A month ago we stumbled upon Skateboardle, a simple looking website where you can play a fun trivia game. It’s basically like the infamous Wordle that took over group chats and Twitter this year, but with skate videos. Since then, it’s been impossible to go out skating without someone asking if you played Skateboardle that day.
As it turns out, the game was created by Sean Villars who’s currently the main dude running SkateVideoSite. Sean is a coder by trade, and obviously obsessed with skateboarding, so he has combined the two for the benefit of all of us. SkateVideoSite is already one of the largest online skateboarding databases, and now Skateboardle is an essential part of skate-nerdom right alongside it.
First off, would you consider yourself a skate nerd?
Uhhh half way, yeah [laughs]. We always do the thing where you’re at the bar and you hear a song and you’re like, “Who skated to this?” I’m sure every skate group does this, so I definitely have a good bank of skate song knowledge.
I know skate nerds who are way more knowledgeable than I am and that’s crazy! I have a homie Dylan at No-Comply Skate Shop who can name every trick that has been filmed on Clipper and by who and what video. I’m not at that level [laughs]. I’m somewhere in between the average skater and Dylan.
What was the story behind Skateboardle?
We have a Discord with bunch of us who help with skatevideosite.com and I don’t know how it got brought up, but we were like, “Wordle for skateboarding would be tight.” Then the idea just clicked. It’s been a few months since the Wordle craze, it peaked and all the spinoffs happened, but there still hadn’t been a skateboard one. So I was like, “Dude I think I might actually have an idea that maybe nobody else has done yet.”
I don’t really play too many mobile games and this is actually the first game I’ve made. Usually, I build a lot more boring software. This was a matter of just combining it with a subject that I loved and I guessed that other skaters would probably get a kick out of it. I would say that knowing the audience is definitely a big part of making something that will be fun.
How long did it take to build out? What goes into making a game like this?
The actual game is pretty simple. …….