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  1. 12 points
    SweeCrue

    Winnie the Pooh's Home Run Derby

    Give up... Give up while you still can!
  2. 10 points
    goku262002

    Winnie the Pooh's Home Run Derby

    Meanwhile @ Wikipedia:
  3. 8 points
    Lady Soniko

    DmC: a new Devil May Cry

    So basically it's Classic DmC fans vs New age DmC fans. Gee... Where have I seen this before...
  4. 6 points
    Hyuga

    [MUSIC] Some of My Orchestral Stuff

    Wind Waker: Outset Island: https://soundcloud.com/sonichyuga/loz-the-wind-waker-outset Ocean Medley: https://www.box.com/s/r91kyhmc0jxp8b6k82qp Pokemon: Evolution: https://soundcloud.com/sonichyuga/pokemon-evolution-orchestrated To complete that, just because: https://www.box.com/s/nnduhv2mfrx0hsfrggpu Gold/Silver Route 30: https://www.box.com/s/g69ktery12j4ngic2adp (Plan on redoing this one some point in the future) Sonic: Sonic 4 - White Park Act 1: https://www.box.com/s/enasjgomt5nevildi6b0 Animal Crossing: Christmas Eve: https://soundcloud.com/sonichyuga/animal-crossing-christmas-1 This is just a few things I'm happy with so far. I'll post more over time.
  5. 6 points
    Carbo

    The Pokémanz Thread

    Pokémon is first party by virtue of being Nintendo published, and they also own the license. Game Freak is a second party developer. This isn't because they're owned by Nintendo (which they aren't) but because they're an independent third party that specializes in developing for them. Generally companies like Naughty Dog, Rare and Monolith are all first party developers because of acting as a subsidiary while a second party is the rarest form of developer with the term only being used in a colloquial sense. Insomniac Games is another example of a second party developer and up until recently with Fuse they were commonly defined as such. As such Nintendo solicit the titles from Game Freak. Why Nintendo don't actually own them as a subsidiary is beyond me.
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  7. 5 points
    True, but Omega did manage to last 200 years in Standby Mode, no worse for wear.
  8. 4 points
    Place

    Winnie the Pooh's Home Run Derby

    Pray tell SSMB, have I ever told you the definition of insanity? Winnie the Pooh's Home Run Derby is a Japanese flash game starring the beloved cast of the Hundred Acre Woods all geared up for a friendly game of baseball. Can't go wrong with something that simple, right? Play along! Come on, the fun starts here! http://disney.kids.yahoo.co.jp/game/pooh.html
  9. 4 points
    buba

    The Pokémanz Thread

    And now Lucario will fuck everything like it was nothing, another wasted Pokémon League.
  10. 4 points
    buba

    The Pokémanz Thread

    Why doesn't he switch Pokémon? Why the fuck would you make a damaged Pignite fight a Samurott with full hp? Godammit.
  11. 4 points
    buba

    Crash Bandicoot: The Thread

    I agree that he looks like a Skylander, my brother has a shitload of those and the art style is very similar. I don't really like this redesign, even the design from Mutants looked better. His face looks way too cartoony and retarded even for Crash standarts and the arms/hands are deformed as shit like Popeye. Overall he looks like some anthropomorphic abomination that you would see in a cereal box. Edit: This is how I see it. 5 glorious minutes in Paint.
  12. 4 points
    Sean

    DmC: a new Devil May Cry

    The combat for both characters feels great. Unfortunately Dante's inclusion in the story makes the whole game seem kind of an odd mess. You're forced to switch from Nero to Dante halfway through the game after spending most of the game getting used to Nero. Plus, Dante's missions are nothing but going through all of Nero's missions backwards. Had they separated the two characters a la DMC3SE's Vergil mode, it would have been fine, but there's far more padding in this game than there ever was in DMC1 or 3. Missions feel much longer than they need to be. It's great that Dante plays (almost) exactly like how he does in DMC3, but considering up to that point, the game had been built around Nero's abilities and not Dante's, it feels almost unnecessary and out of place. Otherwise it's still great fun and is the absolute best DMC experience you can get on a PC. Also, DMC4 Dante looks like Sean Bean. I don't really have anything to say about that intro video that Carbo didn't already sum up with that .gif.
  13. 4 points
    Carbo

