Well summer's on the way, and how better to enjoy the weather than by climbing up a building like a monkey on speed and spitting in the face of gravity before finding inventive ways to hurl yourself at walls, fuck it up and kiss some pavement?
Invented in the 1980s by David Belle, Parkour (and Free Running) can best be described as people leaping, spinning and, funnily enough, running like a 3 legged hamster in a spin dryer. With a similar chance of splatting into a window or getting stuck in a pipe.
"SHIT DUDE! WHERE ARE MY FUCKING LEGS???"
Seen in many action films (even Bond did a spot of Parkour in Casino Royale FFS) most notably in District 13 which dealt with one man's fight to save his sister from kidnappers. And his legs from compression fractures and dislocated kneecaps.
You can't see his ruptured knee cartilage COS IT'S IN FUCKING ORBIT!!!
Free Running has been a staple ingredient of many games since 2003's Prince of Persia: The sands of time, and has reappeared in games such as Mirror's Edge, Assasin's Creed 1 & 2. And basically anything involving a ninja/assassin/ninja assassin.
Wedgies were a lot more brutal in Renaissance Venice.
Oh, and even a couple of superhero games have got in on the act. Spiderman 2, 3, web of shadows etc.. Infamous, Prototype, even the motherfucking HULK!!!!
"HULK... IMPRESS... LADIES..."
This trend of freerunning games is set to continue with yet another Prince of Persia game due soon, as well as True Crime : Hong Kong, which could well be the closest thing to a playable (surprise) Hong Kong action film we've seen to date, which frankly leaves me dizzy with anticipation.
"BRIAN!! TURN IT OFF!!! BRIIIIIAAAN!!!"
For me, the best thing about Parkour is that it gives the same sense of satisfaction when you watch the superhuman displays of gymnastic perfection as it does watching stupid teenage cock-holes smash their faces off of hard things. And again here. To be fair, the second clip should have worked. IF HE WAS A FUCKING MONKEY!