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    StaticMania reacted to MainJP in Your Unanswered Sonic Questions   
    Here's the Mega CD version. I assume this happens in every version.

    He just runs fast enough to demolish them I guess.
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    StaticMania reacted to Wraith in Why "I" dislike Amy's Piko Piko Hammer   
    Amy wasn't toned down because of political correctness it was because people outside and inside the fanbase used to go on about how her manic antics were annoying. 
     
    Even then it wasn't by a whole lot. An actual feminist push would probably have her impact the experience in a meaningful way. That was more likely to happen before 2010.
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    StaticMania got a reaction from Kuzu in IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog   
    That's most likely why he didn't have Sonic go through with it.
    Not this reason specifically, but a similar one to be sure.
    Also, you're saying Shadow would do this without being pushed over the edge.
    That's not very interesting alone, it's interesting because Sonic's desperate enough to consider it.
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    StaticMania reacted to Conquering Storm’s Servant in IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog   
    Tell me something I don’t actually know, because I’ve been discussing story, narrative, and characterization for the past several years to a decade saying just that when people were wanting Knuckles around for literally no reason while giving no such privilege to any character post-SA2.
    Given that Eggman committed straight up bioterrorism in the form of a technological plague that would make Resident Evil’s Umbrella Corp envious, infecting Eggman with his own virus wouldn’t be any less karmic to leaving Eggman stranded in space, blowing up his vehicles with him in it, or any punishment short of actually executing him.
    Sonic’s not someone who kills in cold blood, but for all his heroics he certainly isn’t a saint either. The guy’s willing to destroy an entire country’s armed force rather than stand trial for a crime he didn’t commit, I wouldn’t put it past Sonic to infect someone with a physical touch of their own virus for karma’s sake.
    No, if anything, proving Shadow was right goes to show the very flaw in Sonic’s sense of mercy given that it just came to bite him in the ass in the most severe way possible: in the form of an apocalypse that’s gradually worsening every moment.
    It doesn’t remove any dynamic, it shows the consequences of a choice—Sonic was already warned prior to any of this that letting Eggman go, even with amnesia and a personality change, after he previously started a global war that claimed who knows how many lives to stop was a bad move. Heck, it shows the consequences for Shadow for going along with Sonic plea for mercy of an amnesiac Eggman, because he wanted to make sure Eggman never had a chance to ruin the world again and was willing to do the deed so no one else would have to worry about it—he relented to Sonic, and when Eggman went missing, a techno-plague began to erupt. That Shadow was right to begin with only enflames the whole debacle and reinforces the kind of cruel person that Eggman is and begs the question of what more this man would be capable of if delivering a literal plague onto people’s houses isn’t beyond him, and what it would take to stop him. Introducing more questions and scenarios doesn’t kill anything.
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    StaticMania reacted to E-122-Psi in Popular and unpopular Sonic opinions you agree and disagree with!   
    The problem is that to make Shadow a developed anti-hero, they have to utilise his role and dynamic in a halfway developed way, which many interpretations have failed miserably at. The Sonic series in particular is bad for interpreting anti-heroes as characters who have some sort of clause to be really good or really bad and can supposedly never cross too far into one direction. Sonic X Shadow was horrible for this, making him as scummy as possible but then having rapidly turn into a hero when the main climax occurred.
    IDW Sonic I admit seems to dabble in a better compromise at times, conveying Shadow as well intentioned but INCREDIBLY pragmatic. We get a similar deal as Sonic X where he attempts to kill a harmless being because they have indirect threat to them, however this soul being Eggman instead of Cosmo has way more validity, and while Sonic X plays him like a sadistic horror villain that suddenly turns face with a slap on the wrist, comic Shadow is merely gravely serious about neutralising a threat, and is actually talked down when Sonic calls out his hypocrisy on the matter concerning his own dubious morality.
    I think this is the sort of thing that would fit Shadow, a character that has mostly good intentions and can be an effective hero, but is willing to cross lines Sonic won't, and not in terms of having a hero pass for being generically cruel or jerk-like, more in terms of being very pragmatic and unfettered in how he makes things right and that having effect on his conflicts and dynamics with the rest of the cast, still making it possible for him to be a mild antagonist at times without undoing all his previous development.
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    StaticMania got a reaction from Miragnarok in Popular and unpopular Sonic opinions you agree and disagree with!   
    Barebones connection that ignores everything the context.
    The idea is Shadow would put himself to sleep for decades after being fulfilled and be woken by a "someone"...
    He wasn't in a capsule if I'm going to use literal words here.
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    StaticMania got a reaction from Eurisko in Sonic Live Action Movie Thread (Read OP for topic rules) "Trailer 2 on Page 482)   
    My problem with stuff like that is how unnecessary it is.
    Anybody who only complained about the design of Sonic the Hedgehog was probably gonna go see it anyway after the change, I doubt they even needed convincing. So comments like that only exist to try and persuade people who actually had other complaints with what they've seen to go see the movie.
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    StaticMania got a reaction from lbyrd2 in IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog   
    To wield a knife as Sonic, probably.
    Since he doesn't really use it afterwards.

