Last week, we brought you word that Ottumwa, Iowa will potentially be the home of the Video Game Hall of Fame. The tiny town in the southern part of Iowa was once home to classic arcade Twin Galaxies and is now home to video game officiating website twingalaxies.com. Soon, it might be the home of the Video Game Hall of Fame. The support from the town is gathering like a storm of awesome.
"For Ottumwa to make this claim, and push to be the home of a video game hall of fame, it puts them at a point almost like Cooperstown [N.Y., home to baseball's hall of fame]," Donkey Kong world champ Billy Mitchell told Kotaku. "It's hard not to be enthusiastic or supportive of it. I've made donations of time and effort, over the years, to push and promote competitive gaming, so it seems silly that I wouldn't push for this. And I wanted to donate something significant to show that." That something significant is the machine Mitchell used to break the Donkey Kong world record in 2007.
Chris Hoeksema, the chairman of the Hall of Fame steering committee is hiring an attorney to draft incorporation paperwork, looking for a building and making a website..
"It was quite a shock when I found out that the chamber of commerce really wanted to go forward with this," Hoeksema said. "It's been a great ride, and I really can't wait to see where it goes next."