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The Original PSP

Who is Patrick Scott Patterson? That’s what we will be finding out today.

It’s not very often I get a chance to sit down and interview someone who has set world records and was named the Pioneer of the Video Game Age. So you know I jumped at the opportunity to talk with PSP!

Me: Thanks for taking the time to talk with me. For the sake of time, let’s jump right into this with our first community question from Robert Workman. He says: “Berzerk or Asteroids. GO.”

PSP – Well… in what way are we talking here?  In general?  Am I stuck on a desert island?  Without the detailed details I’ll have to say Asteroids, as I can get more for my money there.

Me: Asteroids is an amazing game. I’m sure you could entertain yourself for days! So it’s no surprise that you work in the gaming industry and are great at what you do. What inspired you to become a Media and Video Gaming Personality?

PSP – I’ve loved video games for over 30 years, but over that time have seen very few people who are “personalities” in the industry that aren’t developers or journalists or whatever.  Sports has them… film has them… but few in gaming.  Personality sells.  Personality draws attention to things.  I use what I’ve learned in my previous walks of life to put my personality out there as the magnet and vehicle that draws attention to what I’m promoting.  That could include a key figure in the industry, something I’m doing PR work for or a message I feel is important to get out there for the benefit of gaming culture, history, etc.

CQ: The GUI SHOW wanted to know “When ya coming back on @theguishow show buddy! We miss ya!”

PSP – I’ve ended up with a mad crush on the city of Chicago after my short visit recently, which included playing in (and winning) GUI.  I might be popping up there sooner than later, too.  Shhhhh….

Me: Your secret is safe with us. Seeing how you have been gaming for over 30 years, you have seen the good, bad and the ugly. How has gaming evolved over the years though your eyes?

PSP – As much as some of the retro gaming fans want to say differently, the heart and soul of video gaming hasn’t changed at all.  The technology and experience have progressed, but the factors that make a good game good still involve being simple to learn, difficult to master, good to play with friends and something you want to come back to again and again.  Every generation has a handful of games that pull it off well and a whole mess of ones that don’t.  Over time… folks only remember the ones that got it right.

CQ: “What’s with the hair?” – Billy Nichols

PSP – Hair is a filamentous biomaterial that grows from follicles found in the dermis. Hair is one of the defining characteristics of mammals. The human body, apart from areas of glabrous skin, is covered in follicles which produce thick terminal and fine vellus hair. Most common interest in hair is focused on hair growth, hair types and hair care, but hair is also an important biomaterial primarily composed of protein, notably keratin.

Me: Priceless. Well there you go Billy. Ha ha.

Me: Can you tell us about E3 2012? You were named “Historic Pioneer of the Video Game Age” by Twin Galaxies founder Walter Day.

PSP – Walter wanted to give me one of these posters and I wanted to let him, but I didn’t want to do it at just any event.  I was going to E3 last year to plant my flag and let the gaming industry know I was here and here to kick ass, so I asked him if he would wait until we got there.  Glad I did it that way, as I can say I was among people like Nolan Bushnell and Tommy Tallarico as people who were given similar honors in Los Angeles that same year.

Me: You were the first video gamer in history to play video games with real living mirco-organisms at Stanford University. That’s an amazing accomplishment. What was it like? Is it safe to assume you helped save a life in some shape or form?

PSP – I’m thrilled to be asked this one, as I am extremely proud of it yet it got little attention in the video game community.  There are a lot of gamers who claim to be the first to do this or the first to do that, but this one can’t be disputed.  I’m the first video gamer in history to play video games that use real living organisms… and I got to do it at Stanford University, a prestigious school that the video gaming industry has some of its earliest ties to.  The games were surprisingly fun, and I see an incredible application toward medical use with the concept.  It’s mind-boggling to me to think I got my hands on something that may someday go toward helping cure a disease or something.

Me: What an amazing opportunity that must have been. Helping save lives by playing video games and having fun while doing it.

What was your very first gaming console? Do you still have it?

PSP- Not so much a console, but I gamed on it seriously anyway.  It was a Commodore 64.  I wanted an Atari, but got that instead.  I was mad at first, but the games were so much better.  While I do have a C64 today, it is not the same one I had a kid.  It got tossed when my mom and dad split after I was grown and the house I grew up in was sold.

