Sonic fans can be talented. Very talented. They can be so talented, in fact, that the stuff they produce is sometimes confused with the real thing. The latest example of this can be found in Netflix’s new video game documentary series, High Score.
While interviewing Sonic & Knuckles Rock the Rock champion Chris Tang, the show cut to footage demonstrating his technique for how he maximizes his score in Sonic games. After briefly showing Green Hill, the show abruptly switched to footage of…Sonic the Hedgehog Next Level, an impressive three act fan hack of Sonic 1 created by MarkeyJester.
Aside from the Sonic 1 assets, everything is original, so the fact that this ended up in a Netflix documentary speaks well to the hack’s quality. Although the question of how this made it into the documentary itself still remains. Did someone intentionally decide to include footage of a hack, or did they just grab some footage off of YouTube?
Even people who should know better have made this mistake, like when Sumo Digital accidentally included fan art of Sonic Underground’s Sonia in Wii and Steam copies of Sonic& SEGA All-Stars Racing.