The skating’s getting radical
Now you can practice skateboarding without visiting the emergency room. At E3, Activision and its partners will be unveiling Tony Hawk: Ride, a game plus a skateboard simulator/controller that lets you become at one with the action on the screen. Built-in accelerometers, motion sensors, light sensors and other fun technologies respond to whatever you do, so the peripheral can tell if you’re simply riding forward along the street or attempting the most ambitious tricks. Kotaku has extensive coverage.
Robomodo is making the controller for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and a Wii version is promised. Online competitions will be part of the fun too. No price has been announced but analysts expect it to be in the same under-$100 range as the Wii Fit.
Tony Hawk is a true pioneer in personal branding, by the way. Anyone interested in that whole area really should examine him as a case study in how to do it property.
(Title lyric from Suicidal Tendencies.)