CQ: “When did you lose your video game virginity?” – DontLoseYourDayJob

PSP – I’ve never violated a video game in such a way.  If you mean what my first game was, it was Pac-Man in September 1981.  The Laundromat in Garland, TX where it was located is still open today, and still has games.

Me: Very nice. Speaking of arcade games, name your top 5 classic arcade games

PSP – That depends on what you define as classic.  A lot of early 80s arcade fans are totally off when they only allow those games to be called “classics”, as games like Street Fighter II, Daytona USA, NBA Jam, NFL Blitz, Revolution X, Mortal Kombat, Killer Instinct and Virtua Fighter are every bit as deserving of the “classic” title as Asteroids, Pac-Man and Defender.  That… and given that I’ve enjoyed the entire history of arcade games, it is kind of hard to really pick such a list… at least for me.  Pac-Man, Galaga, Primal Rage, Soul Edge, Ms. Pac-Man, Jr. Pac-Man, Super Pac-Man, Mr. Do’s Castle, Dig Dug, Centipede, Choplifter… they’d all be in contention.

Me: So many great tittles. Maybe naming only 5 wasn’t enough.

Can you tell us a little more about your site and what kind of gaming related content you put out?

PSP – I love the video game and pop culture crossover, and I create content where that happens.  I like to point out where video gaming has impacted pop culture entertainment and/or create content that the mainstream will find a connection with.  Some of it is written, some of it is video based.  I also like the human angle… telling the story of who the person who did this or that is over just what they did.  I also provide public relations and promotional services and appraisal of rare gaming artifacts and information aimed to help preserve the history of the industry and culture of video gaming.  If it entertains, inspires or provides a positive example of true video game culture… I’m interested in getting it out there and preserving it until the end of time.

CQ: “When do you intend to repay that beer you owe me?” – Robert Workman

PSP – He’s gotta keep up with me at some future event.  I find it funny that we ran into each other at PAX East like 7 times in just the first few hours, yet when I stepped out for a drink I couldn’t track him down.  There will be more opportunities.  Maybe I need something like a Bat Signal for him.

Me: How has gaming changed your life? How has it influenced you as a husband and father?

PSP – I was a bony, clumsy unathletic kid… video gaming were the first thing I was good at.  Being able to show off on the early arcade games or at the Nintendo World Championships in 1990 helped give me confidence in other areas of life.  Without video games I may never have had that.  I also think a lot of my creative side and analytical skills were developed by gaming.  As a husband and father, I am able to know the value and positive things gaming can bring and how to best choose the games that come into our home and are played by the kids.  Not enough parents do a good job in that regard, in my opinion.

CQ: “What do you think I’m cool ;$?” – Hollyanne Setola

PSP – Because you are, goofball.  Let me elaborate on that for everyone else.  Hollyanne is one of those people who can bring a huge positive impact on the gaming world.  Her confidence and charisma is there in spades… she just needs the opportunities.

Me: That’s great. We need more people like her.

What current games do you play when you’re not working and attending events?

PSP – It varies.  The cruel irony in my schedule nowadays is that I have less time to actually PLAY games as often as I’d like.  Therefore, most of what I play is quick, short-play stuff.  I don’t have time to put in the 40 hours to complete a quest-based game or dive deep into League of Legends or something, but I can squeeze in time for a few rounds of Call of Duty online, a game of Madden or some of the modern-yet-retro style games on Xbox Live.  I also dig some Golden Tee Golf when I get a now-rare night out at the bar.

CQ: Nathan Mann has our finally community question. He asks: “Final meal on death row?”

PSP – Not sure.  I wouldn’t have to worry about fat, sugar and salt or whatever if I was in such a situation… so it would probably be a literal who’s-who of the foods I love but keep in moderation.  Wings, pizza, steak, beer, sausage, fries… name it.  By the time I was done I’d be creating smells that would probably knock out the guards and allow my escape.

Me: I want to thank you for sitting down with me. It has been a blast. Before we go, how can we connect with you out on the web?

PSP – The central hub for everything I do is at www.PatrickScottPatterson.com.  Every piece of content I create will be linked there and is archived there, and I’m always adding new features as well.  I’m also busy on social media, all of which is linked on there.  I tend to reply to almost anything on Twitter, so look for me there @OriginalPSP.

Don’t forget to check out PSP on Facebook, his site and Twitter!

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