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    Badnik Mechanic got a reaction from lbyrd2 in So we found the Sega World London Globe Statue!   
    Just over a week ago I uploaded a video about the history of Sega World London, (see here)
    It contained a bunch of new information about the park including some newly discovered old footage from inside and even some of the advertisements for the park in some of the underground tube stations.
    The video has been passed around quite a lot and it's triggered a few people to come out and share some new information including one amazingly cool find..
    There has always been a question as to what happened to the giant Sonic statues that were scattered around the park, one of them is now with Sega Amusements and has since been repainted. But the others have always been a bit of a mystery.
    Well... the most iconic of the statues, the one with Sonic balancing a globe on his finger has been found!
    I don't have permission to say who the owners are, but apparently it's been with this company since the park closed and the statue was removed, just sitting in an office back room all this time. Obviously Sonic is currently doing his paperwork of playing a very good game of hide and seek which is why there's not a better image.
    But that's another statue off the list! The Sega World London Globe statue has been found and is living a happy life doing paperwork!
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    Badnik Mechanic got a reaction from Silvereyes in So we found the Sega World London Globe Statue!   
    Just over a week ago I uploaded a video about the history of Sega World London, (see here)
    It contained a bunch of new information about the park including some newly discovered old footage from inside and even some of the advertisements for the park in some of the underground tube stations.
    The video has been passed around quite a lot and it's triggered a few people to come out and share some new information including one amazingly cool find..
    There has always been a question as to what happened to the giant Sonic statues that were scattered around the park, one of them is now with Sega Amusements and has since been repainted. But the others have always been a bit of a mystery.
    Well... the most iconic of the statues, the one with Sonic balancing a globe on his finger has been found!
    I don't have permission to say who the owners are, but apparently it's been with this company since the park closed and the statue was removed, just sitting in an office back room all this time. Obviously Sonic is currently doing his paperwork of playing a very good game of hide and seek which is why there's not a better image.
    But that's another statue off the list! The Sega World London Globe statue has been found and is living a happy life doing paperwork!
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    Badnik Mechanic got a reaction from BlueSky in Sonic Forces Development Speculation (Spoilers)   
    Also going back to the level designers for a moment.
    We shouldn't criticise these people for not having experience with this kind of game and for not having much recent Sonic experience, but the fact is someone with experience really should have been on this title for the level design too.
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    Badnik Mechanic got a reaction from Indigo Rush in Sonic Live Action Movie Thread (Read OP for topic rules) "Trailer 2 on Page 482)   
    I know this is my own tweet but...
     
    This is the biggest issue for me.
    EVERYTHING in this trailer, could be taken out, put into it's own movie and be an original item. Everything is so generic it feels like it was reject scraps from another movie or franchise. 
    Nothing about this movie says 'This is my identity'.
    There was one exception.
    The post credit sequence they used in the trailer, that was the most interesting part of the trailer when they showed mushroom Hill and they still messed up how it should look.
    It's so generic that I can't think of much else to say on it.
    I'm at a loss at why some people here think it has it's own identity because everything looked like it came from a catalogue of generic action movie.
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    Badnik Mechanic got a reaction from Autosaver in College Essay.   
    There's a piece of software called TurnItIn which is used by almost every college and University worth their salt.
    It can spot this kind of plagiarism a mile off.
    And I know this to be true because aside from running my own papers, disserations, reports and even computer code through it...
    Paying for an essay from these places is a bad idea since the irony is, the more they do, the more likely the plagiarism software can and will detect it.
     
     
    But out of curiosity. What's are the papers on? Might as well try and salvage something constructive from all this.
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    Badnik Mechanic got a reaction from goku262002 in New Moderators   
    Good news Tara,
     you're no longer in charge of the sandwiches.
     
