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New Project Aims to Catalog 'Historic Gaming Locations'

Patrick Scott Patterson, better known as just "Scott" or "PSP," is an active contributor to gaming culture. The former pro wrestler has frequently spoken in print, TV and other media about the stories of people in gaming in an attempt to encourage our favorite hobby's mainstream acceptance by both the public and the mass media. He's also the holder of a number of gaming-related Guinness World Records from 2009, 2010 and 2011.

PSP is particularly interested in the history of gaming, and it was with this in mind that he decided to begin cataloging "historic gaming locations," beginning with Atari's former home on Borregas Avenue in Sunnyvale, CA.

"For a gaming historian, this was setting foot on historic ground," he writes. "But at the same time, there was no evidence that anything significant to a major entertainment industry ever took place here. No signs or markers or memories of the days when Asteroids and Centipede set the gaming world on fire. Just buildings: some occupied, some empty. Film, television, sports and music all have historical sites and markers, and it's time for the video game industry to start having them as well."

PSP's project is currently a self-professed "labor of love" viewable via his website, but he hopes to gain support and funding in order to be able to provide physical markers and monuments for these key locations in the history of the industry.

Patterson sees his project as a companion to the work of the International Video Game Hall of Fame and the Videogame History Museum, both of which chronicle the industry's history, but not in a geographical sense.

"While the efforts of the International Video Game Hall of Fame and the Videogame History Museum can hopefully eventually create a destination dedicated to the preservation and celebration of the industry history, there also needs to be something done to ensure the important locations are remembered and marked for their roles in gaming history," Patterson writes in a post for Obsolete Gamer announcing his work.

You can check out the project and nominate further key locations at PSP's personal website.

This article originally appeared on GamePro.com as New Project Aims to Catalog 'Historic Gaming Locations'


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