Video game historian archiving features on gamers

More than 70 gaming personalities archived to date in new archival project
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Patterson at the Hull Building in Culver City, CA (Flynn's Arcade in 1982s TRON)
Patterson at the Hull Building in Culver City, CA (Flynn's Arcade in 1982s TRON)
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Sept. 10, 2012 - PRLog -- Veteran gamer and gaming industry historian Patrick Scott Patterson has written about the people in video game culture for many years.  Now he has started to archive the works in an effort to ensure they are saved for the long run.

A championship video gamer who began playing in 1981, Patterson first covered the history of numerous game titles on his former website from 1998-2002.  When he returned to gaming in 2008, he chose to focus more on the people within gaming culture, from new world record holders on classic game titles to the early programmers of the industry, such as Defender creator Eugene Jarvis and Q*bert programmer Warren Davis.

"The gaming industry has grown bigger than films and television," Patterson said.  "Sadly, in the mainstream, that hasn't translated to attention on the people with it.  That's where I come in."

Several of Patterson's features on gamers have broken into mainstream media on both the national and international level.  Of those, Patterson states that one still stands out to him.

"I have to pay that Pat Laffaye's Frogger world record story was the most fun," he said.  "With him beating the old fictional Seinfeld high score it tied into pop culture in so many ways and next thing you knew the story was all over the world."

With the aim to feature the people in gaming, Patterson's archives are featuring 'cover gamers' that will change from time to time.  The first choice for his "Culture of Gaming Archives" section was Donkey Kong champion Hank Chien.

"I've written more on Hank than I've done on anyone else, because he just keeps beating that damn score!" Patterson jokingly stated.  "The public loves him, too.  He helps show the mainstream that a champion gamer can be calm, educated and humble."

Patterson says the 'cover gamer' for his "Women of Gaming Archives", based off of a special feature that drew over 111,000 hits last year, was also an easy pick.  Gaming personality and actress Rachel Lara gained first honors.

"Rachel just breathes gaming culture," he said.  "She's also as articulate, charismatic and intelligent as she is beautiful.  Just a great example of a true gamer, someone the mainstream should use as the standard over the stereotypes they usually use."

Patterson's archives join a list of sites of historical importance to gaming history.  He is next planning to begin a video series that also features gamers and gaming culture aimed at showing a mainstream audience the true world of gaming.

The archives can be found at


ABOUT PATRICK SCOTT PATTERSON:  Based in North Texas, Patterson has been gaming since September 1981 and has been archiving and studying the culture and history of gaming since 1987.  After competing in gaming contests throughout the 1990s and setting several gaming world records between 2008-2011, Patterson began to make the history and culture of video gaming entertainment his main focus in recent years.

Patterson and Patterson's videos and articles have appeared on MSNBC, FOX News, Guinness World Records, G4tv, Kotaku, ScrewAttack, GamePro, WNYC, ESPN and numerous other news sources.  He also creates material twice a week for The Jace Hall Show and contributes regularly to online publications such as Retrocade Magazine and and was invited to Stanford University in 2011 to sample a series of microbial video games that use real living organisms.

More can be learned about Patterson on his official website at
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