Two time Olympic snowboard winner Shaun White stopped by the studio On-Air with Ryan Seacrest this morning not only to catch up with Ryan, but play his new video game “Shaun White Skateboarding” with a fan as well. Uber-lucky national contest winner Nick, who accompanied by his father, was the chosen one awarded with the once in a lifetime opportunity to not only play the game before it hits shelves, but challenge the pro Shaun himself!
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In regards to making the video game, Shaun revealed to Ryan it took a couple years and three tries to reach the finalized product, which transitioned from initially a snowboarding game to skateboarding. Shaun decided on skateboarding over his gold-medal niche mainly because there is “so much [more] you can do with skateboarding, it’s in New York, at schools” etc, versus the restriction of a snowy mountain limited to rocks and trees for surroundings the game can work with. Shaun described the process of video game production as “tough,” explaining you have to do voice over work for the characters as well as work with the script. Through the laborious process, Shaun confided he found most uncomfortable the voice overs, laughing at how he was required to not only read through the script but contribute the necessary sound effects as well, which successfully turned out realistic as he describes one sound resembling “getting hit by a cab.”
Despite being a creator of the game and Olympic athlete, Shaun admitted his skill level is still put to the test as his friends have an advantage with “more time to play, [and thus] beat me as me.” Another to put Shaun to the test is contestant winner Nick, who although doesn’t physically skate often, was still granted the opportunity to take on Shaun at his very own game.
You can compete yourself October 24th when “Shaun White Skateboarding” hits stores.