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  1. Just a friendly reminder: At this point in 2009 Fox News was condemning Obama as an elitist monster because he ordered Dijon mustard on his burger.

  2. Is it me, or does Doug Walker have a G.U.N. logo on his wall?


    1. Indigo Rush

      Indigo Rush

      He does.

      He was an actor in the Sonic movie fan film

    2. Ferno


      i've always said that i'd wear that logo on a shirt. it's sonic related but obscure enough that it wouldn't be overkill. that, and I'm just nostalgic for that era since that's when I latched onto the franchise

    3. Rusty Spy

      Rusty Spy


  3. So, how many Bird avatars named "Flip" do you expect we'll see in Forces?

    1. SenEDDtor Missile
    2. Joseph Henry

      Joseph Henry

      We can't forget all of the

      F*ck the

      Suck the

  4. clark-kent.jpg

    Holy shit! The resemblance is uncanny!

    1. PC the Hedgehog

      PC the Hedgehog

      I don't see it. I mean, that guy on the left has glasses, whereas Superman clearly does not.

    2. Ryannumber1gamer


      I think the guy on the left could be Batman

    3. PC the Hedgehog

      PC the Hedgehog

      Can't say I've seen the guy on the left and Batman in the same room together. Sounds like a legit theory.

  5. Just about finished with my first real attempt at making a 3D model. I'd say it turned out pretty damn well:


  6. New Sonic Forces - "Enter Infinite" Trailer

    You know, this remind me of an issue I've been having with the facial animation in recent games. Since Colors the animators have been trying to make the characters emote mainly using their eyelids, leaving Sonic with three basic expressions: Eyes open, eyes closed, and (seemingly the animator's favorite) Garfield style drooping eyes. However, in real life people don't emote using their eyelids, they emote using their eyebrows which, unlike moving the eyelids, causes the entire eye to change shape rather simply making it appear partially closed. It might not sound like a big deal on paper but it severely limits Sonic's range of expression and, combined with the writing and voice acting, often causes characters to come across as insincere or sarcastic even when they're supposed to be displaying genuine emotion. Case in point: It's not an effect of cutscenes being done in-engine either. They had it right in Unleashed. Hell, they had it right as far back as Adventure 2, on much weaker hardware than we have now, so I have no clue why this is suddenly a problem for them:
  7. So why are people calling Infinite edgy?

    This actually came up in one of my status updates earlier today. Here's my conclusion from that: Here's the whole thing if you're interested: https://board.sonicstadium.org/profile/7252-bowbowis/?status=876421&type=status
  8. Infinite's theme reminds me of Hamilton for some reason. 

  9. Y'know I'm starting to get the feeling that if Metal Sonic were introduced today he would be decried as a "hyper edgelord" and the only reason he gets a pass now is that he's a classic character.

    1. Bowbowis


      I mean, red and black eyes, clawed fingers, able to go toe-to-toe with Sonic. Edge city man.

    2. Rusty Spy

      Rusty Spy

      No.... Actually no.

    3. Diogenes


      nope sorry not everyone who disagrees with you can be reduced to a strawman

    4. Lord-Dreamerz


      Neo Metal from Sonic Heroes maybe. But otherwise no.

    5. Josh
    6. Bowbowis


      I'm not trying to reduce people to a strawman. We have seen like, a minute worth of footage with Infinite and people are already decrying him as the edgiest thing ever. I'm genuinely confused. 

      According to your logic this is super edgy: maxresdefault.jpg

      But this isn't:


      What exactly puts Infinite over the line, but not Metal Sonic?

    7. Waveshocker Sigma

      Waveshocker Sigma

      Bowbowis is absolutely right on this one.

    8. Diogenes


      metal doesn't have a vocal theme talking about how powerful, evil, and important he is. metal doesn't talk like a smug edge-douche. metal's design serves a clear purpose, obvious from the instant you see him, while infinite's is just "edgy sonic fan character".

    9. Waveshocker Sigma

      Waveshocker Sigma

      And Metal's clear purpose is just "edgy robot Sonic", which is definitely obvious from the moment you see him.

      I fail to see the difference. Well, aside from the fact that Metal somehow isn't important enough to be in Forces or even Mania.

      Oh wait, nevermind. Metal is totally in Forces. Not sure how I forgot that. I guess it's hard to remember that Sega still loves him, thankfully. 

      ...Wait, why IS Metal in Forces but NOT in Mania? That's actually really weird.

    10. Lord-Dreamerz
    11. Diogenes


      no, metal's purpose is "robot sonic". "evil robot sonic", if you want to insist. but there's nothing inherently edgy about him.

    12. Josh


      I think pretending there isn't a difference between the characters is pretty disingenuous. Metal Sonic isn't ever really given a backstory or anything. He is designed to be a better Sonic and that's all he's about. He's simple.

      Everything about Infinite suggests that he's far more overwhelmingly powerful than Metal Sonic and there's  a lot more going on with his backstory. The lyrics to his theme imply some kind of heavy past trauma and he runs around in a mask. He's supposed to spark intrigue into some kind of deeper plot, and if you've been around the series at all you'd noticed the attempts to go deeper are hit or miss. Apprehension is understandable.

      If you were to judge the characters solely on a surface level you may have a point, but that's it. 

