By Andres Pachon
A. Pachon, a journalist and skateboard addict, is a full-time writer for SHIT® Magazine.
In 1999 Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater game was released following in the steps of some previous skate games as Sega’s Top Skater. But it was the Tony Hawk Pro Skater series that helped underground skate culture rise up into the mainstream, turning gamers into skaters and marking a new era for extreme sports videogames. Done by who else but Tony Hawk himself.
Skateboarding Games Mindset have a 180° Turnaround
The first Tony Hawk´s Pro Skater was a game that brought not only the experience of skateboarding, but also the true meaning behind it, a culture that is shown in the gameplay and music. Here, you as a skater falls and bleed but always stand up to ride again, worrying not only about replicating every trick but also ask real skaters how it is it to skate all day long trying new rad things. How it feels to keep on going after every fall and what was needed for a skater to achieve them.
The late 90’s was marked with teens recording all kind of videos where they were performing awesome skateboard tricks from their own style, bleeding for freedom but with joy. The game stay true to this making them identify every time they turned on that console and start playing.
Start Skateboarding and Falling for Real
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Many players will say that they began to skate because of the game, wondering wether the many tricks from the game could be replicated in real life. For many I guess grabbing on to the skateboard just seemed to be the next logical next step.
The game gives a perspective on how skaters see life and the freedom they feel on top of their boards, going hard everytime. For some the mentor they never had was found in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater as they made attempts to copy everything they saw in the streets. All the time knowing that if you fall you are doing it right, because as we say, the game is tainted with skateboarding culture and that includes dropping of your board several times in a day.
Tony Hawk’s pro skater has come a long way since 1999, having already seen four more releases through the years it keeps inspiring new generations and gives the taste of real skateboarding culture. If you think you are though enough to be part of if and not only playing the video game, then it´s time for you to play it in the streets out there in the real world.