Have you ever wondered how Tony Hawk games became such global successes? A brand new documentary is supposed to answer this question and guide us through the history of the creation of these skateboard games.
The news that the first two Pro Skater games received HD remasters was a big but welcome surprise for fans this year. In addition, this documentary is a great way to return to Pro Skater’s nostalgia of the 90s.
“Pretending I’m a Superman” is the title of this documentary – aptly named after the immediately recognizable Tony Hawk soundtrack – Superman by Goldfinger. If you work through this article and trailer without this song in your head, you will be stronger than us.
The story behind the pro skater success
The trailer takes us straight into history by introducing us to the early 90s when skateboarding was somewhat extinct. Professional skateboarders like Tony Hawk struggled to make ends meet. “I was a fading vert [vertical] Skater, my income was cut in half every month, so I started doing everything I could. “
In the late 1990s, Activision started working on a new project that would bring the spark back into the skateboard world.
Activision called Tony Hawk and said, “We’re working on a game. We want you to come and see what we’re doing.” This led Tony Hawk to try out what would become Tony Hawk’s hugely popular pro skater. “As soon as I played it and only felt some of the controls, I knew that this was the game.”
Tony Hawk Pro Skater was finally released in 1999 and sold 9 million copies. In the following years, as well as the resulting sequels, it came to a number of platforms.
Archive material and interviews from Skateboarding Legends
The documentary contains archive material and interviews from other skateboard legends such as Christian Hosoi, Steve Caballero, Chad Muska and Rodney Mullen. They offer unique insights into the world of skateboarding in the 1980s and 90s and how the Tony Hawk games changed the skateboard scene.
Rodney Mullen describes the reaction at the time. “It was crazy what this game did, not just for skateboarding, but for us as individuals.”
The documentary is an independently produced film with former Neversoft producer Ralph D’Amato and Swedish director Ludvig Gür at the top. They came together in 2016 to produce this film. After four years, it’s finally ready for release next month.
The claim that I am a Superman will be released on August 18, 2020 on digital platforms.
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