For those who do not know, June is known to many as PRIDE month. A month where people unite to promote, stand up for and celebrate the rights and history of LGBTQ people. You may wonder what this has to do with Sonic the Hedgehog, so please let me explain. Continue reading Being LGBT in the Sonic Community 🏳️🌈
For those of you who don’t know, SammyClassicSonicFan (Sammy Harbors) was a kid on YouTube who use to have very powerful raging rants on YouTube about our favourite blue mascot. In fact they were so popular he sort of become a “internet meme celebrity”. Ever seen any GIF, or meme with the word frick? That’s him. However one day he just sort of gave up and quit the internet completely, until a year or so again when he restarted his video uploading on a infrequent basis. While the personality is borderline treated as a fictional myth at this point, he is a real person. And even though he is a very introverted person, he once sat down with us for a chat about all these shenanigans from his own personal perspective.
Have you ever wondered if the rants were genuine or played up for camera? Have you ever pondered if he’s seen Chadtronic and what he thinks of him? Maybe you are even curious what he is up to these days or why he stopped originally? Well this will have all your queries put to rest! We also test him on his Sonic trivia in a fun little quiz, because it only seems fair we find out how well he truly knows that fricking hedgehog. This was an interview we recorded a year and a half or so ago, but I think it’s important to remind people that he is just as human as the rest of us. What better time for a throwback Thursday!
For fans living under a rock, Sonic Time Twisted is an unofficial Sonic the Hedgehog game that has been in development as a pet project for 12 years. But unlike a lot of fan game projects, this one was finished!
To celebrate today’s release of the long awaited project, we sat down with the creator to discuss what is needed to push through to the end of such a long running piece of work. Not only that but we also discuss our thoughts on the finished project and if it is worth your time downloading! We also discover that the OST features a track very similar to another fans work in 2010, what does our (half hearted) investigation discover!?
We also cover the last weeks news in Sonic (oh my did a lot happen this week!).
Have you played the game yet? Let us know what you think in the comments!
As you most probably heard from yesterdays article, Dan Sheridan has now left SEGA Europe. At just over a year in the role of Europe’s Community Manager, it is quite impressive what he achieved in such a relatively small time frame. Having spent a trip with him in San Diego after winning last years contest to find Europe’s biggest Sonic fan, it only makes sense that todays opinion revolves around the man and his Sonic hat. (Skip to roughly 37 minutes in if you wish to skip the news and head straight to our Sheridan discussion)
This is also the start of a new season of The Opinion Zone, which brings a whole new range of segments for your enjoyment. In fact, we are looking for you guys to help us with a future show piece! If you think you have quite an interesting Sonic/Sega related fact or anecdote about yourself or something you once did (can be light hearted, dark, funny, strange, really anything!) then send us an email to thesonicshowchannel (at) gmail (dot) com. You must be happy to talk to us on the podcast to be applicable,
As The Opinion Zone crew went for a quiet hibernation since Christmas, we only just realised we never did a year in review. Considering 2016 was the year of Sonic’s 25th Anniversary and considering we love to argue about opinions, it seemed odd that we let this slip past us!
The gang discuss everything from Sonic Runners closing its doors to all the chaos of the Project 2017 announcement. Of course we do it with a selection of strong language so please be warned!
What was your highlight of 2016 and do you think it met your expectations for an anniversary year? Let us know in the comments!
The Sonic Show’s own Jay Egge Mann got a chance to sit down and chat to the Double Tap podcast alongside James Booth from Hardlight! Everyone’s favourite Blue Hedgehog is 25 years old. After his recent Birthday celebrations at the San Diego Comic-Con and London, we celebrate his incredible legacy and what lays in the future for SEGA’s most popular character.
Mega Drive or Dreamcast? Classic or Modern? Also, who is Brenda?! Continue reading MegaDrive or Dreamcast? Plus Many Other Problems Solved At Weston Super Sonic
For those who do not know, Zone Runners are a popular music-inspired hip hop trio. All their music takes inspiration from your favourite Sonic levels and is certainly worth a listen.
Despite making three releases since their debut, the group have yet to put any of their music to video. That is of course, until today!
