Sonic Stadium Reader Survey 2022/2023 – Help Shape The Future of the Site

Happy New Year to all our readers and everyone in our community! I hope your holiday season was full of joy and good times with family and friends. January is usually the time of year where we start looking to the near future and maybe start setting some personal goals to achieve.

The Sonic Stadium had an absolutely fantastic 2022, owing to the several-punch combo of Sonic the Hedgehog merch, games and media that released last year. The interest that you all showed in our content has been insane, and the discussion in the forums has been more active than ever! However you choose to spend your time on here, we really appreciate it and want to make sure you feel even more at home over the next year.

We definitely have a few things planned for the Sonic Stadium’s development over the course of 2023 that will hopefully excite and inspire the Sonic community. More to come on all of that soon enough. In the meantime, I want to take stock of the past year on the site, and listen to feedback on what you feel we’ve done right (and what we haven’t done quite so right) over the last 12 months.

Whether you’re a dedicated ‘Stadium user who visits and posts on the forums every day, a lurker that just pops in to check out the news and chat, or a casual Sonic fan who just likes to read the latest game information, I would really appreciate it if you could spend five minutes of your time completing our special Reader Survey. Your feedback is always valuable to me, and I take on board everything when deciding on how best to take the site forward.

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Click the link above to visit the Reader Survey. It’s a Google Forms document, and you’ll need to sign into a Google account in order to complete it (don’t worry, we do not record any personal details from this survey – just your answers to the survey questions). It covers a fair range of topics that our humble site is known for, so please let us know what you think of everything.

Thank you in advance! We really take to heart the continued support from our readers and fans – it’s the reason we have been able to keep going for over 22 years! With your feedback, we will be better informed on what we’re doing right and where we need to improve.

Over the course of the next few months, you may see some strange experiments/changes take place across the Sonic News side of the site and the forums. Some may be temporary, some may be testing the waters for a more permanent fixture. Do let us know what you think of any such changes as we go on this journey together!

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Happy Holidays from The Sonic Stadium

It’s that time of year once again, where we gather with our family and/or loved ones and exchange gifts and share treasured memories with one another (or, if that’s not your bag, buy presents and make new happy memories on your lonesome instead)! Where did all the time go?! From all of us at the Sonic Stadium we wish you a very Happy Holidays, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year for 2023.

And what a year it has been for us Sonic fans! From the very beginning it has been simply banger after banger – from the hugely successful Sonic the Hedgehog movie sequel (thank the Gods for Idris Elba), to finally getting the classic collection on console we deserve in Sonic Origins, all the way to Sonic Frontiers’ critically-acclaimed reception and Sonic Prime’s incredible Netflix debut.

That’s to say nothing of all the incredible specials and storylines that have run through Sonic’s comic universe, thanks to the tireless work of the IDW crew. No matter what your niche is, it has been a great 12 months for the blue blur!

We hope this winning streak continues throughout 2023, with Sonic Frontiers’ DLC roadmap slowly unfurling, initial news on the Sonic the Hedgehog 3 movie, as well as potential new projects coming from SEGA and Sonic Team.

Whatever happens, as always, you can trust us to be right there with you as the news breaks! We’ll also be slowly transforming the site over the next year to make things more exciting and help continue to make Sonic Stadium the true online home for the Sonic online community. We’ve taken some small steps over the last year or two, but there’s more yet to come.

Take care of yourselves, and we’ll continue running with you all through the rest of 2022 and beyond! Happy Holidays!

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Blue Blur Legacy: Celebrating Sonic the Hedgehog’s 30th Anniversary

Thirty years. SEGA’s plucky blue hedgehog has been running for three whole decades. For some of us 1990s kids who grew up playing the original game on Mega Drive/Genesis, it seems absolutely crazy to think that not only would we still be playing Sonic games, but that the SEGA mascot’s popularity is stronger than ever in 2021. For those that grew up in the 2000s, the fact that Sonic Adventure 2 released twenty years ago may make you feel similarly ancient.

