Posted 3:10pm on Thu 23 June 2011
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Sonic the Hedgehog is the reason I got into gaming. I'm not trying to over-dramatise that, as I'm sure if it wasn't for him there would be some other 90s mascot that triggered my lifelong hobby. But for me it was Sonic, and that means something.
Posted 3:10pm on Thu 23 June 2011
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Best thing I've read online all year.
Posted 3:11pm on Thu 23 June 2011
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What a wonderful piece. Bravo, Martin.
I remember receiving a package sent by my grandmother from Australia (she was visiting for 6 months) for my 8th birthday, containing but a card and a single gift - a cuddly Sonic. I still remember the surprise at seeing him, and cherished him - despite having outgrown all other cuddly toys several years previously. I remember opening that gift so vividly BECAUSE it was Sonic, the one game I played when at her house with my uncles, and she recognised how much fun one little series could bring to ones early life. I still have him in the cupboard. My point is, you are not alone in having a videogame character mean a lot emotionally.
Good piece, all round.
Posted 3:53pm on Thu 23 June 2011
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I felt like I was reading my own discovery of games there - that's pretty much how I ended up getting into it too. I don't necessarily feel a huge attachment to Sonic (especially not the sequels), but seeing our family friends kids play it was incredible and I still remember that day and how awe-struck I was, even though I was only six-years-old.
I feel the same way about Sonic as I do about the Beatles - I don't care that much for them but if it wasn't for the Beatles I know I wouldn't have half the bands I love today, so I respect them greatly. I know it can be argued what influence Sonic really had, but you get me.
Posted 4:08pm on Thu 23 June 2011
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Wow great read dude.
Brings back a lot of my childhood memory's, I to had to queue up for the free School Dinners and got a Master System when everyone was getting into the Mega Drive. While that was my sisters and I loved playing Sonic, I had a Commondor64 which helped me go off in to the PC route instead.
Still loved reading you thoughts about the little spiky dude
Posted 5:12pm on Thu 23 June 2011
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Simply wonderful - I share many of your experiences and feelings. Genuinely, thanks.
Posted 5:41pm on Thu 23 June 2011
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Wow... that was a simply fantastic article Martin. Well done.
Posted 5:45pm on Thu 23 June 2011
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My Sonic experience is not playing any until my friend lent be Sonic Adventure 2 Battle, I then heard this song, thought it was pretty cool and that's it.
Posted 8:42pm on Thu 23 June 2011
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Good nostalgia trip, though I was already in my 20's during Sonic's peak.
I was one of the handful that loved Sonic R and bought Sonic Jam because it had the remastered intro to Sonic CD, plus the 3D was pretty cool for the time.
I liked Sonic Adventure on the Dreamcast and loved Sonic Adventure 2. Sonic Colours was good on Wii as well, so it's not all been bad.
Posted 11:05pm on Thu 23 June 2011
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I actually played the first Sonic in Japanese, at a friends house who imported it. We didn't know about the "The" in the middle, and thus he bought it on the strength of the name 'Sonic Hedgehog' and how it made him chuckle.
I can recall the first time I got the whole momentum thing down, and was literally sailing through the air. I couldn't help it, a semi-evil HAHAHA left my mouth, and I was hooked at that instant.
The first time I played the Master System version, I was like .... WHAT? But, after a minute or two, I was overjoyed because this was a WHOLE NEW GAME! The waterfall bit aside, I loved everything else in it. (And am now tempted to fire it up again on emulator, fond memories...)
Great piece, Garsen!