In a special collaboration with The Sonic Show, the Zone Runners finally come to animated life in this original track based upon the 9th anniversary of The Sonic Show’s webshow. Featuring animation from a variety of artists, plus artwork and fan submitted dance moves, this is a neat little package that everyone here is proud of!
Who is the bigger gamer nerd?
Continue reading Opinion Zone 25: A Donnie VS A Johnny
Update: The tickets have now sold out, but if you still want to go we are giving away tickets, watch the first video in this post for details.
Convention alert! Convention alert! Sound the alarm! Continue reading (Update: Sold Out) Weston Super Sonic Convention Tickets Now Available!
So we did our first live stream show in a long, long time and we were just going to post the highlight reel and be done.
However, during the stream we were playing a fan game, one so random and stupid (Evil The Hedgehog 2) that in the laughter, Tom got a nose bleed. It made us wonder really, what fan game have you seen that made you think, “What on earth is this world I live in?”.
We assume you have heard of Sonic The Cosplayer? If not, he takes a unique “spin” on cosplaying by always acting in character as “Sonic”, a special Sonic who likes to cosplay as a variety of cool characters. Every wondered how Sonic would dress as Mario, or how the blur blur would look as Harry Potter? Then this is your guy!
We love him so much, we thought he was the perfect guy to go head to head with in our second The Sonic ShowDown. A series where we challenge people in the community to see who is superior. Which cosplay did you prefer from this challenge?
You can watch the last episode of our ShowDown series below.
Our own Hogfather brought this up on our message boards. Look at this snapshot from Sonic Boom’s pre-E3 B-Roll footage.
Looks like an old PS2 game right? Super bland textures. No lighting. Now look at the same area from footage taken during E3.
This brings up an important question. Why in the world was that B-Roll footage ever allowed to be shown to the press and public in the first place? This does nothing but sour peoples feelings towards the game. It even affected my thoughts on the game on Sonic Talk pre-E3 (plug, plug).
If anything positive can be said, it shows how much a game’s look can be improved in just a short time (or it could be the effects were turned off to help stabilize frame rate). In the meantime, check out both videos below to see some of the other differences.
Original B-Roll from the Sonic Show
Now, this new footage from Nintendo World Report
In a game where you only need two buttons, right and jump, it shouldn’t be too hard for people to play at once, right?
Inspired by Twitch Plays Pokemon. If you haven’t seen this amazing social and gaming experiment, go check them out here:
So, you may have heard that a new tier of the Sonic franchise is on its way. A little thing called Sonic Boom. Of course this news brought The Sonic Stadium and The Soni Show crew together last week to discuss their thoughts, dreams and worries about the latest announcement which can finally share with you now!
Share your opinions and reactions to our discussions in the comments below or on The Sonic Show’s site!
A new community meet up has been set up for those in the South West of the UK! Continue reading Weston Super Sonic Meetup Next Saturday
Doing what we do best (vulgar and immature content), we round off our week of 7th Anniversary challenges by putting together this parody of that song and asking it of our favourite old sidekick.
What do you think this fox says?
The Sonic Show celebrates seven years in the weirdest way possible. Continue reading The Sonic Show Celebrates 7th Anniversary
Winter Run – Join with perfect Bob the hedgehog in this endless running game
…I’m not kidding. That’s the actual title.
In a move that surprised absolutely nobody following the god awful monstrosity that was “Jiffy and the Super Hedgehogs” in YOLOLabs’ now nonexistent A Hedgehog Dash (feel free to check out Sonic Retro’s review on that particular Sonic knock-off), yet another faker has emerged on the iOS market – introducing perfect Bob the hedgehog!
But you need not hear me spill out the questionable contents of this completely original game! Here to provide commentary is our special guest from The Sonic Show, my good friend “Let’s Player of the North” Tanner!
Thank you Tanner, for your great and noble sacrifice. I will carve your face into a continent in remembrance.
Oh, and get this. There’s actually an in-app purchase in this title, “copyright” to Lambro Solutions. Just one.
Pay a dollar to remove the one and only thing that makes up Winter Run.
WELP, let’s break this down real quick, TSS Review style!
+ Absolutely nothing!