    DmC: a new Devil May Cry

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yS8Usioo9rI
  14. 4 points
    Sonic growing up: Sonic was around 13 or so and hitting puberty on his first adventures. As strange as this sounds, for hedgehogs and most other anthros, they grow up and start going out on their own rather fast, unless they intended to stay around their families. Anyways, he had lighter blue fur back in his first adventures, as well as darker eyes and shorter spikes. As time went on he got some more refined shoe soles for his constantly improving running speed, progressively got taller, grew his spikes out a bit longer and his eyes naturally got a bit brighter while his fur got a bit darker. ..What, you expected Archie comics level explanation? :v The Special Stages: The "Special Stage" is an ever changing, warping and contorting alternate plane of existence somewhere in the cosmos; where the Chaos Emeralds can teleport themselves to. It was created during the 'Perfect Chaos incident' on Angel Island (see: SA1, and/or my previous massive wall-o-post) in order for the Chaos Emeralds to hide themselves from the world and do as they please; and they have constantly moved back and forth from them since. In this strange dimension, there are many neon colors and surreal pieces of imagery, constantly rewarping and changing its own rules based on the will of the emeralds.. which is oddly not very different from how the Miracle Planet works. The Chaos Emeralds usually remain seperate from each other here and build themselves their own realms in the form of mazes, halfpipes, spherical worlds, or other strange things as a sort of obstacle course, meant for their chosen protector (and his friends) to traverse across. When the Chaos Emeralds aren't in their own designated realms, they usually collide and thrust violently throughout, sometimes opening up wormholes via Giant Rings; the most commonly used portal for accessing this place. Usually while doing this, the Chaos Emeralds will place themselves in a convenient area for a person's destiny and bring them a better life under a case of strange generosity given by semi-sentient inanimate objects (see: Gerald's happenstance finding of them). If they do not leave the realm together but seperately, they usually end up in random areas not very far from each other. Usually over time after Sonic's first adventures and experiences with them, they started doing this more often for the sake of making it easier for him. Too bad it also led to a-many of wild goose chases.. (Oddly, the Time Stones also have their own special stages. It is unknown how a second set of emeralds exist or how they also have their own alternate dimension; and if they really are real or just an existence conjured up by how Miracle Planet replicates every planet it comes near..) The Sol Dimension: The same gods and goddesses that constructed the universe Sonic lives in also created the universe Blaze and co live in, too. These universes are at a complete parallel to each other, having very many similarities but also a great amount of differences. The tools that this universe was created with was the Sol Emeralds, which are very similar in purpose and action to the Chaos Emeralds. However, these emeralds, unlike the Chaos Emeralds, are still well kept and taken care of; held protectively in a royal palace by a monarchy that leads over half the world's government. This kingdom is known as the Kingdom of Soleanna, and its royal bloodline is a family of cats, which of this world are like much more couth and manageable versions of the echidna tribes of olden days. In the Soleanna Castle is the widowed King Bartholomew, whom made the family crest and statues around the kingdom as a pheonix, in honor of his lost wife (and previous dominating ruler) Queen Pheonix. They both had one daughter, Blaze, whom the king has tried to keep pressured as the next high authority over the kingdom after he passes on the title. This world's equivalent to the Master Emerald is known as the Jeweled Scepter and, unlike the Master Emerald, isn't as powerful as the Sol Emeralds but can summon them upon will. It is usually kept under incredibly heavy guard due to the jewel in the center holding captivity of the locked-away beast known as Solaris, the God of Destruction (get the hint lolol). Legend tells that a magic warrior was able to save the world from crumbling to ash due to Solaris' overwhelming power by using the Sol Emeralds, and locked it away inside the warrior's own staff, which in the process cursed the warrior with pyrokinetic abilities. This warrior, a female and a cat, soon became guardian of the Sol Emeralds as well as protector/leader of a good chunk of the planet, and her bloodline has stood tall in the kingdom of Soleanna. Blaze is heavily concerned in holding her duty as protector of the Sol Emeralds, but is very reluctant in being treated as a royal highness. Her father wants her to take responsibility like her mother did, but Blaze is more concerned with the general people and being a warrior of her own with a slight craving for adventure; especially ever since she met Sonic in that string of strange cross-dimensional meets. Regardless, her koala butler squad is always ready at her fingertips no matter where she goes. Moving on from just the kingdom.. In opposite of Sonic's world, there are a significantly larger portion of anthropomorphic animals than there are humans, but an equal amount of ordinary animals, although the wildlife is much more varied than Sonic's world. The Gaia twins of Blaze's world are indeed Light and Dark Gaia, except Dark Gaia is tiny and demonic while Light Gaia is incredibly massive and cutesy. There have been no cosmic-horror like problems with the planetary guardians probably for this very reason. Also, the timeframe of this planet is very hard to pinpoint, but its not exactly at the same time of advanced civilization as Sonic's world is. There's still kingdoms and kings, pirates and warriors, many more rural landscapes and a slight steampunk undertone. They once were progressing to more contemporary modern civilization like seen in Sonic's (and our) world, but then the Solaris attacks happened, and -------------------------------------------------------------- And that's all I got for now. Told you I would be changing some stuff between the Adventure and Modern era. lol Once again, tell me whatchu like and don't like. I like hearing from people. =v
  15. 4 points
    KHCast

