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  1. Remember that Sonic chess magazine from a decade ago that got canned before it even hit the shelves?

    1. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      Yep. I own the Sonic, Tails, Eggman and Chao figures from that. Sometime ended up with a bunch of them and listed them in eBay for fair prices.

    2. Big Panda

      Big Panda

      Really? Just the chess pieces or the magazine too?

    3. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      Just the chess pieces, in the plastic bubble that would have been attached to the magazine. @Badnik Mechanic did a video on them:

       

    4. Stasis

      Stasis

      I purchased a large job lot from a seller on eBay months after the magazine was cancelled. The magazines had all been water damaged and discarded but the figures were well sealed. Sold them to users on here for a fair price. Still have one set for myself. Was talking to someone at the company regarding the prototypes not long after about whether or not they were available for preservation but after some back and fourth it came down to asking SEGA for permission to which I got no reply lol 

    5. Badnik Mechanic

      Badnik Mechanic

      Yeah that was one of my earliest history vids.

      Think the topic is still on SSMB somewhere.

       

      Mind you. I do remember someone actually found the magazine. It was never scanned though. Apparently there were at least 3 issues released at stores but... never seen them.

    6. Big Panda

      Big Panda

      The thing I remember most about the magazine was that it was going to have random Archie reprints in them.

    7. Stasis

      Stasis

      Had fun looking through my messages regarding these. Fantastic pieces of merch at the time.

  2. https://forbiddenplanet.com/289018-sonic-the-hedgehog-25-gray-graham-variant/ Forbidden Planet’s got a listing up for a fourth issue 25 cover by Jon Gray and @Ziggyfin . No image yet.
  3. For real though, having the TWEWY soundtrack in Smash would be sick as

    1. Perkilator

      Perkilator

      Square allowing more than 2-8 tracks.

  4. Tell us where the talking llama is, and we’ll burn your house to the ground.

    1. Perkilator

      Perkilator

      Don’t you mean “or”?

    2. Big Panda

      Big Panda

      No. I want these fuckers to burn.

    3. Perkilator

      Perkilator

      …I legit read that in Eartha Kitt’s voice.

  5. I just discovered there is merchandise for Baldi's Basics...

    1. Supah Berry

      Supah Berry

      How to Succeed in Gaming Business Without Really Trying

    2. StaticMania

      StaticMania

      Fantastic!

  6. Video games can be scary. Even if it’s not a horror game! Tell us about some choice moments that made your childhood selves shake in fear. I don’t really remember that many instances of my own that aren’t Sonic-related (Chaos, the Egg Viper during the extended amount of time I was stuck on it, ...Frankly’s “happy” portrait in MBM). There is one: Streets of Rage. A moment that occurs more often than 6-year-old me would have liked. I always found the boss at the end of each stage intimidating as all hell. Their sprites didn’t help much, but the thing that positively made me quiver was their entrance. Imagine, you’re casually sailing through the stage, beating the crap out of all the stock goons that come your way, with the standard stage music jiving away as you go. You’re pretty content, beating every batch of thugs that come your way. You’ve just finished off the last goon in a particular pack. The music suddenly fades out. You’re left with a short, eerie silence. And then... The fact that the boss doesn’t even jump out immediately as the music starts is what gets me. The music just comes in to let you know that a terrifying force of nature is coming, but you don’t know what it is until about 5 seconds in, when the giant suddenly comes running out from the side of the screen at high speed!
    1. Your Vest Friend

      Your Vest Friend

      and I said what about breakfast at disneys

  7. Yes. No. Maybe. I don’t know.

    Can you repeat the QUESTION

    1. Ryannumber1gamer

      Ryannumber1gamer

      It uh...

      it just says “Your Name:”

  8. Whenever I see those Knuckles covers I’m filled with bitter nostalgia. I think back to when I first saw them in the Mega Collection bonus features, my first exposure to Archie Sonic at large. The idea of a comic having spin-offs was a completely new concept to me, and I thought it was awesome. Seeing these sweet looking Knuckles covers, I could only imagine what the stuff inside was like. “I bet it’s awesome” I’d think. Then I actually got my hands on the issues...
  9. The stars are not in position for this tribute.

  10. Here’s a question about the “Freedom Fighters in IDW” discussion I haven’t seen asked before:

    It’s been more or less established that most fans don’t want the Freedom Fighters to have strong ties to Sonic in a potential reintroduction. But would you want each of the members to still be priorly associated with each other?

    1. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      No opinions on that since I don't want them introduced to begin with.

    2. Indigo Rush

      Indigo Rush

      I don't see why not. They can act as their own group of "survivors" trying to hold their own before they run into Sonic and co.

    3. StaticMania

      StaticMania

      In eachothers arms...yes.

  11. Super Fire Emblem Ultimate

  12. Okay, what the hell is up with IDW’s delays?

    It’s nowhere near as bad as Archie’s delays, thank god, but it’s become way too frequent to ignore.

