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14 skateboarding games forgotten by time


This game appeared on so many ancient consoles, many gamers mistake it for Pong. Shitty jokes aside, you’re probably better off doing so anyway since the game holds up about as well as sleeveless Ralph Macchio t-shirt.


Above: Long before Yaris and Target Mountain, Cali Games embraced its inner whore

As is usually the case with multi-evented sports games, the developers operated on the assumption that if you can’t make a good game with any depth, make several short and shallow ones to falsify the illusion of value! Most third-party Wii titles still operate under this very principle.


Above: Left Image from a console you’ve never played. Right image from a console you’ve never heard of

Representing the Golden State and all its contributions to culture, California Games featured numerous events most could never perform without a Master System, such as hacky sack and Frisbee tossing. But for the purposes of this feature, let’s hurry and acknowledge the ability to frolic in a half pipe with some archaic spin-based trickery. We assure you: At the time, it was quite tubular.

The sequel further perpetuated California action sports stereotypes by adding Jet skis and hang gliding into the mix. Of course, they didn’t let the beefier new consoles go to waste. California Games II may have churned out some of the worst music committed to midi, but it cranked the SNES’s Mode 7 up to 8.4!


Above: Profanity filters were still years away

However, Epyx upped the skating stakes significantly. Figuring a “Game Over" screen was far too lenient, California Games II literally put the fear of death into the player. Skate or Die were no longer mere words. It was programmed outcome.


Above: You will be missed. You’re bogus skillz will not


How did Atari go about making the ultimate outdated skateboard game? Well, outside of appearing only in arcades and the NES, they named it after the “ultimate trick” of the day: The 720 ° - two complete aerial spins. Of course, Tony Hawk pulled off a 900° in 1999 and Shaun White nearly landed a 1080° in 2005, so Atari’s antiquated title would go on to be like an MLB game with an unlockable Negro League.


Above: “The ‘Ramp’ is one of twenty skate parks!” So, 20 Ramps = 20 Parks?

Either way, 720° is by no means devoid of a moderate amount of 4-wheeled fun. Through the Skate City hub, players had to improve their menagerie of tricks in order to open up the four event types: Jump, Downhill, Ramp, and Slalom. And when we say “had,” we’re not just talking about normal progression. When not in an event, a timer counts down until killer bees are unleashed upon your inactive skate-rat and it's game over.


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37 comments

  • Gahmah - January 21, 2009 12:04 a.m.

    Threextreem? and the word test for today of all days is DEMOCRACY PROVES, hahaha!
  • Gahmah - January 21, 2009 12:12 a.m.

    and hey, betcha trust company's gonna show up in the next podcast and reference the previous one it popped up in, be bashed by some poop jokes and excessive use of the NEW fart button, but I'll still giggle and laugh late that friday night from exhaustion and pain from trying to to get better times on mirror's edge time trails... so, so, so addictive.
  • TheWebSwinger - January 21, 2009 1:12 a.m.

    "...no less than five unnecessary Tony Hawk titles." Hah! Says Chris Antista, the guy who plays every single Tony Hawk game. Ever.
  • GamesRadarChrisAntista - January 21, 2009 1:52 a.m.

    Not Proving Ground!
  • crossed23 - January 21, 2009 2:15 a.m.

    Got to give it to you guys for pulling for Grind Session, when we finally put down Tony Hawk 2 in our dorm we played the crap out of Grind Session, great and very overlooked game.
  • twishart - January 21, 2009 2:43 a.m.

    720 was really weird. I kept going back to it though, I'm not really sure why-AUUUGHHHH THE FUCKING BEES
  • Ban - January 21, 2009 3:13 a.m.

    I remember wanting to break my control in half when i played Simpson's Skateboarding
  • JoeMasturbaby - January 21, 2009 3:53 a.m.

    Wasn't* (sorry)
  • Tasty_Pasta - January 21, 2009 4:07 a.m.

    Oh God I hate Evolution Skateboarding.
  • theworldonfire - January 21, 2009 4:16 a.m.

    Metal Trucks Loosened: Concrete Eater haha, this was awesome, for some reason I loved 2Extreme, but that was back in the days when anything I played was the best game EVER. Except mischief makers...I hated that game.
  • Corsair89 - January 21, 2009 4:18 a.m.

    Oh God, Simpsons Skateborading was terrible. At the time, I was immencely obsessed with the Simpsons and thought that anything to do with them was great... until the Simpsons Skateboarding.
  • ELpork - January 21, 2009 4:40 a.m.

    OMG!!! I remember 720!!!
  • JimmySmurf - January 21, 2009 3:55 p.m.

    You totally forgot to mention the abomination that was Yanya Caballista: City Skater (The game you controlled by snapping a little skateboard onto your PS2 analog sticks...) Favourite line from the article: "Bro Vs Tazer 99"
  • Ravenbom - January 21, 2009 6:55 p.m.

    hmm, now I want to play skate or die again. But I think its better I don't, so I'll at least have the fond memories still.
  • ssj4raditz - January 21, 2009 8:38 p.m.

    Man, I remember playing both Skate or Die and California Games on the good ol' Commodore 64!
  • barrage7667 - January 21, 2009 8:44 p.m.

    i remember 4 of them WOO!
  • chaz09 - January 21, 2009 11:03 p.m.

    haha i thought i was the only person who sucked my ass off in 720
  • SheetSandwich - January 24, 2009 11:56 p.m.

    These games should have been left in the quality gutter you found them in! I remember these, and I wish I didn't.
  • doomdoomdoom - January 25, 2009 4:05 p.m.

    From my point of view the only good skate is skate or skate 2 all the others are ripping each other off The Easter Bunny hates you!!!
  • Bootsiuv - January 29, 2009 4:31 a.m.

    LMAO at T&C Surf and board or whatever the hell it is... I totally forgot that, not only did I own that game around 89', I also ENJOYED it. Aaaah, simpler 8-bit times.

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