    Bad news Pawn,
    You're now in charge of the sandwiches.
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    Badnik Mechanic got a reaction from UltraGizmo64 in The 1992-1995 Sega Roadshows   
    I recently did a lot of research and investigations into an old event that Sega used to hold between the years of 1992 and 1995.
    They were basically Sega Roadshows, the first was called "Sega on the Road" and the last one was called "In 2 Action." Each bus would tour major cities and large events in the UK allowing people the opportunity to play the latest Sega games and hardware. 
    You've probably seen a few pictures of these in videogame magazines and issues of Sonic the Comic. Well... I was able to find some video and accounts of the events so I decided to try and gather together the best and most common accounts of the events into one video which covered the roadshows in order to catalogue and inform.
    You can watch that here.
    Anyway... I wanted to ask about this here due to a really interesting comment I got on this one and something that was bugging me even when I was making the video.
    So the first roadshow was in 1992, the bulk of the events happened during the Summer of that year in the UK. The bus was decorated as you see in the thumbnail, with Sonic 2 imagery all over it. 
    And part of the attraction was the chance to play Sonic 2 in a competition style "How far can you get in 5 min" or "Can you beat the Sega high score?" And from what someone has told me, when they went onto it, someone was able to get all the way to Aquatic Ruin Zone during their run.
    Others have said that when they tried the game some people didn't make it out of the Emerald Hill Zone since the game wasn't released.
    So.... Does that mean that these events had Sonic 2 available to play in a near full condition... BEFORE it was officially released? Just that it seems the upper floor of these busses always had a Sonic competition, yet in some of the footage I found they're clearly playing Sonic 1, soooo... 
    Anyone go on these in 1992 and remember an early Sonic 2?
     
    Anyway, the 1995 event seems to be the last one and they had a Sonic, Tails and Knuckles mascot attend a few of them, sadly there's a distinct lack of media for these. Did anyone attend these and does anyone have any additional photos or dare I say video? 
     
     
     
