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  1. 2 points
    Sonic OK Ko is fucking WEIRD but I'll take it.
  2. 2 points
    Alas, Kingdom Hearts 3's hype. I knew him well before his tragic demise.
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    New cover for Tangle Whisper #4! Drawn by Abigail Starling!
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    The great David Wise, ladies and gents.
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    Geez, I didn’t know that. Interesting thing about Iizuka that a lot of people don’t acknowledge is just how persistent the man is when he wants something to happen. For example, Shadow the Hedgehog had the vote of no confidence from Sega. Now we could go all day on if Sega was justified in having little faith, why Sega would even allow a title that it didn’t like the prospects of from the start to be approved and published, and so on, but I’ll stick to a very notable example of internal sabotage from Sega trying to get Iizuka to can the project. That example is denying the project needed staff. Shadow the Hedgehog had a completely avoidable skeleton crew, with Sega providing zero employees as options for writing and editing and very few employees as options for designers in areas like level layout. Furthermore, workers were often taken away mid-project and assigned elsewhere with no replacements, further limiting the staffing and sabotaging the game’s consistency. But Iizuka never canned the project, he just took on all the empty roles himself. Frankly, it shows. Producers are not writers, or editors, or level designers, or really any of the myriad positions Iizuka filled along the way. So producers are neither well practiced for nor hired for their skills in non-producer roles. And what happens to be amongst the most glaring faults of Shadow the Hedgehog? Bad writing, incohesive story structure, confusing/tedious level design, and bland graphical design. Really, all but the issues with the controls were the direct result of Iizuka taking on positions he’s not cut out for just to keep the game’s development and his hopes for the game alive. And he knew that he’s not a writer, editor, etc. on at least some level, but still tried filling those positions anyway to save Shadow the Hedgehog from cancellation. This would not be the last case of Sega trying and failing to get Iizuka to can a project. Remember that remake of Nights Into Dreams for the Wii? Sega had and probably still has zero confidence in the future of the Nights IP, and it took years of Iizuka proposing and requesting a Nights followup to even get a remake of the first game approved. This time Iizuka was pretty much left to do his own thing with little interference. But the one interference Sega did contribute is a critically important one: it suddenly mandated that the remake (which was intended and created for the PS2 with maybe a Microsoft-console port down the line) be Wii exclusive without giving the developers any extra time or funding to make the necessary changes to adapt the remake to the Wii. Nevertheless, Iizuka didn’t can the project and instead devoted the rest of the remake’s development to finishing and adapting the title for the Wii as well as possible. The results were at best mediocre, but again, the game turned out as it was largely as a direct result of Iizuka’s measures to stop the cancellation of and preserve the hopes he had for one of his dream projects. And those are just the examples we know about. That’s probably why Sega hasn’t driven him away yet— for better or for worse, he’s way too determined to let anything stop him from at least releasing what he wants to get out. His attitude is that releasing something has a better chance of success than releasing nothing. And yeah, I can see why not everybody likes that attitude, as something can sometimes be worse than nothing for a franchise. But I like it because it comes from a good place of wanting to give ideas he likes and projects he’s dreamed of the opportunity to shine, obstacles be damned. And it’s so hard to find open-minded and not exclusively money-driven attitudes like that in such a risk-averse and capital-first industry as games development. If nothing else, a person with that kind of unusual attitude is incredibly difficult to replace. ——— Admittedly, I am biased. I’ve always had a great admiration for Iizuka. His unwavering tenacity in the face of some awful situations is incredible to me. I also think it’s very brave of him to take on the figurehead role of Sonic post-Naka, even knowing that it entails being blamed for literally everything people dislike about Sonic today and at times having to face some seriously disgusting behavior from people as a result. Meanwhile I am still not over how Sega threw BRB and Stephen Frost under the bus for RoL’s failure when the game’s problems were largely on Sega’s end. To this day Sega still has not taken any responsibility for its mistakes with RoL or Boom in general, nor issued any sort of apology that I know of to the people who were mistreated or harmed as a result of being scapegoated and/or abandoned by Sega. The whole thing left a bad taste in my mouth that isn’t going away any time soon. But hopefully my biases haven’t clouded my point too much.
  6. 2 points
    I was originally thinking August, but then Nintendo released this video. The title for this video was changed. It originally read "Fan-Favorites & New Releases- July" So either July was wrong or they're covering their tracks. The other two games (Marvel and Fire Emblem) are releasing this month. We'll have to wait and see. Part of me wants him to come out this week/next week, and part of me is dreading the thought of splitting my free time between Smash, Dragon Quest Builders and Fire Emblem.
  7. 1 point

