THGD: On Sale Internationally

After a successful THGD launch week, I’m looking forward to spring truly arriving. Here, there remains some snow on the ground! However, by the end of the week, I expect blooming flowers and warmer temperatures.

While Amazon is typically great for America, THGD can also be purchased in the UK and throughout Europe also via Amazon. Below you can find localized links containing regional prices (at publishing date), though these may fluctuate.

International Availability

Amazon Links

 

Tony Hawk’s Gaming Domination: Now On Sale!!!

After 13 months – it’s finally live! The 214-page book is now available for purchase! I’ve done an updated flip-through of the book for those on the fence. It covers just about everything and should give an idea of what to expect. I’m excited for people to get their hands on this behemoth of a book and hope it brings joy to those who love the Hawk series of games. I’ll work on getting some samples in the coming days – but for now, enjoy the flip-through!

THGD: On Sale Any Time Now

THUG Display – E3 2003

With the final copy in hand, the final review approved, everything is done – and set to go. Now I wait for Amazon to make the book available for purchase. The final retail price for the book is $39.99 – so don’t pay a cent more than that. It seems the book is actually available at a marked-up price. I will be updating this site, and all social media pages with the final sale link once it goes live.

Now with the good news out of the way, the bad news is that I’m struggling to find an e-book format that suits my needs. This means there will be a delay of the Kindle edition as I sort out those kinks. Until then, please be patient. Today’s share is a photo I took back at 2003’s E3. This was one of several displays with the graffiti theme that ran throughout. I have several other E3 photographs from the same era in the book. I attended four straight years (02-05), one with a busted ankle! I got that cast signed by Hawk himself, of course, but that’s a different story entirely.

Tl;dr – The book will be on sale today, if all goes according to plan!

Release Date? When???

The promise of the 22nd of March has come and gone with only the header to this site suggesting otherwise. While I’m 99% ready to pull the trigger, I’m waiting on my final copy to arrive. Everything is proof-read, updated, arranged and sorted. However, I refuse to put it on sale without making sure it looks sexy. I was really hoping the book would arrive last week, but the days are passing and my shipment has yet to land. It’s frustrating – but the day is approaching.

In the meantime, just some quick trivia. The Nintendo64 housed three different Hawk games, two from Neversoft and one from Shaba. All three were ported by the Texas-based Edge Of Reality and initial American versions were issued on colored cartridges as seen below. In addition, a manufacturing issue with THPS meant that later revisions carried the European moniker: Tony Hawk’s Skateboarding, despite the label stating otherwise. The N64 iteration of the first game remains the version to play for speedrunners due to its higher frame rate. Plenty more info inside!

New Cover – Submitted For Review

Well, this is it! Thanks to Jared Krause, aka “slim”, I have a new cover! I went through the whole lot one final time and submitted it for review. Now the final wait begins: a one-day review, then a week to ship the behemoth to me. Assuming nothing is broken, THGD will be on sale in about a week: I’ll estimate the 22nd of March, give or take a day.

Having this extra time to work on things, I’ve added a few new pictures and included info about THPS5. The servers for the game turned off a few months back but recently it was on sale for the PS4. A number of people purchased the title only to realize the online-only infrastructure didn’t work well without servers!!! The simple solution is to pull the plug or disconnect from the Internet. However, a vast number of people didn’t know this. After some public outcry, it seems like it’s been pulled from the PSN. Yeah, doesn’t look like you can get it for the PS3 or the PS4 any more. Well, of course, this needed to be in the book, so I’m glad I had a few extra days to include info on that.

OK, long-winded post today. Just know that we’re in the final stretch! I’m so stoked to unleash this book.

Proof Version Preview Flip Through

Before I marked up the entire book in red, fixing typos and formatting issues, I took a quick video. I flipped through the entire 214 behemoth to give an idea of the size of the book and the sheer number of images included. It’s enough to see it all, but not sufficient to see as much as you’d like. Oh what a tease! Check it out!

I endeavor to have this available to buy around the 10th of March.

Final Proof Editing In Progress

Shortly, I should have my PC back up and running after a catastrophic and inconvenient motherboard death two weeks ago. As I wait to get things moving again, I’m going line-by-line through the 215-page behemoth. Things are looking great and the book surprised even me upon seeing it in print. There is a handful of pages without images, both at the end of chapters and in the appendices, all the rest have multiple: screenshots, game covers, concept art, photographs, demo & beta screens, logos, console comparisons, charts and maps. And remember, that covers all 92 games on all 25 different platforms.

I’ll be back with some samples in the coming days – when that PC is back and my triple-monitor layout allows! Until then, here’s a comparison of Game Boy Advance models of Hawk himself, from the second to the seventh game. This image was tweaked before the final version but its intent remains the same. This and so much more in THGD when it launches in just a few days!

Tony Hawk’s Gaming Domination! Coming Soon!

The world’s first book on the Tony Hawk line of videogames is coming in early March! The book, which will be available in both paperback and ebook format, covers literally everything: every version of every game – from the main Neversoft entries to the obscure mobile and portable titles. With well over 1,000 images and over 200 pages, it encompasses everything you could possibly want to know…and quite a bit more.

Written by the founder of Planet Tony Hawk, the world’s first Hawk gaming site, there’s no one better to author a tome dedicated to the series. Over the coming months I’ll be sharing samples and snippets as well as things left on the cutting-room floor. Until then, be patient. And play THUG Pro! More coming soon!