Will Tony Hawk's legacy be his pro skating career or his video game series?
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Will Tony Hawk's legacy be his pro skating career or his video game series?

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Legendary professional skater Tony Hawk is celebrating his 50th birthday this year! The master vert artist is credited with bringing skating to the mainstream with his high-flying tricks and pushing the boundaries of the sport. Others idolize Hawk for being the centerpiece of the "Tony Hawk Pro Skater" video game series, which became one of the best selling and critically acclaimed game franchises of all time. What do you think? 

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#ILoveTHPS
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Sure, Tony Hawk's game was great, but what did he do to build up the hype around it? Mr. 900 was a damn good skater before he was ever digitally immortalized and that made him the icon he is today. He pushed the boundaries of what could be done on a vert ramp and was the carrot that every skater chased in terms of fame and accomplishment. 

He arguably brought skateboarding into the mainstream, getting pro events on massive platforms like ESPN and other major sports networks. His impact on the board outweighs anything he's done off it. Hawk's skating career is what makes him a legend.

Tony Hawk was a great skateboarder but his superstar fame should really be attributed to his video game series. "Tony Hawk Pro Skater" took Hawk from famous skater to superstar entertainer, opening a whole new market for skateboarding to thrive and build its audience. Without it, we may not have seen skateboarding's rise in mainstream sports.

As skateboarding's popularity fades, even non-skaters have fond memories of the impossibly linked tricks and incredible soundtracks from the THPS series. That kind of impact will last longer than anything Hawk did in skating.

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