IA Pol Joins in Ottumwa Videogame Festivities, Decries Gender Gap

Iowa’s Lieutenant Governor attended a celebration in the “videogame capital of the world,” better known as Ottumwa, Iowa, in order to assist in the renaming of a local park from Central Park to Pac-Man Park.

Lt. Governor Patty Judge, noting that Pac-Man would be officially enshrined into the International Video Game Hall of Fame the next day, stated, “As the state’s highest-ranking woman in elected office, I must say I’m hopeful Ms. Pac-Man will get her due here in Ottumwa one day as well, and I look forward to that celebration.”

The embedded video shows the actual moment Pac-Man was officially inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Other 2010 inductees included pro gamers Johnathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel and Ferrari-owner Dennis “Thresh” Fong, arcade champions Billy Mitchell and Steve Wiebe, Donkey Kong creator Shigeru Miyamoto and industry types Kevin Bachus and Seamus Blackley. A full list can be viewed here.

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    RynoNS23 says:

    I wish I could congratulate Pacman but… damn.  As Craig R. so accurately put it, Ottumwa is a hole.  I had to go to a wedding there a couple of years back and I swear to God it was like some sort of parody of what people think of when they think of small towns in the midwest.

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    Craig R. says:

    Ottumwa is a hole.

    Patty Judge is from ‘the next town over’ – Albia, about 20 miles west of Ottumwa. I get the feeling she’s just trying to buy local votes, seeing that she’s up for re-election this year.

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