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    Almar reacted to MetalSkulkBane in Which character is the most unnecessary?   
    Norman the Polar Bear from Sonic Rush Adventure! He ruined the franchise!
    ..ow, from the Main Cast? Personally, this cast is the reason I love Sonic, it what makes him unique to me. Even if they aren't used. I'm glad they exist somewhere, even just so people can draw cute fan arts of them

    But if I must point someone it would be Orbot and Cubot.
    I said it before: they have a very large presence in the franchise, despite fairly small fanbase and their main job is to take (mostly weak) comedy, which often leads to undermining Eggman as a villain.
    I don't hate them (they made me laugh few times in Archie or Boom), but ultimately I just don't care about them and see that they do the most damage, unlike Storm the Albatross who barely exists at this point.
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    Almar got a reaction from JustAfooL in Modern (Adventure) Sonic: World and Lore   
    I don't see what the Two Worlds retcon is getting brought up here for. Yuji Naka himself said Sonic Adventure 1 happened in the same world as the Genesis era ones with Sonic just leaving their islands for the region where Station Square is at. Not to mention the obvious point that Station Square is in train distance of echidna ruins.
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    Almar got a reaction from DabigRG in Modern (Adventure) Sonic: World and Lore   
    I don't see what the Two Worlds retcon is getting brought up here for. Yuji Naka himself said Sonic Adventure 1 happened in the same world as the Genesis era ones with Sonic just leaving their islands for the region where Station Square is at. Not to mention the obvious point that Station Square is in train distance of echidna ruins.
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    Almar got a reaction from Unidus in What are the worst things that happen to the franchise?   
    I say a big difference between Mario and Sonic that helps let the plumber get away with his cast size is that Mario ended up with a more solid world than Sonic does. More worldbuilding if you will.
    For example, koopas are treated as one species with plenty of members in the background as civilians instead of just serving Bower or Peach. Same goes for other Mario species. The closest Sonic has to a species as characterized from its diversity is the echidnas. Enough other anthro characters in a Sonic game are treated as one-of-a-kind or at most have another who's connected to them (like Sonic with Amy as his fangirl and Shadow as his doppelganger, don't know what's up with Silver).
    Miyamoto might not demand plot but he has let 2nd parties do a bit with the characters and world while still expecting Mario to keep to a solid direction. Sonic Team does the opposite (makes demands on how outsiders handle the world/characters yet refuse to hold them to a solid direction). Ian Flynn even talked about how his writing has been hamstrung by Sonic Team's rules on how to handle the characters (like how Cream can't take part in fighting anymore).
    As odd as might be to say this, I wonder if Sonic's cast size would have worked out better if the games bothered to have more normie animal NPCs before Forces.
     
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    Almar got a reaction from Rowl in What are the worst things that happen to the franchise?   
    I say a big difference between Mario and Sonic that helps let the plumber get away with his cast size is that Mario ended up with a more solid world than Sonic does. More worldbuilding if you will.
    For example, koopas are treated as one species with plenty of members in the background as civilians instead of just serving Bower or Peach. Same goes for other Mario species. The closest Sonic has to a species as characterized from its diversity is the echidnas. Enough other anthro characters in a Sonic game are treated as one-of-a-kind or at most have another who's connected to them (like Sonic with Amy as his fangirl and Shadow as his doppelganger, don't know what's up with Silver).
    Miyamoto might not demand plot but he has let 2nd parties do a bit with the characters and world while still expecting Mario to keep to a solid direction. Sonic Team does the opposite (makes demands on how outsiders handle the world/characters yet refuse to hold them to a solid direction). Ian Flynn even talked about how his writing has been hamstrung by Sonic Team's rules on how to handle the characters (like how Cream can't take part in fighting anymore).
    As odd as might be to say this, I wonder if Sonic's cast size would have worked out better if the games bothered to have more normie animal NPCs before Forces.
     
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    Almar got a reaction from Miragnarok in What are the worst things that happen to the franchise?   
    I say a big difference between Mario and Sonic that helps let the plumber get away with his cast size is that Mario ended up with a more solid world than Sonic does. More worldbuilding if you will.
    For example, koopas are treated as one species with plenty of members in the background as civilians instead of just serving Bower or Peach. Same goes for other Mario species. The closest Sonic has to a species as characterized from its diversity is the echidnas. Enough other anthro characters in a Sonic game are treated as one-of-a-kind or at most have another who's connected to them (like Sonic with Amy as his fangirl and Shadow as his doppelganger, don't know what's up with Silver).