– Ads everywhere that you have to pay to remove;
– ‘Solo Bobico’;
– No single player mode, bad news bears for those without internet;
– Collision detection out the wazoo, floors don’t exist;
– “THOSE ARE ‘RINGS’, NOT ‘COINS’, GAH!!”
– No really, literal stacks of ads;
– “Oh my freaking god, how does that thing even LOOK like a hedgehog!?”
– Yourself if you actually used up iPod/iPhone memory space for this (unless you’re Tanner for the sake of this article);
– “THIS IS NOT A ‘GAME'”;
– Did I already mention ads?
I don’t know about any of you, but I’m not willing to “join with perfect Bob” on his winter run anytime soon.
Back to Soleanna for me then!
Every year since 2008, the Sonic community have come together to bring it’s fellow Sonic fans a place where they can play new games, meet their idols and finally meet people face to face.
This is an event that means so much to the staff here and we are always looking at ways to share that with a wider and wider audience. This leads us to this years Summer Of Sonic Retrospective. Our annual documentary celebrating the years festivities.
Featuring interviews with Jun Senoue, Kerry Rizzo (of Sega Europe), The Megadrive Band, Sonic himself plus many others (including you guys who came!)
We hope it sheds some light to those around the world, why we love Summer Of Sonic so much, and acts as a memorable souvenir for this years attendees.
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“Aha!” is right!
We’ve managed to provide a steady stream of content coming from Summer of Sonic 2013. Be it the interviews we’ve held with Takashi Iizuka and Metal Sonic creator Kazuyuki Hoshino, the exclusive Lost World trailer or the Special Effects auction, there’s still one crucial piece we have yet to cover – the fan-made animations!
In order of appearance!
First up is one of two projects the folks at Sonic Paradox put together for the occasion, this one being a follow-up to last year’s Sonic Heroes music video-slash-parody-slash-tribute, Seaside Denied! With Eggman’s forces scattered throughout Grand Metropolis, join Teams Sonic (792Ashman), Dark (Whitesonic), Rose (RGX), and Chaotix (TheWax) once more as they tear through the HEXAeco city in their latest musical romp, Metropolis Mayhem!
As Eggman pulls a fast one on the Blue Blur and unleashes yet another monster of the week, it’s up to a lycanthropic Sonic and his amnesiac best friend to save the world! Featuring the voice works of GameBuddy, Psyguy, CrikeyDave, Kirbopher, Euan Kennedy and Mana the Dark Magician Girl, second in line is the newest entry to Frobman‘s In Brief series – Sonic Unleashed in Brief!
And now, the motherload, and this one was a long time coming. Now online in its entirety, featuring a slew of shorts not shown at Summer of Sonic (as well as the final short in all of its uncensored glory), is a project many thought would never see the light of day. Wait no longer, for the animation community at Sonic Paradox has finally unveiled the fruits of their labour after almost three years in the making! Without further ado, here’s the latest entry to their trademark short compilations – Sonic Shorts Volume 8!
After 5 years of gut-busting hilarity, it’s been a damn good run for the Sonic Shorts series, to which I can now say “Good night, sweet prince” – for the time being. All the best to Sonic Paradox with their future projects.
Bring on the SEGA Shorts!
With Summer Of Sonic this week just gone, it was easy for some to miss the latest release of Sonic Adventure Generations.
The Sonic Show crew sat down to have a play (badly) while chatting to the Lead Developer and Level Designer, Josh (Dude) and Steven.
Download the mod yourself from http://www.moddb.com/mods/sonic-adventure-generations
For travelling details to those attending, don’t forget to consult the travel page on the SoS’13 website.
Tomorrow is the day the 2013 edition of Summer of Sonic is held, and fans on and offline are already feeling the hype! Be it meeting with Metal Sonic’s creator Kazuyuki Hoshino, watching community animation premieres by Frobman and Sonic Paradox, feeling the energy of the crowd during various performances, bagging some goodies, winning prizes, or simply enjoying time together with swathes of fellow fans, everyone has a reason to look forward to this day!
