Patrick Scott Patterson is a media and video gaming personality, gaming since 1981. He goes by Scott to his friends and the nickname of OriginalPSP in the gaming world. The first game he ever played was Pac-Man, hooking him on games for life.
After experiencing the boom, crash and rebirth of video gaming in the 1980s, Patterson began to compete in contests and tournaments as the decade came to an end. He took part in the first-ever Nintendo World Championships 1990 event in Dallas, reaching the semi-finals and later won a Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! challenge at a Dallas area shopping mall by completing the game without taking a single punch. He went on to take part in several other contests, including Primal Rage, a Soul Edge by the Aladdin's Castle arcade chain and several Blockbuster Video gaming championships.
In 1998 he published an arcade history website that proved popular with both die-hard gamers and casual website users, receiving feedback from programmers of several of the games featured and even gaining traffic from the then-Bill Clinton White House. At this time he also embarked on a ten year stint in the pro wrestling industry, chasing a childhood dream, and continued gaming in his spare time.
In 2005, Scott opened an arcade video game sales and repair business that proved highly successful in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. After fully leaving the wrestling world in 2008, Patterson once again began to compete on video games, this time for high scores on both modern-day titles and his early favorites, starting a whirlwind run that saw him with over 300 verified world record scores within a year.
Patterson would join the staff of Twin Galaxies International by the end of 2008, first acting as their editor-in-chief and later their Director of Marketing and Division Manager. While part of the Twin Galaxies staff, Patterson brought a new level of mainstream attention to the organization by pushing accolades for new champion gamers into the mainstream media, including MSNBC, G4tv, Yahoo! And Fox News. In 2009 he brought Twin Galaxies to live primetime television as Steve Wiebe attempted a new Donkey Kong world record from the E3 Expo in Los Angeles. He also brought a Big Buck Safari World Record contest to the annual Texas Pinball Festival and a popular series of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 playoffs to the Twin Galaxies website.
During this time Scott also received accolades of his own, appearing in numerous editions of the Guinness World Records: Gamer's Edition annuals and local news reports. In 2010, Patterson was interviewed by ESPN for a record-setting mark he set on Madden NFL 09. He also set world records on several versions of the classic Super Mario Bros. and hit new world record scores at the annual Funspot arcade tournaments in 2009 and 2010.
In early 2011, Patterson left Twin Galaxies to continue his work on his own, continuing to promote gaming culture and provide mainstream accolades to champion gamers. In May 2011, he was invited to Stanford University to become the first video gamer in history to play video games which use real living micro-organisms. After setting another live arcade record at Seattle's Northwest Pinball and Gameroom Show, Scott started the Registry of Historic Gaming Locations, a list of sites of historical significance to the video game industry and culture. The project quickly gained international press, including write-ups in Japan, Russia and Italy as well as domestic media including the Chicago Sun-Times.
In September 2011, Patterson's "Women Gamers Week", a feature aimed to combat gender-based stereotyping by featuring women gamers for only their gaming backgrounds and accomplishments, gained more than 111,000 unique visitors in six days. Inspired by this response, he made this a permanent section on this site and continues to add new profiles.
In 2012, Patterson continued to expand his focus toward a more entertainment-based product. Using the skills he learned from his previous walks of life, Scott began to produce video-based content that quickly gained tens of thousands of YouTube views. At E3 2012, Patterson was named as a "Historic Pioneer of the Video Game Age"; by Twin Galaxies founder Walter Day. During the same event, Scott was also among the video game personalities that walked the red carpet during the premiere of the comedy film Noobz and was part of an awards presentation to another gamer at the Nintendo booth, appearing alongside Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime.
In July of 2012, Patterson began to contribute twice a week to the Jace Hall Show. In the fall of 2012, Patterson began a web series entitled Culture x History x Attitude, the result of a successful Kickstarter project and advice from friends within the entertainment industry. In this series, Patterson showcases a variety of both classic and modern gaming culture through a series of visits to both gaming events and the homes of veteran gamers across North Texas. He also migrated his freelance writing archives to his website, including interviews with industry pioneers and names such as Abbie Heppe, Eugene Jarvis, David Crane and more, while adding podcast interviews with Adam Sessler and Veronica Belmont to his YouTube channel.
A comedy based Twitter event during Spike TV's Video Game Awards 2012, headed up by Patterson during the live broadcast, saw more than 4 million Twitter impressions, more than the official #VGA hashtag according to online reporting sites.
Now in 2013, Patterson aims to continue his mission to expose gaming culture to the mainstream while aiming to educate fans of the importance of preserving items and locations of importance to the development of the video game industry. He is currently in talks with a number of entertainment and gaming companies to provide his services and unique personality to their brands and is continually looking for further opportunities to do so.