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Wednesday, August 6, 2003
Tony Hawk Underground Interview
10:40 AM | Mike Apps | Comment on this story recently did an interview with Mark Ward, producer of the upcoming game Tony Hawk Underground. A big change from previous games in the series, Underground will allow players to create a lowly new Skater, and then move him up through the ranks to stardom. Here's a snippet from the interview:

CAVG:Tell us about some of the new features.

Ward: We've completely rebuilt the game; you've got far more freedom to move through the world we've created, plus this is one of the most customizable videogames you'll have ever played. The first thing you're actually asked to do is customize your own skater, the guy that's going to be representing you in the game.

So using the create-a-skater functionality, using various data you can actually download your face into the game. Obviously, if you want to feel immersed in the game there's no better way than actually inserting yourself into the title.

It's a pretty simple process; basically you just need a snapshot of yourself in digital format, and an e-mail address. Send the photo via e-mail to our designated e-mail address and it gets processed on a server, with a password assigned to it, and within about a minute you get an e-mail reply that says: "Success, here's your password", so then jump on your PS2, enter your password, and your face is downloaded.

Once your face is downloaded into the game, you should have a pretty good likeness of yourself, you map it onto the generic face model and you're good to start playing. So now you're in the game, you can adjust the skin tone, the brightness; there's nothing really protracted about the process, we're just trying to make it as easy as possible to get into the game.

So now you're face is in there, you can see what you look like with different hairstyles, you can give yourself an afro, give yourself a party hat, change your outfit; you can really have a lot of fun with the variety of things you can get your guy to wear. Give him a sleeveless vest, have him running around in his underwear, all that good stuff. There's scale options as well, so you can give your guy a super-large head for instance, scale up and down the body; there's really a lot to play around with.

Although THUG is currently slated for consoles only, there's always a chance we'll see it given that all previous Tony Hawk Games have made it to the Mac.

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