The complete schedule to the event can be read below, taken straight from the SoS’13 webpage, though keep note that it is in British Standard Time. Those unable to attend can keep track of the day’s events through either watching the YouTube live feed, courtesy of The Sonic Show, or tuning in to RadioSEGA. The live feed can be viewed from either here, RadioSEGA, or at Sonic Paradox, the latter featuring commentary by SSF1991.
Doors will open at 10:00, and the convention officially kicks off at 11:00 at the Main Stage area, giving you plenty of time to enter the venue and prepare for the day’s events. Summer of Sonic 2013 will finish at 19:00.
A programme of the main events will also appear on your official Summer of Sonic Programme Guide, given to all attendees upon entry, so you don’t need to print this page off.
Please be aware that, as this is a public and publicised event, you may be filmed and/or photographed during the day.
NEVER MIND THE BUZZBOMBERS
Main Stage, 12:00 – 12:30
Never Mind the Buzzbombers once again returns to Summer of Sonic! Two lucky audience members will be given the chance to win prizes whilst hanging out with some of the Sonic scene’s coolest celebrities! Rory ‘Roareye’ Joscelyne and Adam ‘T-Bird’ Tuff will do across a universe of Sonic-themed challenges with special guests Jun Senoue from Sonic Team and Tim Spencer from Sumo Digital.
THE MEGADRIVE BAND LIVE PERFORMANCE
Main Stage, 13:00 – 13:45
The Megadrive Band will be taking the main stage by storm this year as our midday musical act! Expect a repertoire of songs from yesteryear including an array of Sonic tunes we’ve come to know, along with many other Megadrive classics. If you’re into your retro, you’ll not want to miss this!
KAZUYUKI HOSHINO Q&A
Main Stage, 14:15 – 14:45
Metal Sonic and Amy Rose creator Hoshino-san will be appearing on the main stage to answer some of your questions about his many years as a character designer at SEGA. Learn everything you wanted to know about the creation of the worlds and characters of the Sonic the Hedgehog and NiGHTS franchises!
MORE DETAILS [Question submissions are now closed]
TAKASHI IIZUKA Q&A
Main Stage, 15:15 – 15:45
The Head of Sonic Team Takashi Iizuka will be joining us again on stage to learn more about the franchise we all love. Fans can ask their most burning questions to Iizuka-san, as well as gain insight into past and future Sonic games.
MORE DETAILS [Question submissions are now closed]
ENTRY: Cosplay Desk, 11:30 – 14:30
FINALISTS ANNOUNCED: Main Stage, 16:00
FINAL: Main Stage, 16:30 – 17:00
Those who have a passion for cosplay will be able to show off their creations at the Summer of Sonic event! Not only will you have an opportunity to impress other event-goers, there are prizes to be won for the best costumes on the day! To enter, head to the Cosplay Desk where we can take your name down and take a photo of your costume. After entries close at 14:30, the judges will look at all entrants and select the final ten to be judged on stage!
MAIN STAGE FAN ANIMATIONS
Sonic Paradox: 11:30
Frobman – In Brief: 13:45
The Summer of Sonic is once again proud to present a collection of fan animations at this year’s event! BoozermaN has once again returned to create a special animation to open our show, and Frobman, the creator of Sonic in Brief, will be bringing some new chapters in the saga. Sonic Paradox will be continuing their musical adventure through Sonic Heroes with Metropolis Mayhem. Look out for some surprise animations too!
JAM WITH JUN LIVE!
Main Stage, 18:00 – 19:00
Closing the show this year will be legendary Sonic sound director Jun Senoue, who will be playing hits from Sonic’s huge back catalogue of catchy game music. Following the success of last year’s Jam with Jun, Senoue-san will once again be accompanied on stage by two of the community’s most talented singers, Susie Brown and Daniele Narducci, to perform a number of vocal tracks.
Meet Nigel Dobbyn, Nigel Kitching and Ferran Rodriguez
Experience Sonic the Comic: Online
Comic fans rejoice! We have an entire zone at Summer of Sonic where you can chill out and revisit the stories and art of Sonic the Comic! Nigel Kitching (writer, artist), Ferran Rodriguez (artist) and Nigel Dobbyn (artist) will be available at points throughout the day to meet for chatting to about the industry and their time with the series. You can also meet the guys behind the Sonic the Comic: Online and join in the 20th anniversary celebrations of STC.
