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Badnik Mechanic

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  1. This is actually the first time in a very very long time where I haven't a clue what they're going to do.

    between the shift to the US for the 'Sonic Hub' all the re-structuring in Japan, the fact Forces didn't do as well as they wanted and Mania so blatantly shook up their plans.

    Like... When they saw Mania... and saw how it was received... I would loved to have been in the room of Sonic Team when they had their debriefing.


    The only thing at the moment I'd like to try and predict is if it's going to be a cross gen title given how the PS5 is likely coming in 2020 and several devs have hinted their next projects are cross gen.

  2. So there's a documentary on Netflix right now called Playing Hard.

    It basically follows the development of the game For Honor, yes the Ubisoft title which is very grindy.


    I don't want to spoil too much about it, but.... It's a really eye opening look at the politics of game development to the point where you'll be asking for someone to look into how game devs are treated.

    Whilst the doc follows the development and release of the game, they avoid the grind and micro transactions controversy and make the game out to be a huge hit. 

    There is a really shocking sub story going on... 

    Basically, the creator of the game slowly has creative control taken away from him, before he's effectively fired and kicked out of the company just prior to the games release.

    The health and mental well being of some of the devs completely collapses, one shows how he now has to sleep wearing an oxygen mask because his health is so poor.


    So many of the devs just appear depressed as the management slowly puts more demands on them and starts to change what they want to make into a money making machine.

    Give this a watch, it's about 1 hour 30min so it's not that long and it's a really interesting insight.

  3. On 3/30/2019 at 2:29 AM, Cuz said:

    In a related note, does anyone else find the shear size of the issues to be a barrier to collecting them? I mean the paper is over twice the size of most comics I’ve seen. evidently when they make a comic in the UK they  use the whole damn tree. Any storage tips?


    I show you exactly how to bag and board them, as well as explain what style of Comic book bags and boards you need to store these comics.

  4. Oh my GOD! You guys... This happened on the Sonic Livestream today!


    The chat erupted with people chanting for the Sonic statue... And they talked about it! It was the first thing they talked about! In fact the chat was so relentless they had to address it multiple times!

    Aaron said he was aware of the story and thought it was amazing. He also said that, he would tell ask his counterparts in Sega of Japan if they could look into it, because it's clearly outside their field of influence. 

    So to Review...

    In less than a year, we've found the statue.

    Got great pictures and video of it.

    And now Sega are aware of it and have responded positively to calls to save it.



  5. 44 minutes ago, Tornado said:

    So how long until they announce it's exclusive to Epic?


    They have to first get the steam pre-orders so they can negotiate better retail store deals.

  6. Let's be honest here... the other thread is going to be just for the console/pc release. Also not sure if we have a thread already so I dunno lock or merge I guess.


    Sonic Racing is an upcoming mobile game from Hardlight studios.

    The game appears to be a mobile version of Team Sonic Racing.

    Currently the game is advertised to be an Apple Arcade Exclusive.

    Due for release later this year. Not price strategy announced yet.


    Will add more pics when I'm back on desktop.

  7. So I've done an update video... Because there have been a few developments.



    First of all, the statue is now a landmark on Google maps.

    The statue now appears in Pokemon Go (No really it's there as a Poke'Stop)


    But the big thing, a professional fabricator and prop maker has been to the statue and examined it.... He took some new pictures and video (Included in the above)...

    But he also had some worrying news... The statue is decaying faster than anyone previously thought, parts of it are in really bad shape and some are at real risk of collapse. 

    Not only that, but... the board itself is nearly completely rotted away and the main supports are also showing major signs of decay. By his estimates, it's got 5-7 years at the most before it will completely collapse.


    Is there any good place I can upload the photos that were taken?


  8. Just now, DabigRG said:

    The full image has, but the tweet hasn't iirc.

    A bottlefly huh? Hm.

    That's what I think it is. It's easier to snip tool then tweet post image instead of messing with forbidden planets image codes.

  9. Unleashed - Present Day = Automated Gameplay era/Boost Era

    Whatever you wanna call it. The modern area is well and truly over. I'd say it probably died when just after Sonic 06 came out. 06 Without a doubt pretty much hangs onto Adventure 1 & 2's cape in virtually every respect with even Shadows game stapled to it. 

