B-Boy Game Coming To PlayStation

Video game giant

PlayStation is expanding its relationship with hip-hop culture with the release

of B-Boy, a new video game influenced by the company’s sponsorship

of the annual UK B-Boy Championships.The

game, developed by FreeStyleGames in collaboration with Rock Steady Crew member

Crazy Legs and DJ Hooch, will also feature scenes from the championships as players

build crews to battle real-life superstar B-Boys and event host Crazy Legs in

"B-Boy Life" mode. The

idea for B-Boy sprung from years of discussion among those at PlayStation,

who has sponsored the Championships over the last 11 years."Over

the many years of sponsorship, we have talked about taking the inspiration from

the championships to create a B-Boy game. Now it’s here, we are all excited. This

games comes with all the authenticity of B-Boy culture, featuring the top B-Boys

from the around the world, and the dynamic game play we always dreamed of,"

said Carl Christopher of PlayStation.The

first UK B-Boy Championships were held in 1996, as a small underground hip-hop

event at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire. The

goal of the original event, which featured Crazy Legs and performances from London

Posse and Schoolly D, was to put a much needed spotlight on the effect and reach

of B-Boy culture by showing the art of battle between B-Boy crews.The

also attracted national qualifiers in Japan, Korea, USA & Europe.This

year’s event, hosted by Crazy Legs and Afrika Islam of the Universal Zulu Nation,

will feature performances from Big Daddy Kane as well as popping, locking and

beatbox battles.The

B-Boy game is slated to be released this month on PlayStation Portable (PSP) and

PlayStation 2. The

UK B-Boy Championships will be Oct. 7 and 8 at Carling Academy, Brixton and London’s

Brixton Academy.

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