Shaun White Snowboarding

There are plenty of well-known snowboarders, but few have quite achieved the same level of success and fame as Shaun White. This American's haul of medals and other accomplishments, in both snowboarding and skateboarding, is truly staggering, especially for his age. He has even lent his name to the popular snowboarding video game Shaun White Snowboarding, in a similar ilk to other esteemed extreme sports participants, like Tony Hawk and Matt Hoffman.

Shaun White was born on September 3, 1986, in San Diego, California, USA. He spent his formative years riding the ski resorts of Okemo Mountain and Bear Mountain, among others, but switched from skiing to snowboarding at the age of 6. White boasts many achievements in the field of skateboarding, having amassed the overall title of Action Sports Tour Champion and wins in both the Summer and Winter X Games in this respect. His even more impressive successes in snowboarding, meanwhile, include gold medals in the snowboard halfpipe event at both the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics, and a medal in every year of the Winter X Games since 2002.

White also boasts several places in the record books. He, for instance, is the first snowboarder to land back to back double corks (at the Red Bull superpipe), is the first snowboarder to amass consecutive gold medals in the Winter X-Games Superpipe, and has achieved the highest score in the men's halfpipe at the Winter Olympics (48.4 points in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver).

White has also clinched various endorsement deals in his time as a snowboarder, from companies including Burton Snowboards, Park City Mountain Resort, Target Corporation, Red Bull, Ubisoft and Hewlett-Packard. He has also given his name to the video game Shaun White Snowboarding, of which there is plenty to talk about.

Shaun White Snowboarding was released for the gaming platforms PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Wii, Nintendo DS, iOS, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X and Xbox 360 in late 2008, and developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft. The game features six mountains, including Alaska, Park City, Europe and Japan, each of which features up to three different sections: peak, back country and park (or resort). There is also a special version of Shaun White Snowboarding, which is only sold by American retailing company Target and features the exclusive Target Mountain.

The Wii version of Shaun White Snowboarding, however, which carries the tagline 'Road Trip', is a dramatically different beast to the others, as it was developed completely from the ground up for the unique Wii system. To this end, it has been designed for use with the Wii Balance Board accessory, and includes a unique storyline and adventure with Shaun White. It is likely an indicator of how much better received the Wii version was than any of its counterparts on other formats that the sequel to Shaun White Snowboarding, called Shaun White Snowboarding: World Stage, was released in November 2009 exclusively for the Wii.

Critical acclaim for the Wii version of the game from video games review websites include Eurogamer's score of 7/10, plus praise for the game's presentation, soundtrack, and use of the Wii Balance Board controls. As of September 2011, the Wii version of the game boasts a critics' score of 78% on website Metacritic. Shaun White Snowboarding was also nominated for several Wii-specific awards by IGN, including Best Sports Game, Best Graphics Technology, and Game of the Year. Meanwhile, GameSpot awarded the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of Shaun White Snowboarding 5/10, and nominated the Xbox 360 version for "Worst Game Everyone Played" in their 2008 video game awards.