    1. Tracker_TD

      Tracker_TD

      They've been a thing for years. Just ask any fan of Transformers.

      According to my brother, "you get used to it". 

    2. Thigolf

      Thigolf

      Methinks they should become better at something called "planning" and "scheduling"

    3. Polkadi~☆

      Polkadi~☆

      It's like waiting for a Square Enix game.

      The first release date given isn't the real one, never will be.

  13. *researches English voice actors for the Digimon Adventure cast*
     

    Matt went from having an openly gay VA to having a homophobic one. God damn.

    1. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      Bloody hell, man. You'll be much happier when you learn to disassociate politics from literally anything else.

    2. Big Panda

      Big Panda

      I’m not hung up on it or anything. I just find it sadly ironic.

    3. Zaysho

      Zaysho

      Based on last year's events the latter's probably not the case anymore anyway

  14. I never understood before how Butch Hartman and Seth McFarlane could be friends despite being polar opposites politically.

    Now I realise it’s because they have the exact same sense of humour.

    1. Nina Cortex Jovahexeon

      Nina Cortex Jovahexeon

      Before you get the wrong idea, Family Guy's shots are more corporately controlled these days than by McFarlane's own pen.

    2. Supah Berry

      Supah Berry

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      You're telling me you looked at this thing, heard his voice, seen his action, and concluded he's a Stewie clone, and that didn't clue you in that they share the same sense of humor?!

  15. Compared to today, Disney character crossovers in the original KH were on a scale that would be unheard of in current games.

    You had Merlin, the Fairy Godmother, the Dalmatians, and Pinocchio and Gapetto all popping up in Traverse Town, and Jasmin and Alice being spirited away in the middle of their respective stories to a gathering of different Disney Princesses at Hollow Bastion that the Beast is gatecrashing.

    I miss how integrated the Disney elements of KH used to be.

    1. Nina Cortex Jovahexeon
    2. Supah Berry

      Supah Berry

      They established the whole "World Order" and the whole "two truths can't coexist" for a reason.

       

      This is what they want you to believe-

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      But I stand by that it was Disney themselves who told the game staff not to make worlds directly crossover. They're always acting too wuss-wuss on the idea of actually having their own IPs actually interacting with one another, because their under the delusion that it would break the continuity and "pre-established rules" the movies are supposed to "follow" (take the Hercules Aladdin crossover for instance, when their two movies took place thousands of years from each other), when they really don't have to.

       

      So all they do is make loopholes: The Disney Infinity characters are only toys of the real characters, ala Smash, so that's how it got away with bending the rules. Then there was Once Upon A Time, which clearly takes cues from the Disney versions, but put all that in a separate canon so the original stories won't have to "suffer". Yeah, there was House of Mouse, and made a modest effort here and there, but it's nevertheless just a mere framing device to rerun the Mickey cartoons. 

       

      Square kinda did some loopholes with KH1 as well, whether its cause it's a character that has a reason to break boundaries or they made original world for multiple IPs to run around in. By then I guess they stop caring.

    3. Sean

      Sean

      I'm pretty disappointed at how seldom the KH series puts out REALLY surprising or outlandish Disney appearances these days. Like I remember Julian showing up in DDD as a boss and that was really cool.

      KH3's roster also disappointed me despite the inclusion of Pixar worlds since every new world is based on a CG animated film.

    4. Waveshocker Sigma

      Waveshocker Sigma

      Eh, I don't. I never really cared for the Disney parts of KH because I never watched anything Disney before it aside from a few things. I went to KH purely for the Final Fantasy side and that's what I miss being a part of the series, so Re;Mind is doing at least a little to make me happy. Disney, on the other hand, is the one thing I feel holds KH back and needs to go. KH3's worlds and how they're handled are even more of an example of that for me as well.

    5. Ferno

      Ferno

      I can't take that Donald manga panel seriously because we all know if you could hear that panel he would sound like WAAAAKKAAAAKAAAAAAACKAAAAAAKK

    6. Candescence

      Candescence

      The fact that KH has been so lackluster on the Disney intra-crossover side of things is why I came up with with an alternative take on the whole Disney crossover game concept - "a story about stories" that not only revisits various tales but also isn't afraid to screw around with them in ways that might actually be interesting.

      The concept would basically be a retelling of Sword in the Stone, maybe a bit closer to the novel in terms of how certain characters are handled, but with Merlin also taking Arthur into various stories to teach him various valuable lessons about life and the world. But there would also be a plot about a cabal of Disney villains (lead by Maleficent) trying to "break" the stories and essentially re-write them to become victorious, including throwing characters into other stories. For example, displacing Will Turner and Ariel into Treasure Planet or something. Of course, the climax would be Maleficent attempting to kill Arthur himself during the Tournament only to realize too late who he is (he's been called 'Wart' by everyone else up to this point) when Arthur draws the sword from the stone and brings her down in a climactic final boss fight.