    Knuckles Nike

    nike likes to promote running fast a lot. Sonic runs. And is Fast. How would that have worked?! god guys, there is no connection!
  16. 3 points
    buba

    The Pokémanz Thread

    They are hyping this way too much to be some TCG announcement.
  17. 3 points
    The KKM

    Knuckles Nike

    He's got dreadlocks and the colours of the Jamaican flag, living alone on a tropical island. Did it never click to you why his song on Sonic Underground was some lousy reggae?
  18. 3 points
    Okies, I'm submitting the first part to the album, but I suppose I'll share this one too for the heck of it. It's kinda long though. It kinda killed my brain. My final song that I will be submitting will be completed soon too! It's a collab with mah man! xD
  19. 3 points
    Kuzu

    Pokemon Anime General Discussion

    Ya know, I agree with this and my only problem with Ash is like I said, the writers are running out of ideas with him. 15 fucking years and he still hasn't won a league outside of filler, I mean how long do we have to wait for him to accomplish something that major? I mean, I consider him beating the Battle Frontier a much higher achievement than him winning a league at this point. I mean Red(From the manga) won a league on his first try, and it was damn hard fought victory, I mean why can't ash have that.
  20. 3 points
    I want Sonic 4, not Sonic 1.4. What made the classics so enjoyable? The fact that each game took the old one's concepts and improved/added. Instead of taking 3&K and improving on its formula... Ep1 instead copies Sonic 1. And Ep2 follows suit by taking Sonic 2 and CD, and adding them in with nothing new. What I want here, is a game that can stand out on its on. One that doesn't rely on its predecessors, or is heavily based upon them.
  21. 3 points
    Badnik Mechanic

