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    Spyne got a reaction from Applejack1973 in Pixar Animation Studios   
    Pixar is by far my favorite animation studio, aside from Walt Disney Animation Studios, of course. I have seen every Pixar film opening weekend and own them on Blu-ray (well, Finding Nemo finally comes to BD in December). Every film has had that kind of magic to me, a sense of wonder and excitement, as well as an inspiration. I would say the Toy Story trilogy, Finding Nemo, WALL-E, and Up are by far their best works. I know many consider the Cars films not very good, but I actually really like them. People believe Cars 2 is a bad movie, but I still really liked it for what it was, expanding on the Cars universe.

    But going deeper, the reason why I think Pixar is miles above the competition (DreamWorks, Blue Sky) is that they actually give a darn about story and quality. (Though I will admit DreamWorks may slowly be getting better, Kung Fu Panda 2 and Puss in Boots were surprisingly very good.) Telling a good story that kids and adults can both relate to, and for me personally, have yet to let me down. This year's Brave didn't hit the huge heights of their best, but definitely very good, and still shows that heart. It's worth seeing still.
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    Spyne got a reaction from Emperor Robrainiac in Pixar Animation Studios   
    Pixar is by far my favorite animation studio, aside from Walt Disney Animation Studios, of course. I have seen every Pixar film opening weekend and own them on Blu-ray (well, Finding Nemo finally comes to BD in December). Every film has had that kind of magic to me, a sense of wonder and excitement, as well as an inspiration. I would say the Toy Story trilogy, Finding Nemo, WALL-E, and Up are by far their best works. I know many consider the Cars films not very good, but I actually really like them. People believe Cars 2 is a bad movie, but I still really liked it for what it was, expanding on the Cars universe.

    But going deeper, the reason why I think Pixar is miles above the competition (DreamWorks, Blue Sky) is that they actually give a darn about story and quality. (Though I will admit DreamWorks may slowly be getting better, Kung Fu Panda 2 and Puss in Boots were surprisingly very good.) Telling a good story that kids and adults can both relate to, and for me personally, have yet to let me down. This year's Brave didn't hit the huge heights of their best, but definitely very good, and still shows that heart. It's worth seeing still.
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    Spyne got a reaction from MegaMan_EXE in Pixar Animation Studios   
    Pixar is by far my favorite animation studio, aside from Walt Disney Animation Studios, of course. I have seen every Pixar film opening weekend and own them on Blu-ray (well, Finding Nemo finally comes to BD in December). Every film has had that kind of magic to me, a sense of wonder and excitement, as well as an inspiration. I would say the Toy Story trilogy, Finding Nemo, WALL-E, and Up are by far their best works. I know many consider the Cars films not very good, but I actually really like them. People believe Cars 2 is a bad movie, but I still really liked it for what it was, expanding on the Cars universe.

    But going deeper, the reason why I think Pixar is miles above the competition (DreamWorks, Blue Sky) is that they actually give a darn about story and quality. (Though I will admit DreamWorks may slowly be getting better, Kung Fu Panda 2 and Puss in Boots were surprisingly very good.) Telling a good story that kids and adults can both relate to, and for me personally, have yet to let me down. This year's Brave didn't hit the huge heights of their best, but definitely very good, and still shows that heart. It's worth seeing still.
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    Spyne got a reaction from Glenn in Doing a Sonic 20th Anniversary Marathon   
    Hey, everybody! I wasn't sure where to put this on SSMB, and if it's in the wrong place, you can move it to the appropriate section. But, to the topic at hand. I run my own series of videos on YouTube, under my banner of The Mainframe. Well, I was racking my brain on how I want The Mainframe to celebrate Sonic's 20th this year, and I came to the idea of broadcasting live playthroughs of all the main series Sonic titles to mark the occasion.

    So, this Thursday, on the big day itself, I am broadcasting "The Mainframe LIVE - A Celebration of Sonic the Hedgehog's 20th Anniversary". My local friend and I will be playing through every main series title; Sonic 1, Sonic 2, Sonic CD, Sonic 3 & Knuckles, Sonic 4: Episode I, SA1 (DX), SA2 (Battle), Heroes, Shadow, 06, Unleashed (the better HD version), and Colors.

