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A Documentary Is Being Made On One Of The Best Video Games Ever

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A Documentary Is Being Made On One Of The Best Video Games Ever

Tony Hawk Pro Skater is up there with James Bond's GoldenEye and Zelda as my favourite video games of all time.

Now, someone heavenly has decided to make a documentary about the legendary skateboarding video game.

It was first released on PlayStation in 1999 by gaming giant Activision and was spawned after Tony Hawk debuted at the X-Games the year before.

It received critical acclaim upon release, with IGN giving the Nintendo 64 version of the game a 9.1 out of 10 for its "...genius control, combo system and design." The soundtrack was also pretty epic and matched the gameplay perfectly.

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tony hawk

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Skating legend Tony was personally involved with the project because he wanted to create a game which represented the reality and excitement of professional skateboarding.

There have since been 10 instalments of the game, with the first three selling more than 15 million copies. Sales for the first game apparently shot through the roof because Tony landed his first 900 at the 1999 X-Games - which happened one month before the game was released.

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tony hawk 2

Credit: Activision

There's no denying the game is an absolute juggernaut and was in most 90s kids' consoles.

It was such a big franchise that a producer wants fans to know just how the game came to be.

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Have a look at the trailer here:

The documentary is titled Pretending 'I'm A Superman', which is an ode to one of the songs on the game.

In the trailer you can see Tony saying: "I do feel our video game brought a fan base to skateboarding that possibly didn't even skate but appreciated it."

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"Really the only hope I had for the game is that skaters would be proud of it. I thought if I can get a skater to buy a PlayStation and play this game, that's success."

I am very keen to see how this documentary plays out!

It's not the first of its genre - there have been plenty of documentaries made about games and the video game industry.

There's one about the arcade gaming scene of the 1980s called The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters. You can check out the trailer here:

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While Indie Game: The Movie won critical acclaim in 2012, winning the World Cinema Documentary Editing Award at the Sundance Festival, the New York Times Critics' Pick and was officially selected at the South By SouthWest Film Festival.

Get your gaming on.

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Topics: PlayStation, Documentary

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