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Sonic the Hedgehog - 50Hz Effect

#46 User is offline tokumaru 

Posted 10 June 2016 - 04:40 PM

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It seems to me that only people who knew 50Hz Sonic first still prefer it to this day, even though many switched to 60Hz when given the opportunity, while absolutely nobody who grew up with 60Hz Sonic ever switched to 50Hz. This is not surprising, considering that the game was designed for 60Hz, and the 50Hz version is merely an afterthought.

#47 User is offline IrnBru 

Posted 21 August 2016 - 03:57 PM

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The weird thing for me is I grew up with the 50Hz version as a child and being from the UK I never knew any different for years.

It wasn't until I went back to play Sonic 2 on my real hardware that I noticed how drastically it affects the gameplay (I was using an emulator and simply found the MD in a cupboard at my mums), The 60Hz version is kinda more realistic to the memories I had as a kid than the 50Hz version was as an adult. Maybe it's just me but I think as a kid your mind does a lot of compensating to make these games seem faster and more colourful than they actually are, so the 60Hz version seems to be more in line with what I remember than the version I actually played as a kid.

#48 User is offline null1024 

Posted 21 August 2016 - 07:35 PM

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I didn't grow up with 50hz Sonic, but I decided to try playing Sonic 1 at PAL speed just now.

I can kind of see why people would like it though -- I felt super nimble. Slowing things down just a tad made me feel confident enough to do all kind of things that seemed too risky at 60fps speed and actually nail them consistently. It's not so much of a slowdown that it makes Sonic feel slow, while widening up your reaction window.
The only thing that really felt like a pain were any sections where you waited on things (the Spring Yard elevators come to mind, yikes).
Also, all of the music except the boss theme was bugging the shit out of me, it sounded wrong at the slower speed. SYZ sounded pretty laid back, really different feeling.

Switching back to 60fps felt like I had speed shoes on for the first few minutes, haha.

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