    Knuckles Nike

    This is bollocks. Sorry but it's gotta be absolute bollocks. If it really were true, how come theres no information on it? You have two companies here that must have been in talks, theres no way that info would have been kept secret let alone years after the so called deal fell through. It's gotta be bollocks.
  22. 2 points
    ((NOTE: this is built off of SegaSonic canon. This includes the Japanese game instruction manuals for the classic series, both Adventures in general, rewriting the inbetween era to some extent, and mostly retaining the modern era.)) So yeah, how's it doin? I'm just stopping by because I've had some ideas harbored up for a good long while and I'll (in?)frequently update this thing to give off some of my ideas. Today I'm going to cover the subject of the backstory to both Sonic and Dr. Eggman. This may sound like a reaaally bad thing to do but as said, I'm sticking to SegaSonic canon in both relation to events which have happened as well as the overall series' tone. I will be taking some things from other canons and using them differently so that they all fit this too, so take that in mind. Now lets begin. Sonic the Hedgehog: Sonic was a blue hedgehog born on Christmas Island. He was the second out of three children, his two siblings being older sister Sonia and younger brother Manic. His mother is named Aleena and she is a part-time housewife and commonly a busybody, always providing for the family. (think of something like Tiranno's "Christmas With Sonic" videos) Oddly suitable to his name, Sonic has always been quite fast and had a heart filled with wanderlust and a need for escapism / adventure... not unlike his father, Christmas Island's cherished pilot whom mysteriously disappeared one day when all three of the kids were young. As Sonic was growing up almost to be old enough to go out on his own, he joined with some rag-tag kids around his home and made a band. Sonic the Hedgehog, Mach Rabbit, Max the Monkey, Sharps Chicken and Vector the Crocodile. Being the young and rocking sensation that they were, they garnered a good little following, including getting Sonic a squealing fangirl that he still to this day cannot get rid of.. Over a short amount of time though, Sonic grew tiresome of this life. That spark for adventure led him to want to make a new life for himself and put everything behind him away (although he had to promise to still visit the family every now and then). Albeit initially worried, his mother decided to trust his decisions and gave him his father's biplane, The Tornado. And with that, Sonic decided to head out into the world on his own. Now, lets go back a good 30 or so years before this and lets see the story of.. Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik: The Robotnik family line is a most noble one indeed; one filled with many great devotees to the world of science and technology. They were indeed a rich family, but they were often very benign people.. ..Remember that "often", of course, doesn't mean all. Ivo Robotnik was the son of Christopher Robotnik, son of multibillionaire scientist-philanthropist Gerald Robotnik. His parents were almost always gone due to business meetings and vacations, and thus he spent a lot of time alone, with all the money in the world and without a friend. No one seemed to care about him minus his butler and trusted uncle, Snivelton Robotnik (guess who). Snivelton practically raised Ivo in his massive estate mansion.. however this led him to be a rather sour character, since Snively was rather a jerky kind of guy. Snooty and fashionable, goofy and demanding, Ivo wanted nothing more than to love himself as well as others. And how else would he do it if not without his trusty genes passed down to him? He was a rather bright kid, and often looked up to his grandfather Gerald's stunning achievements under the Robotnik name. So he and Snivelton would build all of these wonderful contraptions to make his entire home a playground like funhouse for all the local kids to come to. However, his rude attitude and odd appearance (he was rather tubby and thin haired for such a young age) got him to be the laughing stock of the kids, called names such as "that rich and spoiled rotten little Egg Boy", amongst other things. This led Snivelton and Ivo to shoo them out, since regardless, this really hurt the poor misguided boy's feelings. The older he became he decided to prolong his time in hiding, just staying in his mansion doing private tutoring and preparing for his big break into the high ranking and definitely recommended Spagonia University. Robotnik wanted to work on a degree in both mechanics as well as teaching, and thus signed up immediately. Within less than a year, Ivo managed to use his genius and blast through all of his courses for his degree in mechanics, achieving a master's and a doctoral statement highlighting his name to the moniker "Doctor Robotnik". However, our lovable doctor was having troubles with teaching.. his professor, Professor Wallaby Pickle, was able to see through Robotnik and knew his intentions of trying to manipulate people into loving him and praising his every move, so he would constantly fail him. And fail him. And fail him. And fail him. And fail him. And fail him. And he just kept on failing him. Continuously. For 15-odd years. One of those years, Robotnik finally broke. He left Spagonia U, went back to his mansion, and after aiding his butler on his final days (Snively was growing old and weary), he turned his entire estate into a sweatshop. Built machines. Terrible, terrible, horrible machines. Terrible, awful, horrible little dinky papercraft-like ladybug machines, to be precise. So one day he invaded Spagonia U and held Prof. Pickle hostage until he would admit to have been purposely failing him, so he can gain his degree from him. It was the perfect plan, until a random traveler who just so happened to be touring around came in and stopped the show and a saved a couple of people in need... ...Needless to say, you can guess who saved the day. Sonic. After having been defeated by nothing more than a kinda-fast little hedgehog with a biplane that, like his childhood acquaintances, made egg-related jokes and quips toward him; Robotnik felt ashamed and, for the moment, defeated, not just for himself, but also his entire family name. He swore vengence on that hedgehog and went into building a factory and working on a way to improve his robots' strength and reliability.. they needed something, like a battery... He also searched out and tried to trace down this pest and possibly get rid of him once and for all. Fortunately (or unfortunately, actually) for him, Eggman lucked out: Sonic's next vacation destination was his base's headquarters.. the mysterious South Island. Cue Sonic 1. ---------------------------------------------------------- This is all subject to change stuff is just me throwing around ideas but I hope you guys like whatever I made. I'd write more but my head and stomach is aching and I'm kinda stressed out. Either way, catch ya on the flip side and tell me what you think!
  23. 2 points
    Thigolf

