On Thursday the International Video Game Hall of Fame in, of all places, Ottumwa, Iowa, will celebrate its first-ever induction ceremony. The inaugural class consists of 29 inductees, including game designers, competitive champions and one rather noteworthy videogame: Pac-Man.
Four members of the original Xbox design team will join the group, as well as notable figures such as NAMCO founder Masaya Nakamura, and Steve Wiebe, Donkey Kong Jr. champion a.k.a. the protagonist from competitive gaming documentary, The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters.
So, why Ottumwa? The city was a hotbed for arcade competitions back in the 1980s and is the home of Twin Galaxies, the worldwide videogame records-keeping organization. According to the Hall itself, “Why not Ottumwa?”