A snapshot of video game culture past and present, Every Day is Play is the first self-published book project from Game Paused.
Capturing a whole generation’s imagination through a series of interviews, features and fan-art, it promises a wealth of creative play —bringing every gamer together in a true celebration of the game.
I was very honoured when invited to contribute to the EDiP project, mainly because the subject is not somewhere my work usually sits. Twinned with the fact I’m not the stereotypical ‘gamer’ that the word suggests.
My response explores my fascination with mobile gaming, not on a multiple player level more the traditional insular level. Specifically one game, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skateboarder II on the iPhone. A game that really pulls at the ‘addicted to gaming’ string and my eternal love for skateboarding.
I’ve spent so much time playing this game in places I really shouldn’t admit to. So having nothing to show for it except epically high scores contained within the phone is what eventually drove me to produce something that was truly tangible.
In my old days of skateboarding one would keep old decks that were no longer of use. Not like a trophy but more like a photo of a really great trick - it had memories attached to it. I really wanted to recreate this for my time invested in this game.
Using the process of laser etching to create marks on an unused skateboard deck. The marks were designed to appear random but every mark made relates to a specific trick that would affect a particular part of the board while skateboarding.
The outputted result becomes the physical representation of a really great skate session I had digitally while seated at my desk. No broken bones, no golf ball ankle and no smashed shins. For an aging former skateboarder it doesn’t get much better than this.