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    I turn 30 today!

    I turn 30 today!
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    I'VE COME TO MAKE AN ANNOUNCEMENT I'm aromantic I've been stressing out hard about wether I really was aro for the past few months now. Took me quite a while to get to the point where I was 100% positive that this was who I am. But now, I've finally realized it, and I am finally confident enough to tell you all. I hope I'm still valid to all of you.
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    <<tweet>> Man, seeing how far Ahsoka Tano's come really reminds me just how much Star Wars dropped the ball when it came to Rey.
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    Seeing scalpers trying to get sympathy and give sob stories about how people call them out on their bullshit is beyond pathetic.
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    Back on One Piece. First episode where Sanji shows up. After hearing him in so many 4Kids clips, to hear him not sound like an older Joey Wheeler is something.
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    Return to Angel Island is an arc in which following the year that Sonic was trapped in space and believed dead, Eggman went to war with Knothole and the Kingdom of Acorn, and Knuckles and the Chaotix had decided upon helping them as Angel Island had the Brotherhood. Out of universe, the context was until M25YL, Ken had finished his “grand plan” for Knuckles following the beyond idiotic arc where he died saving Dimitri’s life, and going through echidna heaven. Since Ken was no longer writing plots about Knuckles and the echidnas, either due to being done, or editorial not wanting the stories anymore, this was the first time in years that Bollers was allowed to use the Angel Island crew. Bollers - being a fan of the games - immediately hopped onto the chance to not only have the arc tie into his plans, but tie it far, far closer to the game lore. Knuckles - following Issue 125 where he came back to life and used his remaining Chaos Powers to help stop the doomsday device planted by a group of genocidal aliens (and what caused Sonic to be flung into space as he was trying to stop it, being the only one fast enough to do so). Anyways, Knuckles had been depowered, and was ultimately feeling weaker due to it, getting a sense of inferiority about it. Then, he discovers what has happened to Angel Island. Eggman - being Eggman - finally decided to take off the kid gloves. Unleashing the full might of his empire onto the island, he easily destroys both the Brotherhood of Guardians (leaving them missing, thank god), and the Dark Legion. He razes Echidnapolis to the ground, and removes the echidna of all their technological advancements, enslaving them. This has the result of bringing the echidnas back to their ancient depictions from Sonic Adventure, undertaking more traditional clothes like the Knuckles Tribe, and Bollers - calling out the ugly side of the chosen one legends - has the echidnas now believe Knuckles was a god like figure named the Avatar who was capable of destroying Eggman, and saving them all, which isn’t the case whatsoever due to his lacking powers, and weakening strength. At the same time, the remains of the Dark Legion - led by the newly introduced Dr. Finitevus has picked up the slack, liberating echidnas where they can, and using their technological prowess to dismantle operations on the island. For once, we get an actual decent conflict where the Dark Legion is beyond pissed that their aid to the echidnas are ignored, because they’re too busy naively waiting for a god like Knuckles to save the day, when they’ve been doing their hardest to do so as is. It’s implied they have ulterior motives, but it also has a good reason for why they’d be pissed overall. Then we get to Knuckles. The whole arc is essentially a call out of Ken’s boring writing, and a course correct to make things interesting. Due to his failing strength, Knuckles dons his SA2 power ups to help him get a boost. When they get to Angel Island, Echidnaopolis is destroyed, and the decades of constantly dicking over mobians because they believed themselves superior finally caught up to them (the Brotherhood at one point allowed Eggman to do as he pleased, essentially saying “lol, not our problem”, meaning this was well deserved. Even the hypocritical treatment of the Dingos bit them in the ass, as Eggman was able to convince them to work for him, due to being oppressed by the echidnas for so long. Due to the destruction and enslavement, Angel Island under Bollers now resembled the game’s version properly, with several game zones appearing, the echidnas reverting back to the clothing and superstition of the Knuckles Clan, Knuckles’s brother having his ridiculously silly and long name (originally made by Penders) given a shorter pet name that was perfect (Bollers had given him the nickname of Kneecaps the Echidna). Above all else, Knuckles is the star. After so many issues of being written as a boring shell of a character by Penders, Bollers had drained him of every ounce of overpowered ability, and brought him back to his personality from the games. He’s got self doubt issues due to the heavy legends being told about him, when he isn’t able to live up to the echidnas’ hype. His firery attitude is back is full force, with his hot temper, and sense of right and wrong finally brought back to the forefront. For all the arc’s achievements, finally making Knuckles be like Knuckles is topping the list. There is so much great comedy in this arc that comes off from Knuckles’ temper, and Sonic and the Chaotix teasing him, or vice versa. He also finally gets to realise who the bad guys actually are. Knuckles at the end of Penders’ backups was a dumbass who was helping the Dark Legion after they pulled Angel Island into another dimension (Knuckles knew they did this), and his death was him saving Dimitri (the Legion’s leader). The first thing he does upon seeing them in this arc is charging right at them with fury, and Sonic pointing out how much Knuckles hates the legion. Knuckles is also beyond weirded out by the echidnas treating him like this god like figure, and constantly asks to be referred to by his name, not Avatar. At the end of the arc, not only do they find the encaptured Locke, but Knuckles ends up finding power to dismantle the operation on Angel