World Video Game Walk Of Fame Opens Up
Back in 1982, Ottumwa, Iowa was declared the "Video Game Capital of the World" by its then mayor, Jerry Parker. This auspicious title came due to the fact that the video game scorekeeping and tracking company, Twin Galaxies was born there, and over the past 30+ years, the little town has held a place in every gamer's heart.
It's only fitting then, that given Ottumwa's distinguished history, that the world's first and true World Video Game Walk of Fame should be opened in the town, and that's exactly what happened yesterday.
The first inductee on the Walk of Fame was, unsurprisingly, Walter Day, who founded Twin Galaxies, who was the man that made videogames about players rather than about the games themselves, and who started the spark of competition that has made video gaming the multimillion dollar industry it is today.
XBox creator Kevin Bacchus summed up the sentiment the first inductee by saying, “Walter Day took the focus — and rightly so, I believe — off video games and put the attention on people.”
According to Walter Day himself, it would have been better to pick a game rather than a person as the first inductee. And what game would Day have picked? Easy - Pac-Man. To him, way back then, Pac-Man was the start of everything that video gaming has grown into.