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  1. I watched a bit of the video, but it was just questioning why Sonic seems heavily influenced by America. I'm pretty sure we all already know it's because the series sells better in the west. I mean, there is a logical reason they partnered with Hooters for Sonic Forces, I just think they didn't do the proper research in cultural differences. Yeah, Hooters has it's western origins, but also has a totally different image in the west, too. It also pointed out that the Ark was a Star Wars parody when it's the Death Egg that has always had that particular acclaim, to my knowledge anyway. The Ark did have a weapon more like that of the Death Star, though. I get that Shadow The Hedgehog did parody Independence Day, but I couldn't watch anymore of the video. I'm too nit-picky, I know. It's also worth mentioning Super Sonic and the Seven Chaos Emeralds as a Dragonball Z parody. So the series has always had a slight comical vibe if you think about the early parodies. Dr Eggman's appearance basically reaffirms that. I didn't mind the name, Robotnik. Though I never understood why they tried to change his appearance in the west. I didn't hate it, but in terms a favourite, I've always preferred his original appearance and feel like it's a shame we never got to see him animated much. Only with the OVA and Mania Adventures. But that's not a discussion for this thread. Though move of what I was going to say has practically been made redundant by Blue Bloods post. What he says makes perfect sense. Heck, it's also possible that the fans expectations have also contributed to the series losing all sense of identity too. With the comics and cartoons doing there own thing and ending up nothing like the universe and characters from the source (Which Sega never really define much in the first place.) the entire community is at each others throats wanting this and that while Sonic Team are dumbing down the gameplay to appeal to new fans, so they can confuse a larger number of people. In the end, what story they are trying to tell, doesn't matter to me. They need to refine the gameplay first and foremost. Not dumb it down like I already mentioned.
  2. Something has been weighing on me heavily that only started to manifest in a negative way, today. Despite that, it's been a pleasant day. Everyone seemed to be having fun and joking. As for what I got... Super Smash Brothers: Ultimate Taiko no Tatsujin Drum'n'Fun! - Switch Fitness Boxing Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy - Switch Persona Dancing bundle (3, 5 and a DLC code for 4.) Spyro Reignited Trilogy *New* Surface Pro Keyboard Neptunia: Black Heart figurine One-Punch Man - Volume 14 Persona Q: P4 Side - Volume 3 Derren Brown book - Happy: Why more or less everything is absolutely fine We also had some chocolates to share. Now maybe Fitness Boxing can help burn off all those calories.
  3. Given how this topic is phrased, I think there might be a misconception somewhere. I just doubt the Mania team had any say in what characters can and can't appear. Though considering the cameos of Bean, Bark and Fang, it does feel like they might've had some influence in some aspects. They'd still need the green light from Sonic Team. Although characters like Ray and Mighty are obscure, they had always been playable in there game appearance while Amy only got that from Spin Offs. Seeing as how she needed to be rescued in the classics and goes out on her own in the modern titles, that actually displays character growth that Sonic Team rarely bother with. Making her fully playable in a classic based title has the potential to undermine that.
  4. As a non-Archie ready, I'd only have the cartoons to go by. Perhaps my opinion isn't worth sharing but I'm gonna do it anyway. *shrug* As it stands, there is no reason for Galaxytrail to want to purchase those characters. Those reasons having already been said. It's also worth noting that if they were likely to come back in any new shape or form, the possibility of them being different to the characters that so many of us had grown up with, would be very high. They could simply be handled by an entirely new team of people. In the long run, you'd still lose the characters from treasured memories. Where as staying in the back catalogue of comics lets them leave with any dignity they had acquired over the years intact. It sounds like a lose-lose situation, but when you think of stuff like television shows that run for years with great success, then start to go stale and turn into a horrible parody of it's once established greatness. Now being nothing more than mediocrity of the worst kind... Isn't it better for them to retire without the taint of a potential revival?
