I most likely communicate for many people in our mid/late-20s or early-30s once I say that the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater video games have been a cultural phenomenon that permeated our actual lives at a younger, impressionable age. We have been good sufficient to comprehend that desires of launching off ramps to land a Kickflip Mctwist or grinding on a 50-foot handrail doing a Casper Slide have been nicely out of attain, but that did not cease us from asking our mothers for an inexpensive deck and some bucks to purchase our new favourite punk band’s album on CD. But whereas many impulses or fads all through the years have come and gone, those born out of THPS have been ever-lasting.
Seeing the reveal of THPS 1 and a pair of remastered was one more reminder that the storied video game collection has, in some ways, considerably helped in forming our identities. I vividly bear in mind watching Tony Hawk himself touchdown the primary 900 on the 1999 X-Games and realizing it was sports activities historical past within the making, but it wasn’t fairly the motivation to hunt out skating for myself. Participating within the act just about in THPS bridged that hole and packaged a bit of skate tradition in a type that I did have experience in: video video games. And via the THPS video games, I then checked out skating extra like, “this shit is cool.”
Growing up in an city a part of southern California, it was frequent to see older youngsters violate penal codes by loitering outdoors taco outlets and liquor shops, incessantly making an attempt to land kickflips and grind sidewalk curbs. Skating hit my neighborhood to the purpose the place the town authorities led a marketing campaign to install metal notches on railing, benches, and every other floor you would grind on. While others could have discovered skating as a type of rebel in a comparatively quiet suburban neighborhood, of us in my neighborhood noticed it as a approach of assimilation.
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