ESPN Negotiates Out-Of-Home TV Deals Under Armour Providing UAB Apparel Philly Retailers Cash In On Wentz' Hot Start Mondelez Signs New Sponsorship With USOC Nike's LeBron, Durant Shoes Sales Sagging Infiniti To Sponsor Braves At SunTrust Park Under Armour's Newton Ad Becomes Game Dustin Johnson Re-Ups With Adidas For Apparel Marketplace Roundup Dr. J Sells Rights To Name, Image
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Tony Hawk Skateboarding Video Game Outsells Shaun White's Debut Effort
Published February 2, 2011
estimated 270,000 copies in '10
TAKING THE PLUNGE: USA TODAY's Mike Snider reports Gold Medal-winning U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps' first video game, "Push the Limit," is scheduled to be released in June and "uses the Kinect hands-free control sensor for Microsoft's Xbox 360 system in lieu of a pool." Players "stand upright and work their arms -- no kicking required -- in a variety of swimming stroke motions as they advance from introductory swim meets to championships." Phelps said the game is "all based on moves and actual strokes." Phelps: "They're trying to pretty much make my stroke look as close as possible in the game as it is in person." Phelps at the beginning of the game "teaches proper swimming technique, from diving in to reaching for the wall." But publisher 505 Games' Pete Matisse said the "ultimate goal of the game is to swim against Michael and actually beat him" (USA TODAY, 2/2).