I learned Nickelback was a real band. I thought it was just slang for a really sucky band.

ummm... Quakecon? (4, Interesting)

Hadlock (143607) | more than 4 years ago | (#29071963)

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.

Re:ummm... Quakecon? (4, Insightful)

sexconker (1179573) | more than 4 years ago | (#29072349)

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

Re:ummm... Quakecon? (2, Interesting)

Hadlock (143607) | more than 4 years ago | (#29074725)

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:ummm... Quakecon? (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29076001)

umm.... Texas IS a flyover state.

Re:ummm... Quakecon? (1)

Keen Anthony (762006) | more than 4 years ago | (#29072373)

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.

Re:ummm... Quakecon? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29078713)

If you can drive from Dallas to Austin in two hours, you must be magic. Construction and traffic aside (which are both brutal on I-35), it's roughly 200 miles.

Re:ummm... Quakecon? (1)

Hadlock (143607) | more than 4 years ago | (#29078807)

Construction's been pretty light lately and yeah you have to average 90+mph but its doable and I've done it before; its by no means impossible, but I wouldn't try it on a friday or sunday, or within 2 days before or after ACL or SXSW.

Ottumwa, IA greatest place on earth! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29071983)

I went to school just south of there in Missouri. Went to Ottumwa, Iowa for fun, usually involving the water-park. Also, the home town of Tom Arnold, whom I ran into there once.

Also has the worlds only UN-denominational church I've ever seen.
Also had a Wild wood cola factory ( the softdrink of my childhood).

Re:Ottumwa, IA greatest place on earth! (1)

JustOK (667959) | more than 4 years ago | (#29072169)

Also, the home town of Tom Arnold, whom I ran into there once..

Luckily, he's got lotsa soft padding.

Did you see Radar O'Reily?

Re:Ottumwa, IA greatest place on earth! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29073397)

Please tell me you're a Truman or NEMO alum? I'm finishing up there and am planning on making a short day trip to Twin Galaxies this year.

Re:Ottumwa, IA greatest place on earth! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29074153)

Yup. class o 2001.

Why there? (1)

Atario (673917) | more than 4 years ago | (#29071997)

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

Re:Why there? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29072075)

Maybe they should have a Street Fighter style battle to decide which town gets it!

Re:Why there? (2, Insightful)

Keen Anthony (762006) | more than 4 years ago | (#29072415)

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.

Don't wanna go to Iowa (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29072033)

...just to see the VG Hall of Fame.

Maybe if they had a corn hall of fame.

You would think gamers would know better... (1)

drukawski (1083675) | more than 4 years ago | (#29072089)

Bad move Ottumwa, once you've mined up a little ore you don't use it to build a hall of fame, your gonna need vespene gas for that. No, what you do is you use the ore to build more workers, that way you can mine ore faster. Otherwise how are you going to defend against the initial zerg rush?

You mean... (1)

Landshark17 (807664) | more than 4 years ago | (#29072093)

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?

WTF, Iowa? (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29072191)

As a game developer, i believe I speak for many of my kind in saying: FUCK IOWA.

Re:WTF, Iowa? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29072219)

Sure, because as a game developer, what's really important is the outdoor and cultural activities an area has to offer. And by outdoor and cultural activities, I mean what's happening in the 5 foot radius around your computer and entertainment center.

Sounds good (1)

Chewy71 (1418757) | more than 4 years ago | (#29072643)

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.

that game dev center of Ottumwa (3, Insightful)

timpdx (1473923) | more than 4 years ago | (#29072675)

makes about as much sense as locating the Hockey Hall of Fame in Rio de Janiero or calling Des Moines Surf City USA.

No More Stupid Games HOF (3, Interesting)

Quizme2000 (323961) | more than 4 years ago | (#29073301)

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 http://xkcd.com/621/ [xkcd.com]

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.

If someone opened a museum, I'd relocate (1)

CrazyJim1 (809850) | more than 4 years ago | (#29073669)

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.

Re:If someone opened a museum, I'd relocate (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29083063)

Get ready to move. It already exists. Unlike this fantasy in Iowa which has ZERO games, ACAM has several hundred classic coin-op videogames and pinball machines.


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.


I can see the signs now (1)

tengeta (1594989) | more than 4 years ago | (#29074819)

Entering Iowa on the Interstate the new signs will read "FINALLY! We have more than corn! Giant statue of Mario on Exit 3"

The REAL videogame museum already exists (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29083585)

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.


Some Info on Ottumwa (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29094901)

I'm actually from the Ottumwa area originally and thought I'd share some more info with everyone to help put this in context.

There seems to be a major divide in Ottumwa between reality and the city government. For years the economy has been slowly declining there. The two major employers are John Deere and a meat-packing plant (Excel). Through Excel there has been an ever increasing Hispanic community that's causing a lot of racial tensions. Now I think the recession has hit John Deere while mostly avoiding Excel which isn't helping matters.

Previously, to get from central Iowa (Des Moines) to most places in SE Iowa and upper/eastern Missouri (St. Louis area) you were required to drive through Ottumwa. Recently a bypass has opened that completely avoids ALL businesses there. Hell, I don't even think you can see a single building from the highway. This has put several places out of business already and has killed what little "tourism" they had. The only retailers that seem unaffected are the local Wal-Mart Supercenter, Target, and grocery stores because they service the locals.

So, faced with all of this what's a city government to do? Well, obviously, there are many options. Unfortunately, they've chosen the route of childish attention whoring. It began with construction of a multi-million dollar events center that would re-vitalize the economy. Turns out the most popular events are cage-fighting and it hasn't done anything to bring in outside revenue. No surprise really: http://www.bridgeviewcenter.com/index.php

So, on to plan #2. "Hmm...I know! We have bridges in this city. Four to be exact. Let's call ourselves the 'City of Bridges' and light one of them up with giant blue floodlights. We'll be f'ing famous!": http://iowa.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/jefferson-street-bridge.jpg


I imagine this is how the next decision making meeting went (being generous here and assuming, for the sake of amusement, that somebody had a level head):

"We need a new plan!"
"Bingo! I remember as a kid some obscure video game high scores being set here. Let's call ourselves the 'Video Game Capital of the World'. We can't go wrong this time. People will flock here! Maybe from as far away as Illinois if we're lucky."
"But, we only have one game store here and it's only been here a few years."
"Shut up."
"We don't even have any software development studios here. Let alone any that make games."
"Shut up!"
"The self-proclaimed keepers of video game world records, Twin Galaxies, aren't even here. They're 25 miles away in Fairfield."
"Lalala...can't hear you voice of reason."
"Our only arcade went out of business too!"
*twiddle thumbs in annoyance*
"You know, we don't even have a very big population of gamers here. Hunting and meth are the biggest pass times here."
"Dude, you're fired. So, it's decided. Let's notify the AP and make some signs!"

This is just their latest tantrum at attention-grabbing. This is a passing phase that will obviously fail...and epically. There is, quite literally, nothing to see here. Move along.

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