First Inductions for Video Game Hall of Fame Set In Ottumwa

Ryan Miller of Ottumwa plays a pinball game at a local video arcade in Ottumwa in May 2009. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

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By Richard Pratt

OTTUMWA (AP) — The International Video Game Hall of Fame in Ottumwa is set to hold its first induction ceremony.

The gaming museum is holding a four-day celebration known as the "Big Bang" starting on Thursday. Organizers hope to draw up to 5,000 people for the event.

The hall will induct 29 video-game creators, developers, high-score champions and the iconic game Pac-Man.

The hall has formed a nonprofit corporation and assembled a board of directors that includes the chamber of commerce and city and state officials. The committee is hoping to collect over 4,000 coin-operated arcade game titles to be the centerpiece of an interactive museum.

Ottumwa Mayor Dale Uehling says the city wants to become the Cooperstown of video games.

Check out more about the International Video Game Hall of Fame at their Web site

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