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    Badnik Mechanic got a reaction from Eurisko in Izuka Looks Into Possibility of eSports Potential for the Series   
    Wow this is quite misleading for all concerned.
    Here is the original interview which is over a month old.
    https://www.4gamer.net/games/421/G042175/20190415016/
    You will notice it's actually a rather excellent interview about Team Sonic Racing... Not Sonic in general.
    E-Sports is brought up completely at random as part of the final throw away questions that most interviews do. I'm almost certain they asked that because TSR has been described as being a potential e-sports title, even I said so in virtually all my previews and reviews on it.
    Iizuka responds by saying 'no it's not going to happen' but is open to it. It's a way to say no without being rude or completely ruling out an idea.
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    Badnik Mechanic got a reaction from Indigo Rush in Izuka Looks Into Possibility of eSports Potential for the Series   
    Wow this is quite misleading for all concerned.
    Here is the original interview which is over a month old.
    https://www.4gamer.net/games/421/G042175/20190415016/
    You will notice it's actually a rather excellent interview about Team Sonic Racing... Not Sonic in general.
    E-Sports is brought up completely at random as part of the final throw away questions that most interviews do. I'm almost certain they asked that because TSR has been described as being a potential e-sports title, even I said so in virtually all my previews and reviews on it.
    Iizuka responds by saying 'no it's not going to happen' but is open to it. It's a way to say no without being rude or completely ruling out an idea.
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    Badnik Mechanic got a reaction from Sonictrainer in Izuka Looks Into Possibility of eSports Potential for the Series   
    Wow this is quite misleading for all concerned.
    Here is the original interview which is over a month old.
    https://www.4gamer.net/games/421/G042175/20190415016/
    You will notice it's actually a rather excellent interview about Team Sonic Racing... Not Sonic in general.
    E-Sports is brought up completely at random as part of the final throw away questions that most interviews do. I'm almost certain they asked that because TSR has been described as being a potential e-sports title, even I said so in virtually all my previews and reviews on it.
    Iizuka responds by saying 'no it's not going to happen' but is open to it. It's a way to say no without being rude or completely ruling out an idea.
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    Badnik Mechanic got a reaction from Legendary Emerald in Izuka Looks Into Possibility of eSports Potential for the Series   
    Wow this is quite misleading for all concerned.
    Here is the original interview which is over a month old.
    https://www.4gamer.net/games/421/G042175/20190415016/
    You will notice it's actually a rather excellent interview about Team Sonic Racing... Not Sonic in general.
    E-Sports is brought up completely at random as part of the final throw away questions that most interviews do. I'm almost certain they asked that because TSR has been described as being a potential e-sports title, even I said so in virtually all my previews and reviews on it.
    Iizuka responds by saying 'no it's not going to happen' but is open to it. It's a way to say no without being rude or completely ruling out an idea.
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    Badnik Mechanic got a reaction from SaturnWolf in Izuka Looks Into Possibility of eSports Potential for the Series   
    Wow this is quite misleading for all concerned.
    Here is the original interview which is over a month old.
    https://www.4gamer.net/games/421/G042175/20190415016/
    You will notice it's actually a rather excellent interview about Team Sonic Racing... Not Sonic in general.
    E-Sports is brought up completely at random as part of the final throw away questions that most interviews do. I'm almost certain they asked that because TSR has been described as being a potential e-sports title, even I said so in virtually all my previews and reviews on it.
    Iizuka responds by saying 'no it's not going to happen' but is open to it. It's a way to say no without being rude or completely ruling out an idea.
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    Badnik Mechanic got a reaction from Pengi in Izuka Looks Into Possibility of eSports Potential for the Series   
    Wow this is quite misleading for all concerned.
    Here is the original interview which is over a month old.
    https://www.4gamer.net/games/421/G042175/20190415016/
    You will notice it's actually a rather excellent interview about Team Sonic Racing... Not Sonic in general.
    E-Sports is brought up completely at random as part of the final throw away questions that most interviews do. I'm almost certain they asked that because TSR has been described as being a potential e-sports title, even I said so in virtually all my previews and reviews on it.
    Iizuka responds by saying 'no it's not going to happen' but is open to it. It's a way to say no without being rude or completely ruling out an idea.
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    Badnik Mechanic got a reaction from Polkadi~☆ in Izuka Looks Into Possibility of eSports Potential for the Series   
    Wow this is quite misleading for all concerned.
    Here is the original interview which is over a month old.
    https://www.4gamer.net/games/421/G042175/20190415016/
    You will notice it's actually a rather excellent interview about Team Sonic Racing... Not Sonic in general.
    E-Sports is brought up completely at random as part of the final throw away questions that most interviews do. I'm almost certain they asked that because TSR has been described as being a potential e-sports title, even I said so in virtually all my previews and reviews on it.
    Iizuka responds by saying 'no it's not going to happen' but is open to it. It's a way to say no without being rude or completely ruling out an idea.
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    Badnik Mechanic got a reaction from Dr. Christmas Mike in Izuka Looks Into Possibility of eSports Potential for the Series   
    Wow this is quite misleading for all concerned.
    Here is the original interview which is over a month old.
    https://www.4gamer.net/games/421/G042175/20190415016/
