Denton resident Patrick Scott Patterson has been playing video games for 33 years, starting with the classic 'Pac-Man' in 1981. For the past several years, Patterson has made his living talking about video games, from the history of the industry to the state of the modern-day industry and the controversial topic of violent video games. He travels the country to events such as South by Southwest and San Diego Comic-Con to speak on these subjects to rooms full of video game fans.
Now his lifelong passion has landed him in a variety of upcoming films. The most recent one, 'No Princess in the Castle' by White Willow Films, will see him not only on the screen but among the writers as well. This film aims to cover the women in the video game industry in a manner that breaks the standard stereotypes that video games are just for males.
"Almost half of the video gamers today are women," Patterson said. "Sadly, you don't see enough about that out there, and when you do it usually comes with shock and surprise. This film aims to change those misconceptions and show that women are just as hardcore at video games as the men."
Among the other films that will feature Patterson's video game knowledge include 'The NES Club' by Pyre Productions, a film that features a longtime Nintendo fan as he scours the country in an attempt to buy all the classic Nintendo Entertainment System cartridges in 30 days. This film met with Patterson twice last year, the latter of which featured him taking the star of the film to a variety of locations in Denton to help him complete his journey.
Other upcoming films set to feature Patterson on-screen includes 'World 1-1', which will cover the history of the earliest days of the video game industry and 'Pixel Poetry', a film that touches on if video games are just as much of artform as other types of media.
After more than three decades of gameplay, Patterson says he is pleased to have these opportunities, and hints that more may be on the way.
"This has been my passion for almost my entire life," he said. "This was ultimately my destiny within in all, and I'm just getting started."
'No Princess in the Castle' is slated for a 2016 release. 'The NES Club' could be moved up to later this year, along with 'World 1-1' and 'Pixel Poetry'.
More on Patterson and his various video game-related content can be found on his website at www.PatrickScottPatterson.com.
His IMDb page can be viewed from a link on that site.