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ThisMachine

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About ThisMachine

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    Just a guy who loves Adventure.
  • Birthday 11/13/1993

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    Guitar, music, film, cartoons and any of those things involving Sonic.
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    United States
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    Chicago
  1. Have a great birthday ThisMachine!!

  2. I thought Sonic Youth and/or One of Those Days would have been fitting vocal themes for Generations if they hadn't taken the jingle/medley route like the classic games. Other than that we'll have to see, as I could see Rise Again popping up.
  3. Ah, the wonderful soundtracks of Sonic games. One of my favorite topics and a determining factor in my love for the franchise as a whole. Forgive me if I ramble. As much as I love the soundtracks for the classic games they were unfortunately hindered by being 16-bit. However I love how they were written as a film score and it's interesting to hear the melodies in Dreams Come True's music. The expression brought to the table when you could hear the instruments involved was a revelation, so I think I'd say Sonic Adventure, especially since it brought back some tunes from 3D Blast. I loved SA2's soundtrack as well as far as each character having their own style of music which I thought was a cool approach but it also made it divisive leaving me preferring the riffier songs for Sonic, Tails and Eggman, the solos in Tails' levels especially leaving an impression on me. And of course Metal Harbor. Heroes soundtrack was also very good remainining diverse but going back to the Adventure approach of music fitting the level specifically. However I felt it lacked the complexity of earlier music, save for a few songs, no matter how damn catchy it all was. Shadow I felt continued this trend although there were a couple stand out riffs, and Gun Fortress was superb with it blues sound. 06 was a deviation from the norm with more orchestration and grows on me more whenever I listen to it. The other deviation going on at the time I was not as happy with, that being runblebee's presence overtaking that of Crush 40. I have since become accustomed to their songs but they're not my favorites, though I do love Unawakening Float. When Crush 40 made it's return with Black Knight I was overjoyed and I think their version of With Me is one of my favorites of theirs up there with Open Your Heart, Live and Learn, and What I'm Made Of. And of course Generations was just good fun with the new Casino Night being my favorite, and I liked what they did with Seaside Hill a lot too. But at the end of the day the soundtrack I enjoy playing most on guitar is Sonic Adventure. It's so varied with guitar, horns, piano and more with songs all over the genre spectrum. And every song fits the level perfectly. Azure Blue World sounds like the beach with chirping harmonics that sound like gulls. Pleasure Castle sounds like an amusement park with it's excellent combination of energy and merriment. Red Hot Skull sounds like the depths of hell with it's screeches and wailing guitar. Need I go on? It completed the the experience better than any Sonic before or after for me.
  4. That Sonic and Tails with the telescope reminds me of Sonic the Screensaver. Even Sonic under the palmtree and with a surfboard seem reminiscent of that. Possibly the art preluding that?
  5. The thing about Mephiles is that his big moment was just a cheap shot and all he does is laugh not even really comprehending who he killed rather what he represented. At least when Eggman thinks he killed Sonic in SA2 he refers to him as his admirable adversary. Mephiles himself as a villain did have a lot of potential but just ended up flawed, kind of like, well you know. Erazor Djinn certainly is a fair choice, as I don't believe I ever completed Secret Rings either. I liked that game a lot though and have been meaning to look back into it. I'd love to say Metal Sonic or Shadow if they hadn't lost so much credibility as villains since their first appearances. Heroes essentially ruined both of them. I think Chaos is also a good choice. The gods must be angry. He's an ancient entity shaken to the core by humanity the Echidnas who storm the Chao sanctuary wishing to harness the power of the emeralds for war and destruction, the earliest display of such aggression. His response as an animal lover is a reflection of their anger, as he is after all power enriched by the heart, and he all but destroys the world before he is locked away by a guardian who while having the right intentions did take an easier way out than solving the problem. And so the pain in his heart grows until he is finally released by Eggman who is unaware that the beast has bigger plans for him. And through a twist of symbiotic events Chaos acquires 6 emeralds and his tail thanks to Eggman. He is defeated before he can reach his perfect form but only after a couple battles. And while heroes rest easy thinking the worst of their problems are over after still dealing with Eggman who served as further distraction, Chaos goes and finds the final emerald and proceeds to finish what he started. He is never technically defeated only brought to peace by Super Sonic purifying his heart. Generally I'm not one for a Monster of the Week either, but I'm willing to make an exception here, as not only did Chaos start that trend in the games anyway, he also started the make Eggman look like a bitch trend and actually had more going on than some will give him credit for. And did I mention Sonic didn't really beat him?
