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24 April 2013 - 06:27 PMI recently bought the Solid Gold Guide for Sonic 2 by Tony Takoushi off eBay.
I was annoyed to find that it was missing the colour pages (I got a refund for it, so I'm happy with the seller, however). I then bought a second one from the same seller (the last one they had) and it, happily, did contain colour pages - 14 of them (7 leaves).
I'm wondering if any other members here, perhaps from the UK, own this book and can confirm for me that this is indeed the number of pages it should have. I would have suspected there should be 16 pages (8 leaves), but it doesn't look anything has been torn out or otherwise removed.
And finally, for those who don't scour the wiki thoroughly, some of these pictures I took of the book might be interesting.
Frank talk of Hidden Palace and Dust Hill way back in 1993:
Picture of Aquatic Ruin with "Neo Green Hill" Title Card:
Picture of early Beta Level Select with "Sky Fortress" (!):
Pictures of Sonic CD (what appears to be similar to the 510 version's FMV player and an early Special Stage):
Unusual art of Tails:
I will post the whole thing eventually, since I have a spare copy I can scan.
10 April 2013 - 07:10 PMSo I found this Sonic Jam Poster on eBay.
EDIT: It might not have been clear... I don't own this, this is someone else's bay on eBay. I just found it when searching and wanted to know more about it.
It's like 100 dollars, which seems pretty steep. So I figured I'd ask the all knowing Retro what makes this so special? It claims to be rare and NFS (which I assume means "not for sale"). Was this used at trade shows or something?
Anyway, I found it kind of interesting. I also thought it would be nice to bring it to your attention, in case anyone here is a moneybags and wants it.
31 January 2013 - 12:43 AMOne of the many things I've been doing on-and-off between AeStHete work is researching stuff pertaining to the origins of Sonic, out of my own personal interests (and also because it's relevant to my Sonic Freedom project).
Along the way I've discovered that the wiki here is not as thoroughly sourced as it could be. Many things are just asserted, just begging for a .
I'm making this topic in the hopes that others with the relevant knowledge might help out. I'll probably expand it with more subjects as I go, but for now there are two things I'd like to resolve.
Madonna (name) (resolved)
So we all know about Sonic's girlfriend. There are pictures of her in concept art that can be unlocked on Gems Collection, and she's talked about by Ohshima in the Gametap Sonic retrospective. (These things are on the wiki already.)
The question is: How do we know her name is Madonna?
I can't find any official source for this.
Answer: Madeline Schroeder uses the name in this interview.
Sonic's Band (names, image) (resolved)*
Ah, yeah. The removed Sound Test picture. They (well, most of them) also appear in the old Japanese Story Comic (scandalously absent from the Retro Wiki...).
But again, like with Sonic's girlfriend, I can't find an official source for their names. They are given names here on the wiki, but as far as I can tell these were pulled out of someone's ass.
Their names (Vector, Mach, Max, and Sharps) as well as the famous image can be found in the Sonic Jam Official Guide, printed in 1997.
*This is basically enough for me, but it might still be worth tracking down the issue(s) of Beep! Megadrive that the Official Guide makes reference to.
Sonic 1 Zone Concept Art (artist)
Who drew these? Ohshima or Yasuhara, or someone else even?
Discussion starts here.
Knuckles' early design (resolved)*
It's been claimed Knuckles, back when he was still a WIP, he was green at some point, and also called Dreds.
I can't find sources for either of these claims.
Sources for these are here and here.
And what about the "Mr. Needlemouse" origin?
QuoteMr. Needlemouse was a name given to several prototypes of the character Sonic the Hedgehog on an early concept art sheet by his designer Naoto Ohshima.
As far as I remember, it was just a mistranslation made by a TV show in the UK, and nobody at SEGA of Japan was ever seen using the name "Mr. Needlemouse" until Sonic 4.
Needlemouse sounds like a stupid mistranslation of harinezumi to me, but the questions remains - was the moniker invented by Sega of America in the early days of Sonic, or by a fan later on?
If these sources exist, they should be on the wiki. If they don't, then the community needs to know these names are speculative fanon only (like wechnia). Can anyone shed light on this?
31 December 2012 - 11:12 PM
First, to be clear, AeStHete has not been released. For awhile I had thought that I might just release what incomplete code I had, to let the community pick through it.
However, after much deliberation, I have decided that I do want to finish the project, making a Sonic game development tool that is as complete as possible. Because of the extra work this will take, release for AeStHete is still a little ways off. But the good news is that I have made incredible strides in the core collision engine, making a viable Game Maker Sonic engine a possibility.
More good news is that the engine has been streamlined to the point that the concepts behind it are fairly easy to understand and describe. This means a series of tutorials revealing the secrets at the core of the AeStHete engine will be forthcoming, to tide over until the project's full release.
In addition, a number of web-based hacking and editing tools will be released on the AeStHete site in the near future, intended to work in conjunction with the engine - but can also be useful in the interim. The first of these is the Palettiser.
Over the coming week or so I will be concentrating on finally finishing the styling and interface for the engine, so that I can start releasing videos and screenshots of AeStHete in action.
With that, I'm back to work.
~ Love, Mercury <3
EDIT: Screenshot of interface! Still some tweaking to do...
People have been asking about whether or not I accept donations in support of AeStHete. I haven't decided on how I want to handle this just yet, but in the meantime, if you want to help out, you can visit my eBay listings. If you see something you like and buy it, think of it like making a pledge for AeStHete and getting a small reward for your trouble.
Make sure to check back often, because there will be a large amount of gaming magazines, players guides, games, books, and much more.
29 December 2012 - 07:00 PMHere's a word cloud of the words in Sonic zone names, with words appearing larger the more often they are used. Maybe it would make a cute wallpaper. =P
- I used wordle.net to make this.
- I modified some compound words, e.g Star Light to Starlight or Hydrocity to Hydro City so they'd be "detected" properly.
- Zones whose name appears in more than one game, e.g. Green Hill, Rail Canyon, Metal City, Angel Island were only listed once.
- I left out the gibberish alien words from Sonic Chronicles' titles.
- I standardised the spelling of savanna to savannah.
- I added -opolis to the list separately.
- I removed possessives, e.g. Dragon's to Dragon.
I listed zones from the following games:
And here is the zone list:
- I used wordle.net to make this.