    Asterix

    Asterix is a French comic book series by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo. The first adventure started off in the French magazine "Pilote" back in 1959 and so far, there have been released 34 comic books (which sold 325 copies), over 10 movies and various videogames. 50 years BC, the Romans have conquered nearly all of Gaul, besides one small village. The villagers got a magic potion made by the druid Getafix, giving them temporary superhuman strength. The hero of the village is Asterix, who is often send on adventures to help other people because of his smartness. His best friend, Obelix, aids him on almost all of his adventures and is often accompanied by his little dog, Dogmatix/Idéfix. The adventures of the heroes reach from stories that just happen in there village to journeys in Gaul to neighbour nations like Germany, Spain or Britain to far away lands like India or North America. The main character, Asterix, is a small, but really smart Gaul with a winged helmet (probably his most recognizable feature). He is the typical hero character, although he often loses his temper when Obelix has his "slow" moments. Obelix (the guy with the red hair) is Asterix' best friend. He is rather dumb and fat and immediately loses his temper if someone tells him that he is. He got permanent superhuman strength because he fell in a cauldron filled with magic potion when he was a little boy. His favourite food is wild boar, he likes chiseling menhirs and loves beating up Romans. Dogmatix/Idefix is Obelix' pet dog who followed the two friends during their journey through Gaul in "Asterix and the Banquet". After the journey, Obelix finally notices the dog and makes him his pet. He loves trees, howling whenever a tree falls. He is also getting very jealous when Obelix falls for a woman. Other characters include the druid Getafix, the bard Cacofonix who gets beaten up whenever he tries to sing, the chief Vitalstatistix who often falls of his shield as a running gag and many more. So, did some of you guys read the comic books, and if yes, what's your favourite? I read all of them, and I really love the series. I really hope I'm not the only one here.
  24. 2 points
    MykonosFan

    The Pokémanz Thread

    It's strangely fulfilling to watch grown Japanese adults freak out over Pokemon matches, both in-anime matches and in-person matches.
  25. 2 points
    And they weren't required to do anything other than a simple animation and stand there on a generic background. So yeah, doesn't really mean anything.
  26. 2 points
    Detective Shadzter

    The Pokémanz Thread

    GameFreak agree to keep Pokémon exclusive if Nintendo agree to leave their girlfriends to their own devices? That's some dirty tactics right there
  27. 2 points
    What! Where's Zzzap!? That was like, my favourite show on CITV as a Child ^^ I would totally be watching this, if I didn't have such a hectic weekend this week. And, is it bad I only know a handful of these shows, despite nearly being nearly 21? D: Seriously I only watched Wizadora, Art Attack and Jungle Run out of this list!
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  29. 2 points
    I should imagine the game will be recieving updates. Just because they've been quiet for a while doesn't really mean anything. They were still at least considering DLC, and the PC version of the game is still being worked on. Nothing to get riled about.
  30. 2 points
    turbojet

    DmC: a new Devil May Cry

    DMC4 is a great game, but it is not the greatest of the series. For one, it feels like they shoehorned Dante(you'll know what I' talking about later) and his gameplay style is not as fun to play as compared to Nero who it seems like the team put a bit more polish into his gameplay while Dante's devices are a little wonky. The game also does not allow the player to ease into it either and it assumes that you've played Devil May Cry before unlike DMC3 where it gives you an incentive to try new styles just so you can see what they are like. For example, you have to go above and beyond to try some of Nero's higher end moves such as when he got Yamato or everytime Dante gets a new toy. There is never an instance where the game forces the player to use new move or moves associated with it. It is too Japanese in it's design, and that I mean that it throws the player with a shit ton of devices and you hardly know what the hell they do. When I read complaints that it was boring, I automatically know what the problem was. The standard player is not going to want to excel in the game because it provides no incentive for it. You can if you bother to, and the reward is that you finish enemies quicker and you gain more style points but it is not enough for most western gamers to feel immersed or satisfied to nail the tricky mechanics sometimes.
  31. 2 points
    turbojet

