Tony Hawk brings us again to 1999, and Ghost of Tsushima goes full Kurosawa

Tony Hawk brings us back to 1999, and Ghost of Tsushima goes full Kurosawa

I like bread, and I like Animal Crossing. But in a world dominated by each bread and Animal Crossing, it’s good when the web decides to department out.

Such was the case this week, when social media coated itself within the lyrics of Goldfinger, Powerman 5000, and Public Enemy to rejoice the upcoming remasters for Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2. It appeared as if somebody dumped the contents of a time capsule from 1999 throughout my display screen. I made no try to scrub up the mess.

On Speedrun, we reminisced about our favourite Easter eggs within the skateboarding classics, from the key moon stage to good ol’ Officer Dick. (He all the time was a narc.) We additionally lined Mafia: Trilogy, and gushed about one of the best period-piece video video games. If Thursday’s State of Play was any indication, Ghost of Tsushima might quickly be a part of that listing — the choice to play your complete recreation in black-and-white movie grain excites me way over its seemingly generic open-world design.

Lastly, we took Halo 2: Anniversary’s PC launch as an opportunity to discover how Bungie’s shooter virtually singlehandedly legitimized Xbox Live in 2004. A world with out matchmaking playlists is a world during which battle royale video games wouldn’t exist. And a world with out battle royale is a world during which Loba wouldn’t exist. And she’s superior.

So sure, it was per week very a lot rooted in nostalgia. But nostalgia isn’t all the time a two-sided coin. Sometimes it’s a welcome reprieve — an excuse to observe Seven Samurai for the 15th time, or hearken to NOFX on full blast as we burn one other loaf of banana bread. Sometimes nostalgia is simply what we want.

We’ll be again on Monday with extra Speedrun, and I’ll be again on Friday to catch you up. See you then.

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