The City of Ottumwa, IA was the birthplace of the Twin Galaxies scoreboards in 1981 and has served as the location of a number of notable moments in gaming history both past and present.
The former offices of Fairchild at 3105 Alfred St. in Santa Clara, CA have been added as the birthplace of the first programmable video game cartridges as part of the Channel F game console in the 1970s.
Rounding out the latest additions is the infamous Alamogordo, NM landfill where Atari once dumped truckloads of unsold game cartridges during the mid-80s video game market crash.
ABOUT THE REGISTRY OF HISTORIC GAMING LOCATIONS
This project began in the summer of 2011 after North Texas based video gaming personality Patrick Scott Patterson visited the sites of former Atari headquarters during a trip to the San Jose, CA area. It's aim is to ensure historic information is preserved and available about a number of locations which had a lasting impact on the video game industry and culture.
Previously inducted locations include the first locations of the Chuck E. Cheese, Gamestop and Dave & Busters chains, the Spot Tavern near Seattle as the location of the first-ever Donkey Kong machine, the Dutch Goose near Stanford University as the test location for Computer space, buildings used in arcade scenes in films such as Tron, The Karate Kid and WarGames and several former game company sites. The full list of included locations can be found at http://www.PatrickScottPatterson.com
ABOUT PATRICK SCOTT PATTERSON
With more than 30 years in gaming culture, Patrick Scott Patterson (Scott preferred name) aims to help preserve and promote the history and culture of the video game industry by producing content across a variety of platforms and websites. He also holds several world records on multiple generations of video games and appears in the new Guinness World Records: Gamer's Edition 2012.
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Video gaming personality Patrick Scott Patterson - Video gaming historian, columnist, gamer and activist travels to events across the country.