    You will notice it's actually a rather excellent interview about Team Sonic Racing... Not Sonic in general.
    E-Sports is brought up completely at random as part of the final throw away questions that most interviews do. I'm almost certain they asked that because TSR has been described as being a potential e-sports title, even I said so in virtually all my previews and reviews on it.
    Iizuka responds by saying 'no it's not going to happen' but is open to it. It's a way to say no without being rude or completely ruling out an idea.
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    Badnik Mechanic got a reaction from MainJP in Izuka Looks Into Possibility of eSports Potential for the Series   
    Wow this is quite misleading for all concerned.
    Here is the original interview which is over a month old.
    https://www.4gamer.net/games/421/G042175/20190415016/
    You will notice it's actually a rather excellent interview about Team Sonic Racing... Not Sonic in general.
    E-Sports is brought up completely at random as part of the final throw away questions that most interviews do. I'm almost certain they asked that because TSR has been described as being a potential e-sports title, even I said so in virtually all my previews and reviews on it.
    Iizuka responds by saying 'no it's not going to happen' but is open to it. It's a way to say no without being rude or completely ruling out an idea.
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    Badnik Mechanic got a reaction from Razule in Izuka Looks Into Possibility of eSports Potential for the Series   
    Wow this is quite misleading for all concerned.
    Here is the original interview which is over a month old.
    https://www.4gamer.net/games/421/G042175/20190415016/
    You will notice it's actually a rather excellent interview about Team Sonic Racing... Not Sonic in general.
    E-Sports is brought up completely at random as part of the final throw away questions that most interviews do. I'm almost certain they asked that because TSR has been described as being a potential e-sports title, even I said so in virtually all my previews and reviews on it.
    Iizuka responds by saying 'no it's not going to happen' but is open to it. It's a way to say no without being rude or completely ruling out an idea.
  18. Absolutely
    Badnik Mechanic got a reaction from Milo in Izuka Looks Into Possibility of eSports Potential for the Series   
    Wow this is quite misleading for all concerned.
    Here is the original interview which is over a month old.
    https://www.4gamer.net/games/421/G042175/20190415016/
    You will notice it's actually a rather excellent interview about Team Sonic Racing... Not Sonic in general.
    E-Sports is brought up completely at random as part of the final throw away questions that most interviews do. I'm almost certain they asked that because TSR has been described as being a potential e-sports title, even I said so in virtually all my previews and reviews on it.
    Iizuka responds by saying 'no it's not going to happen' but is open to it. It's a way to say no without being rude or completely ruling out an idea.
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    Badnik Mechanic got a reaction from Lord-Dreamerz in Izuka Looks Into Possibility of eSports Potential for the Series   
    Wow this is quite misleading for all concerned.
    Here is the original interview which is over a month old.
    https://www.4gamer.net/games/421/G042175/20190415016/
    You will notice it's actually a rather excellent interview about Team Sonic Racing... Not Sonic in general.
    E-Sports is brought up completely at random as part of the final throw away questions that most interviews do. I'm almost certain they asked that because TSR has been described as being a potential e-sports title, even I said so in virtually all my previews and reviews on it.
    Iizuka responds by saying 'no it's not going to happen' but is open to it. It's a way to say no without being rude or completely ruling out an idea.
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    Badnik Mechanic got a reaction from tailsBOOM! in Izuka Looks Into Possibility of eSports Potential for the Series   
    Wow this is quite misleading for all concerned.
    Here is the original interview which is over a month old.
    https://www.4gamer.net/games/421/G042175/20190415016/
    You will notice it's actually a rather excellent interview about Team Sonic Racing... Not Sonic in general.
    E-Sports is brought up completely at random as part of the final throw away questions that most interviews do. I'm almost certain they asked that because TSR has been described as being a potential e-sports title, even I said so in virtually all my previews and reviews on it.
    Iizuka responds by saying 'no it's not going to happen' but is open to it. It's a way to say no without being rude or completely ruling out an idea.
  21. Absolutely
    Badnik Mechanic got a reaction from Blue Blood in Izuka Looks Into Possibility of eSports Potential for the Series   
    Wow this is quite misleading for all concerned.
    Here is the original interview which is over a month old.
    https://www.4gamer.net/games/421/G042175/20190415016/
    You will notice it's actually a rather excellent interview about Team Sonic Racing... Not Sonic in general.
    E-Sports is brought up completely at random as part of the final throw away questions that most interviews do. I'm almost certain they asked that because TSR has been described as being a potential e-sports title, even I said so in virtually all my previews and reviews on it.
    Iizuka responds by saying 'no it's not going to happen' but is open to it. It's a way to say no without being rude or completely ruling out an idea.
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    Badnik Mechanic got a reaction from SaturnWolf in Run Sonic Run: The Most Obscure Event in Sonic's History?   
    During the 20th anniversary, Sega really went all out to promote Sonic. If you were around these forums back then, you'll remember how crazy it was, every day it felt like something new was announced or leaked. 
    They even held various events all over the world, most of these were basically conventions or parties such as Summer of Sonic and Sonic Boom, but then you had the really odd ones like the skateboarding event 'Generations of Skate.'
    But there was one event which was held in the UK during May of 2011 which barely got any attention even back then, and in the 8 years since the event was held... Absolutely no new information has come to light... Until last week.
     