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20 Years of TSS: The Biggest Sonic Stories of the Last Two Decades

What’s that? You want Sonic the Hedgehog news, sonny? Well, it just so happens that we’ve got a whole LIBRARY’S worth of news stories and features covering the last twenty years! We could tell you when Archie Sonic #117 hit comic store shelves… or we could tell you something interesting instead. How about the biggest Sonic stories to hit the internet since The Sonic Stadium opened its doors in 2000?

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20 Years of TSS: Twelve Ways We Were More Than Just a Website

It’s true that for the last two decades, we’ve been on top of the latest and greatest Sonic the Hedgehog news. But I wanted The Sonic Stadium to be more than just an information resource. My goal has been to create meaningful contributions to expand and enrich the online Sonic community. Which is why you might remember Sonic Stadium just as much for its list of wacky projects as you might for news and opinion.

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20 Years of TSS: A Short History of The Sonic Stadium

Two decades is a long time for most people. For Sonic the Hedgehog, it’s probably an absolute eternity, actually. On 24th October in the year 2000, I launched the very first iteration of The Sonic Stadium. I was fifteen years old, a year away from my high school finals and the worst of what we called the ‘World Wide Web’ was still only being foreseen by the late and great David Bowie. It truly was a different time.

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Sonic Stadium’s 20th Anniversary! Special Features, Discord, Twitch Channel and More!

Twenty years. That’s how long this humble little Sonic the Hedgehog fan site has been kicking around for. The Sonic Stadium launched on 24 October 2000 and hasn’t taken a break (server crashes aside) ever since, making it possibly the oldest, longest-running Sonic site still active to this day. Over the next couple weeks, we will be celebrating our anniversary in style with special Twitch and Discord channel launches, special features and more!

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2020 is The Sonic Stadium’s 20th Anniversary! A Year of Festivities!

There are plenty of reasons to be cheerful at this turn of the new decade. Not only is there an open road for a line of upcoming Sonic games to come and excite us, but this year also marks the 20th anniversary of this very website. It doesn’t feel that long ago that we were celebrating our 10th anniversary!
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Happy Birthday to Us! We Are 19 Years Old Today!

It’s now officially the 24th October (in the UK, that is). That means only one thing. It’s the birthday of this humble little website about a speedy blue hedgehog, innit. We launched all the way back in the year 2000, which makes us 19 YEARS OLD today. I think we need a lie down, we’re getting too old for this. Continue reading Happy Birthday to Us! We Are 19 Years Old Today!

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Happy 18th Birthday, The Sonic Stadium!

That’s right! On this very day, at the turn of the new millennium, The Sonic Stadium formally opened its virtual doors to the world. It was a very different world back then – people used Yahoo to search for things online instead of Google, Napster was the fresh new way to download music (not altogether legally), the hottest ‘meme’ was the Hampster Dance and the Sonic online community was just getting started. Continue reading Happy 18th Birthday, The Sonic Stadium!

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Freak-Out Friday: Sonic’s Greatest New Friend

Possibly the greatest new character ever. One of our own becomes one of Sonic’s newest friends. Continue reading Freak-Out Friday: Sonic’s Greatest New Friend

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Watch Dreadknux Unbox The Sonic Generations Collector’s Edition

Want to see what the amazing Sonic Generations Collector’s Edition contains? Well, let us give you a little tour! TSS’ very own Dreadknux was invited to SEGA’s offices to film an unboxing video. He clearly loved the package, and for those of you in the US this might be the closest you can get to one so be sure to give it a good watch. Continue reading Watch Dreadknux Unbox The Sonic Generations Collector’s Edition

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Pardon the Hiccup

Well, it only took a week and a half, but we’re back online! I want to thank you guys for your AMAZING patience here – we had heard comments for months about how sluggish TSS was becoming, so we decided to do something about it. As you can see, the site’s loading a lot quicker now, so we can resume our usual, mental, Sonic fanatical service. Yeah! High five! Continue reading Pardon the Hiccup

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Summer of Sonic Facebook Event Emerges – Register Your Interest

