Make a trip to Ottumwa, the Video Game Capital of the World, part of your next weekend getaway. Not only will you rediscover fun in a one-of-a-kind way, you'll become a special part of our city's gaming history.
Ottumwa became the Video Game Capital of the World when the Twin Galaxies video arcade began keeping official high scores and records for video games. Ottumwa was featured in LIFE magazine, hosted the North American Video Olympics and was the location of the first significant video game championship captured on ABC-TV’s That’s Incredible. Walter Day’s dream in the early 1980s became reality in 2010 when he and a crew of gamers and volunteers held the very first International Video Game Hall of Fame award ceremony, a tradition that continues to this day and is celebrated at Ottumwa’s Old School Pinball and Arcade.
Become part of video game history by going for a high score at Ottumwa’s Old School Pinball and Arcade, located in Quincy Place Mall. Fun doesn’t break the bank here, as $10 will give you access to more than 60 games, including iconic video games, pinball machines and many other games of skill. Between games, find some treasures in the gift shop, see one-of-a-kind displays in the museum and talk to the people who were there when the Video Game Capital of the World began!
Not only will you discover new fun in Ottumwa, you also won’t find Video Game Capital of the World fun anywhere else! Let us personally introduce you to our video game history, then you can try your hand at some vintage games at Ottumwa’s Old School Pinball and Arcade in the Quincy Place Mall. Defender, Donkey Kong, Ms. Pac-Man, Mario Bros., Guitar Hero and dozens of other games - where would you start? If you have a video game score to settle, this is the place to take care of it – in the Dodge City of Video Games! The arcade is currently open on Fridays from 5-8 p.m. and Saturdays at noon.
1100 N. Quincy Ave.
Ottumwa IA 52501
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