Special Thanks to everyone on such a great event.
ICON 2016: Homecoming is less than a month away!
Check out our links below to make the most of your trip to The Video Game Capital of the World!
- Ottumwa, Iowa -- long famous as the "Video Game Capital of the World" -- flexes its video game muscles
- during the weekend of August 5 - 7, 2016, when it plays host to a Video Game Festival, an Iowa Film Premiere
- of Man VS Snake, the induction of the Class of 2015 for the International Video Game Hall of Fame (IVGHOF),
- and the inauguration of a Video Game "Walk of Fame".
ICON 2016: Itinerary FUN for everyone beginning Friday, August 5th through Sunday, August 7th.
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- Explore Ottumwa Ottumwa... the name means place of perseverance and land of rippling waters.
- Ottumwa embodies the westward expansion of the United States, plentiful game, good fishing,
- and the river's rippling waters. Ottumwa is once again growing and thriving. New businesses continue to
- open and expand, preserving Ottumwa's place as regional economic center. Now more than ever, there are
- more reasons than ever to come to Ottumwa, stay in Ottumwa, and take pride in Ottumwa.
Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Joe Jackmovich, who is displayed on card number 2101, from the Superstars of 2015. Joe is an experienced journalist with his M.A. from Indiana University. Being a video game reporter, Joe has talked to many figures in the video game industry including Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu. Joe also holds gaming records on such games as Geometry Wars and Computer Space and recently broke the world record on Super Double Dragon for the SNES. Joe’s goal is to break the 10 million point score on Gradius for the NES. He is starting medical school at Marian University in the fall of 2016.
Who is your favorite video game character and what makes that character special?
It’s completely impossible to pick a single favorite character. Magus from Chrono Trigger probably takes a high place though. It was unbelievable to have a villain join your party in an RPG. He had a convoluted story but a clear objective. And the way the party ruins his plans unintentionally is such a great mark of storytelling.