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!

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!

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

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

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

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

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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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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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…

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!

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…

SSMB UPDATE: Important Announcement Regarding Move

OK then, I’d like EVERYONE to take notice of this Announcement. I don’t want anybody left clueless or left behind on the whole ‘leaving ezBoard’ thing. I notice a few of you (be they newbie or regulars) that haven’t a clue what is going on. This topic is to inform you exactly what is going on. For people who already know about it, this topic is simply to re-instate the fact that I am serious about leaving the ezBoard. Continue reading SSMB UPDATE: Important Announcement Regarding Move

Dreadknux’s Diaries: Picking Up The Pieces

I now realise this month the importance of having a News Broadcaster on my site. No-one seemed to care when the ‘Stadium had just started, but now that we’ve been offered Zifei’s hosting based on our ‘best site ever’ vision, a News section seems like a pretty integral thing. I needed only one man for the job – Sonic_Hedgehogs. He had quit the site, but I could invite him back.

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SSMB UPDATE: OK, I have had enough! EzBoard has got to go!

I know we’ve all had this conversation before, but I am serious this time. We need a change from ezBread. Period. Now, I don’t know whether I’ve told any of you this yet, but in the next month or so, The Sonic Stadium is getting new hosting facilities. I don’t mean simply moving to a better ‘free’ host, I’m talking the _real deal_ here – and we owe thanks to Zifei, founder of Sonic HQ, no less. Continue reading SSMB UPDATE: OK, I have had enough! EzBoard has got to go!

SSMB UPDATE: The Sonic Battle Stadium – Should It Continue or Not?

Public debate here – what do you guys want to do? The Sonic Battle Stadium was quite popular when it first launched, but now there seems to be less and less interest for it. I’m asking you lot, where do you think we should go with the RPG now?

  • Option 1: Call it a day. Say “It was fun while it lasted” and shut down the Sonic Battle Stadium. A piece of SSMB History would have ended, but never forgotten.
  • Option 2: Continue with the SBS in a vain attempt to pull back popularity. We can either make more or less rules to make the place more interesting, or if you like, even bring back the good old ‘Level Ups’ System.
  • Option 3: Close down The Sonic Battle Stadium, but come up with an all-new RPG game to play on the SSMB, using a different type of way to play rather than beating each other to pulp – I think less people are willing to land themselves into mortal combat nowadays, even if it is fictional.

So…. what are your thoughts? Reply to this topic, with your opinion and an explanation of why you think that option is the best choice.

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TSS UPDATE: The Sonic Site Awards 2002 – PHASE II

So so so so… etc etc, SORRY for no updates – like I said, I won’t be updating anything small until the site comes back with a new look (we are moving to new and better servers soon, so we are busy preparing for that…). BUT, the major things are still going on. Like, for instance, the start of THE SONIC SITE AWARDS 2002 – PHASE II.

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TSS UPDATE: SAGE 2002 Competition Results!

Remember the SAGE 2002 Competition we held a while back? Well, the results are in! The winner of the competition is… Thomas Walker! Thomas, you were randomly picked from the list of entrants to win all the goods!

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TSS ‘SITE RANT’: Can You Believe This Guy?

This is going to be (possibly) the only ‘Site Rant’ I’ll ever make on this website, but it’s a valid one for sure, and you can easily feel for me on this issue. Hell, it’s not even a rant really, but more like a simple… question. And that question is; why are people so easily worked up about things? It’s really starting to get me down.

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TSS UPDATE: SAGE Competition Closed, No Updates ‘Til September

First off, the SAGE Competition is at a close – thanks to everyone who took part. A winner out of the correct answers will be picked randomly from our… little-random-picker-contraption-thing, and you’ll all know who won it on the 10th of this month!

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SSMB UPDATE: Exclusive Sneak Peek At The New Sonic Stadium

Because this is my Message Board and all, I’d like to give my members a little sweet something every now and again. Sometimes I do, and right now is one of those moments. As you may know, The Sonic Stadium has been going through what has been noted as “Ein Rough Patch”. This will all change in September, because with any luck, we will get hosted by Zifei, who founded none other than Sonic HQ!

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TSS UPDATE: New Hoaxes Section

The first actual update in ages (rather than just editing pages due to layout) – but I’m sure you’ll get by until September. Hopefully, anyway. Just hang in there – in the meantime, I’ll try to add as much stuff as possible. I’ve edited the look of the Hoaxes section of the Sonic Fan Club (NOT every single page however) – and new hoaxers have emerged to show their talent. Bomberman, Great Saiyaman 64 and Dust Hill Guy. I’m trying to get up to scratch on the hoaxes front, so I’ll update everyone else’s pages with the new hoaxes sent to me soon.

TSS UPDATE: Sonic Underground & SatAM Video Petition ON THE WAY TO SUCCESS

“Let’s talk about Yosh, baby!” See the banner below, that leads to a petition to bring SatAM and Underground to home video and DVD (especially in the United Kingdom)? Well, thanks to the combined power of The Sonic Stadium and BS Freakzone, a website run by contributor Samba 9000, we are on the road to success! Continue reading TSS UPDATE: Sonic Underground & SatAM Video Petition ON THE WAY TO SUCCESS

TSS UPDATE: Interviews Section Revamped

Interview junkies, rejoice! I’ve re-designed the Interviews section, into easy-to-digest section-nettes. As it were. Remember, only The Sonic Stadium gets the most important interviews with the biggest people in the Sonic Online Community. Also, a brand new interview between Andrew and fantastic EmuZone head Andy Wolan has been added. Hmmm… retro, baby…

Dreadknux’s Diaries: A Fresh Start

Oh my god. Sonic_Hedgehogs has left me in the dwang to fend this website all by myself. Erm… cheers for that S_H. Yep, S_H quit the website for good it seems, and left it all to me. Which is nice. Why? Because of the lack of sleep he had when updating the SSNG website for the short period it had been open. Plus, the action in the last 2 months haven’t helped.

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SITE UPDATE: SSNG = The Sonic Stadium

Dreadknux here! You may have read about the new site change-over happening at SSNG Towers. Because of all the problems that we have been having recently, this site will now be known as The Sonic Stadium (a hark back to my old Sonic website), to give this place a fresh start. Continue reading SITE UPDATE: SSNG = The Sonic Stadium

Dreadknux’s Diaries: It… All Fell To Pieces

So much stuff has gone on in the two weeks since SSNG launched. And none of them have been good things. Controversy galore surrounds us now about what truly truly happened, so I’ve taken some time off to confide in you lot and tell you what the beef was…

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