I still remember the exact moment I was introduced to this game by a high school friend, challenging me to a game of S-K-A-T-E. I could never have anticipated the impact it would have on my life. Countless hours of gameplay later, this game would influence my musical taste, clothing preferences and sporting interests for the rest of my days.
With arguably one of the most iconic (and greatest) soundtracks to ever grace a video game my taste in music was injected with a host of artists as I was treated to tracks from the punk, metal and hip-hop scene with bands such as Papa Roach, Bad Religion, Millencolin and Powerman 5000 making lasting impressions on myself, not to mention the epic “Bring The Noise” from Public Enemy and Anthrax as well as “Guerrilla Radio” from Rage Against The Machine. Each song returns me right to the game in my mind (sometimes a specific level) every time I hear them.
Obviously, being 2000-2001, baggy jeans were all the rage with nu-metal in full swing and the likes of Linkin Park and Limp Bizkit all over the TV, radio and magazines along with Blink 182, Sum 41 etc. I think my standard clothing were baggy jeans, baggy hoody, chain and Converse Hi-Tops, its was a simpler time.
Now, as we all know, video games are such a massive influence on kids, making them go out and shoot folks or whatever. OK, it’s all nonsense, but in this case, it’s true. I (like many others I’m sure) got myself a skateboard to emulate my heroes on screen, although I could never quite get the hang of it. I’ve tried my hand (or foot) at it a few times along with inline and BMX but I think its best I just leave to those better qualified than myself and stick to my on screen gaming talents.