The Sonic Forces Speed Battle ‘Rivals League’ event has finished, and there can only be one winner. Turns out, Team Sonic took the crown with 13,000 points over Team Rose’s 12,532. So close. But we think the real prizes we won in this tournament were the epic fan art pieces that the community created along the way. Continue reading Celebrate Team Sonic’s Rivals League Win With Epic Sonic Forces Fan Art
It is with great sadness we report today that popular YouTube content creator Desmond Amofah, better known as ‘Etika’ and known to the Sonic community as a former Sonic Stadium staffer and Summer of Sonic contributor, has been found deceased. Continue reading Celebrity YouTuber and Sonic Community Alumni ‘Etika’ Dead at 29
Every year in June, Sonic fans and press alike (and the guys at The Sonic Stadium happen to be both!) descend unto the arid, star-studded land of Los Angeles to take on the ‘Video Gaming Superbowl’ that is E3. But, every year, on the Sunday before E3 festivities begin, there’s a whole other party happening in the same city just for Sonic fans. Continue reading Talkin’ Bout a Sonic Revolution: We Visit the 2019 Fan Convention
The unofficial Sonic fact book “We Love Sonic!” is now being investiged by Carlton Publishing Group after fans noticed material was heavily plagiarized from fan art and fansites.
Ah, Sonic Runners. We really did like you, you know. And then, almost as soon as you were released (well, about a year after the initial launch in 2015 actually), SEGA killed you off. So we’re pretty excited to hear that a bunch of mobile-loving fans have taken it upon themselves to bring you back to life again. That’s pretty awesome! Continue reading Sonic Runners Fan-Led Revival Project Goes into Open Beta in July
It’s hard not to feel a little sorry for the Paramount Studios team behind the Sonic movie. Since the original trailer was released a month ago, fans have gone out of their way to re-imagine the CG Sonic model in image form. But one Sonic fan has gone beyond – by redoing the entire trailer with an animated re-interpretation of the blue blur. Continue reading Paramount’s Movie Trailer Remade With Animated Cartoon Sonic
If you fancy watching a couple of British Sonic fans play their way through some classic platforming games – all while donating to a good gaming cause at the same time – then you’ll be in luck! The ‘Race to Win’ livestream charity event is coming back for a second run in an attempt to raise even more money for Special Effect. Continue reading ‘Race To Win 2’ Community Charity Stream Event Announced for June
A group of passionate art and animation professionals have launched a Patreon campaign to try and finish telling one of the greatest Sonic stories never told – that of Sonic the Hedgehog’s Saturday AM (SatAM) long lost third season. Continue reading Dedicated SatAM Fans Crowdfund ‘Season 3’ Production
Last month, the Sonic community was dazzled by an incredibly creative sight – a design pitch for an official Sonic Mania-themed LEGO set. The creation, by Sonic Robo Blast 2 Kart developer ‘toastergrl’, featured a Sonic Mini-Fig alongside some custom Badnik models and a huge Death Egg robot – and has been the talk of the town ever since. With a concerted push to drum up as much support as possible to make the design a reality, we spoke with ‘toastergrl’ herself to learn more about the project. Continue reading Community Interviews: LEGO Ideas Sonic Set Designer, ‘toastergrl’
We’ve seen some interesting Sonic game mods in our time, but this one takes us right back to our childhood – one plucky PC hacker is reworking Sonic Mania Plus to include famous Disney characters, turning the high-paced platformer into something reminiscent of the 1992 Mega Drive classic World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck.
Continue reading Watch Donald Duck Go Quackers in This Hilarious Sonic Mania PC Mod
California’s premier Sonic the Hedgehog fan convention Sonic Revolution returns once again for 2019.
The event will be held on June 9th, 2019 at the Sage Restaurant & Lounge in Whittier California on the Sunday before the Los Angeles E3 convention.