    Sonic the Hedgehog wouldn't be caught dead using a knife, knife, knifing weapon, but an evil doppelganger, totally.
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    StaticMania reacted to Diogenes in Interesting revelations from Sonic 3 prototype   
    They showed it off near the end, as part of the functionality they hacked back in. Although looking at it again it doesn't look like it's actually player-controlled, since it seems Tails spawns in when Sonic gets near that one spring, and he follows a very fixed path, so it's not much like the "1p version of 2p Tails assist" we've seen in hacks, fangames, and Taxman's other work anyway. Might've just been meant for a cutscene or Marble Garden Act 2's boss or something.
    The "drop dash" is a lot more similar, but if Taxman says it was a coincidence, I don't see reason to question that. "What if you could spindash, but in the air?" isn't so radical an idea that it couldn't be invented twice. And there's hardly any point in arguing about it since we can't possibly know otherwise unless someone involved comes out and says it.
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    StaticMania reacted to Monkey Destruction Switch in Interesting revelations from Sonic 3 prototype   
    It's honestly not even a little hard to believe that this could be a coincidence. It's an idea that's pretty easy to think up and a logical extension of a move that already existed. Myself, I'm taking Whitehead's word that it's a coincidence unless there's some confirmation otherwise since there's really no reason not to.
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    StaticMania reacted to Tornado in Interesting revelations from Sonic 3 prototype   
    They had an entire soundtrack more or less completed, then replaced several mostly completed tracks with songs which would have gotten them sued by the biggest musical artist in the world if it wasn't authorized. They did this just a couple years removed from several high profile lawsuits in the music industry which established the legal precedent over this very thing. They did this immediately after they had to panic and redo the soundtrack for another Sonic game so they wouldn't get sued over this very thing. It absolutely strengthens the tie between Jackson and the game.
     
    I'm not talking about people speculating why Sonic 3 has such a dearth of rereleases or why the PC version used the original tracks instead of the Jackson ones or your opinion on the validity of the theories behind those decisions. That's not the point, and frankly it's all irrelevant. You don't need confirmation to show something as demonstrably true; which this thread should make obvious enough since Taxman doing exactly that just led to people believing that Iizuka must have told him something and Taxman can't tell us the truth because of an NDA and etc.
    Hard undeniable proof is that multiple songs in the final game contain entire melodic samples from Michael Jackson songs; one of which was recorded immediately after Sonic 3 released, one done several years before. Regardless of anyone coming out of Sega or the Jackson estate and making a hard confirmation, that doesn't just happen coincidentally. Music sampling is something that has hard legal precedent of not happening coincidentally. To say that it's "possible" that a song predating the game and a song following the game both contain excerpts containing the same melody as tracks in the game purely by coincidence approaches junkyard tornado status; and I'm sure Vanilla Ice wishes you could have been on retainer for him.
     
