Believe It Or Not, There Are New Tony Hawk: Ride & Shred Accessories

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This is the DEK and it may be the first video game peripheral designed to work with the latest, wildly unpopular Tony Hawk skateboarding and snowboarding games that require dedicated skateboard controllers to play.

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The DEK is, quite simply, a mat on which players use their Tony Hawk Ride and Tony Hawk Shred skateboard controllers. It has more friction than, say, carpet. And maybe it will help protect your hardwood floors? Its makers say the mat "boosts stability and connectivity with Wii, Xbox and PlayStation programs." By raising the sensors above the floor surface, it "improves synchronization with the console."

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A DEK mat was sent to Kotaku HQ recently and, yes, it would appear to give players something more stable on which to fake-skateboard. Just don't expect vast improvements in actual game quality.

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Pro snowboarder Pat Milbery says DEK was "created to put millions [sic] of consumer complaints to rest," which might actually be true if he's referring to the version made specifically for the Wii Balance Board. Millions of copies of Wii Fit and Shaun White games have been sold at this point.

Those DEK slip mats will cost you $30 USD, if you're the target market for this sort of thing.

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DISCUSSION

I caught my mum conferring with my brother about gift ideas for me my for Christmas. She quickly shut up when I walked in, but after about 20mins she asked:

"Hey, Dayvie, have you seen that new Tony Hawk game? Your brother pointed it out the other day and..."

Before she could say another word I cut in with: "No! For the love of God, no! I really appreciate the thought, but no!"

Nipped that one in the bud. That would have been an awkward Christmas morning.