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    its basically a summary of how rollerblading blacked out and is slowly re-growing. i think that a rollerblading game would definitely help, if its done correctly.. it would have to be similar to ea skate, being that it has real physics(or as real as it gets) and a simple yet engaging control scheme.

    i think a really really professional movie or an effort to get a big contest into the public would help. seriously if every company pitched in money to get national ads for a competition. and if they somehow got that competition corporate sponsors? we would be golden in a few years.

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    good repost

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    good read.

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    Rollerblading: The forgotten extreme sportREAD

    Ray Soto has built a skate park in his McAllen backyard.
    He covered the ground with ply wood so he could roll around. He nailed boards together to make ramps so he could launch into the air, and he fastened piping to boxes so he could grind across the surface.
    It took him two months and about $1,300, but now friends from as far as Dallas come to skate. Soto's rural property on Bentsen Road has transformed into one of the best skate spots in McAllen. Dissatisfied with city-funded facilities, the 26 year old veteran rollerblader made his own place to practice his sport. He says it was worth it.
    Soto has rollerbladed for more than 14 years, starting as a youngster in his drive way and becoming one of the best skaters in McAllen. But don't confuse him for a skateboarder. Soto does tricks on aggressive rollerblades, or skates designed with flat wheels for balance and wide plastic lips on the sides for grinding.
    Soto has rolled along with the sport since the beginning, only taking breaks for reconstructive surgery after torn ACLs in both knees. Before he started seriously dating his girlfriend, he made her watch videos of professional rollerbladers, noting her reaction. She found it interesting, and they continued to date.
    And about two years ago he built the massive, elaborate wooden park on his property. Housed among a field of brush a few dozen yards from his family's cattle, the park has played host to countless rollerblade stunts. And it will surely be the place for hundreds more. For Soto and others like him, skating is a way of life.

    Rollerblading versus skateboarding
    In the mid 1990's, a new type of sport began to jump from Southern California to living rooms across the United States.
    Dubbed extreme sports by the media, these sports started to air on national television as ESPN's X-Games. Suddenly, millions of people watched sports that existed underground for years, including skateboarding, rollerblading and BMX biking. In the beginning, air time was close to equal. But that soon changed.
    An atomic bomb fell on the extreme sports world in 1999 in the form of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, a video game on Sony's Play Station. The game found its way to a generation of young people, making Tony Hawk a household name and generating more revenue than any other action sports video game, according to Activision, the company responsible for the game. And skate boarding's popularity rivaled traditional sports. A BMX biking game followed, but none came for rollerblading.
    In 2005, ESPN cut rollerblading from the X-Games. But in McAllen, a group of rollerbladers kept skating.

    The dark days
    As rollerblading's popularity dipped across the country, the same thing happened in McAllen.
    Dominic Garcia, a Brownsville native, moved to McAllen seven years ago. When he first arrived, he met rollerbladers everywhere. He walked outside, and his next door neighbor was rollerblading. He went to Rayburn Elementary, and rollerbladers were grinding the hand rails in the back. He made tons of skater friends, including Ray Soto.
    Garcia, now 28 and an 11-year veteran of the scene, remembers watching as that changed. Friends quit skating. Others grew up and didn't have time. Some moved away. The number of rollerbladers dwindled.
    Discouraged that rollerblading might die out, Garcia took matters into his own hands.

    Growing the sport
    It's Christmas Day, and the Edinburg skate park is packed.
    Skate boarders and rollerbladers fill the ramps. It's a warm December 25, even for McAllen, and the sun has started to set. But a group of at least a dozen rollerbladers congregate on the south side of the park. Their ages range from pre-teen to 28. They take turns skating towards an obstacle, a 20-foot long wooden box with white piping on the edge. The smallest ones roll slowly, jump towards the box, and knock their skates against it.
    Dominic Garcia and Ray Soto built the box themselves. Garcia hauls it to the skate park at least once a week, usually on Friday evenings so the younger guys can take turns grinding it. As they skate, Garcia rides nearby on a mountain bike. He hurt his knee pretty bad on a recent trip to California, and he can't skate. It's a rollerblading injury, of course.
    In the past two years, Soto and Garcia have often helped skaters buy rollerblades. They've even occasionally given them old pairs for free. When an inexperienced skater misses a trick or falls down, Garcia rides over and explains where he went wrong, offering advice on how to do it right. As Garcia teaches, Soto continues to skate the box, I-pod headphones sticking in his ears.
    He skates fast, leaving no margin for error. A miss would mean careening into the ground and probably rolling. He jumps up, spins half way in the air and locks both feet on pipe, sliding the whole thing. The group of skaters claps.
    It's a far cry from four years ago, when the only wheels at local skate parks were attached to boards.

    Who would like to see a iniciative such as the relaunch of rolling the game internationally?

    still has the graphics to be apprealing...etc

    at a reasonable price... by the boot companies... i think it would a great move... and then make a sequal rolling 2 ...