Friday, October 5, 2007

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EA's "Skate"

Capsule reviews

October 5, 2007
(EA; 360; $59.99)

It used to be it was impossible to think of skateboarding and video games and not immediately think about Activision's "Tony Hawk" franchise. So many publishers have tried and failed to match the arcade-style action in the Activision games, but EA's "Skate" may just knock old Tony off his pedestal.

A great deal of the credit is owed to the game's control scheme, which has most of the controls in the two analog sticks and the triggers (as opposed to button-mashing, or a combination of button-mashing and stick). The left stick controls the movements of your skater. The right stick controls your board moves and tricks. Things are more fluid and fun.

Career mode does feature a bizarre story of sorts. It begins with you getting hit by a bus and having to go in for much plastic surgery (thus explaining in a realistic yet creepy way why you are able to pick the physical attributes of your skater a la "The Sims"). After the bandages come off, the game then takes a page from EA's "SSX" snowboarding franchise and has you completing different tasks to get your photo in a skateboarding magazine. Get good enough and you'll eventually compete in big competitions like the X Games.

There are also so free-roaming challenges and you can pretty much skate all around the city without any load times. It's fairly impressive given the amount of detail in the city.

Where "Skate" loses its wheels is in online play. With five other gamers stuck vying for time on the cement playground with you, it becomes less a game of skating and more one akin to bumper cars. While the collisions are initially spectacular to watch, you'll grow frustrated with it. It is something that is easily fixed in the sequel and based on the quality of gameplay in career mode, "Skate" deserves a second romp.

(Rated T for blood, gore, crude humor, language, mild violence and tobacco reference)

Monday, September 10, 2007

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GoodWheel Skate Park featured in the Log Cabin Democrat

Skate park rolling along


Less than a month into his new venture, Joey Hambuchen of Conway is excited, or stoked, about how the turnout has been at the Good Wheel Skate Park.

Opened on Aug. 13, Hambuchen said people have traveled to Central Arkansas' premiere indoor skating facility from all over the state.

"We've had people come from Fayetteville, Russellville, Jacksonville it's traveling by word of mouth pretty quickly," Hambuchen said. "It's been great. Everybody has been so positive about how they like the park. And the parents really seem to like it because they can drop their kids off at a supervised environment."

Admission to the park, which is open seven days a week from 2-10 p.m., is $10 plus tax for the full day. Monthly passes (31 days) can be purchased for $65 plus tax.

Parents of skaters under the age of 18 are required to sign a liability waiver before the kids can skate, Hambuchen said.

The waivers can be either filled out and signed at the park or underage skaters can bring in a notarized waiver obtained from a previous visit.
Skaters under the age of 18 will also be required to wear a helmet.

Hambuchen said the park will also be available for private parties and other activities, such as skate competitions. He also hopes to attract skating demos from professional skaters as they tour through the South and Midwest.

The park is located on Harkrider, just south of Dave Ward Drive.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Harrison...and SkateParks...from the Harrison Daily Times

Give young people some place to call home
By JAMES L. WHITE, Times Staff

"May the good lord be with you"
"Down every road you roam."

To the best of my knowledge, Rod Stewart first sang those words in the late 1980s, sometime around 1988. All my research shows he wrote the song with Jim Cregan and Kevin Savigar.

I never really liked Rod Stewart that much, although I can point you to no less than three women my basic age who would be all aflutter should he come through town and need a lift to Wal-Mart for some hair products.

But today we will talk about being young. There are purists out there who would say that rather than using Stewart's "Forever Young" song lyrics, I should have used words from Bob Dylan's song of the same name.

Maybe, friends, but more people will recall the Stewart song, so sue me.

I was thinking about what it's like to be young this last week. I am now beyond that time frame in my own personal existence, but I do remember my youth.

I grew up in this town, which is almost completely true. I actually was more a product of a mixture of Valley Springs Schools and my suburban Bellefonte home, but Harrison was the town we all called home after our own fashion.

As a boy, I did what many rural boys do. I hunted and fished with family members and learned to drive at a fairly early age.

Driving, to us, was the chance for freedom. We could go anywhere and do anything we wanted once behind the wheel. But, for a few of my friends and me, there were other wheels that came into play before we could drive. They were smaller wheels, but they held forth the promise of other freedoms we couldn't get anywhere else.

Those were the wheels on a skateboard.

Yes, I was a skateboarder as a boy. I could even do a handstand on a skateboard, or at least I could long enough to get my confidence up and acquire the following scars and cuts after I went down.

There were no places for us to go to ride skateboards, though. So, we made up our own little skate parks of sorts.

Once, just after the mall here in Harrison opened, I took my skateboard with me when my Mom was shopping. She had several stores to visit and I'd decided I would ride on the ultra-smooth surfaces of the concourse while she shopped.

I was careful and didn't scare anyone as I casually skated around the floor. But suddenly, as I pushed my way along the walkways, I heard an ominous voice on the mall's intercom, which said:

"Get out of here with that skateboard!"

I did as I was told and suffered at least a little parental wrath afterward, although not enough to keep me from trying to ride other places as well.

When I was finally old enough to drive, I would go down to Valley Springs and meet friends where we would ride on the sidewalks surrounding the school.

I still have one scar from one of those trips that reminds me of the hubris I felt on a skateboard, which is one lesson I learned the hard way indeed.

I have since left those days behind me. I have tried to ride a skateboard in my waning years, but I find my balance has gone the way of all flesh in much the same way as my eyesight.

And I don't heal as quickly as I once did, which is a major part of my decision to remain on fairly stable ground without wheels of any kind beneath me.

But one of the things I always noticed during my youth was that unless you were involved in a team sport of some kind, your activities were considered less than optimal.

Sure, there were other options than team sports, but they were ones upon which the powers that be frowned, such as driving fast, doing drugs or just getting into generally felonious mischief.

And, oddly enough, the grown-ups in town regularly bemoaned the fact that young people wanted to move away as soon as possible and not return, meaning there would be few young people to carry on the traditions of small town Arkansas.

Just this past week, city officials began talking about the future of a skate park on the municipal parking lot at the corner of Walnut Street and Central Avenue.

The general consensus was that a few older youth were down there harassing younger skateboarders and causing problems.

That's the way of the world - from Rainbow Tribe members to Hells Angels riders - some goobers can ruin the whole thing for everyone when they start trouble.

Not all children are cut out for organized sports. Some need independence in order to develop their own lives, and skateboarding is one of those individual sports where the rider competes against his/her own best/last performance as well as other riders.

What I am saying is, let's give them a chance. Let's see if a truly worthy skate park could bring as many visitors to town as a soccer or baseball tournament.

And that just might make the young people of the community want to stay around and raise their own children here.

Who knows? It just might make us all feel a little younger in the process; maybe we'll be forever young.