     
     

    It's not even in the timezone as the discussion of the drop dash in this prototype vs the drop dash in Mania; because offhand I can think of several things where a causal relationship seems more obvious than the drop dash situation but actually were complete coincidences. Even in industries with far higher production costs and lead times than videogames, things have happened where it absolutely seems definitive that copying took place and it was in fact completely independent arrivals to the same conclusion. It's not all that uncommon in the automotive industry, for example.
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    StaticMania reacted to Sean in Interesting revelations from Sonic 3 prototype   
    The tinfoil-hatting is getting pretty ridiculous guys. Enough with the "Iizuka lied" or "Whitehead lied" stuff.
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    StaticMania got a reaction from lbyrd2 in Interesting revelations from Sonic 3 prototype   
    Why would he have to hide the fact that he possibly knew about this idea existing in the beta and using it as inspiration? That's not exactly information game developers are shy about giving.
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    StaticMania reacted to Monkey Destruction Switch in Interesting revelations from Sonic 3 prototype   
    ...I just realized something.
    This prototype from November 1993 does not include MJ's tracks, making it seem like those tracks must have been a later addition.
    But the accusations against Michael Jackson came out before then (August 1993 according to Wikipedia, which sounds about right).
    Hmmmm...I'm not quite sure what to make of this fact. Does it mean that Jackson not being credited was not actually associated with the controversy surrounding him at the time, and lend credence to the idea that it was Jackson's choice? Or is there some other explanation? IDK!
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    StaticMania reacted to Monkey Destruction Switch in Interesting revelations from Sonic 3 prototype   
    A Twitch stream from hiddenpalace (still ongoing at the time of writing this post, though now it's in a ROM hacking phase) showed a prototype of Sonic 3 (Nov 3, 1993) that I don't believe has been seen before. Some of the most interesting revelations:
    The versions of the songs that were in the PC version (Sonic & Knuckles Collection) as opposed to the MJ/Jetzons tracks in the Genesis version were apparently the original songs! They are present in a less MIDI-ish form than their PC counterparts here. The drop dash was apparently a thing! See this clip. I wonder why they ended up not using it and how we haven't heard anything about this before. There is a unique animation of Sonic swaying back and forth when he's being carried by Tails. Probably not quite as ground-breaking, but Knuckles' socks are the right color. That's crazy, man. They're currently going into some glitchy unfinished levels that seem to be the beginnings of levels that would eventually be a part of Sonic & Knuckles, including Sandopolis Zone and the then-named Mushroom Valley Zone. Though the zones don't have much to them and aren't really playable, the music is intact!
    Feel free to discuss these and any other revelations.
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    StaticMania got a reaction from DaddlerTheDalek in Sonic Live Action Movie Thread (Read OP for topic rules) "Trailer 2 on Page 482)   
    If the new design actually made people want to see this movie, then they only made the right move.
    If it's really got that generic movie set-up people say it has, then even with that old look it wouldn't have lasted.
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    StaticMania got a reaction from Lord-Dreamerz in Sonic Live Action Movie Thread (Read OP for topic rules) "Trailer 2 on Page 482)   
    If the new design actually made people want to see this movie, then they only made the right move.
    If it's really got that generic movie set-up people say it has, then even with that old look it wouldn't have lasted.
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    StaticMania got a reaction from Nina Cortex Jovahexeon in Sonic Live Action Movie Thread (Read OP for topic rules) "Trailer 2 on Page 482)   
    If the new design actually made people want to see this movie, then they only made the right move.
    If it's really got that generic movie set-up people say it has, then even with that old look it wouldn't have lasted.
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    StaticMania got a reaction from Strong Guy in What is it about Sonic that makes so many wish to disconnect him from non-Eggman humans?   
    The illogical extreme...
    It's just that one part of every fandom that dislikes things about the series that have been there from the beginning and acts like it was always out of place.
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    StaticMania got a reaction from MidoChaosHedgehog in Sonic Live Action Movie Thread (Read OP for topic rules) "Trailer 2 on Page 482)   
    I know it's how some actors do, but for me it's similar to the problem people have with Jim Carrey at the moment...only it's something I'm familiar with.
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    StaticMania got a reaction from MidoChaosHedgehog in Sonic Live Action Movie Thread (Read OP for topic rules) "Trailer 2 on Page 482)   
    Sonic the hedgehog in this movie sounds and acts almost exactly like Dewey Duck from Ducktales 2017 and that was actually very distracting to me during the trailer.
    Generic Improvement Praise: Sonic looks better

