Thursday, May 3, 2018

Unsealed: When Tony Met Shaun

It's time for another new Unsealed video, and this one is perfect for the early arrival of hot and humid weather around these parts.

A few additional, post-shooting thoughts:

-- Man, Comp USA. That brings back memories. I didn't shop at my local store too often, but I do remember some sweet deals in there from time to time. Unfortunately, Circuit City was across the parking lot, and that store had a better selection of console games... as well as better clearance sales. Nevertheless, it was yet another in the long list of retail stores that I used to shop at which no longer exist. This makes me feel old.

-- As someone who's played snowboarding games a bit, but has never actually been snowboarding for real... I have a tough time with realizing that if I miss a certain jump or objective, I can't simply turn around and go back. You can't snowboard uphill. It's nice that the dev team put lift icons in certain locations that can take players back up the mountain, but force of habit always leaves me looking like a dummy when I instinctively turn around to go back and do something.

-- Not long after I got this game for my PS2 when it was still relatively new, I started running karaoke shows. I played two songs from this game's soundtrack at the shows as "bumper music" to run while waiting for the next singer to come up: Alien Ant Farm's Courage and Spineshank's New Disease. Licensed video game soundtracks actually accounted for quite a few songs that I would play for bumpers, but that's a story for another time.

-- The Tony Hawk offshoots could never really capture the same magic that the games that inspired them had. Shaun Palmer's Pro Snowboarder is a decent game, but it's not one that I find myself wanting to go back to that often-- unlike Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3, for example. Aggressive Inline, which I shot an earlier Unsealed episode on, is perhaps the best of the Hawk-influenced games... and it wasn't even an Activision title. Go figure.

Anyway, that's it for now. The next Unsealed video is hopefully going to come on May the Fourth. That might be a sorta-kinda hint.

For now, though-- thanks for checking the videos out!

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