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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.
Where arcades once stood

Raiders of the Lost Arcades: An Endangered Part of Video Game History

There’s a form of video game history that is incredibly at risk, and the majority of it is right under our noses. I grew up...

So When Exactly Is a Video Game ‘Classic’ or ‘Retro’ Anyway?

As anyone who has been reading me on here or following my video game stuff online for the past 19 years, I've basically been...

Preserving Video Game History Should Not Be Competitive

A few years ago, I received an angry e-mail in response to something I had written about video game history and preservation. This person...

You Are Error: How History Shows it’s Foolish to Doubt Nintendo

Poor Nintendo. Those who claim to love video games are always doubting them. Hardly a week goes by where I don’t hear someone tell me...

Confessions of an At-Risk Video Game Industry Cynic

It’s been almost 36 years now since I had my first video gaming experience. That day in 1981 where I sunk a shiny quarter...

Disappearing History: Why Physical Media Makes up Video Gaming’s Most Endangered History

It’s a truly exciting time in video gaming, especially for a guy like me. For decades, I have found interest in the backstories and...

Reality Check: The Basics of Vintage Video Game Collecting Remain Unchanged

A little over a year ago, I got back into something I did not plan to. I started hunting and collecting console video games...
A box of gaming history

Why the Idea That “They Made Plenty of Them” is Detrimental to Video Game...

In my first piece here on Scholarly Gamers, I spoke about how it was past time for those within the video game culture to...

Generation Wiki: Video game history cannot be properly researched online

We live in a wonderful video gaming era right now, one with more choices than ever, more community conventions than ever and one of...

The video game industry has grown up, and the culture needs to act like...

It’s like a dream come true. After more than 35 years of enjoying everything about video gaming, I can sit back and say that...

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