  5. It's your Birthday!? Time to party like your somebody else!!!


  6. http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2018/12/spawn_creator_hints_that_the_character_might_appear_in_mortal_kombat_11 Does anyone here care about guest characters? I don't so this is meaningless to me but the creator of Spawn seems to have hinted at the possibility of him being in MK11. He was in a Soul Calibur game too, I didn't care then, either. Though wouldn't that be something? Kratos and Spawn appearing as guests in Soul Calibur and years later, moving over to Mortal Kombat? lol I'm not really familiar with the Spawn character either. Though one article claimed that his creator is also the co-creator of Venom, I don't know if that's true but it does sound logical. They do look similar and all....
  7. Been playing some games I've been curious of for a while now. Since they are on the Switch, I'd get them for that. Bright and colourful characters, cartoonish style and an interesting looking puzzle game. Those three reasons are what got me to finally give this a try. To think, I had no idea that it was originally a Game Boy Colour game. So Toki Tori is the name of the protagonist. He's on a quest to rescue his siblings that are still in there eggs. He has a vast range of tools at his disposal, but you can't use them as much as you want. This is a puzzle/platformer game, so you've gotta traverse the environment while using your tools wisely. I've only made it to the second world and I'm starting to struggle. You have a Wildcard, which you can use to skip a particularly tough puzzle, but you only get one, the only way to retrieve it is by completing the puzzle you used it on. The other game I got is it's surprisingly different sequel. Toki Tori 2+ is an open world puzzle/platformer. In the first game, you just pick a puzzle and solve it, then move onto the next. With this, you are traveling to the puzzles which act like a part of the levels. Gone are the tools from the first game, but TT still has some tricks up his wing. He can now stomp and whistle. Those two things alone are all you need to solve every puzzle in the game, it doesn't give you anything new as you progress. Though you will be taught tunes that can assist in various ways. One acts like a fast travel, able to fly back to specific places you've been to once before and another rewinds you back to the last checkpoint you passed. Which for me, has been very useful. It's possible to mess up a puzzle in such a way that it's unsolvable in that state. You have no choice but to restart. What I find interesting is how varied the stomp and whistle effect the other creatures you will meet. At the start of the game, you'd often come across areas that are unpassable, but as you keep playing, you'll learn new ways to use the stomp and whistle, so when you return to those unpassable places, you find that you can actually get across with what you had, all along. That's some pretty clever design work, if you ask me. Though it's also a tough game, just like the first. I'm determined to see them both through to the end. Somehow.....
  8. I think the problem we have with your point of view is that technology has advanced to such a degree that anything is possible in a movie and it could all look so natural. Like the Marvel movies. There was this bit in Dr. Strange and...well...it was pretty strange. A chase going on in weird collapsing worlds where you can walk on walls or upside down, it was pretty trippy. But because of technology, it didn't look out of place. ET and Roger Rabbit are decades old and had to use what they could at the time. What would they look like if they were created in this time? It's impossible to know and a remake wouldn't answer that either. Because the originals exist, the mind already knows what to expect and what it likes from the characters, some will naturally shun the remakes. What was my point? Oh yeah. Anything is possible in a movie. They could've picked any direction to take this movie, they have a pretty good budget and computers can do anything. Because of that, it doesn't feel like the choice they made was justified.
  9. Hang on, are you saying Who Framed Roger Rabbit was a movie made only for little kids? Because it was rated PG and considering it featured a character like Jessica Rabbit, I'm surprised it only got that. But...it was a different era. Also, I don't think Sonic is supposed to be edgy. That label had only ever been given to Shadow and more recently, Infinite. Unless your talking about a Sonic story that is edgy, that would be different. But still, thinking that an animated movie can't tell a serious story is a very hollow way to see things. Any media can tell any type of story with the right people as visionaries. Though the west are usually the ones reluctant to expand on the potential of animation, only labelling it for children while occasionally making ones targeted at an adult audience.
