I don't see how some of you can even say this. I think some of you are posting what you think here for the sake of being involved, rather than actually looking at the evidence here.
A lot of us stated that it looks like the sprites for the clouds were coloured in dark slightly, which gives it the appearance of being a cut/paste job. Then our good old friend here made some (unsurprising) comparison:
Rika Chou, on 13 March 2012 - 10:32 PM, said:
Look what happens when you overlap a ghz tree with a cloud:
(using specual stage clouds/palette)
(using final ghz clouds/palette)
The darker area is just part of the cloud art so it blends into the background.
Not only that, but I have now done two other things to determine whether it is "pasted" on. Firstly, I have cut and compared how much in line the straight bottom of the text is compared to the classic chequered rocks below the grass, and they line up perfectly. If it was totally straight on the Mega Drive it would have to line up right or it would look at least a little awkward due to the resolution of the games.
Secondly, although this is a scan of a picture of the primary source, I have been able to confirm that the text's red colouring is identical in palette to that of Sonic's shoes, also taking in to effect the distortion and bleeding of colours due to the low quality of the image.
Lastly, you have to wonder why the hell someone would decide to go to all that trouble to paste some random text within the confines of the image box in the first place. It's not something I've ever seen before in any other magazines of the time, and considering that this was essentially a tech demo for Sonic- and thus the capabilities of the Mega Drive in the competitive market often dominated by Nintendo at the time- you really have to think that any misguided information or laziness would surely hurt their cause. We already know that this was a multilayered tech demo. If the text counted as another layer, that should help us get to our number (seven, wasn't it?).
Still, if you want to believe that someone went to all that trouble to insert text way back in 1990 rather than looking at all the current evidence for it, then be my guest.
This post has been edited by SpeedStarTMQ: 14 March 2012 - 05:50 PM