The Complete History of Tony Hawk Pro Skater

by The Editors on March 10, 2009

ThpsIn their new book Vintage Games: An Insider Look at the History of Grand Theft Auto, Super Mario, and the Most Influential Games of All Time journalists Bill Loguidice and Matt Barton roll out the completely history of the Tony Hawk Pro Skater franchise. Gamasutra has been cool enough to preview the entire THPS section:

What Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, which has now generated $1 billion in sales across the course of the series, added was an extraordinary level of realism to the over-the-top antics that resonated with many players who were turned off by the overly competitive nature of the previous games. By making it about technique over style, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater expanded its audience to far more players than any other game of its type before.

Thanks Gamasutra, we won’t have to buy the book. Click the link for the rest of the five page story.

[Update 2:20 PM: According to a comment from Bill Loguidice the Tony Hawk Pro Skater history isn’t even in the book, it’s a bonus chapter run exclusively on Gamasutra.com Sorry for the mix up, Bill.]

[Link: Gamasutra]

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Bill Loguidice March 10, 2009 at 2:10 pm

Just to clarify, Gamasutra is running bonus articles not found in the book. The book has 100% exclusive content, while Gamasutra will be running nine bonus chapters not found in the book, of which the Tony Hawk one is the third of the nine. We also posted well over 100 bonus images not found in the book or in the online bonus chapters, including for Tony Hawk, which can be found here: http://www.armchairarcade.com/vintagegames , which is the book’s official page. Lots of free content, but I hope you see it’s still worth it to get the book too since what’s in the book is not available in any form online… 😉

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