Tickets are now on sale vai Purplepass for the price of $9.99, with a $4 discount for a select number of earlybird tickets.
Announcements regarding special guests and events will follow.
Source: Sonic Revolution Twitter
Our friends at RadioSEGA are back at it once more for another rousing round of WinterFest, bringing together shows and masters of ceremonies from the past and present as well as special guest hosts (including yours truly) for over 30 hours of special broadcasts lasting all weekend long. Tune in starting now to take part in the festivities, enjoy some sweet SEGA and Sonic tunes, and who knows? Maybe you might walk away with a neat prize like Steam codes, Insert Coin vouchers, and much, much more, and become the envy of all your friends!
The festivities are now underway, starting off with GreenViper8’s inaugural WinterFest 2018 broadcast of Topical Resort. The full schedule is as follows:
Friday, December 14th, 2018:
5PM GMT (6pm CET/12pm EST/9am PST) – Topical Resort with GreenViper8*
7PM GMT (8pm CET/2pm EST/11am PST) – SEGA Mixer Drive with Rexy*
9PM GMT (10pm CET/4pm EST/1pm PST) – The Hidden Palace with Skyblaze*
10PM GMT (11pm CET/5pm EST/2pm PST) – Club SEGA with INeedFruit*
12AM GMT (1am CET/7pm EST/4pm PST) – Chaos Control Center with cdrom1019*
2AM GMT (3am CET/9pm EST/6pm PST) – Last Call: WinterFest 2018 Mix #1 – RapidRun
3AM GMT (4am CET/10pm EST/7pm PST) – RSN Live with voice*
Saturday, December 15th, 2018:
2PM GMT (3pm CET/9am EST/6am PST) – You’re Too Show, hosted by Splendor and Caleb
3PM GMT (4pm CET/10am EST/7am PST) – Last Call – WinterFest 2018 Mix #2 – OSC
4PM GMT (5pm CET/11am EST/8am PST) – TO BE ANNOUNCED
6PM GMT (7pm CET/1pm EST/10am PST) – Ravsdom!!, hosted by Ravsieg*
8PM GMT (9pm CET/3pm EST/12pm PST) – WinterFest 2018 Secret Surprise Show*
10PM GMT (11pm CET/5pm EST/2pm PST) – Saturday Night SEGA with Gavvie
12AM GMT (1am CET/7pm EST/4pm PST) – Blastmas V, presented by The Blast Processors*
2AM GMT (3am CET/9pm EST/6pm PST) – The Music Plant Zone with VizardJeffhog*
4AM GMT (5am CET/11pm EST/8pm PST) – Last Call: WinterFest 2018 Set #3
Sunday, December 16th, 2018:
1PM GMT (2pm CET/8am EST/5am PST) – SEGA Talk, presented by SEGAbits
2PM GMT (3pm CET/9am EST/6am PST) – Sweaty Sundays with DrScottnik & Nalbis*
3PM GMT (4pm CET/10am EST/7am PST) – The Voice Of SEGA with DrScottnik
4PM GMT (5pm CET/11am EST/8am PST) – The Blue Zone with PTKickass*
6PM GMT (7pm CET/1pm EST/10am PST) – Radio Redux, hosted by AAUK*
8PM GMT (9pm CET/3pm EST/12pm PST) – The Tally-Ho Show!, presented by Andy and James
10PM GMT (11pm CET/5pm EST/2pm PST) – The SEGA Lounge, presented by KC*
Shows annotated with an asterisk (*) will be the shows with loot to be given away. Be sure to tune in to The Music Plant broadcast tomorrow – I hear that giveaway in particular will ultimately be Smashing!
In just 24 hours time, The annual Sonic Hacking Contest will be fully open, giving visitors the chance to vote and play some of the best Sonic fan game hacks of 2018.
The full list of entries into this years event is as follows.