There’s only a few months to go until the biggest Sonic the Hedgehog fan party hits London – the Summer of Sonic 2011! Hosted by The Sonic Stadium, Sonic Wrecks, SEGA and the Sonic fan community, we’re working hard to make this year’s event the best ever! Continue reading Summer of Sonic Facebook Event Emerges – Register Your Interest

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Joint World Exclusive: First Sonic Colours Cutscene Footage

You’ve seen me go on and on for a good while now about how Roger Craig Smith’s voicework as Sonic the Hedgehog is one of the many highlights of the upcoming Sonic Colours. Today, I’m proud to say that you will finally get a chance to see what I’m talking about – SEGA has kindly released the first ever cutscene trailer for the game, complete with fourth wall-breaking gags. Continue reading Joint World Exclusive: First Sonic Colours Cutscene Footage

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Announcement: The Sonic Stadium is BACK!

Well, did you miss us? It has been rather a struggle, but The Sonic Stadium is back to give you, the Sonic fan, even more information and blue hedgehog related stuff than before!One of the reasons for the downtime was because of an incompetent host that we were on, we shan’t name names, but their company name was right about you only wanting (or being able) to Host there Once. =P

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Dreadknux’s Diaries: Ah’m So Tired… But It’ll Be Worth It

Oh my GOD! As I’m writing this I’m just starting work on the final site Channel, called the “Others Channel”. Thank feck I don’t have many sections to go now, that sodding Media Channel and that Sonic Channel both deserve my eternal hatred for the amount of work that required.

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Dreadknux’s Diaries: ‘Awww… But I Can Rebuild!’

It’s come to this. HostOnce, the wretches that hosted us (paid for by Zifei… the poor sod, that’s his money down the pan), decided that TSS was using too much of their “unlimited bandwidth and webspace”. So they shut down the site. Without notifying one of us. At all. Gaffy gits.

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Announcement: The Reason For The Sonic Stadium’s Downtime

Just some more info to update the news regarding The Sonic Stadium. First of all, thanks to the visitors for their constant concern for the website, and for sticking around with the backup ezBoard for a while.

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Dreadknux’s Dairies: … The Storm. Bugger.

The whole of February must have been, in all honesty, the most arse-holic month I’ve had. And that’s a bad thing. Most definitely. It’s a bloody good job I didn’t take my vacation when I was thinking about it.

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SSMB UPDATE: Geez, It’s Weird Going Back to ezBoard…

It’s true, peeps. I made an announcement not too long ago about it. The Sonic Stadium account – and unfortunately, the SSMB with it – went down under. No, not Australia, but actually 6 feet under.

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Announcement: The Sonic Stadium is Down

Visitors may be wondering why, when they access www.sonicstadium.org, they do not recieve the Sonic Stadium (TSS) as normal, but an unprecedented 404 Error. Well, I just want to say to all my visitors and Sonic Stadium Message Board (SSMB) that we are attempting to control the problem – neither of us here at the Staff know what is going on either, and we are just as confused that someone could do this to us.

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TSS UPDATE: Return of the Sonic Encyclopedia

A quick update for the site today – I managed to restore and redesign two major sections of TSS. General Information has had a do-over, so everything should look a little neater and make more sense, while the Sonic Encyclopedia has come back! A complete A-Z of Sonic, back for you to flip through whenever you like. Enjoy!

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TSS UPDATE: A Bit of Spring Cleaning…

Pinch Punch, First day of the month… *is burned*. Expect good tidings, loyal TSS’ers – the ‘hacker’ business seems to have stopped, and therefore life can revert back to normality. Well, not quite. The Sonic Stadium is having a bit of a Spring Cleaning.

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Dreadknux’s Diaries: The Calm Before The Storm…

The whole of January must have been, in all honesty, the most laid back month I’ve had. And that’s a good thing. Most definitely. After running a growing (both in size and popularity) Sonic site for nigh on two years, you’re bound to need a break every now and then.

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Dreadknux’s Diaries: Annual Reflection…

I got it right with the Sonic Site Awards 2002 – instead of a live broadcast, I pre-recorded the results so people could listen to it online. 😉 And it was a great turnout – people who were nominated showed up in the AIM Chat, and this may have brought about the biggest increase since its return.

