In three years, it will be Sonic's 20th anniversary. Now, it may not sound like anything special, but this means a couple of things, and is an important landmark for the series. For one, 20 years is often considered the official timespan of 1 generation. What do you think Sonic will be to the next generation? Will he have the same effect on the next generation as he had on ours? Will he still be cool to the children of the future? Lately there has been a lot of talk about changing Sonic's image. It seems fairly obvious that SEGA are trying too hard to change Sonic to make him seem cooler and failing hard. How could that effect the next generation, though? In three years, SEGA's next move could make all the difference in the world to the franchise. It's not just about "saving the series" or anything like that, but how kids will view the series. There are so many different, interesting turns the games image could take in terms of how it will effect kids, who it will effect, and what the "fanbase" could possibly turn into. With RPGs like Sonic Chronicles popping up out of no where, perhaps the series could rake in more female fans? The display of demonic creatures and violence in some recent games may change the thoughts of both kids and parents in the future. There was a thread here about people's first impressions on Sonic. When we think about Sonic, we think, "whimsical, fast, cool, blue, 'dude with a 'tude', etc.". What will be the first thing that the next generation thinks when they think of Sonic? Will they think of him as "futuristic", "sword-wielding", "babyish", "inappropriate", just plain uncool, or will they think nothing at all? It's really something to think about... For all we know, Sonic could be the next Barney, or even the next Awesome Possum to tomorrow's youth.