    It will start around 11am (US Eastern Time), and I hope all of you can join us in celebrating the hedgehog's big day. You can tune in at: http://www.livestream.com/themainframe Hope to see you there!
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    Spyne got a reaction from sonfan1984 in Doing a Sonic 20th Anniversary Marathon   
    Hey, everybody! I wasn't sure where to put this on SSMB, and if it's in the wrong place, you can move it to the appropriate section. But, to the topic at hand. I run my own series of videos on YouTube, under my banner of The Mainframe. Well, I was racking my brain on how I want The Mainframe to celebrate Sonic's 20th this year, and I came to the idea of broadcasting live playthroughs of all the main series Sonic titles to mark the occasion.

    So, this Thursday, on the big day itself, I am broadcasting "The Mainframe LIVE - A Celebration of Sonic the Hedgehog's 20th Anniversary". My local friend and I will be playing through every main series title; Sonic 1, Sonic 2, Sonic CD, Sonic 3 & Knuckles, Sonic 4: Episode I, SA1 (DX), SA2 (Battle), Heroes, Shadow, 06, Unleashed (the better HD version), and Colors.

    It will start around 11am (US Eastern Time), and I hope all of you can join us in celebrating the hedgehog's big day. You can tune in at: http://www.livestream.com/themainframe Hope to see you there!
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    Spyne got a reaction from Ryan92 in Doing a Sonic 20th Anniversary Marathon   
    Hey, everybody! I wasn't sure where to put this on SSMB, and if it's in the wrong place, you can move it to the appropriate section. But, to the topic at hand. I run my own series of videos on YouTube, under my banner of The Mainframe. Well, I was racking my brain on how I want The Mainframe to celebrate Sonic's 20th this year, and I came to the idea of broadcasting live playthroughs of all the main series Sonic titles to mark the occasion.

    So, this Thursday, on the big day itself, I am broadcasting "The Mainframe LIVE - A Celebration of Sonic the Hedgehog's 20th Anniversary". My local friend and I will be playing through every main series title; Sonic 1, Sonic 2, Sonic CD, Sonic 3 & Knuckles, Sonic 4: Episode I, SA1 (DX), SA2 (Battle), Heroes, Shadow, 06, Unleashed (the better HD version), and Colors.

    It will start around 11am (US Eastern Time), and I hope all of you can join us in celebrating the hedgehog's big day. You can tune in at: http://www.livestream.com/themainframe Hope to see you there!
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    Spyne got a reaction from Djawed in Sonic Colo(u)rs Impressions, Help, and Discussion Topic   
    Well, I picked up Sonic Colors (Wii) last night, and all ready beat the story. XD After finally playing it myself...I am speechless. In my opinion, it is by far the best Sonic game in a really long time, let alone the best 3D Sonic game ever. The gameplay is so addicting and fun, it took what worked in Sonic Unleashed and plus'd it by ten. The controls are tight and responsive, and the wisps add so much variety and fun. The graphical presentation and most of all, the soundtrack, are just incredible. This is the Sonic game I have been waiting for.

    The only gripe I can really say is the game's length, I wish it wasn't over so quickly. Without spoiling anything, the final boss fight is absolutely epic. Maybe not as 'epic' as the previous final bosses in 3D, but this is epic in it's own special way. Also what deserves special mention, the story and writing is so hilarious and so enjoyable. This is the first Sonic game in a long time where I had many laugh out loud moments. I hope these guys continue to write future Sonic games, because it was a perfect light-hearted tone. Roger Craig Smith and Kate Higgins are perfect for Sonic and Tails, I love it. So obviously, I have a very glowing review, and I highly recommend Sonic Colors to everyone. I hope to pick up the DS version next week or so.

    Now to go for all S ranks, all red rings, and the Sonic Simulator stages. XD
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    Spyne got a reaction from Detective Shadzter in Most underrated Sonic game   
    Three games immediately come to mind, and they are all in the 3D era.

    SONIC HEROES

    This was a game that really tried to return to the classic style of the Genesis games, and I think did a fine job translating the gameplay into 3D. Some complained about the team-based gameplay, but I think it was extremely well done and didn't break the experience. The look has that Sonical feel to it, and the story (for the most part) wasn't taken seriously. I will agree with one criticism though that it got boring playing the same set of action stages and boss battles with all four teams. It would of been nice if each team got their own set of stages and bosses, I think it would of made the entire game much more exciting.