    Miyamoto might not demand plot but he has let 2nd parties do a bit with the characters and world while still expecting Mario to keep to a solid direction. Sonic Team does the opposite (makes demands on how outsiders handle the world/characters yet refuse to hold them to a solid direction). Ian Flynn even talked about how his writing has been hamstrung by Sonic Team's rules on how to handle the characters (like how Cream can't take part in fighting anymore).
    As odd as might be to say this, I wonder if Sonic's cast size would have worked out better if the games bothered to have more normie animal NPCs before Forces.
     
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    Almar reacted to Diogenes in Unpopular opinion: I like Sonic's universe more than Sonic himself   
    Sonic's the only character in Forces who acts like he's from a Sonic game, it ain't his fault everything else is off tone.
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    Almar got a reaction from WittyUsername in You know what Shadow the Hedgehog needed? More dynamism.   
    It needed to let you join the Eggman Empire.
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    Almar reacted to SenEDDtor Missile in Why Sonic Underground Sucks (In my Opinion)   
    I'll admit, Underground has always held a strange position for me when it comes to enjoyment. I find myself more able to get into it despite having seen bits and pieces of Adventures and SatAM, yet despite the popularity of those two compared to this one, and even with the extremely uneven quality of this show's episodes. This point here is, in hindsight, probably one of the reasons. I didn't know how to explain what made this Robotnik more memorable to me despite not being voiced by Jim Cummings (though being voiced by Beast Wars alumni Garry Chalk is a pretty big deal too IMO) or having the sheer memetic potential of Adventures Robotnik.
    I think part of the reason why is because despite being stuck in the worst of the DiC cartoon Sonics, he's honestly probably the most balanced and has some of the more potentially interesting dynamics with his world by comparison. Adventures Robotnik was, at least for me, just overly wacky for me. That's it. I'm pretty meh on him otherwise. SatAM Robotnik is a case of being too evil for it's own sake, and also simultaneously too dumb in my opinion. At least for Adventures Robotnik, he's at least seen as being undermined due to his own failings and the failings of his minions. SatAM Robotnik is supposedly the supreme emperor of the world, yet he has so much difficulty with a tiny group of resistance, and more often than not due to him being written as being a complete moron at times that makes it REALLY hard to take his supremacy seriously. Really only Forces Eggman is about on par in that sense.
    Underground Robotnik, like you said, had a more pragmatic perspective and his position as a powerful, but still flawed and tenuously positioned Warlord who in many ways still has to fear for his life and his position (ala prophecy). Plus having to maintain control through interacting with the apathetic and selfish nobility (implied if not explicitly stated) is another dynamic that adds quite a bit to this version of Robotnik; he can't just go willy nilly with his power,. He has to find a good balance between being a ruthless asshole who steamrolls over his enemies and placating the populace to make sure they don't gain any foothold and make any truly concerted uprisings against him, and on top of making sure he doesn't give the nobility a reason to stop funding his takeover of the planet.
    It's this tug of war dynamic he has with not only the Freedom Fighters, but also the very people he's trying to maintain control of that makes his character, if not particularly amazing in execution, substantially more interesting to me compared to his other counterparts in the more popular DiC Sonic cartoons, and one that I honestly wish was looked into more in other Sonic media.
    Though yeah, I will agree that the prophecy bit was kinda dumb.
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    Almar got a reaction from Monkey Destruction Switch in Why Sonic Underground Sucks (In my Opinion)   
    I honestly back this show's version of big old Ivo over SatAM's since I find it more interesting. See:
    1. Him actually having anthro collaborators like nobility and Sleet with Dingo. Even if the nobility point wasn't really followed consistently (see some episodes suggesting Eggman's strategy is to pay off the nobility so they help his rule and others point to him being at odds with them).
    2. Him not polluting just to pollute (too much Captain Planet) but polluting to serve his goals like seizing land to build a night club.
    3. It being suggested that he wishes to be seen as a legit great ruler by his subjects. Hence him going through the trouble of arranging a fake marriage with the former queen.
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    Almar got a reaction from FFWF in Do you aggree with the Two-worlds??   
    There's an interview where Naka effectively said that the Genesis games happened outside of human society and that after them but before Adventure Sonic traveled to human land. It wasn't the case in Adventure (hence the Echidna Empire's ruins being in the same world as a human city).
