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Everything posted by Diogenes

  1. Like I said above, he's both. I chose to use that picture because it's one of the most unambiguously "cutesy" pieces of classic Sonic artwork which should be enough to make it clear that this is not some new phenomenon that runs counter to the "real" classic Sonic, but it's not the only instance of Sonic being cute rather than exclusively cool or edgy. A certain amount of cute is baked into his very design, even, given how it's based on classic cartoon characters like Mickey Mouse and Felix the cat, and the interplay between the two aspects of the character is one of the reasons he's so appealing.
  2. It was in the Sonic screensaver (which came with S&K Collection for the PC in the US and Europe) and Sonic Jam, along with a number of other fairly cutesy images. Not the most mainstream of material but not something totally unknown, either. Not that "the perception of the character by children living in the west in the 90s" makes up the totality of classic Sonic's identity in the first place. Really the point is that classic Sonic was always both. He's able to appeal to fans of both cute and cool.
  3. I'm all for Sonic being put off balance, I'm all for his snarky jabs being a way of psyching himself up, but even in that case I can't see the first two speech bubbles coming out of someone looking that worried. His expression should show both sides, his fear and his fight against it, and as is it simply doesn't. They should've gone with a pained smirk or something.
  4. Yeah but it doesn't really match. The dialogue is struggling but defiant, but his expression is just worried.
  5. Good in theory but it doesn't land for me in this particular instance. Clunky wording and Sonic's expression isn't selling his attitude.
  6. ...I don't mind this in concept but the mismatched art styles and the repurposing of sprites for entirely different actions make it look like a cheap flash game.
  7. It's sloppy and unnecessary but in practical terms it's not that confusing. The classic games probably still happened in the modern continuity so there's no conflict there. You can tell whether it's the human world or animal world based on whether there's human or animal npcs, and if there's neither then it really doesn't matter anyway. And the two worlds theory is basically just Sonic X so Angel Island got teleported to human world at some point I guess. That game's 20 years old at this point so it basically doesn't even matter.
  8. It's possible, but SA already has jungle and desert areas, in the Mystic Ruins jungle and Sand Hill, so it could easily go either way. "Mushroom" is a bit more particular of a theme so I'd probably give that one better than even odds of being based on S&K's Mushroom Hill, though.
  9. Well, yeah, because they want to make money. And let's not get ahead of ourselves with this "fan reactions result in positive change" stuff. For one it wasn't just fans but practically everyone pointing out how awful it looked, and second we haven't seen their attempt at fixing it yet.
  10. Sanky's dying. The series keeps burning through goodwill, and its few successes aren't enough to make up for it. It's only natural that people drift away from the fanbase and fewer new faces join up.
  11. "Ain't our planet, ain't our problem." And I don't think they'd find Rouge or especially Shadow not reporting in to be all that strange. They're a thief and a rogue bioweapon respectively, not exactly standard recruits.
  12. The fact that they fucked up such a classic character design to such an extent that they've delayed the film to try to fix it kinda nullifies all that passion, though. Also, y'know, none of the rest of the trailer looking very good either. Even if we believe there are passionate people putting genuine effort into the movie, that doesn't preclude them still fucking things up. Passion is not synonymous with quality, you can try hard and with good intentions and still fail.
  13. They're in the human world. Which is a thing that exists separately from the animal world, even if none of us like it.
  14. Except, y'know, illusions. Super speed. Dissolution into cubes. The fact that he's not actually a physical being.
  15. Marketing is basically 99% lies and bullshitting.
  16. Sonic isn't actually the anti-Mario, though. The two have more in common than not.
  17. Why does everything always have to be all-or-nothing? Either the resistance is useless or they could've won on their own...is there no room for "they were slowly losing ground in a protracted war but Sonic/the avatar tipped the balance in their favor"?
  18. I think too often people write off the contributions of characters just because they aren't as flashy or narratively impactful or centered in the story's focus as what Sonic does. The resistance in Forces doesn't win the war on their own but they're responsible for or integral to inspiring and supplying the avatar, breaking Sonic out of space jail, and holding back the army of villain copies while the playable characters do their business. They don't just sit around helplessly all game.
  19. In fairness, most of these are confined to the Classic dimension, several of the others are loathed by much of the community, and two of them have turned good, leaving the modern games with, uh...Metal Sonic. And Eggman, of course.
  20. If you don't think Cream fits well in the series she can just stop showing up, instead of having her change into something completely different.
  21. Nobody is saying having multiple playable characters is a bad thing. But a game isn't obligated to provide multiple playable characters. Yes, some Mario games let you play as characters other than Mario...and some don't. Odyssey only lets you play as Mario but it's still a spectacular game, a guaranteed buy for any fan of the series. Maybe the next main Mario game will have multiple playable characters and maybe it won't. If you're a fan of the series you have to come to terms with that, decide how much of an issue it is for you and whether or not you're going to continue following the series, because Mario is always going to be the main character, he's always going to be there, and the number of playable characters is always going to fluctuate. And it's the same thing with Sonic. Yes, this series has gone through a longer drought of playable characters than Mario, I don't blame people for simply wanting to play as someone else some of the time. But the main character is always going to be the main character, Sonic is always going to get more focus than Tails or Knuckles or Shadow or Rouge or whoever your favorite character happens to be. If you're this burnt out on him, keeping your attention focused on a series about him doesn't seem like the best use of your time.
  22. If you don't want to play as a series' main character you should probably focus your attention on a different series.
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