    Pokemon Anime General Discussion

    In the English version before Unova, he is actually 12 so it's been two years time period. Hoen and Sinnoh, Ash was not making noobish mistakes. In his eyes, he feels that type advantages are irrelevant and with high attack power, he has made it irrelevant. Just think about the Pokemon that he owns and how he battles. What I liked about the Sinnoh league was that the trainers picked out Ash's style of battle and were forced to adapt. For example, Conway(I think. Correct me if I'm wrong) used trick room, a move that switches speed stats between Pokemon. This move was actually devastating and after that, his subsequent challengers did not even bother to try to out power him. They used the environment and status affect moves to try to slow Ash down. Ash specializes with sweepers, fast Pokemon with high attack power. This is why Torterra had problems adjusting and why he rarely uses Snorlax and Muk. Pikachu is the embodiment of his style. Fast Pokemon with a high attack. This is why I loved Sinnoh so much because it incorporated actual strategy instead of move for move standard flair. As for getting a new protagonist, not until Ash wins a fucking league or beats an Elite Four member(no character has come close to even taking out a Pokemon owned by an Elite Four member). I know that it seems like they have him regress some season(To be fair, he didn't regress at all in Hoen and Johto. And in Sinnoh, his experience didn't take much of a hit), but this character has been around for 15 years. I want to see him win a league. As Soniman displayed, Ash is progressing as his standing his increasing with each tournament, and we may be looking at the individual trainer and comparing it to how we handle it in games.
  32. 2 points
    Speederino

    Game Grumps

    Big announcement, everyone! If you've been wondering what happened to their Banjo-Kazooie playthrough, it's because they have something special planned. Also confirmed on Kirkhope's Twitter, but I have no idea how to screencap that so yeah.
  33. 2 points
    That Rucdose Guy.

    Adventure Time!

    Click here for Jake's kids.
  34. 2 points
    Dr. Eggman Nega is Dr. Eggman. From the future, that is. Mustaches hairs growing white, Eggman has spent waaaaaay too many years of not ever getting what he wanted thanks to that meddlesome hedgehog, and because that a couple of screws have kind of come loose. He doesn't really care about world domination anymore, in fact he doesn't really care about killing Sonic or anything now. Chilling out to become into a much more suave and gentleman-like demeanor, Eggman under his shell has actually become criminally insane, forever tinkering with time-space related matters and learning how to fully manipulate his mobility throughout endless planes of existence. He flies throughout different dimensions and different times messing with every known person, going under the "Eggman Nega" moniker to hide his identity. With this he has spread so many inaccuracies such as claiming that he's the Blaze-world equivalent to Eggman just as Blaze is the her-world equivalent to Sonic, even though he bears not from that world. He does things as simply deceiving as this all the way to almost causing a cataclysmic terror that crushes the entire existence of everything, if not only because he's simply just not in the mood to care anymore. He also knows almost every trick in the book by now, making him (and by default, Eggman) the most potentially dangerous villain in the series. He's Eggman gone bonkers, with doubled the IQ, tripled the cunning and quadrupled the childish insanity. And there you go. :v
  35. 2 points
    Watch from 1:37 onwards for what is surely the most revolutionary use of the Wii U GamePad to date: Suddenly I'm very tempted to pick up this game when it comes out next week...
  36. 2 points
    krazystitch

