Kotaku Holding Contest for ASR ‘Shops

A recurring contest at Kotaku, the “‘Shop Contest” has always produced some quality images that are worth a chuckle.  Kotaku staff writer Owen Good is looking for people to Photoshop characters from other IPs into the upcoming SEGA kart racer.

You can use any image that you’d like.  Submit them in the comments section of the contest’s page found below.

Kotaku ‘Shop Contest: Worst Sonic & Sega Cameos Edition

Classic Sonic Photoshopped Into “Sonic 4” Logo [Updated]

UPDATE: Retro member Chimp has fixed the giant hand.

The hot topics of “Sonic 4” so far have been the running animation and the use of modern Sonic.  SEGA has addressed the former.  One fan has fixed the latter (at least in the head department).

Imagine the sheer amount of additional hype if this Sonic appeared in the trailer.  This image has made my day.

With the Sonic community, myself included, in a tizzy over 3-seconds of footage, the use of “modern” Sonic has been a point of contention amongst fans.  Why, look at that… there’s already a petition to get classic Sonic in the game.  Online petitions don’t work, silly kids, but I like where your head is at.

SEGA, please take notice.

Fanatics: The Fastest Thing Alive

I noticed something on this here front page. There are some days were there are just no stories whatsoever, leaving you feeling empty inside. To rectify this void, the “Fan Spotlight” is now renamed “Fanatics” and will be a daily community feature now. There are so many fans and so many works of art, so I think showing off an artist/fangamer/ROM hacker/remixer a day is the right move to make.

January 4th’s spotlight shines on DeviantArt user ThePepster. His piece, simply called “My Best Flash Sonic Drawing,” showcases a classic Sonic figure dashing at the speed of sound past a group of rings.

The Pepster describes his process: “I was fooling around with Flash and I’ve had quite some experience now. But getting used to the Wacom tablet is a pain in the ass! So I decided to do what I do best, draw Sonic on paper. But I then decided to scan it and trace over it by using the line tool in Flash. And from there, I went crazy with gradients and all that fun stuff. Then, I used Fireworks for the motion blur.”

His choice to use the “American” Sonic, with the single set of spines, is something that I do not see often, so I like this piece because of it.

(Click the image for a bigger view.)

Ah, that’s more like it. After a few weeks of Unleashed drama, it’s nice to get back to why I still hang around this community. In fact, I should just go back to community reporting altogether. The crusading and potshots are getting old. You should feel that way by now, too.