    SONIC THE HEDGEHOG (2006)

    Anyone who knows my thoughts about the game all ready know that I thought it was a broken mess and frustrating to play. But I've always been an advocate to give this game the benefit of the doubt, and it was that the story and setting were at least trying to be on an epic scale. Much like how Sonic Adventure 2 was a huge success for the 10th Anniversary, this game tried to be the "SA2" for the 15th Anniversary. The branching and connecting storylines, as well as the Solaris Project was very intriguing and thought provoking when I played it. It was also interesting from the perspective of Silver and Blaze, trying desperately to save their ruined time in the future. The tension and fighting between Shadow and Mephiles was also interesting, Mephiles is definitely one of the most threatening villains I've seen in the series. Really when I look past all the glitches, the game tried to be something special, and is something worth looking at for the fans.

    SONIC UNLEASHED

    This game I will always defend, because you can just tell a lot of effort and love went into this. Both day and night stages were very fun to play, and their more cartoonish/Pixar look at our world was creative looking as well. A lot of people criticize this game for the werehog and "non-Sonic" aspects, but the werehog night stages I thought was a huge step ahead of the other gimmicks Sonic Team experimented with. I also very much got from this game the same feeling of Sonic Adventure, where the setting and music were on a grand scale. But it didn't lose the magic of what made Sonic so likable in the first place. Anyone who hasn't played this, or any of these three games should at least give them a try. Maybe you'll grow a new liking to them yourself.



    Completely agreed, Aquaslash. Sonic Rivals 2 was a lot of fun, both Rivals titles have definitely been overlooked.
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    Spyne got a reaction from Vertekins in Most underrated Sonic game   
    Three games immediately come to mind, and they are all in the 3D era.

    SONIC HEROES

    This was a game that really tried to return to the classic style of the Genesis games, and I think did a fine job translating the gameplay into 3D. Some complained about the team-based gameplay, but I think it was extremely well done and didn't break the experience. The look has that Sonical feel to it, and the story (for the most part) wasn't taken seriously. I will agree with one criticism though that it got boring playing the same set of action stages and boss battles with all four teams. It would of been nice if each team got their own set of stages and bosses, I think it would of made the entire game much more exciting.

    SONIC THE HEDGEHOG (2006)

    Anyone who knows my thoughts about the game all ready know that I thought it was a broken mess and frustrating to play. But I've always been an advocate to give this game the benefit of the doubt, and it was that the story and setting were at least trying to be on an epic scale. Much like how Sonic Adventure 2 was a huge success for the 10th Anniversary, this game tried to be the "SA2" for the 15th Anniversary. The branching and connecting storylines, as well as the Solaris Project was very intriguing and thought provoking when I played it. It was also interesting from the perspective of Silver and Blaze, trying desperately to save their ruined time in the future. The tension and fighting between Shadow and Mephiles was also interesting, Mephiles is definitely one of the most threatening villains I've seen in the series. Really when I look past all the glitches, the game tried to be something special, and is something worth looking at for the fans.

    SONIC UNLEASHED

    This game I will always defend, because you can just tell a lot of effort and love went into this. Both day and night stages were very fun to play, and their more cartoonish/Pixar look at our world was creative looking as well. A lot of people criticize this game for the werehog and "non-Sonic" aspects, but the werehog night stages I thought was a huge step ahead of the other gimmicks Sonic Team experimented with. I also very much got from this game the same feeling of Sonic Adventure, where the setting and music were on a grand scale. But it didn't lose the magic of what made Sonic so likable in the first place. Anyone who hasn't played this, or any of these three games should at least give them a try. Maybe you'll grow a new liking to them yourself.



    Completely agreed, Aquaslash. Sonic Rivals 2 was a lot of fun, both Rivals titles have definitely been overlooked.
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    Spyne got a reaction from AM2 in What modern Simpsons episodes lack   
    I won't deny that newer seasons of The Simpsons aren't as good as the older seasons, but I still enjoy watching the series. The newer seasons aren't as antic or crazy, they more or less focus on realistic situations (for the most part), such as the personal aspects of their family life. It's also because they've been on for 20 years, need to give a little slack there. XD The Simpsons Movie was hilarious, though, I was very pleased with it. I do have to point out that since the series went HD during season 20, the episodes have actually gotten a lot better. It's the first time in a long time that I laughed out loud at jokes from the show. So while overall it's not as good as before, it's still the entertainment work horse it's always been.