  10. Yeah, with realism as the design process, it does make me doubt how they'd handle iconic Sonic staples that have been present throughout. Assuming they'd even bother to include them. Like the loop de loop. Natural ones are rare and almost never perfectly round. Building a road with one would be just plain dumb. The only logical choice I can think of that would make sense is if a scene plays out at a theme part or circus. To be honest, I'd love to see moments in the movie with Sonic snowboarding down a mountain, maybe being chased by a truck and facing off against Dr. Eggman in a giant mech. It's just hard to picture it with the direction they've chose to take. I wish they'd just show Sonic as he'd appear already, it would release all this doubt that I'm having. As @Polkadi~♪ said, first impressions are important. We're told we shouldn't judge a book by it's cover but it's practically an unconscious act. We can't help it. It's up to them to prove us wrong.
  11. I think perhaps it's a little too soon to compare what appears to be happening with this movie over what had happened with others. If anything, the current situation with the movie kinda reminds me of when the character designs were revealed for the new cartoon, Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. That also had designs not like any other. I can't say if the show is good or not, I still haven't seen it, but the animation looked stunning during the intro. Don't get me wrong. I'm a pessimist when it comes to this movie. I hate realism. I've always found the Fast and the Furious franchise as boring and while I like Deadpool, I wouldn't put a person that worked on that movie into working on a movie with an iconic character that needs to appeal to all ages. I don't expect they'd have him jumping about with swords, cutting people up and shooting them while saying silly things, mind you. I'm aware that I'm a pessimistic and I don't mind being wrong. In fact, I often prefer it.
  12. Pardon me, I don't usually get involved in the heavy topics but I spotted something I could say. There is some truth in what you say, but I think they are some misconceptions too. I do agree that we probably can't destroy the movie, but we might have the potential to dent it, at least. Just as you said, most who feel like watching the movie, might not even know who he is or that might know him, but only by name and legacy. People like those and the children will give it a try regardless. They might be a group that are uncertain. "A blue hedgehog called Sonic? That sounds familiar, but why?" So they research his name and by chance, come across the fans predetermined opinions and assume the worst. Then there are those sonic fans that are open minded about the movie, but the hatred that it generates infects there own way of thinking and they don't want to see it either. The numbers might not be large, but it all adds up. How many of us would be compelled to say something on twitter or other similar website if we came across a total stranger posting that they are thinking of watching the Sonic Movie? But this is all hypothetical. What's ultimately important is respecting others. If members want to be optimistic and open-minded, then let them. It's there right. If members think it's doomed to fail, you'll have to accept that and don't make a big issue about it. There is no right or wrong. Even when the movie is out, it'll all still be about opinions. And with that, POW! I'm gone. I finished my post.
  13. Did some fact checking. The quote that I recalled was one I first saw on this very forum and it was by Shun Nakamura. From this, it sounds like they were trying to simplify things for those new to the series. Just had the opposite effect of alienating the veterans. The original topic that talked about this interview is here: The tweet in the opening post didn't really supply any sources of the quote or explain much about the interview. That was later supplied by @Gabriel on the second page, which I linked so if you click that, it should take you straight to the second page. I don't mind him giving credit to the Mania team. It's just the implication that he wouldn't revive them unless given an opportunity. Maybe I'm wrong in thinking that the head of Sonic Team has a say in almost everything Sonic Team related. How he said it makes it sound like he lacks vision for the franchise. Perhaps I'm overthinking things.
  14. 2010 is when he officially became head of Sonic Team according to resources. To the main point, I was hoping somebody would bring new life into Sonic and I thought Unleashed was a step in the right direction. Colours was fun but lacked the depth and interactions that Unleashed had. But Colours came out in the same year as the infamous Sonic 4 Episode 1 so... What followed seems to be hit or miss games. Sonic Generation: Good - Sonic 4: Episode 2: Not so good - Sonic: Lost World: Opinions mixed I tried so hard to keep an open mind regarding Sonic Forces but...it's clearly shallow. It spits on Tails character development, it brings a new character in that had so much potential and wasted it with a simplistic and dull backstory, if you can call it that. The levels are as shallow as the story and apparently, they did that deliberately? I'm sure somebody had a quote about the level design where they said they made them simple or something. He also appears to lack vision. Was it him who said that Eggman isn't capable of conquering the world on his own? He made Mighty and Ray "sealed" despite knowing the fans often request them. Giving the credit to the "Mania Project" for letting him bring them back. Yet he's the head, right? He could've thought of a way to bring them back 10 years ago if he cared enough about the fans. So...all in all...he's been a massive disappointment. Even when he talks about something critically acclaimed like Mania, he still manages to paint himself as an imbecile. Sorry that I got dangerously close to turning this into an Iizuka bashing post.