- 2P Shadow the Hedgehog by dreamsyntax
- Among the Others by Unlimited Trees
- Aquarium Park by Skyth_
- Camelot Castle Generatiosn by Melpontro
- Classic Sonic Improvement Mod by Showin
- Cthulu’s Island by PineappleArse
- Dreamcast Chao Gardens by Exant64
- Emerald Coast in SA2 by MainMemory
- Hellfire Saga by Narcologer
- Hidden Palace Adventure by SuperEgg
- Knuckles in Sonic 3 PC by MainMemory
- Lost Valley Overclocked by Infinite_Force
- Megaman X in Sonic 2 by Pacca
- Mortar Canyon Remastered 2 by Infinite_Force
- Network Terminal Overclocked by Infinite_Force
- Prototype Windy Valley by ItsEasyActually
- Radical Highway for Sonic Heroes by Shadowth117
- SADX – Sonic, Shadow and Metal Sonic mod, Gameplay Overhaul by Benji23245
- Sonic 1 Almost Remastered by BonesBurger
- Sonic 2 CD Remix by Pacca
- Sonic 3 & Knuckles Battle Race by Natsumi & MarkeyJester
- Sonic Cronos (demo) by Timaeus
- Sonic Eclipse Demo by Mr_Cat
- Sonic Forces – Glyphic Canyon by Knuxfan24
- Sonic Forces – Lava Shelter by Knuxfan24
- Sonic Heroes 2P Co-Op by DonutStopGaming
- Sonic Limbo by lordxernom
- Sonic Mania: The Misfits Pack SHC2018 by jubbalub
- Sonic the Hackable by CHRdutch
- Sonic The Hedgehog – Neo Quest by MrHooman
- Sonic the Hedgehog Frenzy (Demo) by Yoshister
- STH2006 Project Demo 4 by brianuuu
- Sweet Mountain Act 2 by JoeyLaw
- Team Dark – SA2 Edition by Shadowth117
- Tropical Resort ReBoosted by SKmaric
- Weapons Bed…for Sonic Forces by DeaTHProj
This second list is for Expo entries which are just in it for the fun and exempt from judging.
- (Real) 3D Infinite Boss #2 by Infinite_Force
- Amy Adventure 2 by MainMemory
- Classic Sonic Improvement Mod – Generations Edition by Showin
- Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine – New Dialog by RadioShadow
- Dreamcast Characters Pack (SADX) by ItsEasyActually
- Drop Dash in Sonic 2 by MainMemory (moved to Expo on request)
- Drop Dash in Sonic 3 & Knuckles by MainMemory (moved to Expo on request)
- Everyone in Rouge’s Outfit by MainMemory
- Hedgehogs of Time (H.o.T) by PotterAndMatrixFan
- SA2 Dreamcast Characters by EndUser
- SA2 Omaochao Edition by MainMemory
- Sonic 1 CDDA by Novedicus
- Sonic 1 Remade by Lord_Xbox
- Sonic 1: Contemporary by Roxurface
- Sonic 2 Good Edition by Novedicus
- Sonic 3 & Knuckles: Epilogue by TheBlad768
- Sonic 3 – Angel Island Revisited by Eukaryot
- Sonic 3 & Knuckles Tag Team by Jdpense
- Sonic Forces: Emerald Coast Port (Demo #1) by s-daneeh
- Sonic Generations Mod Classified Greenhill Act 2 by DCoolSpeed75
- Sonic Generations with Recreated Sonic Unleashed Lighting by DCoolSpeed75
- Sonic Kyukyoku by Iso_Kilo
- SONIC THE HEDGEHOG – Legacy of Solaris by HyperPolygon64
- Sonic the Hedgehog Bania: Gold! Edition ~ Digitized Graphics Promotional by Royameadow
- Sonic Unleashed Camera & Physics Recreation SG Mod by DCoolSpeed75
- Sonic.EXE Mania Abyss Edition BETA by haloarbiter117
- Unfinished Example Game by Unlimited Trees
The full website opens on Monday and you can try out the entries via this link here.
