The small town is seeking to be recognized as a video game mecca.
Wired PR News – A small town in Iowa is seeking recognition as a mecca for video gamers. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the town of Ottumwa, Iowa is seeking to regain the status they once held in the 1980s for a short period of time as the world’s video game capital.
Walter Day, an arcade owner in the town, is quoted as stating of his wishes, “You know how your average person fantasizes, when they daydream about having a new car or having a beautiful wife or inheriting from their uncle $2 million or something like that? I’m a little bit different… I fantasize about owning downtown Ottumwa and turning it into the first video game-themed amusement attraction.”
Terry McNitt with the Ottumwa Chamber of Commerce, is further quoted as commenting on the issue, “Every town needs a place to be recognized for… The thing is, it’s real and it has potential, and I think that’s what excites everybody. Why Ottumwa, Iowa? We’re a population of 26,000. Well, we’re a great little town.”
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