    Negative Face Reaction
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    StaticMania got a reaction from lbyrd2 in IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog   
    That doesn't make her a better Sonic.
    That makes her a different character.
    While it definitely won't happen any time soon or ever, it's suppose to be meaningful when a character like Sonic the Hedgehog is emotionally vulnerable.  He's the steel wall, if something gets to him that's when "poop" gets real. It also makes a good character flaw (not a writing flaw) that his inability to get intimate means he's not exactly the best person for emotional support. Uh...it could, if he went through stuff that affects him deep enough to empathize with others.
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    StaticMania reacted to Zaysho in New remixes by Tee Lopes   
    I'm pretty disappointed seeing Jacques conduct himself like this. His issue seems to be with Sega for not crediting him in the video (he's credited in the YouTube description--Davis didn't even get that courtesy) and possibly for not involving him in other remixes of his works (he's been pretty vague about what his beef is exactly). Which, fine, but it's pathetic he's dragging Tee Lopes on this by saying he's doing this for social media likes... on an account he doesn't even run. He got contracted to make a series of remixes for the Sega social media accounts to post, why go in on him?
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    StaticMania reacted to Diogenes in Sonic Live Action Movie Thread (Read OP for topic rules) "Trailer 2 on Page 482)   
    It's not about wanting the movie to be bad, it's about expecting that it will be based on what we know of it, and not wanting a bad movie to succeed, because that encourages them to create more bad movies. We'd all be happier if we could confidently put our money towards a movie we were sure was going to be worth watching, but we can't will that movie into existence just by wanting it.
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    StaticMania reacted to Tarnish in Sonic Live Action Movie Thread (Read OP for topic rules) "Trailer 2 on Page 482)   
    Let's see, where to begin. Maybe you don't want any movie to fail, but I do. I want BAD movies to fail to discourage studios from making more bad movies. Because if you're rewarding crap movies, don't be surprised you get more and more crap movies down the line.

    And obviously, I don't want any movie to be bad. What I want is bad movies to fail for the reason I stated above.

    A trailer might not represent an entire movie, but then I would call that a bad trailer, since I'm supposed to make my decision whether a movie is for me or not and thus deserves my money or not based on trailers. They can say and write about a movie all they want, but at the end of the day, the trailers are what represents a movie the best, being small slices from the actual movie itself.

    The reason for delaying the movie could also simply be the studio worrying about its bottom line and thinking spending a bit more on the movie now will yield more profit. Genuine effort for me would have been never allowing that Sonic design past the concept stage.

    "If this movie was entirely animated and Sonic's design was never weird looking, but everything about the plot was kept the same, suddenly, automatically, more people on this thread would magically think that it looks good." Yes, because at least it would LOOK GOOD. It would solve one of it's biggest issues (for me anyway), which is it wouldn't be a dumb live action + CGI mix. It still might NOT BE A GOOD MOVIE, but at least on the surface level it would LOOK GOOD, instead of looking bland (when Sonic is not on screen) or straight up hideous (when Sonic is on screen). While visuals are not everything, they are still an important element of movies.
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