    Game Grumps

    Honestly, that very last mach speed segment was one of the most intense things ever. Was so happy to see them actually manage to make it.
  37. 1 point
    I'm sure a Sonic movie has crossed most fans' minds at some point, as well as the potential issues that would beget such a production like: the "video game film" curse, the lack of clear-cut studios to tackle it, and corporate meddling by Sega to preserve the franchise's image. But I don't think anyone's ever made remarks on how Sonic himself would fare as a protagonist in the medium. If nothing else, I think it would be one of the single biggest issues to any such production, because as I've come to see it, game Sonic is a terri-fucking-bad film protagonist. Why? Sonic has no moral failings or flaws which permit a low point. It's common in film for the main protagonist to suffer a descent of some sort. It's been called the "Ordeal" step in Campbell's outline of the Hero's Journey where one must face their greatest fear. I've also heard it referred to colloquially as "Death" or "Trip to Hell;" it's basically the moment where the protagonist is closest to giving up or already has. This moment is important because it leaves the protagonist in his most empathetic state. Sometimes we try and we fail, or we find things too difficult to continue. We just want to call it quits. All of us have given up before, most times with very little gained from the experience. Subsequently, it is from this defeat, this low point, that finding the strength to continue and eventually succeed becomes inspiring, and it's where the climax of the film derives a good deal of its emotional stakes. When a good guy has suffered, we really want to see him win. Character enthusiasts have already seen the problem before the elaboration: Sonic doesn't give up. That stubborn pincushion doesn't know the meaning of the word "quit." All of your friends have been kidnapped? Home and all you've ever loved and known is destroyed? Timmy fell down the well? Lucy got an abortion on Christmas Eve behind your back? Minor setbacks. Sonic gives no fucks about "ordeals," he just keeps going until the job is done. Great for pumping up active players who are experiencing the trials themselves, not so much for a passive audience who wants to see the protagonist go through the fire. To preserve this facet of Sonic's characterization faithfully is to toss out one of film's most important elements. Not to say you can't have a good film without it. I'm sure there's good films out there without it just by sheer probability, but I'd be hard-pressed to think of any off the top of my head right now. Even the Transformers franchise has the good sense to include low points for Sam Witwicky: Bumblebee's kidnapping by the government, Optimus Prime's death...whatever happened in the third film. That's just how critical it is to the medium. But one has probably thought of the OVA by now. After all, it has a low point: Sonic gets knocked out by Metal Sonic and dumped in the forest to die. In the past, I would've thought this a fine solution, but then we go back to our prime issue: Sonic doesn't give up. He just tries harder. Regardless of his role as the main character prohibiting permanent death or injury, he'll nonetheless act as if nothing too serious has happened; again, that whole "Sonic gives no fucks about ordeals" angle. He'll probably be more on his toes and less likely to indulge in playful banter in the second round, but we've even seen that death itself's had no effect on Sonic's own self-worth and esteem to warrant empathy from the audience. Forget the Werehog too; they had a good thing going with that until it was revealed that Sonic was basically a one-in-a-trillion happenstance of absolute purity that even the age-old apocalyptic personification of Darkness itself could not fully corrupt him, news that actually surprised him. Sonic is so invincible he doesn't even know he's invincible. Basically, he isn't a compelling character. Instead, Sonic is more like a force or a feeling of hope which allows characters of lesser fortitude to learn of their true potential and place in the grand scheme of things; a catalyst for the fall and rise in others. When the Knights are ready to give up because they've learned their King was an illusion, Sonic is the one who rallies them and reinvigorates their drive to fight. When Elise wants to refrain from running and by metaphorical extension the joy of living in a moment emotionally, Sonic grabs her hand and takes her along anyway. Whenever Tails was down or Amy wanted to become more independent, they picked themselves up in part by the thought of living up to Sonic's example. "What would Sonic do?" Indeed, Sonic is Jesus which makes for a boring film, at least if it's going to star him. I'm probably not saying anything people aren't already aware of, but it's nonetheless a major problem for a film that I've never seen discussed: The main character's bad. So what do you do? Make him better, obviously! I've personally toyed around with the idea of just taking that absolute stubbornness and turning it up to 11 to the detriment of the mission. The basic idea is that Sonic is shaken up enough by Eggman's actions and control over the situation to start fostering a series of grave miscalculations borne from his go-get'em attitude. Sonic is impatient and doesn't want to wait; he wants to attack now, and he wants to attack harder than last time, because this has always worked before. Everything always works out in the end if you try hard enough and never give up. Should this blow up in his face (and it would) Sonic would then be forced to confront both the fear and real possibility of failure to secure safety of the world and, most importantly, his friends. That would be his low point, his proverbial Death so to speak. I naturally like my own idea, but I'm not oblivious of its major failing: Sonic is now out of character! Sonic has never been particularly fearful of Eggman, much less to the point that he would be blinded and beyond reproach. I then figured this could be downplayed merely by genuine belief in his own ethics (which could potentially destroy any conflict to be had with Knuckles, who'd has to be in the film too after all): Sonic's not fucking up on purpose or out of some blind need to prove himself right so he can remain all comfy and cozy in his mental bubble; he just knows that the adventure can be harder than expected. But then, doesn't that get us right back to where we started? I could blow him up and break both of his legs if I wanted to, but that pesky pincushion's not going to lose faith from that, because that's just a setback. Even death's a mere setback. So at what point would Sonic feasibly believe "I might not be able to do this?" without some element of fear in the situation, fear of which is, in many ways, out of character for him? This whole thing feels like a lose-lose situation if one is to ascribe to proper characterization above all else: Keep Sonic as he is, and he doesn't work for film. Change him to work for film, and he's fundamentally out-of-character. This is merely my own insight to the matter, but ultimately if I had to trade one for the other, it certainly would be film quality over a characterization preserved pitch-perfectly from the games. But what are you thoughts on the subject, and ultimately what does this say about how Sonic is currently personified in the games, if anything?
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    -blank-

