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Tony Hawk changes name of classic trick in Pro Skater for special reason

by Jacob Hale

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Tony Hawk has revealed that he has renamed a classic trick in the new remasters of Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 & 2 to truly honor the original creator.

The Tony Hawk Pro Skater remaster is set to arrive on September 4, 2020, after the original game first came to consoles all the way back in 1999.

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The games became favorites among skaters and non-skaters alike, bringing the culture to a wider audience and letting players experience the trials and tribulations of being a pro skater.

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The remaster will include new skaters, tricks and features to make the original game even better

Now, though, Hawk has revealed that he’s actually renamed a trick in the game to properly honor the original creator, who might not have been given his dues when they first named it.

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As avid players might remember, the Mute Air/Grab was when you would grab the toe side of the board with your front hand, and the story behind the name, as explained by Hawk, is an interesting one.

In an August 12 Instagram post, Hawk said that for nearly 40 years the trick had been “shamelessly” referred to as the “mute” air/grab thanks to its creator, Chris Weddle, who was defined as a “quiet, mute guy.”

In reality, Weddle was deaf, not mute, and Hawk decided to ask him about the trick — and he said that, as he wasn’t mute, he would much prefer it be referred to as the ‘deaf’ or ‘Weddle’ grab.

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Therefore, you might notice a slight difference from the new game to the original — when grabbing the board with your front hand, the game will tell you that you’ve pulled off a Weddle Grab, instead.

It’s fair to say that this honor has been a long time coming for Weddle, who never quite garnered the recognition of big names like Hawk, but it’s a nice touch to add to what is expected to be a great game.

You can get your hands on the demo of the Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 & 2 remaster right now, ahead of the game’s release. Check out our guide to get it downloaded.

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