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    Almar got a reaction from GuyWithThePie in Your outlook for the 3D series   
    Sonic will never get better as long as it has devs who:
    A. Don't hold it to a solid direction.
    B. Aren't enthusiastic about it yet at the same time are too stubborn/proud/bitter to change course.
    They failed at the first. Between the refusal to revisit older gameplay in 3D Sonic, the ridiculous Two-Worlds retcon, wonky characterization (hello Tails the Cowardly Sidekick). Say what you will about NIntendo, but Mario or Zelda or Pokemon all have had their visuals and other hard rules mapped out and stuck to. Sonic on the other still doen't have a solid direction for himself. Sonic Forces is a shining example of this problem (having an actual Mary Sue protagonist, the needless edgy villain who still manages to upstage Eggman at being the game's key villain, Classic Sonic, Eggman managing to be as underwhelming as he could be, bringing in past villains as illusions and still do little that's interesting with it, having Sonic's big posse all in the Resistance and still be cheerleaders overall, Knuckles being shoehorned as the Resistance Commander and still get treated as Zoidberg).
    Sega of Japan doesn't really care about Sonic since it's a series that has long been more appealing to Western audiences (with Sonic even having Michael Jackson and Bill Clinton as sources of inspiration), especially considering the evidence I have from little things like fanart that the polarizing (at best) games from Adventure onward are more of a hit with Eastern audiences than the Genesis era. I say Sonic Team is torn between those who are tired of Sonic so they would be up for moving on but can't and those who let their bitterness/pride/whatever drive the franchise's direction (hence what I suspect is the passive-aggression of hearing complaints about the different characters with shoehorned alternate gameplay styles and proceeding to make them all non-playable while still using Sonic for those alternate gameplay styles).
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    Almar got a reaction from Gumbit in Your outlook for the 3D series   
    Sonic will never get better as long as it has devs who:
    A. Don't hold it to a solid direction.
    B. Aren't enthusiastic about it yet at the same time are too stubborn/proud/bitter to change course.
    They failed at the first. Between the refusal to revisit older gameplay in 3D Sonic, the ridiculous Two-Worlds retcon, wonky characterization (hello Tails the Cowardly Sidekick). Say what you will about NIntendo, but Mario or Zelda or Pokemon all have had their visuals and other hard rules mapped out and stuck to. Sonic on the other still doen't have a solid direction for himself. Sonic Forces is a shining example of this problem (having an actual Mary Sue protagonist, the needless edgy villain who still manages to upstage Eggman at being the game's key villain, Classic Sonic, Eggman managing to be as underwhelming as he could be, bringing in past villains as illusions and still do little that's interesting with it, having Sonic's big posse all in the Resistance and still be cheerleaders overall, Knuckles being shoehorned as the Resistance Commander and still get treated as Zoidberg).
    Sega of Japan doesn't really care about Sonic since it's a series that has long been more appealing to Western audiences (with Sonic even having Michael Jackson and Bill Clinton as sources of inspiration), especially considering the evidence I have from little things like fanart that the polarizing (at best) games from Adventure onward are more of a hit with Eastern audiences than the Genesis era. I say Sonic Team is torn between those who are tired of Sonic so they would be up for moving on but can't and those who let their bitterness/pride/whatever drive the franchise's direction (hence what I suspect is the passive-aggression of hearing complaints about the different characters with shoehorned alternate gameplay styles and proceeding to make them all non-playable while still using Sonic for those alternate gameplay styles).
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    Almar got a reaction from UltraGizmo64 in Your outlook for the 3D series   
    Sonic will never get better as long as it has devs who:
    A. Don't hold it to a solid direction.
    B. Aren't enthusiastic about it yet at the same time are too stubborn/proud/bitter to change course.
    They failed at the first. Between the refusal to revisit older gameplay in 3D Sonic, the ridiculous Two-Worlds retcon, wonky characterization (hello Tails the Cowardly Sidekick). Say what you will about NIntendo, but Mario or Zelda or Pokemon all have had their visuals and other hard rules mapped out and stuck to. Sonic on the other still doen't have a solid direction for himself. Sonic Forces is a shining example of this problem (having an actual Mary Sue protagonist, the needless edgy villain who still manages to upstage Eggman at being the game's key villain, Classic Sonic, Eggman managing to be as underwhelming as he could be, bringing in past villains as illusions and still do little that's interesting with it, having Sonic's big posse all in the Resistance and still be cheerleaders overall, Knuckles being shoehorned as the Resistance Commander and still get treated as Zoidberg).
