Episode 152: Tony Hawk’s Pro-Skater Matters…But Why Tho?

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Tony Hawk PRo Skater

Last Friday Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 released and we’ve all had the bird man on the brain. So, to celebrate the return of one of the best sports games ever made we decided to talk about why Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater matters to gaming and culture more widely. In this episode, we drop into the long history of the franchise, its development, and how Tony Hawk aimed to create a video game that immersed the player in a real representation of skate culture. We talk about what happened when Neversoft closed and we also break down how Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 is marking a triumphant return. But one of the things we didn’t know would happen is a deep conversation about representation and how despite its predominantly white roster, the Pro Skater franchise never felt like it excluded people of color, specifically with its music from De La Soul to Ozomatli and its in-depth create-a-skater feature.

We talk about the genre-defining mechanics and of course discuss the wide-ranging impact of the game’s soundtrack and how it impacted our own personal tastes. Oh, and how Matt still dresses like his create-a-skater to this day.

If you’re unfamiliar with the franchise, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater is a skateboarding video game developed by Neversoft and published by Activision. It was released for the PlayStation on September 29, 1999 and was later ported to the Nintendo 64, Game Boy Color, Dreamcast, and N-Gage.

The player takes control of a variety of famous skateboarders and must complete missions by performing skateboarding tricks and collecting objects. The franchise met with critical acclaim for all versions but the Game Boy Color version, which had a more mixed reception – well and the non-Neversoft games.


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Drop back in with the most iconic skateboarding games ever made! Tony Hawk’s Pro-Skater 1 + 2 is AVAILABLE NOW on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and on PC via Epic. This remaster is one epic collection, rebuilt from the ground up in incredible HD. The game has all the original pro skaters, levels and tricks are back and fully-remastered, plus more! Listen to songs from the era-defining soundtrack. Hit insane trick combos with the iconic handling of the Tony Hawk’sPro Skater series.

Play all the original modes and go head-to-head with local 2-Player modes. Show off your style and creativity with upgraded Create-A-Park and Create-A-Skater features. Compete against players from around the world in Multiplayer modes and leaderboards.