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You know...even when I was 12 years old and just really getting into the online Sonic fandom (and began my descent into darkness)...I never understood why the switching of voices was a big deal.
And I STILL don't get why it's such a big deal...
You get attached to the voices, especially if you grew up with them, and its jarring when they change, especially when the new actor sounds nothing like the old.
And when it comes to the whole "replacing the game cast with the Sonic X", it was jarring and stupid. If anything, it would have made more sense to do it the other way around.
I was confused myself, but I guess I just rolled with it, presumably from what I interpreted they were saying. They made it seem like they labeled every Sonic game after Heroes (or Advance 3, VA wise) worse than everyone before, and part of it was because of the 4Kids cast. That, and when Robotnik started being called Eggman. The shitty friends stuff was there too, but they were smart enough to spare Tails and Knuckles and rant how the newer characters replaced them.
I just went ahead and followed what the fans were saying and went back to side with Mario. Back in Brawl when they made comedy videos that sometimes made Sonic the victim, I often root for his predator. I did get games like Unleashed Wii and Rush, and despite that I was "not allowed" to like these games, I gave them a try regardless.
I didn't really catch anybody saying Sonic started to suck ever since he went 3D, got a redesign or a voice to begin with. It was always Sonic Adventure 2 that was called the "Best Sonic game." Then came Sonic 4, and then I started hearing "Sonic doesn't have Green Eyez!!!" "Sonic 3&K is the real GOAT!!!", and I'm like "okaaaay...?"
It ultimately was after Generations came out and people started saying "Bring back more playable characters!", "Jason Griffin is the best Sonic!", "Sonic Unleashed and Black Knight were awesome!", "Sonic Adventure 1 was better than 2!"- that I snapped out of it and realized how silly this entire thing was getting. I got so sick of these complaints that I secretly has hoping something worse comes along and they could finally agree on something.
As of recently, I guess I got my wish.
- Rant (sort of)