Island. Not his crappy Chaos Knuckles form, but rather he turns into Hyper Knuckles (in a homage to Mega Man Zero 2 no less), and uses the form and the help of Sonic and the Chaotix to save the echidnas from Eggman. However, what you might be surprised to learn is prior to Ian, this is actually where the call outs of Locke and the Brotherhood starts. Upon being rescued, and the island liberated, Locke expected Knuckles to stick around and help find the Brotherhood, in which Knuckles says he can’t, because he’s helping with the war on Mobius, which leads to Knuckles finally standing up to his father and not backing down, calling Locke out on his selfishness for once. I can’t really do justice to the arc with a quick description, but the short version of it all is that it’s an arc that actually makes stuff happen, has all of the echidnas terrible actions finally have consequences, tries to bring everything back to the games’ lore with the introduction of Hidden Palace, and a ton of other zones, make the Dark Legion interesting, and overall bring Knuckles back in line with his game counterpart. And thus as you can imagine, Penders despised this. Everything I just mentioned, he loathed with a passion. He hated having his cast called out on their shit actions, he hated Angel Island and Echidnapolis being enslaved and razed, he hated Knuckles standing up to Locke, and hoo boy, does he have a grudge against Kneecaps the Echidna following the nickname. Penders acts like a completely petty child in reference to this arc. Not only does he hate it, not only did he claim that Bollers had vindictively stolen and destroyed his work and lore (he likes to act like only he is entitled to use his characters, although that sure as fuck didn’t stop Penders using Mina and trying to utterly wreck her as a character), following Bollers getting ousted from the comic, and Penders becoming head lead (easily the darkest period of the comic) - he decided to only try to quickly retcon and revert things to normal (Echidnapolis was nearly rebuilt within a few issues, Locke tried to find the brotherhood), but he decided like the petty child he is to fuck around with Bollers’ intended plans. First things first - there was Bollers’ planned arc with tackling Sally’s emotional baggage - Penders scrapped that, turned it into a bunch of love triangle melodrama, and made it beyond dreadful, and to this day, he still loves to tout around the idea that the Slap was a awful idea conceived by Bollers, and that Penders was somehow “fixing it” when he only made it much, MUCH worse. Secondly, he essentially tried to character assassinate Mina. He makes a whole milestone story about Evil Sonic kidnapping and taking Sonic’s place on Mobius, which leads to him hitting on every girl he sees. This includes reverting Mina’s character development and making her nearly cheat on Ash, but also includes having Evil Sonic literally have sex with Bunnie and try to be disgustingly sly about it (and yes, given that Bunnie thought it was regular Sonic - there’s a LOT of horrific implications brought about by Penders doing that). Thirdly and most infamously - Bollers had a plan that Antoine would be changed by the war and would eventually be corrupted by the source of all, Penders retroactively changed all this by claiming it was simply Evil Antoine all along, and made a contrived and boring plot where Sally and Evil Antoine get married because “”””drama””””. That may have been for the better, in fairness depending on who you ask, but still - it was done out of pettiness. So yeah, Penders doesn’t like this arc very much, big surprise.
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    Got a good Black Friday haul. Renewed my PS Plus, and got a few months of PS Now, and in terms of games, I got Mafia Trilogy, Cuphead, Death Stranding, Horizon Complete Edition, Yakuza Remastered Collection, Star Wars Squadrons, and Saints Row 3 Remastered
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    Ian did thankfully back pedal it, but there’s evidence that Penders was fully intending that. On the page, you can easily see where text was edited to “nap”, meaning what Penders originally had was even more explicit. Worse than that, Penders has out and out confirmed that the two of them having sex is fully what he intended. You can see more here: https://thankskenpenders.tumblr.com/post/188198790390/so-heres-where-shit-starts-to-get-real-ugly-in Worse than that, Penders has also claimed that Anti Sonic was somehow in the right, and Bunnie was the one who made this transgression, despite the fact that Anti Sonic essentially committed sexual assault, you can’t make this shit up.
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    <<Tweet>> HAHAHAHSHAHAHAHAHAGAHA! OH, that aged terribly.
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    Surprised when I came back to see some great ideas, so I thought I'd explain in detail another idea of mine: Open Ocean Zone. Since the player in the "fan game" is Metal Sonic, I can implement some things that would not be quite possible with the real Sonic. So, in short, you are submerged the entirety of this zone, minus the boss. Sounds crazy, I know, but Metal underwater is similar to Sonic underwater, just not as slowed down as he gets. Act 1: Deep Down Under The first act, as all of the acts here, is decently long. Nothing too interesting happens here, but there are columns of bubbles that shoot you up or down depending on the direction they are facing. Act 2: Light in the Dark This act is the shortest of the three (yes, three)acts in this Zone, though most likely the most confusing. The area around the player is mostly dark, with a couple of bioluminescent creatures lighting your way through a bit of a maze. Act 3: To the Surface This act is completely vertical, and probably the longest, too. The bubble columns come into play big time here, as well as many springs as the player ascends towards the surface. The act ends while still in the water, but a cutscene plays which gets the player out of the water to fight the boss. Boss: Mecha Aqua Speedster This boss puts you water skiing on the back of Mecha Sonic's boat, occasionally jumping to hit the boat while dodging natural obstacles and the ones Mecha throws at you. Once defeated, the player moves on to the next zone, to be explained later.
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    Is Chao Garden still loved?