    Canon Immigrants

    One thing I like about Tangle is that they designed her around a mobility gimmick first. I can't stop thinking about ways the main games could use her or a character like her that could swing and toss enemies around. Combine it with Sonic's natural ball physics and you'd have a character that could be a pretty significant addition. Use her tail to swing from grapple point to grapple point or swing around trees and poles to gain speed on the ground. One problem is trying to figure out what types of things she can grapple onto and how she would react to them. I want her to be able to use her gimmick fairly often but I don't want the level design to lean too hard on grapple points the Sonic can't use. I want to sort of camouflage them depending on the stage as branches, poles, or whatever, but it also has to be pretty clear what you could hook onto and what you can't. Whisper is a little less exciting because wisp gimmicks have been in the games before, but I like the idea of a character that can change their secondary action freely depending on the wisp they have equipped. You could have a hover, a glide, an air dash and more potentially all on the same character which would be insane for speedrunning. You could balance this out by making them cosumable and the order they can be used in fixed, so Whisper players will have to consider their loadout a little going into a stage. That wouldn't be as fun as being able to break levels freely, but you dont want her to be too easy. I just like the idea behind a character that can "freestyle" to go along with the fixed gimmicks of earlier sonic characters. This is mainly mechanics focused but you can talk about introducing them in the lore too I guess. I just didn't see the point in that with Whisper's backstory still being a mystery in the comics.
  8. 1 point
    Huh, OK K.O crossover, huh? neat.
  9. 1 point
    This is a show I don't watch near as much as I should. It's so good but I keep forgetting when it's on. I'm totally catching this one though. Toby Jones confirmed on Twitter that Sonic and Tails will be voiced by Roger and Colleen BTW.
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    Trailer track mentioned a new trailer in November.
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    Another example of what Sonic would look like as a collectehon could be his Lego Dimensions world. Altough that was more "do missions" rather then the collecting in and on itself. Not sure if that's actuall a Good thing for Sonic tough, much as I liked Lego Dimensions stage. It's just not in Sonic's DNA. That said, Sonic Forces is an example of the other extreme, when you only have brainless racing and action with near nothing when it comes to the slower style platforming. I'm seeing more and more people wishing for a more open 3d Sonic game, so it seems there's more and more interest in this direction. And I'd be all for a Knuckles/ Amy starring spin off where they can be more experimental with the gameplay while sidestepping the trappings of what a Sonic game should be. They can use a little attention and focus anyway.
  12. 1 point
    The thing I love about rings is that they're so much fun to collect and make a lovely sound when you grab them. Being tossed into a section or a room full of rings is like pure bliss. However, one of the greatest things about them is that you can ignore them if you want too. You only ever need one ring in order to stay alive and that's great. It's a good feeling when the stuff you have to collect is largely optional. It keeps the challenge focused on the objective of making it through the level and gives the player the option to impose that challenge on themselves, should they so desire. Obviously, there are games out there that are designed to have the collectables be the ultimate objective and in those cases, doing so would probably be a lot of fun. Sonic, my man, blazes through that shit. It's his greatest strength and sometimes even his greatest curse but it's what he do. That said, I'm not opposed to the idea of implementing more things to collect and more interesting ways at finding neat little trinkets. Stuff like that would do well to flesh out a well designed level and especially a well designed hub world should those ever make a return. It'd probably feel a lot like a mini-Sonic stage in and of itself and do well to distract anyone worried about going through one just to find the entrance to a stage. Like how Odyssey just dropped several dump trucks full of moons in each level.
  13. 1 point
    New chapter got leaked early, and we find out what Moro's third wish was.
  14. 1 point
    Best case Phoenix Wright has ever had to solve.
  15. 1 point
    That Cats trailer made it easier for me to accept the Sonic movie design and premise... I-I think this trailer took something from me.
  16. 1 point
    He varies between British and Australian. Here he's just an American dude dryly reading his lines.
  17. 1 point
    Lost media that you absolutely are begging to get rediscovered? I really want to see an episode of 1973 Doraemon anime.
  18. 1 point
    Vic "well Trump and Clinton got away with it" Mignogna Vic "that could be anyone's dick" Mignogna Vic "she's a 1000 year-old dragon so it's okay" Mignogna Vic "sorry for getting caught" Mignogna Vic "well I did it but she shouldn't have talked" Mignogna Vic "but everyone else was doing her it" Mignogna Vic "twincest is wincest" Mignogna Vic "cheating on my wife is part of my faith" Mignogna Vic "suing the accusers didn't work for Bill Cosby, but I'm white" Mignogna Vic "high schools have the most bachelorettes" Mignogna Vic "it's not grooming if I say I didn't know" Mignogna Vic "I didn't make out with the kid in a sexual way" Mignogna
  19. 1 point