There is also a live stream event which will see a number of different personalities try out various different entries which gets underway on Sunday. You can see the full schedule here.
Source: The Sonic Hacking Contest
Ladies and Gentlemen… Tragedy.
It takes many forms, it has been written in scripture and some of our finest works of literature. But now it takes the form of something new, Sonic trying and failing to save Pikachu, resulting in himself being vaporised.
Oh…..My….God! An episode of Sonic Talk that’s up just days after being recorded rather than weeks?!! That’s insane!!
Join Jason, Alex, GX and our special-guest-maybe-new-fourth-chair Queen Misty Lakes as we discuss the latest games, Sonic’s upcoming movie and his cameo in Ralph Breaks The Internet. We also discuss the delay of Team Sonic Racing and how everyone in the Sonic Universe might have a slight cameo in Super Smash Bros Ultimate thanks to the new spirit mode. Listen in and join the fun!
Petit Hedgehog is probably one of the more notable entries at this year’s SAGE, with a refined version from last year’s expo being showcased for 2018. Created by Chengi, Petit draws upon influences from the Sonic Advance era, as well as translating elements from the Sonic Adventure formula into a 2D environment. Continue reading SAGE 2018: Petit Hedgehog
I have a confession. Aside from the first few seconds of the last time it appeared in a mega-collection type game, I have never played Sonic Chaos. So if during this article I say something a little daft which was in the original game, that’s why. Continue reading SAGE 2018: Sonic Chaos
On Saturday August 9 2008, three young British figureheads in the Sonic the Hedgehog community opened the doors to the very first Summer of Sonic convention, welcoming over 300 people into a tiny hall with nothing but a SEGA Mega Drive in the corner and some cupcakes to entice them in. Continue reading The Summer of Sonic Convention is 10 Years Old – Happy Anniversary!
The annual Sonic Amateur Games Expo (SAGE) is set to make its return this year on August 25th, with a jam-packed lineup including Sonic Z-Treme, Sonic the Hedgehog PC and Sonic Advance Revamped among many other titles you can check out in their launch trailer above.
The event is still accepting submissions to be featured at the event all the way up until August 18th – details on how to submit your fan game can be found here.
You can find further details on the event in general over at Sonic Retro.
It’s always great to see the Sonic community come together to raise money for charity – we often see blue blur fans livestream their gameplay for fundraising purposes. This weekend, a couple of Brits made the effort to help support UK-based charity Special Effect, and ended up smashing their target by raising over $650. Continue reading UK Community Streamers Raise Over $650 for Special Effect
Sonic the Comic is celebrating its 25th anniversary this week, having first appeared in corner shops and news agents across the UK back in May 1993.
For fans living outside the UK (or are too young to remember!) the publication ran for nine years from 1993 to 2002 through Fleetway comics and later Egmont magazines, producing a total of 223 issues. The darker tone of the comics and the portrayal of characters garnered a cult following of fans, inspiring a resurrection of the comic in an online incarnation in the form of Sonic the Comic Online, which continues to present day.
To celebrate this milestone year in the comic’s lifetime, STCO has released issue number 275 with a 32-page story bringing to a conclusion some of the longest running storylines in the series.
Additionally, a Sonic the Comic 25th anniversary party will be taking place on Sunday, 3rd of June 2018 at the FAB café in Manchester. More information on the event, which will see many of the prolific contributors to Sonic the Comic including Richard Elson and Nigel Kitching in attendance, can be found on the event’s facebook page.
From everyone here at The Sonic Stadium, we wish Sonic the Comic a very happy birthday!
SEGA HARDlight will be revving their engines this weekend!
A team from the company behind the mobile app Sonic Dash will be taking part in the Twin Town Challenge 2018 using their Sonic Dash car, a refurbished 1999 BMW 528i.