    Sega of Japan doesn't really care about Sonic since it's a series that has long been more appealing to Western audiences (with Sonic even having Michael Jackson and Bill Clinton as sources of inspiration), especially considering the evidence I have from little things like fanart that the polarizing (at best) games from Adventure onward are more of a hit with Eastern audiences than the Genesis era. I say Sonic Team is torn between those who are tired of Sonic so they would be up for moving on but can't and those who let their bitterness/pride/whatever drive the franchise's direction (hence what I suspect is the passive-aggression of hearing complaints about the different characters with shoehorned alternate gameplay styles and proceeding to make them all non-playable while still using Sonic for those alternate gameplay styles).
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    Almar got a reaction from Miragnarok in Do you aggree with the Two-worlds??   
    It's putting a band-aid on a gaping and rotten wound. The games prior to Unleashed obviously weren't designed with Two-Worlds in mind, regardless of what someone like Ian Flynn says. Having to appeal to some offscreen never mentioned portal or spaceship just shows how forced the order is and how it roots in poor reception towards characters like Elise and games like Shadow the Edgehog.
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    Almar got a reaction from UpCDownCLeftCRightC in Your outlook for the 3D series   
    Shadow the Hedgehog didn't have an Eggman Empire ending. That alone makes it a letdown. Well that and making Sonic use GUN Commander's help in the boss fights with them (instead of Shadow facing Sonic alone).
    We shouldn't have a line between "Classic" and "Modern" to begin with. That's just from Sonic Team's failure to keep the franchise's identity solid.
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    Almar got a reaction from FFWF in Do you aggree with the Two-worlds??   
    It's putting a band-aid on a gaping and rotten wound. The games prior to Unleashed obviously weren't designed with Two-Worlds in mind, regardless of what someone like Ian Flynn says. Having to appeal to some offscreen never mentioned portal or spaceship just shows how forced the order is and how it roots in poor reception towards characters like Elise and games like Shadow the Edgehog.
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    Almar got a reaction from A_W in Sonic Live Action Movie Thread (Read OP for topic rules) "Gangsters Paradise is on Page 380)   
    The reviews for Sonic Mania says otherwise.
    Considering ST has never sincerely listened to the payerbase beyond fanservice, I'm not sure what you mean here.
    You mean Sonic Team. Sega of Japan doesn't care about Sonic. And we saw how that worked out (Sonic goes from the biggest name in gaming short of Mario to a punchline).
    The franchise is already torn apart thanks to Sonic's handlers refusing to establish hard rules on Sonic's tone, visuals, and gameplay until it was too late. Them retconning effectively every game before Unleashed into happening in another dimension (Genesis era) or another planet (games with non-Eggman humans) shows how fractured the series is. And ST from all evidence is shoving all the conflicting elements of Sonic into their own little worlds.
     
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    Almar got a reaction from A_W in Sonic Live Action Movie Thread (Read OP for topic rules) "Gangsters Paradise is on Page 380)   
    Not really. Sonic Mania's criticial and player scores are high and commercially did no worse than Forces considering its budget. This meme of Sonic players being this wild mob that Sonic Team has to scorn to produce good games is just the old apologism for ST's screwups.
    In which case Sonic will become even more of a laughingstock considering how little of Modern Sonic was drawn from honest appraisal of what's desired in the playerbase. And even if you can bring up an example of drawing from them with honest appraisal, the plan for what to do with the info would end up as Sonic Team being Sonic Team (see them hearing of the backlash against the alternate play styles and gimmicks of the Adventure Era then figuring to make only Sonic playable while still putting in those gimmicks and alternate play styles).
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    Almar got a reaction from Nestor in Do you aggree with the Two-worlds??   
    Two-Worldd is one example of a wider problem of Sonic Team's unwillingness to hold the series to rules in not just gameplay, but also tone, visuals, and lore. Complain all you will about how Nintendo does things, but they've been careful about making sure that its flagship franchises (Mario, Zelda, Pokemon, Animal Crossing) either have strict tonal and visual directions or revel in chaos. When it comes to lore and character usage in Mario, Miyamoto from all evidence has been more hands off with it compared to how Sonic Team's been doing it even with the Koopaling Retcon (going out of his way to note that it's the "current" story, effective admitting to a retcon, and not going out of his way to impose harshly on how other developers handle Mario lore and characterization beyond the obvious).
