Basking in the ambience of a killer soundtrack that introduced many to their next favourite band, countless gamers from 1999 fired up another run through the Warehouse level to nail that tricky gap. It was fun despite the familiarity (some of the fun actually came from knowing levels inside out) and it started a phenomenon.
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater was, is and always will be a gaming treasure, but the series bailed big time by becoming more Jackass than Thrasher magazine and eventually tried gimmicky plastic controllers to sway an industry that was rapidly losing interest.
The good news is that Vicarious Visions, who handled some nifty handheld ports of the original run of games, are determined to bring back the glory days. They've announced remastered versions of both THPS 1 and 2, and everything looks promising. Suddenly, skateboarding could be cool again, and terms like 'revert', 'manual', 'kick flip' and more will be on everyone's lips.
There's already a lot of info out there about the 'new' release too. Vicarious Visions are being very open about what they hope to achieve, how they've remapped some controls and why people should be excited.