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Do You Remember the First Time Sonic Ran into Your Life? Get it? Because he doesn't walk... nevermind, anyway...

#31 User is offline TheInvisibleSun 

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I don't exactly when I started, but I remember playing it for as long as I can remember. I know my brother got Sonic 2 roughly Christmas 92/93 (I think) packed with a Model 2 Genesis, and he usually let me play as Tails when I was young. I believe he got his Saturn (we were strictly a SEGA family) on his birthday around 1997/8, and I remember playing it at least before then. What I will always remember fondly, is the first time I used the Level Select/Debug/All Emeralds codes. For a long time, I could not get Super Sonic, or pass Wing Fortress Zone otherwise. Got Sonic 3 (as I inherited the Genesis by then) the same Christmas my brother got his Dreamcast (Maybe 99/2000).

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It was in 1998 when after we borrowed a Super Nintendo Entertainment system from our apartment neighbors for a good few weeks and playing Super Mario Bros. 3 and an unknown Simpsons game (may have been Krusty's Fun House), we got the Sega Genesis. It was magic the moment I first popped in Sonic 2. But my major preference was for Sonic 3. Little did I know until my grandmother bought me a copy of the Sonic & Knuckles collection for her PC was there a second part. It didn't make any difference in S3K as a whole until I learned how to get past the damn barrel after several years (hey, this was 1999, I was 6! I didn't even know about Strategy Guides all too much). And I stayed up late at night on the weekends to watch AoStH on Toon Disney.

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:

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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.
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Hey, when was AoStH on Toon Disney in the US?
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.)

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It was either one of two events. The promo comic in the November 1991 Disney Adventures issue, or Christmas morning that same year when my brother unwrapped his Sega Genesis. It was probably the Disney Adventures comic because that obviously would have come first given the publication date, but I don't recall it as much as I do Christmas morning. I still have that magazine somewhere, and I also own the very same Genesis my brother got that Christmas as well.

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While I don't remember it exactly, I do remember my Dad asking me what "those things" were when the animals were escaping the pod the first time I beat Emerald Hill Zone. I replied, "I don't know, but I"m not stickin' around to find out!"

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.

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My very first video game growing up (I had received a Sega Genesis for Christmas one year; I believe it was in either '97 or '98) was the original Sonic the Hedgehog that was packaged with the console, so pretty much I was introduced to Sonic from the very beginning, and at quite an early age. That quickly became my childhood obsession, and over time I bought (and still do buy) almost every other Sonic game available. As the years go by, I tend to come back to those games for that nice dose of nostalgia every so often, though I admittedly find the Dreamcast-era titles (SA1 and SA2) to be more nostalgic. I doubt I would be the gamer I am today if it weren't for those games.

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Got introduced to Sonic the same way as the topic creator, and a lot of other people: Sonic 2's inclusion with the Genesis. Smart move, SEGA.

Reading these posts makes me all teary ... I may give Sonic 3&K a playthrough. I haven't in years.

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My introduction to Sonic occurred sometime in either the latter half of 1992 or sometime in '93. Can't remember exactly when.

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.

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Around October 1991. I was 2-years old so I didn't even know I wanted it at the time, but it was a Sega Mega Drive with one game. Sonic The Hedgehog.

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.

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When I was a child at the time (I think most likely 3), I would go to my cousin's house, and he had Sonic the Hedgehog 2 for his Sega Genesis. I remember playing with him and my sister in the 2P mode. I always kept dying at some areas because I didn't know how to use the ABC buttons and jump. Still, it was my first and my most nostalgic Sonic game; and what could arguably had been the first video game I played as well the game that got me into gaming. Ironicaly, I never did own a Sega console, we got a Nintendo 64 instead.

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.
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Cousin's house. I had a NES, he had a Genesis with Alien 3, Raiden Trad and Sonic. Man, those times were magic.

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I first saw Sonic at a relative's house during the summer of 1991. She said they had Genesis. My then five-year-old mind didn't know what that was, but I wanted to check it out anyway! I wasn't very good at the game—I couldn't defeat the first boss! This gave me a lot of time to truly appreciate the surrealism of Green Hill Zone—a big contrast to the world of Mario.

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.

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This thread again. :v:

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!

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I must have been about 4 and my friend in the village had video games. The first one I played was Duck Tales on the NES, but later I think I played a Sonic game at his house.
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.

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It was 1997. My cousin had a Genesis and Sonic 2. Played it, loved it, asked if there were other Sonic games, parents managed to find copies of Sonic 1, 3, and S&K. Before I got my own used Genesis years later, I would always try to go over to my cousin's house to play them all.

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