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>> Hey, what's going on everyone. I'm Jeff Backalar for
cnet.com. Here today with professional snowboarder,
skate boarder, gold medal-winning Olympic athlete Shaun
White. Shaun, what's going on, Shawn.
>> Not much. How are you doing?
>> I'm all right. We're here talking about his brand
new game Shaun White Snowboarding World Stage. So
Shaun, what is new this time around? We had a game last
year for all the systems, this one's just for Wii.
What's new with World Stage?
>> I'm excited, just because the first time around it's
so hard. I mean, I didn't know what I was really doing,
and a lot of you guys had to explain what was actually
feasible in the game. You know what I mean, the first
time it's fantasy land, we can create whatever we want.
And you realize how much programming time goes into just
making one simple thing. What was nice is after we did
that the first time around, we made the platform, it
took us two years to make the game. And now building on
top that we were able to kind of alter the things that
weren't working as well. So you'll definitely notice
that the board responds far more, you know, advanced
than it did before. It's definitely working with the
game a lot better now that we actually got some time in
to perfect it, and the graphics are better. We added
more characters, more obstacles, and a lot of it
obviously was in the spirit of the Olympics coming up.
So we have the World Stage, and you'll go to different
countries where you want to ride, you pick the flag
where you want to go. And I'm impressed. I think the
guys really stepped it up for this -- this round.
>> What were some of the things that maybe you didn't
get to do last time that you got to do this time in
terms of your actual hands-on.
>> Well, for me it was funny, because I was actually
able to do the voice over stuff again. You know what I
mean, it's my voice for the character. And I think I
did a lot -- you know, just more solid job in the
studio. Because you sit in this booth, and you have to
scream and shout like, okay, run into trees, Shaun, make
noises. Know what I mean?
>> What are the exact modes of the game, what, you know,
is there a career, freestyle, how does that pan out?
>> It's kind of whatever you want to do. I mean,
there's the freestyle if you want to just go ride. But
yeah, there's a career mode where you follow the story
and you try to beat competitions, game, all these
different prizes and items we have set up. Our biggest
complaint was that you don't get to play as me until you
got to like, win me toward the very end of the game on
the first version. And so this time you'll get, like,
little sneak peaks, I'll pop in and out of the game
where you can play as me before you actually unlock me.
>> What can we expect in terms of a sound track for
>> I'm excited. It's definitely a mix, because I'm way
into, like, the whole rock-n-roll side of things. But I
feel like I would be cheating the buyers and players if
I didn't add some hip-hop here and there, different kind
of styles. So I think it's a wide range of things.
>> So around the corner, it's coming up soon, Vancouver
2010. How has been training for that, looking forward
to it, how is that going?
>> I don't know, been doing a lot of riding, obviously.
I went to Mount Hood in Oregon, and they have a glacier
up there. So it's basically the U.S. team had a half
pipe that we were able to ride. So I did about two
weeks of practice there, and about -- about actually two
weeks from now I'll be heading to New Zealand to do more
practice. It's going really well though.
>> All right, well good luck in Vancouver at the
Olympics. The game is called Shaun White Snowboarding
World Stage. For cnet.com I'm Jeff Backalar, thanks for