    Archie Sonic Main Discussion

    Huh. That's funny. Him who? Wait, they seriously re-explained all that in each issue? Um, essentially. I think another retroactive factor is how the Chaos Emeralds hypothetically aren't as powerful individually since there are a fuckton of them. Yeeeah...Enerjak is kind of a glorifed dunce. Somewhat understandably so, given what he's capable of from a writing standpoint, but this was one of the two main problems with Dimitri's version. Also I thought they were knocked out? That's goofy as shit, dawg. What?! Oh my goodness.... So I guess the climax with Knuxerjak wasn't just him channeling who he really is in his frustration.🙄 And there it is. What an anticlimax. "How great it is that"...didn't he send Archimedes? But yeah, the Brotherhood of Guardians have, like, mystical powers and shit due to their connection to the Emerald and what not, so I don't know why he didn't just leave that vague. And oh shit, he IS awake! Gramercy me... Yeeaah...let's just say the Knuckles's version of Enerjak was a level or more of badass. As for Dimitri's version? Uh...stay tuned for another year or so. I'm assuming this is hear because of the one that didn't show up, non?
  20. 1 point
    I immediately notice here how much it looks like Knuckles is running away with sheer horror from the other characters. Actually none of the characters look very happy to be there, really. 10/10 implications, Penders. Keep running, Knuckles.
  21. 1 point
    On track to finish off Gold Tier before the grand prix ends, currently at 33,000.
  22. 1 point

    This is actual gold.

    This is actual gold.
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    I'm sure we can all relate.

    I'm sure we can all relate.
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    Heh, yeah. Hadn't noticed so I went ahead and updated the thread title and added the release date.
  26. 1 point
    If all of that's true, I can't help but feel sorry for the guy. As much as I love Sonic Heroes, it ain't worth almost dying over. I also couldn't imagine putting in so much work to pump out a game as universally hated and widely ignored as Shadow the Hedgehog. The very idea of that happening to me would crush any spirit I had left. I want the behind the scenes info even more now.
  27. 1 point

    Night, buddies!

    Night, buddies!
  28. 1 point

    IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog

    You know what would make my day ?
  29. 1 point
    Dee Dude

    In theaters for Spider Man!

    In theaters for Spider Man!
  30. 1 point
    >Thor 4 in the works okay, that's n- >TAIKA WAITITI WILL RETURN TO DIRECT
  31. 1 point

    Surprise Mechanics

    Surprise Mechanics
  32. 1 point
    SGB is doing a Sonic Colors LP. I wonder how many times over it they'll reference the sudden turning against the game people have been doing, somewhat akin to the adventure series turn (Though not as severe a reception turn). I believe it was briefly mentioned in the Unleashed LP, and in the comment section quite a bit. Now it's gonna be full throttle if the early comments aren't already a little preview. Though some are silly what with "Ruined the series" comments which as someone who doesn't like Colors much at all would call BS on.
  33. 1 point
    shadow the hedgehog breaks into your house and forces you to play basketball if you want to see your family again asmr
  34. 1 point
    All wallets, proceed on your way to oblivion.
  35. 1 point
    runners revival giving me flashbacks to 2015
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    Night, buddies!