      Also, there'd probably be an educational aspect of it where after completing every world, either Merlin or some other character (Yen Sid or even Walt Disney himself?) would allow you to access a trove of information and trivia about a specific story, including where the original story came from or its inspiration.

      Any sequels would basically cover the remainder of The Once And Future King saga, including making the other Knights of the Round Table either party members or playable characters, stories involving Vortigern, Morgan le Fay and Mordred being antagonists, and after Arthur's 'death' ends the story, we get epilogues for most of the stories he's adventured in - most of the princess couples having kids of their own and seeing out their happily ever afters, Simba passing on and allowing Kiara and Kovu to take his place, etc.

    7. Supah Berry

      Supah Berry

      I believe it should also be noted that Nomura shares as much of the blame for how he handles Disney property. From the beginning, I feel like he knew that slapping a world wide juggernaut franchise on the cover of his games would help to carry his overly complex multi game spanning Final Fantasy Fan Fic. If it wasn't for that one in a million chance encounter with a Disney rep in an elevator, he might've not had gotten anywhere as far today.

       

      You could just swapped out the Disney characters for stand-in adaptations of the original fairy tales in the KH art style, and little would change story wise, cause they hardly matter in the end. Even if they wouldn't turn down Nomura's project on the spot if not for Disney, KH could've been just a more obscure series that would merely gain a cult following. 

       

      @Candescence

      I read King Arthur with the series anime look in my head and I think

      Image result for fate/grand order

    8. Candescence

      Candescence

      @Supah Berry As familiar as I am with Fate and being a huge weeb in general, my idea would actually be limited in its anime influence, though considering it's Disney, the lines are a bit blurred - after all, anime as we know it has deep roots in Disney (Tezuka was a huge fan of the work of Walt Disney and Carl Banks, and directly took inspiration from them when it came to his style as a manga artist and head of his animation studio), and Japan loves Disney. But overall, it should be unmistakably a Disney game in terms of style.

      Arthur would look mostly the same as he does in the film, though with subtle changes throughout his adventures to reflect his gradual maturity. Maybe a little bit of anime injected in there to make him look a little more handsome and heroic by the end of the first game. In later games where he's grown into his late teens and adulthood, he's much more like a traditional Disney prince in terms of looks.

      Probably the biggest changes from the film would be the characters of Sir Ector and Sir Kay, however - the film threw out a lot of their more sympathetic qualities and made them more one-dimensional. Sir Ector was a much more loving adoptive father to Arthur, who was still kind of strict but was actually down with the idea of Arthur having an education, and was on much better terms with Merlin. Sir Kay was a more shaded character with serious insecurity issues, which would be reflected in this concept as he gets frustrated by "Wart" rapidly catching up to him in terms of skill, but at the end of the story he joins the fight against Maleficent and Arthur makes him his first knight upon being crowned.

  16. Nomura wants to keep using Hades in the KH series.

    ...that’s all well and good for Japanese players, but for us that means having to endure James Woods continually being a part of the series.

    1. Soniman

      Soniman

      Oh no I have to endure more of the best Disney villian with one of the best voices and line deliveries 

       

      ???

    2. Stasis

      Stasis

      James Woods is great.

    3. Sean

      Sean

      James Woods sucks and Hades wasn't even that funny anyway

    4. Tracker_TD

      Tracker_TD

      (Pretty sure Panda is referring to Woods apparently being a bit of a crap person, as opposed to not enjoying his performance) 

    5. Perkilator

      Perkilator

      That is, until he inevitably dies of age and may or may not get replaced.

    6. Supah Berry

      Supah Berry

      This kind of speak a few volumes how people there just don't really bother with any celebrity allegations going down in the West where they're much more blown up over the net. That, or they're just better at seperating art from the artist and bring talent in regardless of allegations; they might've figured it's not their problem if they aren't directly involved.

    7. Soniman

      Soniman

      I didn't know about any allegations I thought this was just a discussion about his acting skill 

    8. Wraith

      Wraith

      Hercules in general needs to stop wasting space in this series imo

    9. Miragnarok

      Miragnarok

      Loki or Facilier would have worked just as well.

    10. Big Panda

      Big Panda

      @Supah Berry Japanese fans are playing the Japanese versions with their own Japanese vocals. Why would they care?

    11. Stasis

      Stasis

      Is this all political?

    12. Big Panda

      Big Panda

      Not entirely. The guy’s demonstrated himself to be a racist, misogynistic, homophobic asshat with one too many sexual misconduct allegations levelled against him in recent years.

      The fact he also just happens to be a right-wing nut who loves pushing conspiracy theories on his twitter pales in comparison.

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    Happy birthday~!

  18. Knuckles 3 & Sonic

  19. The page of New Years fanart has appearances by Archie Sonic characters. Scourge in one halfway down, and both Spike the Porcupine and Scourge in the last one.
  20. <tweet>
    TPCi recast Faba in the main anime without even telling the original VA.

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