  15. https://gematsu.com/2018/12/mortal-kombat-11-has-customizable-variants-esports-focused-multiplayer-mode-and-more I've heard the term "eSports" before, but I don't actually know what that is.
  16. Activating nostalgia mode: Ahh, the memories. I remember playing a Panzer Dragoon game, I think it was on the Sega Saturn. It was a very unique and enjoyable experience. I'm pretty sure this is the box art of it. I think another one was later released on the original X-Box, but I never had the chance to play that. I'll certainly keep an eye out for more information and hope for the best. ...Is this another example of an alternative company potentially reviving an old Sega franchise, like with Streets of Rage?
  17. I'm liking the more cinematic camera angles. Originally, it all played out from above your characters, even the cutscenes. Though maybe hardware restrictions forced the developers to go in that direction. It is strange to revive a series after so long but...maybe this is all Sonic Mania and Crash Bandicoots fault. That's not a complaint. I played the other Ultimate Alliance games with my brothers, it'll be a nice nostalgic feeling if we could do that again.
  18. I don't know, they've done time travel once before. Would they really do it again? The hourglass could also represent a countdown to some kind of event. Maybe Armageddon, nothing has really changed to prevent that from happening again. *Shrug* I'm not sure about the two Scorpions. I assumed the first one was human, he was revived as such during the events of MKX. He gets very KO'ed by Raiden and then he's instantly revived as his revenant self again. Though from what I understand, Quan Chi was the guy that brought him back as a revenant and last we saw him, he'd lost some weight. But the fight might probably have no connection to story events, it's usually Scorpion and Sub-Zero going at it in every other announcement trailer. Maybe the trailer represents a new fatality feature where the loser can get revenge somehow? But to answer your question, I think in terms of appearance, the first Scorpion looks more like how he did in MKX. With the hood and all.
  19. I felt pretty disappointed with MKX to be honest. It had less modes than MK9 and I really liked the tag battles from that. Those challenge towers were fun and intense too, but MKX didn't have anything like that. I felt the story was mostly predictable too, which I guess it should've been since it was kinda a retelling of Mortal Kombat 4. Shinnok being the main bad guy and all. I felt like the story had some plot holes too. In the original time line, when Shao Kahn was supposedly dead, Ermac was no longer tied to the Emperor and gained free will. Which he used to redeem himself with helping the heroes and training Kenshi, if I recall correctly. But he was still loyal to the Emperor in MKX, despite Shao Kahn actually supposedly being dead this time. I didn't think much of most of the new characters. Erron Black was cool and the next generation of heroes was a nice inclusion, seeing there friendships develop and all. The rest I felt was pretty....meh. It's a shame that the Arcade mode endings aren't canon, I really like the idea of one of them from MK9, were Liu Kang becomes a tyrant and Raiden recruits Shang Tsung to stop him. I would've loved to see a role reversal like that play out. Anyway, I'm not sure what to expect from this, so I'd wait for more details. Should I be concerned that I don't even react to the crazy violence from these games anymore? The only one I did react to in that trailer was when Scorpions finger was pulled back. Ouch. >.<
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  23. It certainly looks pretty awesome right now. I'm kinda curious what you've got planned for the art in the game, it's certainly something to look forward to. I wish you all the best of luck, success and fun in such a large scale project.
  24. I'd like to get the comics but I can't decide the best method. Due to lack of space, I might be better off buying them digitally, if that is an option. Though you're right. I frequently miss the bigger picture but even I have noticed a lack of advertising for the comic.
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