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.