    I still love it even though I haven't been on the Adventure games a whole lot in recent years. It had a very intricate breeding and color system, I just wish behaviors and Chao interacting with each other were easier to accomplish. I always wanted the two things mentioned here, Cream to take a larger role with chao, (as a receptionist or breed expert sorta like Pokemon trainers). Or training them to defend themselves, especially in polluted environments. She's a fun character with potential in regards to that at least, so I was a bit disheartened when they suddenly stopped paying attention to her by the late 2000s. The other thing I've wanted for a while was to keep the chao garden system the same as in SA2, with improved quality of life features (carry more than one item out the garden, more types of gardens etc). However, when transferring chao to a standalone game, you play as the chao itself (send it out of chao world, challenge other chao/animals, or help them find a safe home in chao world while Eggman's wrecking everything in the regular world). It's a bit similar to the VMU feature from the Dreamcast. But you get a secondary adventure from your Chao's perspective. Perhaps meet Chaos in a rare challenge and he grants you powerful stat boosts. But that last one is really wishful thinking. Just always thought it'd be a cool idea. Then again, I pretty much described Pokemon, but in some aspects they were already similar.
  12. 1 point
    Both Pokemon and Sonic are having anniversaries next year. If they both deliver something good, it'd be the cherry on top of what could be a good year by the end if the covid vaccines work like they should.
  13. 1 point

    Pokémon Sword & Shield

    Even though they didn't do Scottish meme voice, I'm just glad they've given her some form of British accent. I was expecting them to not bother trying at all after the amount of American accents they gave everyone in Twilight Wings.
  14. 1 point
    Man, what I wouldn't give to have life so financially secure that I could waste nearly a decade on a comic without a single release and not live in a cardboard box.
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    How do I join the Discord server?

    I can't find the server name and ID number. I know this site has one because it's mentioned on the home page, but how do I join it?
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    Its in a permanent state of coming out in 3 months and also barely started.
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    Penders operates under the assumption that Archie was this big international phenomena with a super devoted fanbase. He frequently brings up the longevity of the Archie book as proof of the dedication of its readership, and he's not incorrect in that the Archie Sonic comic's readership was indeed pretty devoted. The problem is that A) He believes that readership is much more widespread and that the Archie book is much more famous than it actually was, and B ) He either doesn't get or REFUSES to understand that the primary draw was the fact it was a SONIC book and that its fortunes always tied into the franchise. He sees the Archie Sonic book as having been independently popular from the games, and as such? He's basically expecting that all those people who liked his stuff on the book would eagerly take it without the Sonic context, when frankly that just isn't true, and that's without getting into how badly he's alienated the former readership of the book since the conclusion of the trial. What can be said? Convincingly conveying anything genuine just isn't Penders' forte as a creative.
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    How do I join the Discord server?

    https://discord.com/invite/h7yAft2 I looked through the main site and couldn't see any way of joining it from there either. I'll relay the issue.
  20. 1 point
    It is important to consider that management would be diving up duties on the project. If management didn't see Sonic Forces as a project worth throwing more than a year's worth of full production at, that might say more about what Sega thinks the brand is worth than Sonic Team's actual skill. If Sonic Team is actually just suffering from a lack of talent, it would still be on Sega for not getting the right people involved. There's no sign that the brand is particularly suffering if the movie and the numbers the games are doing are any indication. What reason is there to rush? I haven't heard a good reason for it yet aside from satiating hardcore fans's impatience, and that's a small amount of the people who buy Sonic games, even these days when sales and budgets are lower.
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