Take a trip back to the summer of 1999 with us. TLC, Britney Spears and the Goo Goo Dolls eminate from radios wherever you go. There are no smart phones. Jnco jeans are all the rage. And Tony Hawk landed the first 900 in skateboarding at the X Games. This piece of skateboarding history helped set the stage for one of the biggest video game series to ever exist.
The first iteration of “Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater” video game was released only weeks after the 900 and it changed video games and skateboarding forever. It sold millions of copies worldwide and is still recognized by Metacritic as the second-best video game of all time.
Now, almost 20 years later, the crew involved with creating the series is hoping to crowdfund a documentary that would tell the story behind the franchise .
“Pretending I’m a Superman: The Tony Hawk Video Game Story” aims to take an intimate look with Hawk himself about what led to the video game being made, who the major players were, how it got created and what it means in the grander scheme of things.
Ralph D’Amato, who worked on 8 of the THPS games, is running the Indiegogo campaign and recently released the above trailer. The trailer also features fellow skateboard legend Rodney Mullen saying how the games “opened an awareness to how generally cool skating was, to a super broad audience.”
And as Hawk himself tells, “For sure it’s the reason I’m standing on this million-dollar ramp that I get to skate everyday.”
As the campaign for the documentary is not fully funded yet, there is no release date yet. But with perks that echo various language of THPS itself, we hope this one gets funded. Because who doesn’t want to relive 1999 in all its glory, getting blisters on our thumbs playing “Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater” on Playstation?