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    Almar got a reaction from UltraGizmo64 in Sonic Live Action Movie Thread (Read OP for topic rules) "Gangsters Paradise is on Page 380)   
    The reviews for Sonic Mania says otherwise.
    Considering ST has never sincerely listened to the payerbase beyond fanservice, I'm not sure what you mean here.
    You mean Sonic Team. Sega of Japan doesn't care about Sonic. And we saw how that worked out (Sonic goes from the biggest name in gaming short of Mario to a punchline).
    The franchise is already torn apart thanks to Sonic's handlers refusing to establish hard rules on Sonic's tone, visuals, and gameplay until it was too late. Them retconning effectively every game before Unleashed into happening in another dimension (Genesis era) or another planet (games with non-Eggman humans) shows how fractured the series is. And ST from all evidence is shoving all the conflicting elements of Sonic into their own little worlds.
     
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    Almar reacted to Lord-Dreamerz in Characters that never grew on you (Games only)   
    I never liked Silver AKA discount Trunks. Not his design, not his personality or how SEGA has used him in any game. Like many Sonic characters after their debut game... but more so him them some others... he feels forced into the later titles and has no point anymore. And a reason outside the products themselves I also dislike how he has somehow over time gotten more popular over certain other (in my opinion) better Sonic game characters... Sometimes it feels like all you need to be popular in Sonic is to be a male hedgehog with some super powers. Ugh. Silver is a character I really wish they would stop using unless they have a perfect game to put him in.
    I never cared much for Mighty or Ray. Their designs are boring as all hell to me, just Sonic clones that were barely edited to be different animals. Their personalities are bland to me and don't offer anything different enough from other characters in the series. They offer alright gameplay in Mania... but that's about all the praise I can give them.
    Never been much of a Charmy Bee fan... Outside of being the fly type member in the Chaotix team, he doesn't offer anything interesting gameplay or storywise. His personality is mostly forgettable and or borders on the edge of being slightly annoying. But his design is the real wasteful part about him... I like the concept of bee characters in general and feel his design misses the mark hugely! He barely even looks like a bee! (Charmy looks more like a normal animal kid wearing bee cosplay) and misses out on a lot of visual appeal the concept could offer in my opinion.
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    Almar got a reaction from Miragnarok in Do you aggree with the Two-worlds??   
    It serves the dual role of handwaving the shifting visuals and tones of the series while also writing out the human elements that the Adventure Era introduced (especially GUN). The only source  suggesting it wasn't just brutally shoved in around Sonic Colors is from Ian Flynn's comment on the subject (saying that Two Worlds was "there since Sonic Adventure"). And I suspect he misinterpreted something he heard and combined it with a headcanon he had as a Western fan.
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    Almar got a reaction from Lord-Dreamerz in Sonic Live Action Movie Thread (Read OP for topic rules) "Gangsters Paradise is on Page 380)   
    Like, bringing back much of the cast only for them to largely be cheerleaders? Making Knuckles the Resistance Leader instead of say, Vector,  only for him to blunder and still be a punchline? Having a Legion of Doom only for them to both be illusions and have just about no drama or mystery to their formation?
    You read Sonic Forces as just ST "listening to fans." Rather than just ST doing whatever and giving the illusion (har) of listening.
    Your "No rules do whateva" is what got Sonic in the mess he is today. Iizuka even talked about how his posse don't look back to past Sonic games when it comes to how they play.
    Beyond sticking characters like Silver in games like Forces, when did they "listen to the fans"? Was it when Ow the Edge came out? Or Sonic the Disaster (06)?
    What's needed requires a different ST or an effectively different ST.
    How Donald Trumplike.
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    Almar got a reaction from Lord-Dreamerz in Sonic Live Action Movie Thread (Read OP for topic rules) "Gangsters Paradise is on Page 380)   
    The reviews for Sonic Mania says otherwise.
    Considering ST has never sincerely listened to the payerbase beyond fanservice, I'm not sure what you mean here.
    You mean Sonic Team. Sega of Japan doesn't care about Sonic. And we saw how that worked out (Sonic goes from the biggest name in gaming short of Mario to a punchline).
    The franchise is already torn apart thanks to Sonic's handlers refusing to establish hard rules on Sonic's tone, visuals, and gameplay until it was too late. Them retconning effectively every game before Unleashed into happening in another dimension (Genesis era) or another planet (games with non-Eggman humans) shows how fractured the series is. And ST from all evidence is shoving all the conflicting elements of Sonic into their own little worlds.
     
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