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Iowa Aims to Establish International Video Game Hall of Fame 60

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
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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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  • 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.

  • Re:Makes sense (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 14, 2009 @07:02PM (#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.

  • 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 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.

  • Re:ummm... Quakecon? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Hadlock (143607) on Saturday August 15, 2009 @04:13AM (#29074725) Homepage Journal

    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.

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