Matthew Patrick (a.k.a. MatPat) is well-known for his YouTube channel “The Game Theorists” which, in his words, is for those who “love overanalyzing video games.” Patrick takes this over-analysis to a whole new level through a project called The Global Gamer, which is a travel show focused on the international language of gaming.
As to why he’s doing it, Matthew Patrick says this: “I have this theory that what we play and how we play it is directly tied to our cultural backgrounds. And at a time when the world is becoming more and more scared of other cultures, I figured now it was more important than ever to learn about the world and the people around us through this common language we call gaming.”
You can watch the full video here. In addition, check out this article about the project on Engadget.
A Princeton PhD, was a US diplomat for over 20 years, mostly in Eastern Europe, and was promoted to the Senior Foreign Service in 1997. For the Open World Leadership Center, he speaks with
its delegates from Europe/Eurasia on the topic, "E Pluribus Unum? What Keeps the United States United" (http://johnbrownnotesandessays.blogspot.com/2017/03/notes-and-references-for-discussion-e.html). Affiliated with Georgetown University for over ten years, he shares ideas with students about public diplomacy.
The papers of his deceased father -- poet and diplomat John L. Brown -- are stored at Georgetown University Special Collections at the Lauinger Library. They are manuscript materials valuable to scholars interested in post-WWII U.S.-European cultural relations.
This blog is dedicated to him, Dr. John L. Brown, a remarkable linguist/humanist who wrote in the Foreign Service Journal (1964) -- years before "soft power" was ever coined -- that "The CAO [Cultural Affairs Officer] soon comes to realize that his job is really a form of love-making and that making love is never really successful unless both partners are participating."