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The Sonic Site Awards 2002: PHASE 3 CEREMONY – The Winners!

Welcome one, welcome all, to the biggest event in the Sonic online community calendar! That’s right, it’s the Sonic Site Awards 2002! We had a fantastic time last year, discovering all sorts of brand new Sonic fan sites and becoming closer as a community. This time, we’re hosting a big online party to celebrate the winners of 2002, and you’re all invited!

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Sonic Stadium & SonicVerse Team… Team Up!

Yeahp. You get to hear it here. FIRST. The Sonic Stadium has been open not even a week and already there’s partnerships coming along. But it’s not just any old team up here. The Sonic Stadium has officially teamed up with the biggest and world renowned Sonic Fan Media group, SonicVerse Team, in some hugely exclusive deals between the two website groups that aim to benefit you, the Online Sonic Fan.

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Dreadknux’s Diaries: TSS relaunch, Staff, Sonic United…

Well, what an eventful month. The Sonic Stadium (now beginning to be lovingly abbreviated as TSS real quick) has been relaunched successfully, and without delay, interest has grown for it. Andrew and I both agreed that a team should be secured to maintain the website, as it’s just getting too damn big.

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Sonic Site Awards: Phase II Ending, Phase 3 Ceremony Details

The Sonic Site Awards 2002 is coming to a close, and with just a month to go until the end, it’s time I revealed when, where, and what will be happening at that time. 

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Dreadknux’s Diaries: The Race Against Time… and UCAS is not helping!

God dammit! This month is being SO stressful to me, both for the website, and in Real Life. The irony is, is that the stress I’m getting in RL is completely unnecessary! Take my college. I’m trying to get into University for next year, and therefore must fill in an admission form and have it sent to an organisation called ‘UCAS’. The College I am at now has a Student Support section, a part of which specialises in helping students with their UCAS forms… Hah. Hah hah bloody ha ha.

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SSMB UPDATE: The Last Ever ezBoard Post…

Hey there, ezBoard SSMB. It’s me, Dreadknux. You know? The guy that looked after you for the past 2 years. Wow, 2 years, has it really been that long? Seemed to go really fast! The whole place is deserted now, so it’s just me on my own. Everyone has gone to the new SSMB – the YaBB. Can’t say I won’t miss this place – there are certainly some things I will miss however. Continue reading SSMB UPDATE: The Last Ever ezBoard Post…

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TSS UPDATE: Time For A Forum Name Change!

Part of the new look Sonic Stadium has already been completed – I’ve finished the new Message Board for the website. If you remember, our Message Board was called The Sega Sonic Message Board – many people refer to it as the ‘SSMB’. Well, the name has slightly changed… to The Sonic Stadium Message Board. Yeah.

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SSMB UPDATE: New SSMB YaBB Available!

Yeah, you heard. 😛 The time has duly come, fellow SSMBers. I happily took the privilege of skipping a 2 hour General Studies lesson to finally get this sorted out. And, now we all must move on. Therefore I am giving you the URL to head straight to the *NEW* Sonic Stadium Message Board YaBB. Continue reading SSMB UPDATE: New SSMB YaBB Available!

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Dreadknux’s Diaries: Popularity? Moi?

Woah. Even though I have (and even stated several times) that The Sonic Stadium’s updates would be practically nil, people still keep visiting. That’s gotta be a good sign – I really need some of those signs now, as the place looks like it’s falling apart. If people stop visiting now, they’ll never get to come to the actual re-launch in October (well, hopefully October).

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SSMB UPDATE: I’d Like Your Opinion on This, Guys…

It’s about the ‘Sega Sonic Message Board’ name. First of all, I’m not changing the entire name to something that sounds completely wrong (like the recent ‘South Island Forum’ – blah). But, this community is best known as just ‘SSMB’, they don’t know the ties that this MB has with The Sonic Stadium. Continue reading SSMB UPDATE: I’d Like Your Opinion on This, Guys…

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