    13. Rusty Spy

      Rusty Spy

      By that logic Sonic himself is no different from Infinite because he's supposed to be the "edgy" dude w/ attitude to Mario

    14. ShroomZed



      Metal Sonic technically does have a semi-edgy theme song, lel. I always liked this one though 


    15. Lord-Dreamerz


      Actually I'm not trying to say MetalSonic is nearly edgy as infinite... Merely that Neo Metal's design was to edgy and try hard and even storyline was more then normal for Metal Sonic.

    16. Josh


      Neo Metal Sonic wasn't exactly a popular plot twist even back then so....

    17. Waveshocker Sigma

      Waveshocker Sigma

      I do think Neo Metal looks way cooler than Metal, honestly.

      But then again, Metal Sonic's design has never really done anything for me outside of the OVA.

    18. Lord-Dreamerz


      I've always hated Neo Metal's design. Totally misses the point and concept of his character IMO.

      Metal is my 2nd fave Sonic character. so I'm not fond of anything designs that try to make him to different.. especially if it's something that makes him chunkier in design.

    19. Waveshocker Sigma

      Waveshocker Sigma

      I think that's precisely WHY I like it since I always found the original Metal to be rather, well, pointless and boring.

      But I also like Mecha Sonic over Metal Sonic, so that might explain things.

    20. ShroomZed


      Pointless? How is Metal Sonic pointless? 

    21. Lord-Dreamerz


      How is Metal more pointless then the other Sonic bots? I love the fact Metal is a bot built for speed and racing before he is built for combat... Unlike the other Sonic bots that are mainly only built for fighting. Which doesn't feel very suiting to a Sonic robot to me.

    22. Bowbowis


      @Diogenes If having a theme song boasting about how powerful, evil, and important you are makes you edgy than Eggman is clearly the king of edge. Not to mention that Metal himself has "What I'm Made Of" as a theme, the title of which is literally a boast about how powerful he is. Infinite's design does serve a clear purpose: it's meant to make him look cool, intimidating, evil, and mysterious which I'd say it does well enough. What dialogue we've heard from him so far has been standard villain taunting:

      • "You fool! Away! Before I make mincemeat out of you."
      • "All living things KNEEL before your master!"
      • "You filthy rat! I'll shut that mouth of yours permanently!"
      • "Now lie down and DIE!"
      • "You may address me as Infinite for the few moments you have left to live."

      It's literally nothing outside the ordinary for the series.


      @Josh We're not talking about how strong they are here though. Loki is vastly more powerful than the Joker but you'd be hard pressed to call him the edgier villain. We have no confirmation that Infinite will have a complex backstory, let alone whether or not it will be a traumatic one. Furthermore, such things are not necessarily a good litmus test for which characters the fanbase finds edgy. Chaos and Merlina are both motivated by tragic events and the former even has a reasonably complex backstory yet I've never seen either of them denounce for being edgy. Meanwhile Black Doom and Mephilies are considered poster boys for edge in the series, despite having fairly minimal and trauma-free backstories.


      Really what I'm getting from this is that Infinite is considered "edgy" because he's powerful, has a dark color scheme, wears a mask, taunts the heroes, and may or may not have a tragic backstory. Thing is that also describes one of the most popular villains in history:


      Would you consider Darth Vader to be and edgy villain? Maybe the answer is yes, but I think we're at a point where we either need to take a step back and reevaluate what actually constitutes an "edgy" character or accept that being edgy is not necessarily a bad thing and stop using it as an insult and/or means of criticizing something without addressing any tangible issues.

    23. Josh


      If Infinite shows even a quarter of the nuance Vader does I'll happily eat crow.

    24. Diogenes


      a big part of eggman's character is that he's not nearly as great as he thinks he is. that's the joke, it's all self aggrandizement, not a legitimate measure of his abilities. meanwhile about the first thing we've seen from infinite is him outspeeding and beating up sonic, so by all indication we're meant to take that stuff at face value. and neo metal sonic is something that happened years after the character's introduction, was only kept around for one game, and is widely considered to have been a bad idea; that kind of stuff is not what most people have in mind when they're talking about metal sonic. it was a betrayal of the character more than anything.

  10. New Sonic Forces - "Enter Infinite" Trailer

    Wow! A cutscene that sets up a mystery, ratchets up the drama, includes action beyond the characters flapping their lips, and is totally devoid of bad food puns. Are we sure Pontaff wrote this? Also, I just gotta say, Infinite sounds great here. I love his voice.
  11. Where is that DAMN fourth Great Fairy!?

  12. Stephen Colbert duct tapes batteries to his junk:


  13. I suppose another possibility is that Classic Sonic in Forces and Generations is still a past version of Sonic, just not the main series Sonic. His coming from an alternate timeline would at least explain why Modern doesn't seem to recall the events of Generations or Forces.
  14. solution to the scripted/autopilot loops

    Another alternative would be to make the loops optional but give the player some reward for going through them. The easiest way to do this would be to give the player a style bonus for passing through loops and other set pieces (similar to the bonuses given in SA2 for doing things like grabbing the second handle on the missile in Metal Harbor or jumping through the hoops in Pyramid Cave). Another possibility would be to place an item at the top of the loop for the player to grab, be it rings, a power-up, a rare Chao animal, or a switch that opens an alternate route. It could be anything really, just so long as it gives players an incentive not to simply skip the loop.