Currently watching the livestream from Comic Con. Can't believe all the asinine stuff that has happened over the last 15 years. Infighting within the different communities, rifts in the direction of the main games, early and prototype discoveries, theories come to fact, hoaxes lost to time, awkward childish stupidity, genuine love for the history that these games have in our lives... I am absolutely impressed at the fact that community members have managed to actually succeed and become a part of the very thing they and we all love; I have nothing but respect and praise for Taxman and Stealth and Skyler and anyone else from CulT, Retro, Classic, and any other factions who may have become a part of this whole spectacle (I remember being a dumb teenager in high school having an argument with Stealth on Area51 a decade and a half ago lol). I lost track of all the crazy awesome stuff people were doing about 10 years ago, disassemblies, coding, modding, creating, resource sites like SFGHQ, Hacking CulT, and probably plenty of other stuff that slips my mind... I wish I could have been more invested in any of it, but some people just have more passion, and they made things happen I think it's ludicrous and awesome that Sega has gone to the effort of making this kind of event. It shows that they're trying to acknowledge and include all the different parts of their fanbase, and I love that the people they've had on stage, who have worked on the games over the years in one way or another, are actually excited to be part of the celebration It doesn't matter where you fall on the Sonic fan spectrum, this is really something special that I think we can all appreciate. Time passes and people get older. I'm 32 and supposed to be some kind of "adult," but I can still fire up my Genesis and enjoy Sonic as much as I did when I was f*cking 7 or 8 years old. I barely come here even to lurk anymore, but I'll never not be a fan of this stupid blue marketing icon. Long live Sonic Long live the fans Long live the arguments Long live the community Long live CulT Long live all you fantastic idiots who can't get enough of "Sonic," in whatever form. the idea of Sonic means something different to all of us, because we inject that idea with our own experiences. We make it our own thing, for better or worse, awesome or perverse, whether you're a newbie or a dinosaur, Sonic is part of all of us I'm just happy to have shared any of this nonsense with my personal friends back in the day as a kid, and the sea of weirdos on the internet more recently. I'm excited for Mania, not sure what to do with Hello Kitty, and dunno what else may come in the next 10+ years, but I'm sure we'll still be lapping this sh*t up until we succumb to carpal tunnel, or blindness, or marriage, or whatever ill fate happens to impede our pursuit of going fast.