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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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MLG Dallas 2013 Interview!

While working MLG Dallas, TheBOSSNASTi, asked if  he could interview me. As you can tell in the video, I was a little nervous lol.

Head over to his YouTube channel and give him some love.

Jason “The Captn” Barbosa

April 7, 2013 1 comment

Last night I had a chance to talk with Captn Barbosa and pick his brain. Enjoy!

Me: Hey Jason, thanks for sitting down with me and taking the time to do a quick interview with me.

Jason: Hey Aaron, no problem man. It’s always fun to answer questions when someone realizes what you’re doing is interesting. What do you have for me?

Me: For the readers out there who don’t know you, who are you and what do you do?

Jason: I am Jason “The Captn” Barbosa, I’ve been doing video productions around gamer culture and eSports for about 5 years now and I help run a little LAN event for the Gears of War community called Hypefestation.

Me: Awesome man, sounds like you’re living the dream! So now that you’re working for IPL, how many events have you been to?

Jason: Honestly, working for IPL, I only did 3 events. IPL5 being the mothership event, I helped a small Starcraft set of show matches at DICE in Vegas, and I’m here now at the Shootmania Launch event. Most of the events I’ve attended, I’ve gone on my own accord or found work for those events.

Me: From the live stream I watched yesterday, the Shootmania Launch event was pretty awesome. I’m sure you had a great time. Out of all the events you have attended or worked, do you have a favorite one?

Jason: This is a tough choice to make. If I had to choose, PAX East 2010 was where it all really started for me. That was the break out event that I networked really good at and all my friends did too. That was a pretty stacked group of friends and we’re all working in different places in the industry now. I look at this picture almost like a yearbook graduating class picture.

Me: It’s amazing how far you have come thus far. Being a gamer, I have to ask, what games are you currently playing? What upcoming games are you looking forward to most?

Jason: I’m playing the hell out of Gears of War: Judgment for obvious reasons and when I get to take a break from that, I like signing into Planetside 2 and I recently was playing a lot of Tera online.

Me: How did you get your start in in the gaming industry?

Jason: Well this is a long story I’m going to try and explain as fast as possible. It started with my buddy, Aaron Hassell, and we were in a BF2 clan. I had a lot of my own video equipment at the time and we wound up scoring some really good Battlefield interviews at New York Comic Con in 2009. We had such a great time interviewing people and the videos were successful on their small cult scale, we decided to make a website that focused on prominent gamers in the industry. We didn’t care about the games, but it was about the gamers. The interviews we did kept getting us great contacts and we started getting invited to events to do more and more interviews for “NoobTube.tv.”

Word got around that I was an avid video producer doing things for gamers and I got a few contracting jobs doing some streams and videos, including WCG when they were big, and I just kept my momentum up. I got involved with Gears because I fell in love the Gears community at MLG Meadowlands 2009. They have so much passion and emotion when they play and the gameplay lends itself to great moments so I decided to support that community with my video production skills and show the competitive gaming industry that THIS is how you have fun at an event.

Me: I couldn’t agree with you more. The Gears community has always backed their game, players and each other. Their passion is overwhelming.

You have seen many cosplayers over the years at the events, who’s your favorite?

Jason: Oh god another tough question… I really look forward to what Yaya Han creates because everything she does is super custom and well detailed because it has to be to form fit her “wonderful” physique.

Me: Can you tell us about Hypefestation and how it was started?

Jason: Well… I had just finished streaming for a local LAN in NJ with Michael Murray and we were just so disappointed with the experience, the viewership, the administration of the tournament and it left a bad taste in our mouthes because we did a lot of work moving all our video gear in and out but we couldn’t capitalize on a great stream because the competition was running slow and disorganized. After that event, I immediately called Caesar Noriega and asked him what he was up to for Gears of War 3. It hadn’t even come out yet and he’s a big personality lead in that community so I called him. It was funny because Caesar thought I was spying on him or something because he was planning a Gears of War 3 LAN with Joey Salzman in Long Island. I told him I wanted in. Murray and I will do the video and put on an awesome high quality show, and you guys run the tournament and we got ourselves a match. That’s how the LAN initiative started. We had like a 3 hour conversation at Chipotle on what we should call the event and we never came up with anything until I was dropping everyone off at home. I wanted the name to invoke excitement and that it resembled an event without being an acronym. Contrary to popular belief, Hypefestation actually stands for Hype Festival Competition all squished into one word. When I told that to Caesar and Murray (who were left in the car) they were sold and Hypefestation was born.

Me: So we have Chipotle to thank for the awesome LANs! Ha ha. Who would have guessed Hypefestation would come from Hype Festival Competition.

Do you have any shout outs? How can people interact with you via social media?

Jason: Ah Shout Outs. I know so many great people and I feel like I never dish out enough credit during one of these. First big shout out to Michael Murray for tag teaming the video process with me and getting the shows started. Shout out to Caesar, Joey, and Burger for being the first class of Hypefestation and getting this thing going. Fatalstryke has been instrumental when it comes to motivating each other. His insight to what the community needs to be happy is always spot on. Shout out to Raczilla, iFlak, Pete Nub at Epic and even though Quinn moved on, shout out to him to for caring about the community and giving GoW:J a chance to hold some really solid competitive gameplay.

Me: Thanks for taking your time to sit down with me Jason. I look forward to seeing you at future events.

Make sure you check Jason out on Twitter and on Hypfestation on Facebook!

Halo 4 News w/ Ducain23

October 25, 2012 Leave a comment

Ducain breaks down some new Halo 4 DLC info in his latest video.

Mommy Gamers Episode 13

October 25, 2012 Leave a comment

Check out the latest episode of the Mommy Gamers!

“In an attempt to get to know Desirai a little better, her brother Eddie joins Marcia and Desirai and while he is not a Mommy, he is a Daddy and tells stories that will have you laughing out loud. The girls share a breast cancer awareness tip for the guys, because breast cancer doesn’t discriminate. October is also anti-bully month and they discuss the importance of monitoring your children’s interactions with people both in real life and especially online.”

The Mommy Gamers 12: Fingering Monsters

October 21, 2012 Leave a comment

Check out the 12 episode of the Mommy Gamers! Give them a like on their channel if you liked the podcast.

“Marcia and Desirai are once again joined by the amusing Stephanie Bayer from PopCap Games. Because it’s October the girls have another weekly Breast Cancer prevention tip. They talk about the newly released Just Dance 4, Shadows of the Damned…questioning the sanity of Suda51 based on his strange video game themes, and how Stephanie plays Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 instead of sleeping. The amazing Ohio State University marching band video game halftime show launches the ladies into a reminiscing discussion of their band geekiness that may or may not have gone on a little too long.”