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Video Games Killed The Video Star… Or Something…

January 26, 2009

Every now and again, I’m visited with the pleasant and usually unexpected revelation that there are people in this world that A. have free time on their hands, B. have less pressing matters on which to spend said time, and C. are possibly bigger dorks than I, in a general sense. I know, heaven for-fend. So it is with the cottage industry of recreating skate video parts via EA Skate, known to some as the best skateboard video game since Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2. And, it’s not even classic video parts, I mean, of course there’s Guy Mariano’s “Mouse” section and a whopper of a three-part version of Marc Johnson’s “Fully Flared” closer, but beyond these you’ll find such head-scratching esoterica as Furby’s Berrics clip, Jake Brown’s X-games mega-slam (sans helmet), and a remake of YouTube manual sensation Aaron Kyros’s part.

(On a side note, I would be inclined to say that Aaron Kyros could have been the Soulja Boy Tell’Em of YouTube skate videos, if he would have thought up a name for his manual twirling dance, and made it into a ringtone.)

So as Electronic Arts releases the meticulously titled “Skate 2,” let’s look over a few parts recreated with the original “Skate.”

Antwuan Dixon – “Baker 3”

This entry, if not 100% faithful in size and scope trick-wise, is sort of innovative in that it cribs the soundtrack from the video itself in recreating young Antwuan’s Baker debut. The medium drives home the notion that we are looking back on a more innocent time for all of us, with nice use of the Suburbs picnic tables and a suitable stand-in for the Carlsbad gap.
Rating: Three-up

Nick Trapasso – “Suffer the Joy”

This one gets points for dredging the Suburbs for a passable schoolyard setting for Trapasso’s well-loved bigspin blunt line, but couldn’t fit in the wallie – bummer, brah. The minds who put this clip together give into the all-too-strong desire to boost the stair count on some of the hairier rail/gap stuff, but EA Skate’s “loose style” does a decent Trapasso impersonation and they replicated the wonky landing on the kickflip backside 360 pretty good.
Rating: Three-up

Alex Chalmers – “Sorry”

Probably one of the most impressive EA Skate knock-off parts considering how hard it is to do transition shit in this game. With the Faction pop-punk and general contempt shown for gravity, the Canadian fly-out wizard’s little-loved Flip video makes for a convincing update to those old Tony Hawk clips they used to toss you when you completed the game with such-and-such pro. The only thing holding this back from a perfect five rating are the hilariously awkward telephone voice interlude and the fact that the wits behind this couldn’t figure out a way to recreate Renee Renee’s late back foot flip thing. For shame.
Rating: Four-up

Guy Mariano – “Mouse”

It kind of looks like him, if you squint your eyes, and hit yourself over the head with a whiskey bottle for a few hours. Back to the Suburb playgrounds for the bump-to-picnic-table, which is okay minus the lengthy hangtime, and while I can’t think of any particular spot offhand I have to imagine he could have found a better bank-to-ledge to stand in for the Lockwood bench. Plus the awkward rotations on some of the techy ledge stuff. (There are several recreations of Guy Mariano’s “Fully Flared” opus, but if I’m going to bear seven minutes of Band of Horses music and not actually watch Guy Mariano skate, well, I need to get something out of it besides a lengthy blog posting.)
Rating: Two-up

Ronnie Creager – “What If”

Under the video details it says “I needs me a life.” He got the slow-mo kickflip backside tailslide 360 out, when the song stops, so that’s something. User “BriDenSkates” has several other such parts to his name, as well as a couple super cute kitten videos, which as we all know are the lifeblood of YouTube. For this reason I bestow upon this clip a full five-up rating, and encourage BriDenSkates to get to work on “Trilogy” and “20 Shot Sequence.”

Baker’s new blood

April 29, 2008

where the fuck was this trick

Like his frontside flips in recent years, Andrew Reynolds’ talent scouting is kind of hit and miss. He got a homerun with Spanky and knocked it out of the park with Brian Herman, not to mention Antwuan Dixon. Szafranksi I’m kind of lukewarm on and Terry Kennedy is a whole nother conversation, but then you’ve got Knox Godoy, who still hasn’t lived down his prepubescent Baker2G antics, and Evan Hernandez, who managed to get a board before everybody figured out he was boring as fuck.

Anyway in honor of the Baker/Deathwish video hitting the internet today I’m gonna do Deathwish week, unless another Andy Roy interview comes out or something. While we’re on the subject, how long will it be before Jackass World updates us on the Snuggle Bandit’s latest adventures? I’m sure it’s already in the works.

Anyway, there were a handful of newer kids in this video, so to officially welcome them to the skateboard industry let’s go ahead and judge them, shall we…

Theotis Beasley: He’s not much bigger than he was in Baker 3 but he’s looking better on his board and has a new batch of manual tricks–the fakie b/s heelflip manual down the bank has the boss arm style. The heelflip bigspin was a crusher and if he’s smart enough to be riding with Cam at 15 or whatever he’ll do fine, good shit. Where’s Rammy Issa?

Sammy Baca: Best intro in the whole video for sure, the lass in the white t-shirt looks about to wrench her friend’s arm off trying to escape, but you can’t really blame her. Having Baca’s arm snake around your neck is probably on the list of things you should get a tetanus shot for, or maybe consult with your priest. Reynolds is a known fan of UK skating and Baca looks/skates a little bit like Zarosh in the new Death video, with more of a street angle on shit. What he lacks in technical acumen he makes up for in enthusiasm, or stupidity, depending on how you look at things. The jump into the bank is nutty.

Brian Hansen: I’m not sure if he counts as new since he had a part in a Vox promo a few months back and probably elsewhere long before that, but I want to commend him for (I hope) finally dropping the “Slash” nickname. Not that many tricks but I was surprised how smooth of a skater he’s becoming, especially with his flip tricks. The b/s 180 nosegrind revert on Hubba was sick.

Furby: Cursed to resemble Chris Cole back in his World days. I’ve never been real impressed with Furby’s shit in the past but the nollie b/s tail to fakie at Wilshire was hot. Follow Brian Hansen, suck it up and go by your real and probably boring/hard-to-pronounce name. Or start beefing with Figgy.

Pat Pasquel: He can switch bluntslide rails (back to switch) and switch backside flip up 5 stairs but he can’t get his last name in the video? Bummer. At last he can make interesting sounds, which could land him a job as a stand-in for Sgt. Larvell Jones when they get around to remaking the Police Academy movies. Bomb of a switch heelflip over the rail.