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Patrick Scott Patterson is a 36 year veteran of the video game world. His philosophy states that the past of our industry and culture must be preserved in order to understand where we are and where it is all going.

Warped into Hyperspace: The Psychology of the Retro Video Game Score Chaser

It's been all over both gaming and mainstream media websites:  Retro gaming champions such as Billy Mitchell and Todd Rogers have been under fire....
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King of Wrong: Deconstructing Billy Mitchell

The much heralded Todd Rogers was recently banned from longtime video game scoreboard Twin Galaxies. His scores were erased from it and the story...
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Video Games’ Forgotten Terminology From the Early Days of Gaming

An older person recently told me that they listened to their grand-kids talk about video games and it all sounded like a second language...

Plan Ahead: Advice to YouTubers Trapped in a Bursting Bubble

I've offered up this advice for years:  No website is too big to fail. I've said it in particular to YouTubers many, many times...

Real Talk: My video game culture wishlist for 2018

Maybe it's because I'm getting older. Maybe it's because I've been around this video game world so long now that when I look at...

A Look Back at the Forgotten Franchise Characters of the Early Arcades

The makers of arcade games in the early 1980s weren't just looking to make money with sales and quarters. In the wake of Space...

Arcade Shake-Down: Microtransactions Have Been Around For Decades

Microtransactions. Forget discussing politics over Christmas dinner, if you really want to rile someone up, ask a gamer about microtransactions. For years, it's been a...

Video Game History: How to unlearn what you have learned

I've spent a lot of time over the years preaching about how badly video game history has been researched and presented. The more "retro...

Be Thankful: Time for retro game collectors to take what they can get

I love sharing the results of my retro video game hunts online. For ages, I watched others do so without taking part, so I...

Back to the Future: A Look at the History of Backwards Compatibility

The Xbox One is now able to play selected titles from the original Xbox and there is much rejoicing. People continue to clamor for...

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