I'm not a poster anymore, it's safe to say that much. I sometimes come in and have a look, even attempted to return to the board a few times but I don't know, I just can't get a firm grasp over it any longer. And I don't mean that in the sense that I'm not fond of this place or the people here anymore, that's absolutely not the case. I'm still a Sonic fan as well. I just lack the drive to actually post. Maybe I should make a new years resolution concerning this, or something.
But I still have a great, big love towards this place despite my infrequent visits here these days, like a person who rarely has the time to properly visit his parents but still loves his old home. Because that's what SSMB was for me for a very, very long time - a home in the internet. The rebirth of my love for Sonic coincided with my first steps towards the wacky world of internet and I soon found myself registering to a fair few Sonic forums to frolic with my fellow fans. A day felt incomplete without a SSMB visit. A lot of people I hold dear today I met here. I could listen to SSR for ages while browsing all the forums refreshing them time and time again. In these past few days I've read a few topics here and there and made a couple of my own after noticing people were having some sort of celebration; despite the fact that I hardly know anyone anymore and feel somewhat outside to the current social circles among the forum, I still felt like this was a home.
Memories? I remember a lot of things. I remember browsing every page and corner of the old TSS site, watching videos and downloading songs over and over again back before we had such things as YouTube or concept of mp3 hosting being dodgy. I remember the first promise of Sonic Smash Cards. I remember the first big ass post I saw from Roarey who would later on become a rather important person in my life. I remember becoming a mod and feeling really proud of myself and my post; I remember my reputation as the mod who'd resolve things before the report things even hit my inbox. I remember omega13a. I remember a certain someone infamously breaking the server temporarily. I remember the rings system. I remember how you could buy a midi to play in your profile with the rings, and how at the time we actually thought of that as a good idea. I remember the Shadow People topic and the immense pwnage LSnK unleashed upon it with my help. I remember Jake's sarcastic period and his snow leopard character, back before he was the friendly and cuddly little guy we know today. I remember a lot of people's past characters, traits and names. I remember the fluff board. I remember the never-ending arguments whether the fluff board was a blight or a fountain of joy, and the resulting countless attempts to stop people nesting there and not posting anywhere else. I remember the sprite teams; I remember TAEM FROLLIC, the greatest sprite team ever composed. I remember the Battle Card Craze; I still actually have the majority of the ones that I-think-it-was-Jake made at the time when it was still new and trendy. I remember Joshu's iconic top-hat-and-moustache avatar. I remember the topic where someone genuinely speculated whether there's a deeper meaning behind the recurrent checkered squares in the games. I remember [you]. I remember teh and borken. I remember the Christmas Calendar we staffers organised one year, including the clusterfuck-esque rendition of the Chipmunks christmas song we all collaborated in. I remember the difficulty of trying to come up with April Fools gags that would somehow reach the levels of past ones which grew more ambitious each year: my favourites were the year where we released a metric ton of news on April 1 of which some were genuine and some fake, and the year where we decided to take it easy and simply mess around with the word filter, to the confusion of many chilidog fans. And that's not even the tip of the memory iceberg.
And most of all I remember a lot of people. Too many to count. A lot of amazing people that richened my life during those early years, a lot of people who I interact regularly these days outside the forum and who have become important friends, and a couple of people who were quite frankly utter dolts and idiots but who were still a part of the overall experience.
It's a fine place. Thank you staffers - founders, past and current - for the everlasting dedication to keep the place up and the spark to have it here as a beacon for any new Sonic fans and as a meeting point for them to get together, and thank you everyone who's ever been here for keeping it alive. Have a good birthday SSMB. I may not post anymore but god I love the place.
About why this isn't digital: the whole point of a mixtape is that it's personal compilation from one person to another, a gift of sorts (that works as an ad for your favourite artists, but still). It's so much more special to receive an actual physical item someone has laboured just for You in mail, rather than just getting a cold and soulless zip of mp3s someone chucked together. It spreads good music around, gets people interacting with eachother and leaves an actual impression instead of just getting a bunch of digital files. I know we're in a digital age now and I understand the logistics issues and insane paranoia about how every single person in SSMB is secretly a stalker killer out to hunt you down, but digital transfers are never going to feel as fun. Plus the hard space limit of a CD gives people the incentive to actually think about what they send instead of lazily throwing half their music collection to someone else.
If the pressure and demand really is so high, feel free to change it to digital stuff but as the guy who started this whole thing (not that it obliges you to do anything seeing as I'm more or less AWOL from here most of the time), I just think it kills the point of the whole thing. I've still got my mixtapes from the earliest years of this thing safe in my CD shelf, and while I'd be lying if I said I listen to them often I do think they're lovely memorabilia items that I'm glad to have around, rather than just some digital files I would have probably deleted ages ago.
Quite nice to see that you guys have still kept this little thing going as well .
Yes, they were only going to do this for a planned, limited time. Of course. An actual hacking group stealing all of their personal data and publically informing yesterday that they plan to release it is just coincidence. Uh-huh.
What a bunch of wankers. At least it's finished.
I do hope the other hacking group releases all the data though 8).
Just to counter people complaining, and spamming popcorn macros in a fashion that far exceeds inane plankery, I'm quite happy to see some traces of the Werehog there. It was a big part of the latest big game of the series, having a reminder of it is just as lovely fanservice as anything else in the game so far.
It's a nice enough list of levels. Obviously I could go on and on about changes but you were always going to get disagreements with this sort of thing.
One thing I'm confused about though is the bizarre lack of Ice Cap. It's the first stage everyone thinks of when they think of Sonic 3, it's a big favourite even among people who aren't massive Sonic fans, and it's generally one of the largest fan favourite stages there. It's a really bizarre exclusion.
That said, the only thing I'm really dreading is that this game is going to be DLC field day.
It's not a particularly revolutionary GHZ remix, it's pretty much the original but with a little remastering/touch-up job here and there. Which isn't too surprising, it's Classic Sonic after all so obviously the song's going to be fairly the same.
Disappointed that it's only Classic Sonic but still had fun with it. I was left a bit unsatisfied after the demo but I'd blame that on the shortness of it - almost as soon as I had started to get into it, it ended! Hungry for more though, I quite hope they release another demo at some point sooner or later.
In my wildest dreams they'd use this celebrate-the-past-with-the-fandom chance to finally return to one of the earliest mysteries of the series and bring back the Sonic 2 Hidden Palace Zone theme to be finally used in-game.
Never gonna happen tho.
I find myself to be really excited not just about the game but also about the soundtrack. I don't even care what goes on it in the end, although any track I have massive love towards is always a plus. FLINT WANTS.