Videogames and skate­board­ing grew up to­gether, and Tony Hawk knows both well. Nick­named ‘The Bird­man’ for his abil­ity to soar above loom­ing vert ramps, he is the sport’s avun­cu­lar am­bas­sador. Hawk made skate­board­ing his pro­fes­sion aged just 14, dom­i­nat­ing com­pe­ti­tions for years. But, as he’ll tell you, he met true fame when he gave his name and in­sights to Nev­er­soft’s 1999 Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater. Since then, he’s over­seen 18 games in the se­ries, which dropped the ‘ Pro

Skater’ in 2002. With that change, some would ar­gue, so went the se­ries’ pu­rity. At 47, Hawk still skates and he’s still guid­ing his game se­ries, the new­est of which re­turns to the Pro

Skater name.

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