Sonic Lost World (WiiU, 3DS)
The latest Sonic the Hedgehog games are ready and waiting for you to play! An entire wall of our convention hall is dedicated to video games – the medium where it all began for the blue blur! We will have a number of consoles ready and waiting for eager attendees to try out Sonic Lost World, as well as a number of mobile devices to play some of the current portable Sonic titles.
[NOTE: Race the Developer – ASRT Challenge will pit you against Tim Spencer of Sumo Digital for a chance to win some neat-o prizes! Show the developers what you’re made of!]
SIGNING DESK ZONE
TAKASHI IIZUKA: 12:30 – 13:30
JUN SENOUE: 14:00 – 15:00
KAZUYUKI HOSHINO: 16:00 – 17:00
Our special guests will be spending some time meeting and greeting fans throughout the day – if you want an unforgettable experience, come along and say hello to the men behind some of your favourite Sonic memories. To make the day as comfortable and enjoyable as possible for everyone, there will be some rules applied to the Signing Desk. Please make sure you read these, linked below, so you are not disappointed on the day!
ART AREA ZONE
ART CONTEST: 11:00 – 15:00
CONTEST RESULTS: Main Stage, 17:15
ARTIST ALLEY: Thalia Evans, Amy Jeffries, Amr El-Wakeel
Sonic fans love to draw the blue blur almost as much as they like to play as him! Luckily we have loads of tables at Summer of Sonic 2012 so that you can sit down and scribble your favourite characters to your heart’s content. Some pens, pencils and paper will be provided but if you want to bring your own material that is fine!
There will be a special seating area for parents to chill out while you do your thing, too. An art contest will run throughout the day, and prizes will be handed out on stage to the best pieces of art in an Under-15s and Over-15s category. To enter, your art piece must be drawn from scratch at the Summer of Sonic convention on Saturday, and not prepared in advance.
SUMMER OF SONIC ART MASTERCLASS
Downstairs Art Room, 12:00 – 13:00 / 16:00 – 17:00
Nigel Dobbyn will be hosting two Art Masterclass sessions throughout the day. Nigel will be sharing their knowledge with a small group of keen fans looking to build on their skills, using past works and live tutorials. Each Masterclass will run for 60 minutes, with each session accommodating a limited number of people. Entry into the Masterclass will be done on a first-come, first served basis, so if you are keen to join this session, make your way to the queue well in advance – when spaces are all filled up we will put out a sign so you’re aware of any full booking.
Official Sonic Merchandise Stand
Insert Coin Clothing
You’ve enjoyed the convention, so why not take home a memento of the day so that you can treasure it forever? Official Sonic Merchandise will be available for purchase, including exclusive t-shirts, toys and other items. Some items will be things that you’ve always wanted but never had a chance to get until now; others will only be available at Summer of Sonic 2013. Be sure to also check out the new First4Figures prototype statues on display in the merchandise cabinet too!
09:45 / 11:00 / 12:30 / 14:00 / 16:00 / 17:00 / 18:15
Always wanted to meet Sonic the Hedgehog in person but only dreamed about it? Well, you’re in luck – the blue blur is never one to miss a party, and the Summer of Sonic is no exception! Keep an eye out for the spiny hero around the Main Hall at the above times – be quick and you might just get a photo and a hug from Sonic!
FOOD & DRINK
Lower Floor Cafe
The venue in Westminster includes a café on the lower floors, catering for those of you who would prefer to remain in the building throughout the day. The café will be offering a selection of snacks and beverages, hot and cold, including sandwiches, baguettes and burgers, hot pies and pastries, crisps, confectionary and cakes. Soft drinks and hot drinks are available.
No alcohol is permitted within the venue.
By entering the event premises, you consent to interview(s), photography, audio recording, video recording and its/their release, publication, exhibition, or reproduction (the “Recording”) to be used for any purposes, including but not limited to news, web casts, promotional purposes, telecasts, advertising, inclusion on web sites, or any other purpose by Sega, its officers and employees, its affiliates, and representatives (“Sega Entities”). You hereby release the Sega Entities from any liability connected with the taking, recording, digitizing, publication and exploitation (commercial or otherwise) of the Recording.