  6. Well being a child of the 90s I was well aware of Sonic's presence but I was just shy of old enough to enjoy the games and cartoons as they were released. All I had to do with Sonic until Sega's fall was a couple of trinkets I had had acquired, those being the Knuckles McDonald's toy and what I learned to be a Sonic Christmas light thanks to this site. My parents decided I could finally play games and I got a GBA and Gamecube. I remember looking for my first GC game hoping to find anything with Sonic's face on it and out of the blue SADX caught my eye, and I spent the next few days progressing as far as I could at a time until I got a memory card. I remember the goosebumps I felt watching the opening video that started my affair with the rocking music of Sonic games and would be a deciding factor in my picking up a guitar. I remember the wonder I felt running through this realistic world filled with fantastic elements and realizing that that was what Sonic was about. I enjoyed getting into the various stories of each of the characters and being particularly touched by those of Gamma and Tails. I liked trying to figure out how it all went together and tried replaying the game in order as closely as possible. Then Sonic Heroes came out and I remember going to McDonald's every week to get one those handhelds as I had with the first wave. But I didn't know where half the characters came from and one story from my friend about being chased by a truck later I got SA2B and played through it before beating Heroes. I got my cousin into Sonic at this time as well as she would come over and play Heroes, and consequently she got me playing the handheld Sonics. During this time I also came across the Archie comics during a class trip to a book store as well as a VHS of the OVA at the mall and just revelling in being surrounded by aspect's of Sonic's universe no matter how little they flushed. The fact that this character fit so well in each of these settings gave him more dimensions for me. Unfortunately my GC would crap out on me shortly after acing Heroes and I would receive a PS2 but all was not lost as I would play Mega Collection Plus and experience the origins that only a short frame of time had robbed from me a lifetime ago. I remember the joy I felt knowing that Sonic music had always been awesome. Then I remember being excited about Shadow getting a game and trying to get my GC running just to listen to Throw It All Away. I would originally forgive the game of it's many flaws because of how it reminded me of SA2 which I could now only play on occasion. I then dicked around with the Riders series not caring much for runblebee's music in contrast to what I was familiar with until 06 came out for which I had specically requested a 360. Then I got a Wii and Secret Rings but spent more time finally being able to play the Adventure games again. I believe this was around the time Shout! began releasing the DiC cartoons and I was belated to finally see whole series of which I'd only seen a couple episodes before. I remember at this point preferring them to Sonic X as I had only seen the dub. Then I followed Unleashed until release and fell out of games in general until Generations save for a rental of Black Knight. I was that kid everyone knew loved SpongeBob, then I was that kid that loved Sonic. Now I'm that guy who happens to enjoy both largely for nostalgia. All in all I think I always had an affinity for Sonic, and my love grows where that blue hedgehog goes.
  7. Aw man I got my Sonic music from there back in the day too. LOL Sonic was also why I would visit the forums on occasion. Sayonara, Shadow of a Hedgehog.
  8. "If I was able to redo anything in regards to the film, it'd probably be everything Sonic related." Well that sums it up quite nicely.
  9. Replaying Adventure myself too. I got it on PSN when it came out because I thought it was a Dreamcast port and not a nerfed DX port and never played it much. But upon discovering my DX data on GC was corrupt I decided to finish what I started here. All I need is the 5 Chao emblems now and I'm tempted to replay DX again to play Mission Mode as I refuse to sully my PSN version with that damn DX title screen. Also wanna get SA2 on PSN to mess around with the Chao key glitch and play in widescren but it's not really a priority as luckily my SA2 data was free of corruption.
  10. Another thing that threw me for a loop with Unleashed is why they chose the game that introduced the fastest Sonic gameplay yet to include arguably the slowest gameplay since labyrinth. Was it to make the day stages seem even faster by comparison or were they just like Sonic recolor powers activate, form of werewolf! Whether you like him or not, I'll just never understand the logic that went into the werehog inclusion when they were trying so hard to make Sonic feel like Sonic again and then they go and toss in one of the weirdest gimmicks the series has seen.
  11. I always thought they were huge blisters from entering the atmosphere, but I suppose that doesn't make it any less disturbing.
  12. Finally got Generations for the PS3 thanks to gift card. All that's left now is 2 or 3 red rings in Planet Wisp. And some S ranks, but I'll worry about that as I replay the game casually, as I'm not far from perfect in most levels. Really fun game, some missed opportunities, but overall very enjoyable experience. EDIT: Make that 0 red rings.
  13. I always figured Zero was E-100 , a sorta prototype for the E-series. Still not too big a deal as he's quite obviously Gamma and hopefully he's referred to as such. Personality would be cool too, but I feel like he's gonna be generic as there's not much room for character development for a robot in a 25 minute film. Sure it all looks iffy, but Gamma, the Egg Carrier, GUN, buzzbombers, freedom fighters and Static the Hedgehog all being present seems to be proof of the mash-up they promised so you can't really complain. He obviously liked the first game, SatAM, and the Adventure games, and so do I so who can blame him? We all know how the games play out, did we really want straight adaptions? It's a short film full of references, I'll enjoy it for what it is. Hollywood would've messed far more up.
  14. It was interesting to see Sega take another shot at a Sonic fighting game, and it had some things going for it. The story, customization, and music were decent but the gameplay did get stale. Fighting games just aren't Sonic's forte. I only ever played it when I was with my cousin as I never owned the game myself, but I have fond memories of playing it in moderation, which was probably for the best.
  15. Yeah all you have to do to see Knuckles and Eggman on Angel Island is quit the Super Sonic story before approaching them and they'll be there for anyone to see in Adventure mode. As others have mentioned the way characters struggle for air after drowning in Adventure is pretty disturbing. And I always thought the Biolizard was creepy and the music didn't help no matter how awesome it was. I also thought the way you'd burn up in the atmosphere if you fell in the ARK levels was kinda messed up. I 'd give 'em points forbeing realistic, but you were just walking around in space a second ago.
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