Looking Forward to Skate 4? You Might Wanna Curb Your Enthusiasm

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While the Tony Hawk Pro Skater series brought skateboarding games to the forefront, they’ve been usurped by EA’s Skate, which places a greater emphasis on realism and tight, intuitive controls. Skate has undoubtedly become the benchmark against which other skating games are measured.

Fans of the series expecting a fourth game might be in for an unpleasant surprise though. EA CEO John Riccitiello has said that the appeal of skateboarding games has “run its course.”

"When it comes to action sports, I think that’s going to be an ongoing exciting genre," he said in an interview, before adding, "But at least for the level of excitement out there, skateboarding seems to have run its course as the representative example in that broader genre."

I think the problem stems from the annualised model of game releases; quick turn around sequels that really only serve in milking franchises dry. It’s the same model that’s caused music rhythm games to wane; The rather excellent Rock Band 3 only sold 7000 copies in its first week of release. Oh, and gimmicky skating games with rubbish plastic peripherals probably haven’t helped either.

Source : Kotaku

Last Updated: December 2, 2010

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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