By entering the event premises, you waive all rights you may have to any claims for payment or royalties, including but not limited to the benefits of any provision of law known as “moral rights” (including without limitation under Sections 77 to 85 inclusive of the UK Copyright Designs and Patents 1988 Act) or any similar laws of any jurisdiction, in connection with any use or exploitation of the Recording. You also waive any right to inspect or approve any photo, video, or audio recording taken by Sega Entities.
You have been fully informed of your consent, waiver of liability, and release before entering the event.
So our 2012 Retrospective will be hitting your browsers this Friday just time to get hyped for this years event! But before that let’s take a look at the hijinks in getting there!
Last year, Jay Egge Mann (of The Sonic Show & Stadium) and Jono.D competed in the ‘Sonic Off’ to see who was the ultimate sonic fan. The reward, a sonic trophy.
In a plan to steal back the trophy Jay so desperately wants, he comes across an even more evil plan to complete his revenge.
Is it really that time of the year again?
Indeed, the blue blur we all love continues spin dashing on and celebrates his 22nd birthday today!
Isn’t Sonic getting a bit old for birthday parties now though?
Rooftop run is one of our favourite levels in both Unleashed and Generations. So when we had to pick a level to challenge the staff at The Sonic Show with, it was obvious what we were going to do.
For the last seven days, The Sonic Show has been going Let’s Play mad with a new LP every day. To round the week off the only solution was to get four of the staff involved in a mad cap race to the finish to see who is the ultimate Rooftop Run…ner?
We here at The Sonic Show are an odd bunch, it can not be denied. And when we hear a fan fiction on our friends podcast, VGM:Awesome we knew this would have to become part of our “amazing” work.
We were simply so blown away by the acting on this fanfic reading that we got our team of 5 year olds (aka Jay
who is 25) to bring it to life through Disney like animation.
Some of you may remember a year ago when The Sonic Stadium’s, ‘The Sonic Show’ ventured into the world of Let’s Playing. It was the lovely Tanner who took on Sonic 2 after never having finished it as a child. Many Game Over screens later, and Tanner rage quit right at the very end.
He was mocked by his peers and became known as the Sonic fan that couldn’t finish Sonic 2. A year has passed, is Tanner ready to face his fear?
Join Tanner and Blazecake, February 8th 2013 on The Sonic Show!
Since their big hack back in 2011, The Sonic Show have taken great efforts in building the show from scratch. It would seem the start of 2013 is going to be a good one for the show as it has just past 10,000 subscribers!
For those not familiar with The Sonic Show, they are a bunch of strange fans who celebrate Sonic in a variety of ways, from doing some Oppa Eggman Style to showing why everyone hates that barrel. Find out more at thesonicshow.org.
Today, Nintendo of America revealed the first gameplay footage of the Nintendo 3DS version of Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed …and it’s looking pretty good. The tracks shown look identical to their console counterparts, which is a big step-up to how the Nintendo DS version of the first game compared to the console version. It looks like Sumo Digital is really taking advantage of the extra power of the Nintendo 3DS. You can check out the gameplay footage in the video above.
One of the rewards for those that play Sonic Adventure 2 HD for more than 5 hours is a short interview video about some insights of the game.
We know that some of you don’t even own an Xbox or Playstation or maybe have played this game to death on older formats, so we here at The Sonic Show decided to upload it for your viewing pleasure!
To those unknowing, The Community Spotlight is that time when TitansCreed interviews individuals or groups who have made a mark on the Sonic community.
For this round, TitansCreed sheds the spotlight on Jamie Egge Mann and Tanner Bachnick, renowned as Discoponies and Tanner of The Sonic Show!
Our own Jay Egge Mann (aka Disco Ponies) of The Sonic Show is battling against popular videogame radio show VGM:Awesome and well known member of the First4Figures community, JonoD (aka Cobraroll) to see who is the ultimate fan.
Once you have decided who’s side you are on, you can tune in at 8pm UK time at The Sonic Show Live channel.
There are times when the less said, the better.
Jay of The Sonic Show (remember) felt a random need to make a Vlog about his upcoming Sonic challenge. Take a look!