1. What is your earliest memory of seeing Sonic anywhere? My earliest memory is of playing Sonic 1, around the age of three. I distinctly remember my mom showing me how to beat the boss of GHZ. This was around 1996, so Sonic wasn't the newest/hottest thing anymore, but I still loved it. Even after we got a PlayStation in late '97/early '98 (I can't remember exactly when) I still played our Genesis all the time. We also had Sonic 2, Sonic Spinball, and S&K (but not Sonic 3). 2. What was the first Sonic related media actually you played/read/watched? I guess I'll also mention I got into SatAM and AoSth by way of pre-owned and rented video tapes. 3. Why do you still spend time here, reminiscing over the series today? I still mostly enjoy this classics, I'm very into the technical workings behind the games I love (I'm a software developer, professionally), I'm a history nerd and I love to see things that were cut out of games and imagining what-if. All of these things are catered to by this board. And I must enjoy this community, since I at least lurk nearly every day. 4. What's your favorite memory of the franchise over the past 30 years? Too many to count. Dressing up and pretending to be Sonic almost every day for a time when I was a kid (I wouldn't respond to any other name than "Sonic"). Learning about and playing Sonic Adventure by way of one of my older brother's friends, who owned a Dreamcast. Joining SSRG and SWS2B and learning about ROM hacking. Creating a crappy Sonic fan website, which gave me my first exposure to writing code. Meeting friends via Sonic forums and fan games (one of my best friends I met in a match of SRB2). Sonic Mania reveal. 5. What are your honest hopes for the next 10 years? Like a lot of people, I'm hoping for consolidation between new and old Sonic styles. For me, this would take the form of a modern 3D Sonic title that incorporates the physics and momentum style gameplay from the classics. There's been some fan projects/tech demos with this goal in mind, but I'd love to a full fledged game take this concept and run with it. 6. How will you celebrate the franchise today? Actually planning on playing some SRB2 Kart with my friend mentioned earlier. Will probably also do a playthrough of Sonic 1, if I have time.