    The Pokémanz Thread

    This makes me wish Nintenoland had a Pokemon mini game. =\
  39. 1 point
    Oh man I just watched Knightmare for the first time in years. It's just such an awesome show, it's basically Demons Souls/Dark Souls, giant trolls, casting spells, NPC's that don't help as much as they should. And I loved this bit. The kids find out that Lord Fear is going to send a 40ft troll to Knightmare castle, so they find a queen named Gwen who agrees to help them with her powerful magic. And we get this wonderful bit of dialogue. Gwen: If you should ever need my help, call my name three times. My name is Gwen. Pray tell, what is your name. Kid: Barry. Fraggle Rock is on now... LOOK SSMB! I CAUGHT A FRAGGLE! *waves a fraggle in your face* Edit: On the episode of Fun House, you could win a Sega Megadrive if you went down the Wild Wacky Slide!
  40. 1 point
    Blue Blood

    Knuckles Nike

    Just remembered this awesome thing you drew. (Click the link guys, it's awesome). Of course Knuckles has never worn such, but it just drives home the influence of his colour scheme.
  41. 1 point
    Blue Blood

    Knuckles Nike

    Oh gawd, that picture! That isn't an early design so much as it is just a really, really poor artists interpretation based on sprites I think. It only ever showed up in a single magazine.
  42. 1 point
    Something I've always found extremely disturbing is the fact that in the distant future which Silver the Hedgehog previously resided in, Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Eggman, Amy, Rouge, Cream, Blaze (lol), Team Chaotix and Big are all thoroughly dead. Like seriously, unless Sonic characters have some form of immortality which we aren't aware of (besides plot armour, unless you're Gamma in which case SUCKS TO BE YOU!)... The only exceptions to this would be Shadow the Hedgehog, Metal Sonic and E-123 Omega, as well as Orbot and Cubot and Eggman's legion of Badniks as they are all robots or enhanced lifeforms, thus cannot die of age... that is if they haven't been killed or destroyed for whatever reason before then. I mean sure, that's perfectly normal for them to die of old age before then, but it's still pretty fucking unsettling. The thing about this is levels like Crisis City or Flame Core in Sonic '06. It's so fucking creepy to be running around an area set in a time long after the playable characters Sonic/Tails/Knuckles/Rouge's death...
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    Alexander

    Knuckles Nike

    Maybe you'd be okay with a main character being a walking advertisement, but I'm not.
  45. 1 point
    Wolfy

    [MUSIC] Wolfy: Asgore Remix

    So I decided to get my butt in gear about my personal album Herobot 2. Starting from the top of the tracklist and working my way down, so I present to you a finalized version of Anthem Rush:
  46. 1 point
    possibly one of the funniest gags in the whole thing. Frieza Planet 419 has a population full of spoiler spouting morons (although they aren't really spoilers since everyone's seen them already) LOL.
  47. 1 point
    I don't really know the beef with Dimps, but I think they've done good games for Sonic. Me too, I love that aspect, and honestly, I like Sonic Advance 2's running bosses, they're fun and make me feel like a bad-ass. Well, I missed most of those talks hahaha. Besides It's neat to look back now to see if they've aged well or not. I think they've aged magnificently. The sprites and graphical work on them are amazing.
  48. 1 point
    Sometimes it's okay to be a minor character.
  49. 1 point
    Diogenes

    Most powerful Sonic character?

    Anyone with a gun could kill Sonic if they came up while he was sleeping. Blinding someone, then shooting them in the back, does not make you powerful, it makes you a coward.
  50. 1 point
    Solly

    Most powerful Sonic character?

    I'm not really sure why people discredit "plot armor" so much. Yeah, Sonic's gonna win since he's the protagonist and whatnot, but the point is that he does win. The fact that the plot dictates his victory doesn't make it mean any less. We don't say Metal Sonic's the strongest "with the power of plot armor" just because the plot for Sonic Heroes needed him to become super strong and gain all these copying powers.
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