The race sees 100 cars, comprised entirely from suped-up “bangers” purchased for £500 or less, drive from Oxfordshire in the UK to Le Touquet, France, all the way taking part in challenges.
All competitors raise money for SpecialEffect, a charity who specialise in developing gaming technologies for disabled children.
More details of the race can be found on the Twin Town Challenge website.
You can support the team by making a donation via their Just Giving donation link…and if you’d love to own the “Dash-mobile”, the car will be auctioned after the race with the proceeds also going to charity!
Check out the gallery below for some images of the car and the team before they set off on this wacky race!
The world of Sonic fan game development never rests. What with annual Hacking Contests, Amateur Game Expos (plus Really Amateur Game Expos), and the odd flash of brilliance catching the Internet’s attention, these games not only help us pass the time between the major official releases from SEGA, some even push the boundaries of the unwritten rulebook of Sonic game design in ways we can only dream of. Continue reading A Trio of Fan Works to Look Out For: Sonic Gaiden, Sonic Studio & Project Hero
So it’s no secret that Sonic has a whole cavalcade of friends built up across his history, and with most bearing a distinct and unique voice, you’d typically be able to recognize each one and discern who’s who just from the sound alone. However, if their voices were to switch around, like hearing the charming and sweet Cream the Rabbit talking in Big the Cat’s velvet tones, well… things can get weird really, really fast.
If you’re a Sonic fan on the internet, chances are you’re very familiar with a series of satirical animation shorts from a group known as Sonic Paradox. Heck, you’ll find that we’ve covered quite a bit of their work over the years here at TSS!
The animation team has worked on shorts, dubs, and a variety of other projects since its inception, and now they’re looking to expand into the world of action-packed art and text. Introducing the Paradox-powered fan comic in the making, Sonic Legacy!
Stop the presses!
It’s only been a month since the animators and voice actors over at Sonic Paradox released the karma collector-themed Vector’s Knickers, and tonight, the crew has unveiled a brand new spinoff series to the popular Sonic Shorts Volumes collaborations. Sonic Seconds!
Check the first volume of shorts out below, as well as credits, links, and important details regarding upcoming projects.
Among the bevy of VGM cover artists I follow on the web, one standout artist in particular shines with his rock/metal arrangements of classic gaming themes in the form of “GaMetal.”
Week by week, Jonny Atma wows the scene with all sorts of fantastic VGM covers featuring his trademark solos, covering nearly every song under the sun from the popular to the obscure, and fan-favourites from the Sonic series is no exception. While he has covered a handful of tracks from the franchise in the past, Atma wrapped up the month of February with not just one, but two remixes of some of the best boss tracks Sonic the Hedgehog has to offer.
Sonic Triple Trouble had all the makings of a fantastic 2D Sonic adventure, but—shackled by the 8-bit restrictions of the SEGA Game Gear back in 1994—fell short in a number of ways by no real fault of its own.
Enter Noah Copeland, in collaboration with Overbound Game Studio (the same team of fans responsible for Sonic Time Twisted), who seeks to correct this injustice with a question:
“What if [Sonic Triple Trouble] became a Genesis/Mega Drive game?”
Sonic the Comic, the UK fortnightly comic that ran from 1993 and continues in web form as Sonic the Comic – Online to this day turns 25 years old this year, and fans are planning a celebration of that milestone.
Sonic the Comic Online Editor Mike Corker is hoping to see the event come to life pending a successful Kickstarter campaign in the form of a day-long celebration of the comic and everything that made it memorable to fans 25 years after it’s creation. Fans will have the opportunity to meet special guests, including the fan artists who continue the comics legacy, with backer perks including a T-Shirt with artwork designed by Richard Elson to commemorate the event.
The event will be held on June 3rd 2018 at the FAB cafe in Manchester.
With a modest goal of £1000, the Kickstarter is currently at just under £400, with funds contributing to venue and equipment hire and special guest costs.
