So I've been on a kick again lately reading up stuff on Sonic 2's development and protos, and I've realized 2018 will be the 20th anniversary of the "discovery" of the original prototype, the Simon Wai beta. Now I know I'm just a trial member; I haven't been a part of the community nowhere near back when it came out, nor was I unofficially, but stuff like the prototypes is what really got me into it back around 10+ years ago, even if I was just lurking. It's been my favorite part of the Sonic fan community, and I don't think it could've gotten as far as it has right now if the Simon Wai prototype hadn't showed up as early as it did. It was really good luck that a proto like that showed up as early as it did as well. It's such an interesting proto, having seemingly been built at a time in Sonic 2's development where the early grand concepts such as the 18 zone game and time travel concept had already been scrapped, but a lot of the assets from that plan are still lying around, with a few still in plain sight even, while the final concepts were still under heavy construction. It's such a middle road build, it's not a surprise it's generated a lot of speculation over the years. A lot of that has been filled in by the other Sonic 2 protos over the years, yet when I think of any other protos I'd like to see of Sonic 2 yet I still frame them around the Wai proto, like a build between Nick Arcade and Simon Wai, or a build between Simon Wai and Beta 4. There's so much change between those builds that it still just sparks so much interest in my mind. I just thought with the anniversary coming up (or is up, I don't think an exact day was ever marked down for when the proto was "found", the best I've ever found was the year) it might be fun to start up a thread with my thoughts on the proto and see what thoughts and discussion others might have on it as well. I know it's been talked to death in the past before, but I haven't seen it mentioned in awhile and I guess this is as good of a time as any to try and generate a bit more discussion on it as any now.