    But unleashed just feels completely different from 06 and everything before it.

    Unleashed for me was the start of every Sonic game practically forcing you to go forward no matter what you wanted to do, whilst it had a lot of sections where you still had some control and freedom... looking at every game since, control is reduced with each outing... and now we're at Forces which has levels which are nearly 50% automated.



    God you could even classify TSR into the boost era since it removed all the All-Star moves into just an epic boost move.

  10. I just checked ebay.co.uk 

    Typed Sonic the Comic and several bundles came up.


    But in terms of collecting fleetway Sonic. It's a really hard comic to try and value and recommend issues. Because the early issues are not that rare compared to the rest of them so you don't wanna be paying too much.

    However, the first 5 or 6 issues are a bit pants. The artwork is really poor (even the artist admits it's bad) and the stories are just one shots (except for issue 1 and 2).  But once it gets to the Issue where Sonic escapes the special zone with his friends, it really ups the quality and story telling.

    It might be an idea to try before you buy with fleetway, last I checked EmuParadise still had the entire series on it's website. If you like it and want some actual issues, either ebay.co.uk or get in touch with me since I know I have a bunch of issues that I've been wanting to sell for a long time.


  11. We did have a topic on this, but it seemed to have died during one of the last few database crashes, so this was originally going to be a reply to that but might as well now make it anew.

    This video is mine, but it's a full visual summary of the topic and some additional info and observations.


    Anyway, details.

    The show was broadcast on Russian and Ukrainian TV via channel RTR (now known as Russia 1). The title of the show translates to "Sonic Super Hedgehog" and it seems to have been a mixture of a kids game show and what we would consider in the west to be a 'magazine' or videogame show.

    Whilst teams made up of a child and adult would take part in a quiz and then competition in a 'game of the week' the show had other features too.

    News & Reviews: These covered any Sega console title from 94. They also did news and segments on games, consoles and even various Sega arcades (one of which might even be a Sega World in Japan but the video is too degraded for me to tell).

    Letters to the show: In one of the videos, the show reads out letters sent to the TV station, they also show some fan art from the viewers. 


    For nearly 20 years, it was considered "lost media" before someone uploaded footage from it to YouTube back in 2014, however the earliest discussions I can find about the show date back even further preceding 2008 in one case. 

    The show was hosted by Yevgeny Stychkin, who has since gone on to be quite a well known actor in Russia, having lots of roles across TV, Film and Theatre. In fact if you check out his website (Just be aware his site tries to force download a SWF file to your system.) He still lists the show on it under his TV history

    From what I've been able to tell, the show only ran for one season in 1994. Whist it seems kinda cheap and low effort, they were giving away between £500-£1000 worth of prizes per episode, and they made a lot of effort to theme the show around the 'game of the week'.


    So how did it work? Well there were 3 teams, made up of a kid and guardian, the first round they would answer questions based on the game of the week, however it wouldn't necessarily be about the game. For example in the Aladdin episode, the questions are all on the Disney movie and not the game. 

    Round 2 was the competitive mode which would be a challenge in game, like a 2 player vs mode or beat the first level the fastest. 

    There was also a bonus round in the event of a tie. 


    During the show there is an animated Sonic who appears and reacts to what's going on, he's got several animation states that I've noticed so far.

    • Standing still/looking
    • pointing.
    • cheering (Jumps up and down, waves his arms)
    • Laughing.
    • Crying  (yes he cries in one episode).

    He was also given a voice in the show, a very high pitched squeaky voice, I've only found two cases though where he speaks in the shows (one is included in the video at around 10:40). 

    But I was quite impressed with this, because not only are the animations quite varied. The design is spot on! I can't see any errors and normally with this like this there's normally one thing like the shoes or the arms being blue, in this show they are all 100% right.


    So what could you win from this? 

    3rd Place: Posters, T-Shirts and Sega watches.

    2nd Place: The above + a lower end console (Master System/Game Gear)

    1st Place: 3rd place prizes + Mega Drive & games.


    And of course there is that intro... that crazy intro... Which isn't complete. It seems that there is actually more to this intro. During one of the videos there is a cut to part of the intro which is unseen in all the videos uploaded. 


    Special thanks to @Bobnik & @Woun for their help with translations.

    And here's the uploaded videos themselves for you to check out again.



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