I was on lunch break earlier today thinking about Sonic (what else would I be doing), and somehow ended up back on the subject of how apparently each generation of Sonic fans is inherently biased towards the games that they grew up with/the media targeting their demographic. And I started thinking... "yeah, it's true to an extent- but how true?" So I'm starting what may hopefully be at least a small effort to debunk what I believe is a simple concept the internet has misconstrued into a major misconception. I'm gonna start with myself. My favorite sonic game hands down is SA2. Did I grow up with it? No. What Sonic material did I grow up with? Mega collection and Riders (lost after a year or two) on the gamecube, and a few years down the road, advance 3. Mega collection did have a lot of SA2 promotional material, so I was well aware of the game, but I actually didn't care too much about it until I was like, 15. My wishes instead were spent on advance 2 which, ironically, I got for my 15th Christmas alongside advance 1 (I like advance 1 more, go figure). A few months later, my mom discovered Colors lost in her closet, which I was supposed to receive for Christmas, and after purchasing gems collection the next week, my scope of the franchise was quickly expanding. It was time to get SA2. Walking out of the retro game store with SADX in hand, I popped it in and it quickly took status as my new favorite sonic game. Never before had I wanted to play SA2 more than after 100%ing the game (game gear games included). I needed more of this. Badly. The story had me hooked. The freedom of control over anything sonic I had played before was incredible. And one day, my older brother came home with a gift for me... Sonic Heroes reaffirmed what SA1 had taught me, SA2 was an experience I couldn't miss. Enough beating around the bush though. My mom got me SA2 as my 18th birthday gift, as a send off into adulthood, and it was everything I imagined it would be. I've played plenty of new sonic games since then, including mania, unleashed, and generations, but nothing has topped the experience SA2 blessed me with. So what's the point of explaining all this? One reason... regardless of my age, or when I got into sonic, I have no nostalgia blindness for SA2. I grew up with the classics, and yet SA2 is my personal favorite. We all understand that everyone has their own opinions, yet on the internet, even though we understand this concept, we don't really abide by it. Go onto any social media platform and you'll have people unironically calling classic fans "elitists", adventure fans "simps", and boost fans anything along the lines of "unintelligent children". I can't explain why this is other than "the internet is toxic", but I know it can't possibly be true. People aren't genuinely like this about their favorite sonic games, and I wanted to get a ball rolling to prove it. But I alone can't do jack sqaut, so I thought about who else I know who loves sonic whom I could ask. After getting home from work, I walked in the door and asked my 9 year old brother... I weighed which sonic games he's played against which ones are his favorite amongst the bunch, and asked him: "What kind of Sonic games do you like more? Games like Sonic Adventure 1 and Sonic Adventure 2? Or games like Sonic Unleashed and Sonic Colors?" My little brother grew up with colors as his #1 go-to sonic game. When sonic forces came out, he harrassed me about it almost every day, and virtually simps for infinite even now. "I like Sonic Adventure 2 Battle and Sonic Adventure DX the most." Floored, I asked him, "what makes you like those games more?" He listed off various things, including how the hub worlds from SA1 made him feel more like he was exploring an actual world, and not just completing a set of challenges like in colors's act by act system (I'm paraphrasing, I'm sure you guys don't want to read through 9 year old stuttering and loss of train of thought after all this I've typed), as well as the chao gardens giving him something else to do, and the extra characters letting him play the game how he wanted to, and not how he was told to. His answers... honestly surprised me. Him being a kid who genuinely thinks baldy mcnosehair is the funniest joke he's ever heard from a video game, him instead picking the immersion and miscellaneous content of the adventure games over the simplicity and sillier style of the games he grew up with caught me off guard. But it... somewhat does help my case here. I've always suspected that the internet is tainting our perception of what the fanbase really likes (look at me misjudging my own brother), and I've taken my own first step to changing that. If anyone actually reads this far (or just skips to here), join me in this experiment. If you know anyone in your life who's in a different "generation" of sonic fans from you, actually sit down and ask them what makes them tick. I'm dying to know if my experience here is either the exception, or just possibly- the rule to this concept. Does each generation of fan- "classic", "adventure", "modern"- really have a tainted perspective based on what was specifically created "for" them? Or are we all secretly lying to ourselves about what we truly like simply due to some unspoken internet "principle" of the matter?