    Night, buddies!
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  39. 1 point
    It amuses me that Tumblr's stupid-ass purge didn't actually fix the bot problem.
  40. 1 point
    City Escape is peak Sonic game design 🤔
  41. 1 point
    Just finished my 100% speedrun in Half-Genie Hero and got the platinum trophy! All that's left is Pirate Queen's Quest and Friends to the End and I will have completed the Shantae series for the first time.
  42. 1 point
    Good evening SSMB. Been away for a while cooling my jets as I was definitely letting everything everywhere get under my skin and probably took too much of that out on some people here. Apologies if you were one of the ones that had to deal with me during that little spat of mine. Anyway, a two week vacation and time off from writing has left me feeling a bit recharged so I'm kind of back. I say kind of as I still have things I want to focus on that will be eating up my time as I end up returning to work and having next to none to speak of. But I will be kind of in and out more regularly again just trying to keep up with everything goin on around here. Speaking of things going on around here I see one of my Amy threads got some attention again which is kind of weird, so what else did I miss while I was gone? Moving on as I wait for an answer to that question, have a piece of art to share again, and it's Sonic themed And here we are. This was an all-nighter (or all-dayer since nights are my days) that I ended up getting to bed late to finish. I don't really recall what my original intention was with it anymore, but I felt it makes for a great avatar and so now it is. I'll have it up over in my art thread soon enough but I hope everyone enjoys. Now I just have to figure out what topics to jump into.
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    Canon Immigrants

    I could probably draft a story and field some moveset ideas for any given Sonic character. I just think it's irritating when I want to focus on one but people just ask about the others. I sympathize with being starved for content: Tikal Blaze are some of my favorite characters. It's just not something I want to talk about every topic. It's fun to me to discuss how to implement individual characters but the brakes always come out at "what about ___" or some classic fan mumbling about how they cant do anything right, so why bother talking about anything at all? The answer to the character juggling "problem" isn't just obvious to me: there's actually multiple ways they could have easily delt with it by now IMHO. They're just not seriously interested in dealing with it, so it's not that interesting of a discussion to have for me anymore. But on the other hand the topic I presented clearly isn't enticing to people when the series isn't even doing it's current characters justice. There are characters older than tangle and whisper that might warrent more focus as far as making fans happy and I get that. Thats why I just let yall have it. It's hard to discuss these things as long as the series is still kind of aimless amd lackluster.
  45. 1 point

    Canon Immigrants

    There aren't that many Sonic heroes. You just have to accept that not all of them have to be in every game.
  46. 1 point
    Good God, why is it that Shantae gets fired as a Guardian Genie in every single game
  47. 1 point
    I hope Nintendo keeps the 3DS system transfer tool going for years to come, if only because I keep undecidedly switching between my New 3DS and New 3DS XL every few months, and one day I really am gonna need to choose which one will be the "final resting place" of all my downloadable 3DS/DSi titles and other data once the transfer service shuts down, probably along with the 3DS eshop and any other online 3DS stuff
  48. 1 point
    I've been watching a lot of AoStH recently, and got me to realize that I actually like Tails as a character for once! Don't get me wrong I understand his importance in the franchise's history and all, but something about him in the post Adventure games (as well as most of Sonic X) just never clicked with me. I think that mostly has to do with the "kid-genius" trope that's really all modern Tails is about anymore. With AoStH (and SatAM for that matter) Tails is an eager, good-hearted kid who genuinely wants to be like his hero and do good for others; not gloat about "building a dishwasher with toothpicks" or whatever he said in Lost World. Also his AoStH voice is nothing short of adorable! But yeah, AoStH of all things reminded me that I could warm-up to a long-time character lol.
  49. 1 point
    I'd like to see a Sonic R level. Tropical resort would be cool, but you'd probably have to find a way to nerf the tech characters from breaking that level... and while I would puke at any mention of Classic Sonic, I would love a second skin for Sonic Tails ect with their R character models. That would be fun.
  50. 1 point
    I'm glad Team Sonic Racing is a console game that's also not a mainline game or something worth taking too seriously regardless. And here's why!: (I must've spent 30 minutes writing this in the Upcoming Games section, so I'm gonna make other people read it. You'll read it and you'll like it!)
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