I woke up this morning feeling excited. Christmas morning excited. I'm sorry to break it to you if you're younger, but when you're 29 years old, that kind of excitement doesn't happen very often (even on Christmas morning, sadly). But today does feel special. It was 20 years ago today that the original Sonic the Hedgehog was released. So it seems fitting that we should celebrate that iconic game with the first of our new regular Appreciation Section features, which listeners of the TalkRadar UK Podcast might recognise.
20 years ago today, Sonic the Hedgehog was unleashed onto an unsuspecting world, transforming the gaming landscape in a blur of blue. But while we'll be celebrating that classic original in its own right today, it was almost very different. Unused features buried in retail cartridges, preview screenshots and even instruction manuals all hint at features we never got to play in the very first Sonic game. But thanks to the avid Sonic fan community, we can now see them all! So roll up for the Sonic freak show - you won't believe your eyes.
Last year, we ran a feature where we turned popular videogames into chocolate bars. The comments on that feature were so choc-full of great ideas, we thought we'd revisit it and give them the same treatment. We've given each contributor a shout-out, so you can tell them how witty and clever you think they are.And so to the chocolate - which one would you eat first?Above: Suggested by
Another week of comings and goings in the world of video games. But why trawl through news sites when you can catch up with all the important stuff right here in one article? These are the stories that got us talking this week
Ah, noobs. With their awkward fingers and stupid questions, it's a wonder we ever let them near our joypads at all. It's nice to get someone started in gaming, but it's so hard to witness utter incompetence at your favourite games. But instead of yelling, snatching the pad and showing them how it should be done, why not sit back, make encouraging noises and tick off each entry in our list of classic rookie mistakes
A 16-bit platform game icon reinvented in a multi-gravitational 3D world. Spherical stage effects with a vast sense of scale and gallons of design innovation. Super Mario Galaxy? No, a Sonic The Hedgehog game did all that stuff ten years before the Wii was even launched. So why was it never released?
Ever since Sonic Unleashed was confirmed earlier this month we've been digging up all kinds of Sonic tidbits for you to chew on, from his rise and fall to the best moments the series has produced over the years. Today we're diving into the cringe-worthy missteps Sonic has taken since his inception. The Rise/Fall article spelled out, in detail, how the franchise has slid since 1991, but
Oh, Sonic. What's happened to you? It's no small secret that Sega's once-dominant mascot has slipped over the years, with awful games making things worse by the month. But worldwide love is still strong, and each time there's a new platformer announced we shuffle in line like a bunch of nice devoted fanboys and pray, deep down, that this will be the Sonic game that doesn't suck.
Not happy with what the devs are doing with your favourite games? Then let the gamers take over production.
We all know that professional movies of videogames completely miss the point nine times out of ten. They're usually made by people who seemingly have no clue what makes the IP great or the faintest idea of what its fans want. But gamers haven't got that excuse, so why do our fan films so frequently incite the urge to explode oneself to death?
"It is time to reinvent Sonic," Sega told NewsWeek's N'Gai Croal during an interview last week. We've spent the time since then pondering exactly what that could mean - especially taking into consideration Sega's intent to "make Sonic contemporary again." So, with little or no fanfare, here he is. Feast your eyes on the reinvented Sonic, the Sonic for a new generation of photo-realistic consoles and graphics-hungry gamers. After all, realism is so in right now. You can barely move for