Congressman, Iowa Guv Support Push For Video Game Hall of Fame

August 14, 2009 -

If you build it, they will come...

Oops - wrong Iowa attraction reference.

But in Ottumwa, Iowa yesterday some 3,500 people turned out to show support for the building of a proposed Video Game Hall of Fame. Among those is attendance were Congressman David Loebsack (D) and Lt. Gov. Patty Judge (D), according to Kotaku. Judge read a proclamation from Gov. Chet Culver (D) which deemed Ottumwa as the "Video Game Capital of the World."

Chris Hoeksema, a member of the committee exploring the idea of building the Hall of Fame, was stunned by the turnout:

It's really been amazing. We were not expecting this much outpouring of support from the community and the state. And the entire world, really. We've had donations from overseas and some people flew in from the United Kingdom to attend. It's been an amazing amount of support.

A Radio Iowa report adds that the Hall of Fame project enjoys backing from city, county and state government officials. Ottumwa Mayor Dale Uehling, among the Hall's supporters, commented on some of the nuts-and-bolts issues which must be addressed:

We're very hopeful that we can become the video gaming capitol of the world... We need to get a comprehensive study done on exactly what is needed... Part of this will depend on what is the attraction going to be? We visualize that we would have international competition here as a part of this so we need something that's going to have some capacity.


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Re: Congressman, Iowa Guv Support Push For Video Game Hall ...

 Iowa and most of Texas are changing. This is mainly because places like Texas have been fully low taxes and pro buisness for years. Now the people from failed Liberal States around the Rust Belt are migrating they are voting for the same, people and the same policies that lead there cities to ruin.

Just look at Cedar Rapids Iowa now, it's a slum. Everyone from Chicago just goes there to leech off of their social benefits

Re: Congressman, Iowa Guv Support Push For Video Game Hall ...

Is it too much to ask for you to stay on topic? This has nothing at all to do with the article, it's just you striving yet again to turn every article into a political debate.

Re: Congressman, Iowa Guv Support Push For Video Game Hall ...

Is it too much to ask for you to simply ignore it? No one is forcing you to participate. Let the man say what he wants to say, and you can breeze right past it if you so desire.

Re: Congressman, Iowa Guv Support Push For Video Game Hall ...

That would explain how that moron Culver got elected here in Iowa. The man has the public speaking skills of a trained monkey and has yet to show any sort of leadership. He's an embarassment to the state whenever he gets behind a podium.

It also explains how we went from having the excellent Republican governor Branstad and his budget surplus in the 90s during a farm crisis to the deficit of Vilsack and Culver who like to throw money at absolutely everything and expect that to fix it. There's a reason rumors the Branstad will run again in the next election are flying around Iowa right now.

Re: Congressman, Iowa Guv Support Push For Video Game Hall ...

Ahh, Return of the Braindead.

Re: Congressman, Iowa Guv Support Push For Video Game Hall ...

You mean Culver? Yeah, he's probably close to legally braindead.

Re: Congressman, Iowa Guv Support Push For Video Game Hall ...

The Residents of Cedar Rapids are being out numbered now by people who left Chicago and moved there its crazy. You have these Liberals who love there high taxes so they can get social benefits but leave when the state or city turns to crap because no one wants to invest or deal with that state and then you think they would have learned? No they just move to another area vote the same people in and then everyone leaves that area or state.

Re: Congressman, Iowa Guv Support Push For Video Game Hall ...

Um there was already the Walk of Game in San Francisco.

Re: Congressman, Iowa Guv Support Push For Video Game Hall ...

This is the first time I have EVER heard of this town, so this claim seems far fetched.

Re: Congressman, Iowa Guv Support Push For Video Game Hall ...

This is actually the first I've ever heard of Ottumwa's claim to Video Game Capital of the World, and since I've been gaming since I was three, that probably isn't a good sign.  As far as I can tell, Ottumwa's then-mayor in 1982 was just the first mayor to make his city a pseudo-home for video games, which resulted in a lot of firsts.  Disregarding the fact that Twin Galaxies and the U.S. National Video Game Team were started in Ottumwa, I can't think of any developers at all that reside in Ottumwa.  Call me shallow, but I can't see how video game parades warrant being a capital for video games themselves.

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Re: Congressman, Iowa Guv Support Push For Video Game Hall ...

I'm sorry, who the hell says IOWA is the right place for the Video Game HoF? 

That's as stupid as putting the Rock n' Roll HoF in CLEVELAND.  I mean, I know Billy Joel endorsed the city, but it's a dumb place for it.

Re: Congressman, Iowa Guv Support Push For Video Game Hall ...

You can never "Become" the video game capitol if the world. You either ARE or your NOT.

Re: Congressman, Iowa Guv Support Push For Video Game Hall ...

What I don't understand is why they're putting it in Ottumwa. Ottumwa is one of the last Iowa cities I'd choose to put a tourist attraction in. The city is built right on a rather disgusting river that forces all the roads to be built in ridiculous curving patterns. It's just not a super-great place compared to a number of other Iowa towns and cities.

Re: Congressman, Iowa Guv Support Push For Video Game Hall ...

It's where Billy Mitchell got the high score on Donkey Kong.

 

"That's not ironic. That's justice."

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Re: Congressman, Iowa Guv Support Push For Video Game Hall ...

+1

I lived in Ottumwa for a time and attended high school at a nearby town. If I never have to go back to Ottumwa it won't be soon enough.

Re: Congressman, Iowa Guv Support Push For Video Game Hall ...

So they are spending alot of time moeny and effort on a game museum?


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Re: Congressman, Iowa Guv Support Push For Video Game Hall ...

Everyone needs a hobby, even if it's glorifying another hobby.

Re: Congressman, Iowa Guv Support Push For Video Game Hall ...

Just what we need, more fanboy wars.

Re: Congressman, Iowa Guv Support Push For Video Game Hall ...

"We're very hopeful that we can become the video gaming capitol of the world... "

You're already on the map for being the home "Radar" O'Riley (sp?).  What more do you want for crying out loud?!  :)

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Re: Congressman, Iowa Guv Support Push For Video Game Hall ...

Iowa's been pretty awesome lately, so we're just reveling in our newfound coolness.  We had two films being filmed in Des Moines a couple weeks ago, and we have a whole bunch of metal bands coming here in September and Rocktober, that on the heels of Lazerfest, which was also quite awesome.

 

So yeah, Iowa's awesome.

 

"That's not ironic. That's justice."

"That's not ironic. That's justice."

Re: Congressman, Iowa Guv Support Push For Video Game Hall ...

Interesting that they are pursuing this path.  Let's hope we don't have people screaming at them because they support video games.

 

What is a game?(throws wine glass on the floor and it breaks to pieces) A miserable little pile of secrets.

What is a game?(throws wine glass on the floor and it breaks to pieces) A miserable little pile of secrets.

Re: Congressman, Iowa Guv Support Push For Video Game Hall ...

I love that game! One of my favorite 2d games, its a shame we just don't see good 2d games anymore.

 
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