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  1. I think Flanderisation tends to mean "at the expense of other traits, especially to the point of sole characteristic." and not merely that a trait has gotten stronger, this sounds like it's for the most part, bad news for a main character. But to be honest flanderisation has never been something I quite understand as a definition, like I don't understand the full extent of what it means and when it may be a good thing. But regarding Flanderisation in this negative sense: I think it's a contrivance, the character has to do something, and the writer doesn't know what, the plot has to advance somehow, and the writer doesn't know how, so the character ends up holding the idiot-ball, jerk-ball or whatever it is from that character's archetype, or repitoire of traits. As someone who has tried to write, contrivance seems an almost insermountable problem and is likely the cause of vast majority of writing flaws. Sometimes it seems more like a running gag the writer finds funny which seems to be the case For Ned Flanders himself.
  2. What are uncanny valley robots for? Do people think they’ll eventually fool us?

  3. In Aosth. Robotnik is the only person that transfomed with the Chaos Emeralds.

  4. Do you think "Summer of Sonic" could be something like an online "participation" event like, where people would respond to prompts of some sort?

    1. Original Character

      Original Character

      If we can't be there in person we could be there in spirit.

  5. I found it a little disconcerting that the Egg Fighters seemed to have thoughts and emotions.

    1. Dr. Mechano

      Dr. Mechano

      I always figured all of Eggman's robots do.

      The Egg Fighters talk. The Egg Pawns get scared and surprised and even swoon.

      The Badniks in Sonic CD get sad expressions in the bad futures.

      From the very beginning, Badniks have been people, not just mindless drones.

    2. Thigolf


      Egg Pawns get horny in Generations

    3. Original Character

      Original Character

      I guess I kinda assumed they were programmed to be "funny"

      But yeah that's disconcerting. Looks like i've been plowing through living creatures the whole time.

    4. Dr. Mechano

      Dr. Mechano

      I guess robots can be repaired at least?

      A robot "dying" isn't as cut-and-dry and definitely permanent as it is with organics.

      If one wants to believe that Eggman repairs all his busted bots after a failed scheme, there's at least plausibly room for that interpretation.

    5. Diogenes


      their memories all get uploaded to the cloud where they live on in digital heaven

  6. I feel like closing it is a bit much? What about the other people that run the site? It seemsl ike Tristan pulled a "Guess i'm taking this site with me." which....please don't do that.
  7. Do you think people's ability to write has improved over the years? Why does ancient literature seems so poor? Have tastes just changed? Some of both?

    1. Original Character

      Original Character

      Also it might be "spicy" me saying classics are poor but I think they are.

    2. KHCast


      Well if the Sonails/Sonadow fanfics are anything to go by, definitely improved

    3. Rabid-Coot


      The more ancient a piece of literature is the further it is from the modern version of the language.

  8. Every now and then I kinda of realise people that worked on "the thing" are among us. Some are active fandom goers and some just get curious once in a while.

  9. I've been watching 2003 Astro Boy subbed. Love/hate how godawful cruel Tenma is, 10/10 would punch.

    He just gets worse.


    1. Sean


      I think the 80s series and the American movie are the most interesting takes on Tenma, with the latter possibly being his most sympathetic. I just wish he actually appeared in the 80s series again after the former, there's a lot you could do with him since he doesn't give up Atom here willingly.

    2. Original Character

      Original Character

      I actually really like this villianous incarnation of him, he's obviously suffering and it's kinda sad. He gives the series it's overarching villian and raises the stakes for the entire series as a result.

      Focus is put on Ochanomizu as his exact opposite with mutual fury.

      I do like a more sympathetic Tenma though, 09 Tenma I like. The 80s anime he only serves origin story and I didn't particulary get into it, it is kind of a shame he dissapeared.





    3. Original Character

      Original Character

      The villian trying to kill Atom is is uncomfortably personal when it's Tenma. You wanna give me a reason to be invested in a villian, that's a good one if you know what you're doing.


  10. I think drama between two freinds is particularly hard to get right. I usually dislike it. I goddamn HATE drama(tm)
  11. My opinion on "how": Bickering, teasing, showboating, two fat egos in freindly competition. Deep down they really care about each other. Honestly I think Shadow starts looks less of the "rival" by that point, he's kind of done his own completely seperate thing each game now. Apart from racing games, and even then I don think it's Sonic per se. But I can't be assed to reasearch Sonic Free Riders or TSR's "story"
  12. I do think Knuckles is less tied to Angel Island at this point, after bonding with Sonic and Tails I think he's been more willing to leave his post. It seems implied he takes the Master Emerald with him. (in his Sonic Channel and Sonic Tumblr art you can sometimes see a small green emerald, looks like it can change it's size, in All Stars racing and Transformed, he has it invisibly on his person like a chaos emerald.) I don't know what he does with the island...might be best to not think about it, parks it in some ocean I guess.
  13. I'd really love to see more Sonic and Knuckles freind dynamic. I'd love to see a teasing and showboating freindship between them, I think they're great for that. It pained me a little to see Knuckles boasting to Sonic in Sonic Lost World only for Sonic to say...nothing. And Sega please don't tell me it's one-sided rivalry. That's not as fun or as respectful to Knuckles's character and you know it.
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