Tony Hawk Shares Unused Motion Capture Footage From Original Pro Skater

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Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater is now 20 years old. It’s a milestone that means a lot to a whole lot of people — Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater was a watershed moment in video games, a sports game that captured the imagination of skaters, non-skaters, and fans of Goldfinger’s “Superman” alike.

In observance, Tony Hawk recently shared a behind-the-scenes clip from the making of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater where he participated in a motion capture session, putting on the awkward lycra-and-tracking-ball outfit necessary for capture and nailing tricks anyway. Sadly, Hawk says none of his actual skating made it into the game due to tight deadlines.

Hawk — who is an excellent person to follow on Twitter — went on a brief nostalgia kick over Labour Day weekend, first realising he somehow did not have a PlayStation copy of the game, then finding one and cheekily showing off.

In the same tweet, he also noted that there’s a forthcoming documentary from former Neversoft producer Ralph D’Amato, with a trailer that makes prominent use of Goldfinger’s “Superman,” like any fan of the Tony Hawk soundtrack would.

Now all we need is a couple solid new skate games to carry the mantle, or maybe a birthday cake in the shape of a VHS tape, or the S-K-A-T-E letters. Nostalgia is nice, but cool new skateboarding games would be better.


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