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Skateboarding has "run its course", no longer action sports King
Posted: 02.12.2010 12:01 by Simon Priest Comments: 1
EA big chief John Riccitiello believes the reign of skateboarding as the "representative example" of action sports is no more, as excitement has dropped.

Skate is EA's own skateboarding IP and it's done remarkably well thanks to its analogue stick-based tricks. Action sports is an "ongoing exciting genre".

"When it comes to action sports, I think that's going to be an ongoing exciting genre," Riccitiello said. "But at least for the level of excitement out there, skateboarding seems to have run its course as the representative example in that broader genre."

Activision has suffered very low sales of Tony Hawk's latest instalment while EA's Skate by comparison has been received well but has never managed to capture the same levels of fanfare that the Tony Hawk franchise did in the beginning.

NBA Jam is a prime example of action sports doing well outside skateboarding, noted Riccitiello. The EA boss also sees the music genre as one to recover either because of an 'innovation' yet undiscovered or by going dance-based.

Is skateboarding no longer the action sports hero?
Source: Kotaku
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By Montai (SI Veteran Newbie) on Dec 10, 2010
Montai
They just need to add more realism, skate 3 seemed abit more cartoony. which was the fail of the tony hawk series. the more realistic you can make it . the better!!! seriously, by trying to go bigger and better than the previous release you dont have to need to do bigger unhumanly tricks and jumps. just add more realism. and it will do awesomely well