Patrick Scott Patterson, a.k.a. OriginalPSP, has thrust himself full-time into the lifestyle of a video gaming personality. Having invested much of his livelihood into digital entertainment for the past few decades anyway, he continues even stronger than ever, exposing a wide variety of topics while offering his own distinctive brand of provocation.
PSP takes advantage of solid social media clout to voice his thoughts and opinions on varying gaming-related subjects. Just hours ago, he had this to say, regarding modern fan conventions compared to the old-school ways:
"I often disagree with the notion that video game culture today is much different than what it was like 10...20... even 30 years ago. As someone who has been on this train through that whole time, I see more that is similar than different.
One thing I do see that is different, though, is how the modern day gamers abbreviate the names of virtually every game. CoD. GTA. LoL. WoW.
Classic gamers didn't do that much. DK is shortened a lot these days, but I imagine more due to Donkey Kong Country starting that nickname. I never heard it called that prior to that 16-bit masterpiece. SMB was heard here and there, but more commonly called Mario or Mario Bros., which actually drove me nuts given the 1983 Mario Bros.
Ya didn't hear this stuff back in the day, though. Pac-Man was never PM.... Dig Dug was never DD.... Space Invaders was never SI.... and Pole Position was never PP (which is a good thing). I can't imagine grand discussion over figuring out the monster movement and fruit randomization on "MPM"
Back in those days... our video games had a freakin' name, people... and we used it. Then again, places we eat were still called Kentucky Fried Chicken and International House of Pancakes, too... so perhaps society as a whole has just become lazy."
Those who want to read more of Scott's thoughts can follow him on Twitter @OriginalPSP.
Eric Bailey blogs at NintendoLegend.com, where he is reviewing every American-released NES video game. He also serves as Editor-In-Chief of retro gaming features site 1MoreCastle.com, and can be followed on Twitter @Nintendo_Legend.