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.