Do You Remember the First Time Sonic Ran into Your Life? Get it? Because he doesn't walk... nevermind, anyway...
Posted 15 March 2012 - 05:51 PM
Posted 15 March 2012 - 06:14 PM
I also have fond memories of playing Sonic 3D Blast and CD on PC. The first moment CD crapped out on me? A message with this fucking face on it popped up:
That legitimately scared me and I had to have her come in and fix it for me. This render is seriously the most unnatural but now stupidly appalling dung this side of the UK. I can only imagine the looks on young UK Sonic fans' faces then.
Posted 15 March 2012 - 08:03 PM
Thats when I first had any knowledge of Sonic (Though it could've been a Dreamcast commercial that had Tails in it. It was around that time.)
I didn't actually play any of the games until SADX on the Gamecube. It was around then that I got hooked onto the series (Its also probably why I enjoy the 3D games more than most people.)
Posted 15 March 2012 - 08:33 PM
Posted 15 March 2012 - 09:48 PM
I was quoting Sonic from AoStH. I only recently realized that; it means that I must have been exposed to the cartoons first.
In any case, I got a Sega Genesis on my sixth birthday, May 25, 1994. I remember being interested but not enthralled by our neighbor's NES before then, but when my cousin showed me the Sonic games... it appealed to me from the moment I saw it.
Posted 16 March 2012 - 12:52 AM
Posted 16 March 2012 - 02:15 AM
Reading these posts makes me all teary ... I may give Sonic 3&K a playthrough. I haven't in years.
Posted 16 March 2012 - 06:50 AM
Anyway, my cousins, Ben and Charles, had just gotten a Genesis and Sonic 2, and for some reason my family was visiting them. My video game experience prior to this was rather limited. I had some brief interaction with some for of Atari and some years earlier I remember Charles playing the first Super Mario Bros. on a black and white TV.
So Sonic was immediately quite different, and at the time, they were only playing 2-player, so I only knew those 3 levels and the special stage. I was more drawn to Tails for some reason at the time.
I remember another visit at some point and they were playing the single-player version. I was surprised by seeing the game at full-screen and rather intrigued at how the music was different in the single-player zones.
And of course, being introduced to Sonic 2 first put me off Sonic 1 when I found out there was no spin dash.
Posted 16 March 2012 - 07:45 AM
I remember spending countless hours during each day, trying to get further and further every day. The lack of a save feature actually added a lot of replayability (at least for me) and as someone who couldn't even read at the time ("Press start? Daaaaaaaaaaad, come and start the game for me!") it was a challenge. I remember never being able to get past Labyrinth Zone. Nobody in my house could. It was only actually fairly recently that I found the trick involved (Sometime in the last 5 years or so) and actually completed the game.
Sonic 2 was far more fascinating for me as a kid. When I got it (Around 5?) I'd already played it a few times round friend's houses and I was definitely more appreciative of games at that age. I remember my grandmother coming to see my sports day at school in year 1 - she had a present for me, in her handbag. She slowly pulled out a copy of Sonic 2 and for the next few months, I was hooked.
I remember sitting and throwing continue after continue at the final boss - I was up right to my bedtime, still trying. One night, I was so hooked, I remember not noticing the thunderstorm outside and the game even kept me glued to the screen when my sister came in from the garden, crying that her rabbit had just died.
Sonic was a huge part of my childhood - the only games as a kid that I knew about before they were released and actively looked forward to. That didn't happen with any other games until I got my PlayStation and Crash Bandicoot 2 was on the way, so Sonic was definitely my road into the world of video games.
Posted 16 March 2012 - 08:58 AM
I didn't really get into the franchise (as well as become a Sega Genesis fan) until the early 2000s, when I got the Sega PC Mega Pack, which had pretty much all of the classics excluding Sonic 1, and also included Spinball and Sonic R. I never got to play Spinball and CD much though (namely because Spinball was on Sega Smash Pack 1, which of course would only let you play the game once and then exit out after a period of time. As for CD....only once did I install it successfully -I think :V-, and even then I didn't pay much attention to it).
Also, I didn't really know about the redesigns until around 2003, and even then it was merely seeing a screenshot of Heroes in a magazine. Around 2005 I was introduced to the then-modern games, which included Adventure 2 Battle, Mega Collection, Heroes, and Riders.
Posted 17 March 2012 - 02:37 AM
In March 1992, my dad brought home the Genesis and three games: Alex Kidd, Desert Strike, and Sonic The Hedgehog. Now a six-year-old, I was able to get up to Spring Yard Zone, but then die at the third boss. Now that I owned Sonic 1, I played it to death and beat it using cheat codes. My brother and I would also get into the comics, the TV shows (both AoSTH and SatAM), and the plushies. But out of all the confusion created by numerous interpretations, I loved Sonic best as a loner.
Sonic 2 blew me away with 2-player Co-op. My brother and I DOMINATED the game up until Metropolis Zone. I thought it was the best game ever until Sonic CD came out (I would later discover the tragedy of a switcheroo that Sega pulled on their fans with the music when I installed Sonic screensaver on my dads computer, and loaded up Sonic Jam on my Saturn). CD was still fun to play, especially when it was released for the PC. Sonic CD still remains as my favorite Sonic game.
Fun fact: My brother became psychic all of a sudden, and dreamed of Sonic 3. Boy were we surprised to see the real thing released. =P Sonic and Knuckles sweetened the deal with Knuckles, who became my favorite character next to Sonic. This made me a Sonic fan for life.
But you couldn't imagine the disappointment I felt, wondering why Sonic Xtreme went MIA after reading about it in an old magazine called Ultra Game Players. Xtreme still remains as the one Sonic game I wanted to see the most. You could say it's still something of an old wound that this old fan still feels today.
When Sega showed off Sonic's new design, it left me puzzled—wondering why they decided to give him a creepy Nike grin and rubber-looking arms and legs in contrast to his chill, original design. I didn't give much thought to it, and went back to playing Sonic Adventure on the Dreamcast.
Posted 17 March 2012 - 02:50 AM
I'll try to make a short version:
>Naive, unknowing little kid of maybe 3
>Went to Hollywood video to rent a Genesis game
>Saw Sonic 1
>Noted that he wasn't green, but didn't mind
>Brought it home
>Fell in love
Also of note - when I first played, I thought the B and C buttons would make him punch or kick. Imagine my surprise when I found out it made him jump like the A button!
Posted 17 March 2012 - 07:46 AM
That Christmas, my brother and I shared a MK II Megadrive with Sonic 3D Blast and a 6-in-1 that had Sonic 1 on it. I remember my older brother was much better than me at every single game we had, and he enjoyed Columns, but I hated it.
Posted 17 March 2012 - 11:51 PM