    Going off on a tangent, if there's any show that's declined recently, it's Family Guy. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy watching it and The Cleveland Show; but Family Guy has just gotten extremely lazy. A lot of the characters (Peter and Quagmire come to mind) have just become extremely unlikable. A lot of the jokes fall flat on their face; and while offensive was funny then, they are so offensive it's just more mean-spirited. I think Seth MacFarlane has become extremely arrogant as well, I think especially with his shows taking up 3 of the 4 time slots on FOX's Animation Domination Sunday block (The Simpsons being the only non-MacFarlane show). This is where the two differ greatly. The Simpsons at least still produces stories that feel more natural and have more heart, while Family Guy has more so become lazy and mean-spirited.
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    Spyne got a reaction from SonikFusion UK in So how *do* you feel about newer Sonic games?   
    I think the argument that "Every Sonic game in recent years have sucked!" is greatly exaggerated. They mostly look at the canon Sonic titles such as Sonic Heroes, Shadow the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), and Sonic Unleashed and base the entire performance of the series off of that. It's a very narrow-minded way of looking at it, and it's quite unfortunate. Sonic Rush, Sonic Rush Adventure, and Sonic Unleashed I think have been the best Sonic titles in recent years. I also think Sonic Heroes has it's enjoyable moments as well.

    As to the state of the franchise today, I think it's been somewhat stable. There's the occasional title that gets negative reception, there's one that gets huge praise, and there's others that get mixed reactions. I've noticed that since Sonic's sppearance in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and then Sonic Unleashed, I think we're seeing the beginning of a turning point. A turning point where we're seeing more effort put into each game that comes out. Each title recently have turned back to the blue-sky SEGA treatment, and Sonic seems to be regaining more of his cocky personality. Gameplay wise, it seems they're at least trying, and I think they are getting more and more development teams that actually give a damn about creating a fun game. (Sonic and the Black Knight may have faulted in gameplay, but story and feel were very successful I thought.) In terms of overall thinking about the newer Sonic titles, it's been a rough road, but hopefully getting more onto a smoother surface. I think the timing is right, especially with Sonic's big 20th Anniversary next year.
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    Spyne got a reaction from Marcello in So how *do* you feel about newer Sonic games?   
    I think the argument that "Every Sonic game in recent years have sucked!" is greatly exaggerated. They mostly look at the canon Sonic titles such as Sonic Heroes, Shadow the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), and Sonic Unleashed and base the entire performance of the series off of that. It's a very narrow-minded way of looking at it, and it's quite unfortunate. Sonic Rush, Sonic Rush Adventure, and Sonic Unleashed I think have been the best Sonic titles in recent years. I also think Sonic Heroes has it's enjoyable moments as well.

    As to the state of the franchise today, I think it's been somewhat stable. There's the occasional title that gets negative reception, there's one that gets huge praise, and there's others that get mixed reactions. I've noticed that since Sonic's sppearance in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and then Sonic Unleashed, I think we're seeing the beginning of a turning point. A turning point where we're seeing more effort put into each game that comes out. Each title recently have turned back to the blue-sky SEGA treatment, and Sonic seems to be regaining more of his cocky personality. Gameplay wise, it seems they're at least trying, and I think they are getting more and more development teams that actually give a damn about creating a fun game. (Sonic and the Black Knight may have faulted in gameplay, but story and feel were very successful I thought.) In terms of overall thinking about the newer Sonic titles, it's been a rough road, but hopefully getting more onto a smoother surface. I think the timing is right, especially with Sonic's big 20th Anniversary next year.
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    Spyne got a reaction from Detective Shadzter in Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing   
    Surreal is the word that comes to mind in this matter. I've been dev-watching her art for a long time now, and she's one of my more distant online friends (I'm more in contact with her boyfriend online these days), and it's...quite odd to actually see her art in a Sonic game. XD Whether I would call this plagiarism or not, I really can't say, but it does look like a possibility. But on the other hand, I'm guessing it's somewhat of a thrill to see something you created in one of the actual games. It'll be interesting to see what S0L has to say about it, if he does provide a response.
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    Spyne got a reaction from Gamerguy21 in A Discovery in Sonic Unleashed   
    Mostly due to the fact that the Dreamcast has since become a cult-classic console. Like many others, I believe the console had so much more potential as well as shelf life to become one of the longer lasting consoles. It's just a shame the PlayStation 2 being released so soon after made people forget about Dreamcast. (No offense to PS2 fans/users here, just stating a fact.) Also for novelty purposes; it was SEGA's final hardware, so it has that nostalgia for many SEGA fans who will play this game. XD
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