Denton, Texas man recognized by Guinness World Records
Video game vet Patrick Scott Patterson receives award from esteemed record keeping organization
The game was Madden NFL 09 on the Nintendo Wii. Patterson, who has been part of the world of video games since Pac-Man and Frogger were the kings, says he attempted his record-setting feat in order to fulfil a lifelong goal.
"Having a Guinness World Record was on my bucket list for sure," Patterson recalled. "I'd gained a record on Super Mario Bros. because I thought they would recognize it. After they chose not to, I went after Madden. They always recognize that game, so I went for Madden on what was the most popular console at the time."
Patterson 192 point Dallas Cowboys victory on Madden NFL 09 not only saw him featured in the Guinness World Records: Gamer's Edition 2010, but he was also interviewed by ESPN for a feature that ran on May 12, 2010. Then, the champ says, he felt like the world moved on.
"It was killer to get the Guinness feature and the ESPN interview, but then the world just sort of forgot about it and moved on," he said. "I guess I did, too."
After the buzz died down, Patterson says he moved on from gaming competition and into a more involved role as an advocate for the video game world. Over the past few years, he has appeared in films such as Nintendo Quest and World 1-1 and held speaking engagements at events such as San Diego Comic-Con and SXSW.
Recently, Guinness released their 2016 Gamer's Edition book and once again recognized Patterson's still standing record. In addition to the extra mention, Guinness has awarded him a framed certificate honoring the record. Patterson says he is honored and surprised by this turn of events.
"I had thought this was a fleeting moment in my past, but I guess not," he added. "I am honored that something I did so many years ago would be recognized in such a way, and I'll display the award proudly."
While Patterson says his video game competition days are over, he did take part in the Dallas qualifiers for the Nintendo World Championships earlier this year. In that event, he took second place when the eventual winner beat him out quite literally at the final minute. Following that performance and the Guinness award, he is no longer ruling anything out.
"'I'd like to say I don't have the urge to compete anymore, but I must say the Nintendo event and the Guinness award both felt pretty exciting," he said. "They say never say never, so I guess only time will tell."
Patterson's most recent projects in the video game world include a media archive and a reboot of the U.S. National Video Game Team. He is also hosting a Denton event to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Nintendo Entertainment System on October 18.
More on Patterson's career and acheivements can be found on his official website at http://www.PatrickScottPatterson.com.