Why did Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 embody a UN-banned booby lure?

Why did Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 include a UN-banned booby trap?

When I first performed Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2, I used to be obsessive about the park editor. Well, to be extra particular, I used to be obsessive about one facet of the park editor: a pit filled with sharpened spikes.

The “pungee pit” asset from Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 is displayed on a TV behind Brian David Gilbert, who is looking judgmentally into the camera.

Here’s the unique “pungee pit” from Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2, with me wanting judgmentally into the digital camera beside it.
Image: Neversoft/Activision through Polygon

I made so many skate parks utilizing this lure. Every park could be lined in gaps constructed round leaping over these “pungee pits.” It’s a beautiful reminiscence from my childhood.

Fast-forward 20 years, and after having a dialog with my roommate, I lastly related the dots that this goofy spike lure of my youth was additionally used in the Vietnam War and is now banned by the United Nations.

That dialog made me notice that there’s most likely a whole era of individuals — myself included — who have been launched to this guerrilla warfare approach by a lighthearted skateboarding online game. So I made a decision to resolve why Neversoft selected to particularly title its spike lure a “pungee pit.”

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