    So in a nutshell... 

    Run Sonic Run was a mini 5k Sonic themed marathon held in London during 2011. There was both a kids race and an adults race held, according to Sega, 500 kids took part in the first race from over 10 schools in the local area.
    Apparently Sega did have plans to hold more events like this throughout the UK. In the video I looked at the photos carefully and noticed that they did have multiple banners for this, so it probably wasn't just a one off thing, they did invest quite a bit into this which does suggest they really were looking into doing more.
    But the new information came last week. Several Run Sonic Run Goodie bags were sold at an internal Sega charity event and I was lucky enough to get one. 
    This event actually had it's own branded merch, and in the video I do spot the merch in one of the photos.
     
    Here we have a 20th anniversary event, which had over 500 people take part in, which gave away free branded merch... and for over 8 years there's barely any information online about it. The Sega Blogs who originally hosted the story are long deleted, even the predominant wiki pages like Sonic Retro and the Sonic fandom wiki don't have any mention of it.
    So since 8 years have passed and some of the people who went on this are now likely in college or about to start uni... I have to ask. Did anyone here actually go to this? Or knows someone who did?
    Just that I can't believe it's been 8 years and all we have are 4 low quality photos and then 8 years later the first images and video or the bags which were given away, we don't even know what was inside the bags or what actually happened at this event other than the race itself.
     
  23. Way Past Cool
    Badnik Mechanic got a reaction from BaronGrackle in Run Sonic Run: The Most Obscure Event in Sonic's History?   
    During the 20th anniversary, Sega really went all out to promote Sonic. If you were around these forums back then, you'll remember how crazy it was, every day it felt like something new was announced or leaked. 
    They even held various events all over the world, most of these were basically conventions or parties such as Summer of Sonic and Sonic Boom, but then you had the really odd ones like the skateboarding event 'Generations of Skate.'
    But there was one event which was held in the UK during May of 2011 which barely got any attention even back then, and in the 8 years since the event was held... Absolutely no new information has come to light... Until last week.
     
    So in a nutshell... 

    Run Sonic Run was a mini 5k Sonic themed marathon held in London during 2011. There was both a kids race and an adults race held, according to Sega, 500 kids took part in the first race from over 10 schools in the local area.
    Apparently Sega did have plans to hold more events like this throughout the UK. In the video I looked at the photos carefully and noticed that they did have multiple banners for this, so it probably wasn't just a one off thing, they did invest quite a bit into this which does suggest they really were looking into doing more.
    But the new information came last week. Several Run Sonic Run Goodie bags were sold at an internal Sega charity event and I was lucky enough to get one. 
    This event actually had it's own branded merch, and in the video I do spot the merch in one of the photos.
     
    Here we have a 20th anniversary event, which had over 500 people take part in, which gave away free branded merch... and for over 8 years there's barely any information online about it. The Sega Blogs who originally hosted the story are long deleted, even the predominant wiki pages like Sonic Retro and the Sonic fandom wiki don't have any mention of it.
    So since 8 years have passed and some of the people who went on this are now likely in college or about to start uni... I have to ask. Did anyone here actually go to this? Or knows someone who did?
    Just that I can't believe it's been 8 years and all we have are 4 low quality photos and then 8 years later the first images and video or the bags which were given away, we don't even know what was inside the bags or what actually happened at this event other than the race itself.
     
  24. Chuckle
    Badnik Mechanic got a reaction from tailsBOOM! in Mario and Sonic at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games   
    Don't disrespect Papa Zavok.
    He's also British now based on that screen.
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    Badnik Mechanic got a reaction from Eurisko in Team Sonic Racing - Upcoming Sonic Racing Game   
    So I've been.... very busy...
    I created an hour long analysis of the game. I decided to take a really deep look at this game because on the one hand I think it's a really great game with some amazing design choices, then on the other there's choices which leave me baffled.
    I cover the team based mechanics, why they work and why they work really well both in terms of execution and how they're communicated and explained to the player without the need for text based explanations.
    I talk a lot about the tracks, I think I've figured out why some tracks seem really dull compared to others, when I discuss Sky Road I talk a lot about how that game just seems to lack any movement or life in the stage, on the other hand there is the incredible Boo's House which is just a masterclass in making a track, it's got tons of life, has a narrative running through it and is one of the few tracks in this game which doesn't feel like a raceway.

    That's a big problem I think this game has compared to the others, almost every track in this game feels like a race course was built in a zone. Opposed to ASRT which had courses that felt like the racers were the intruders, or racing around an event that wasn't a race.
    There's quite a lot I go over, I know I sound a bit negative on the game but... The core aspect of TSR is really really good. 
    And I don't think that the game on the whole is a victim of poor design, because there's so much in it which is designed VERY well, such as how the team play is communicated non verbally and how Boo's House has an amazing hidden story running through it. They clearly had the talent to do some very special things here, but it feels like either their scope was limited or they had a very limited budget to do what they did with ASRT.
    I bring up the big legacy problem that TSR currently has, that being, even if you add another 15 characters to the game, who cares? Part of the excitement for new DLC in ASRT was finding out the All Star move of a new character, in TSR everyone shares the same ultimate, it's like if you added a new character to a fighting game and they shared the same finisher... Why would you care as much?
     
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