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Caroline Davis | LIBR 265-10 | SJSU | Wrenn-Estes

Skate 2

Name: Skate 2
Developer: Electronic Arts
Platform: Playstation 3
Date: January 2009
ESRB Rating: Teen
UPC: 014633154528

Summary: Welcome to New San Vanelona, or New San Van for short.  It’s a skater’s paradise, or at least it would be if there weren’t security guards chasing you in all the best areas to skate.  Pull out your board and start practicing if you ever want to get sponsored and go pro!  Enter skate contents and complete missions in order to earn money at the skate shops, to adorn your player with gear from real skate companies.  Even if you’re not that skillful yet, you can still earn money – by managing to get injured in epic ways, like falling from a tall building.  When you’re getting better at advanced moves, head to any of the several local skate parks to really challenge yourself on the obstacles.  And make sure to play on story mode in order to unlock more gear and locations.  And remember, don’t let those security guards catch you!

Critical Evaluation: This skateboarding video game is a little challenging for the novice gamer – rather than just a combination of buttons, you really have to know how to use the joystick to execute more complicated moves.  Your technique as a player mimics how you would learn the skill on a real board – you can start by skating around on the streets, with fewer obstacles, and learning basic tricks, then progressing up to the challenging skate parks and more advanced moves.  There are even skating contests based on real competitions, like the Maloof Money Cup and Goofy vs. Regular.  Certain elements of game play seem realistic, too, like when you repeatedly fall off your board, your pants start getting dirty and your elbow gets scraped up.  If you do something crazy like skate off a skyscraper, you will not land on your board (like in the Tony Hawk games) – you are going to crash.  But at least you’ll earn money from the “Hall of Meat,” which rewards you for getting injured.  Now that’s not a lesson you’d want to transfer back into real life…

Annotation: Welcome to New San Vanelona, a skater’s paradise – except for the security guards.  Grab your board and start practicing if you ever expect to go pro!

Company Information: Founded in 1982, Electronic Arts, Inc. develops and distributes video games.  The most successful products are the sports related games under the EA Sports label, but they are also the publishers of popular franchises like The Sims.  They are distributors of the game Rock Band.

The CEO of Electronic Arts, Inc. is John Riccitiello, and the company is headquartered in Redwood City, California.

Genre: Sports

Curriculum Ties: N/A

Discussion Ideas:
1) Are there certain times when you’d rather virtually skateboard than actually skateboard?
2) What parts of this game are realistic?  What is unrealistic?

Interest Age: 12 and older

Challenge Issues: alcohol reference, language, mild violence, suggestive themes

Challenge Defense Ideas:

• Become familiar with the game and its content.

• Refer to the collection development policy of the library, if none, see here to develop one right away.

• Refer to reviews available for viewing on Amazon.com.

• Try to get reviews of the game from teens who have played it.

Selection: This game was recommended to me by my teen cousin as one of his favorite games.

Extras:

Official Skate website.

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May 14, 2010 - Posted by | Games |

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