Over the years we have seen some absolutely amazing Sonic the Hedgehog cosplayers (including hundreds of original costumes at Summer of Sonic), but as far as size goes, this is definitely the biggest, in both name and nature! Continue reading Amazing Big the Cat Cosplay Debuts at Katsucon
We can all talk about the wonkiness of ‘My Saturday Morning Apocalypse’ adventure Sonic Forces all day long – perhaps never as concisely as our expert TSS Review, of course – but seeing its physics baked into another Sonic game really hammers home some of the gameplay issues that were prominent in the 2017 release. Continue reading This Sonic 2 Hack Adds Forces Physics, Works As Well As You’d Expect
“Find the computer room!”
“To get through tight spaces, press the Circle button to slide!”
It’s been a long time coming, but if you’ve been itching for more Sonic Shorts Volumes, you’ve certainly come to the right place… if you’ve been expecting something much greener and scalier! Much like the Knuckles Briefs, the animation team at Sonic Paradox has come back together again to deliver more raucous laughs and satirical pokes at the Sonic franchise in a new specially themed shorts collection, this time shining the limelight on everyone’s favourite crocodile, muscle, and karma collector. Behold…
Building on the success of last year’s event, Sonic Hacking Contest 2018 has already been formally announced! This gives another year for budding Sonic game hackers to strut their stuff and impress everyone with their skills!
The contest will take place between Monday November 26th and Sunday December 2nd, with the main hacking contest and the Hack Expo along with other events and streams to be announced. The initial deadline for submitting playable builds will be October 28th. Those participating in the contest will then have until November 4th to refine their entries, while those just in the Hack Expo will have until November 11th to do so. This gives just over 9 months to get your game ready for submission!
To continue with the high standard of 2017, the quality control criteria are still in place, as are the regular rules. You can read this information, as well as the awards up for grabs and the current judging panel, with the full announcement on Sonic Retro while the website is still being constructed. Please note that these can be subject to change closer to the time of the contest, so be sure to keep up to date if you’re interested.
Write those dates down if you want to participate yourself, or if you want to try them out when the demos are made public. And good luck to everyone who does end up putting their hacking skills to the test!
Source: Sonic Retro
What do you do when a friend organises a house party that requires every person to produce a three-minute Powerpoint presentation about a topic they are passionate about? If your answer is anything other than ‘talk about the philosophy of Shadow the Hedgehog’s morality in the Sonic series’, then you truly need to step your game up, my friend. Continue reading Someone Makes a Shadow the Hedgehog Presentation for a Party, Becomes Legend
Just in time for Christmas, Sonic 3D Blast: Director’s Cut has been put onto the Steam Workshop for everyone to play.
While it may seem like it ought to be another run-of-the-mill mod, there’s one factor that makes this project stand out; this was done by Jon Burton, founder of Traveller’s Tales and programmer on the original Sonic 3D Blast itself way back in 1996!
Over the past year, Burton (via his Youtube channel Gamehut) has been revealing coding secrets and tricks on Sonic 3D Blast and other classic TT games many would recognise, and as part of that he took it on himself to do some tweaks to the game to make it an overall better experience. Here’s a list of some of the modifications that this contains;
- Super Sonic implemented into regular gameplay.
- A time attack mode.
- A level editor.
- A “new” enemy (actually one that was always in the code but left unused in the final game).
- A save game password system.
- An overworld map screen for getting level to level.
- Improved controls.
- Bug Fixes.
- Other miscellaneous gameplay changes, including alterations to the Flicky indicators and the behaviour of the Flickies themselves.
This game is a patch for the mod-friendly SEGA Mega Drive and Genesis Classics, so make sure you own that before trying it out if you’re interested. The patch can be downloaded here on the Steam Workshop for free.
If you’ve ever been curious as to how a developer would improve their work in hindsight, or just fancy playing Sonic 3D Blast in a way you never have before, this is something you might want to try out for yourself!
Source: Jon Burton (Twitter)