Now, before I start; This is not your ordinary "poll" thread, it has a purpose. Related to the Sonic 4/Sonic sequel thread, I thought it very important to basically look at what Sonic meant to us as we first discovered him. Free from any of preconceptions or bias you have since acquired, here's the main things I want to know here: 1 - What was the first Sonic game you played? 2 - How did you find out about it? 3 - What was your initial reaction to it? Well, here's my take; 1 - What was the first Sonic game you played? Sonic the Hedgehog on the Sega Megadrive. 2 - How did you find out about it? Pure and simply, I saw this commercial, part of a series with this guy who loved in a lorry trailer full of games and played them all day (A boyish dream or what?) and his "friend", a young ninja kid. Ah, the 1990's. 3 - What was your initial reaction to it? I think I was hooked before I played it. I saw the above commercial several times before begging my Dad to get the game (He rented it first, we acquired it later). So, the commercial did it's purpose and brainwashed a 10 or 11 year old (I forget exactly, but I think I had just turned 11). Due to the way the game footage was synched with the ninja's actions, I sort of noticed the peculiar behaviour in this title. The combo-bounce from the crabmeats looked fucking awesome, with a much more satisfying arc on the jumps than Super Mario had, and the falling down the curve and running BACKWARDS up it? What was this insane game? This was so totally different, out there, and surreal compared to everything else. I HAD TO HAVE IT. When I finally got the game, I found it hard to get past Marble Zone, and when I did I basically got finished off by Spring Yard Zone's boss. The thing that captivated me most was that it was like a bizarre dreamworld I was running this character around in. Green Hill Zone was this chequered speedway which was next to, but somehow not attached to (Becuase the scrolling went opposite directions, vertically) a huge lake with cliff structures made of pixel blocks which couldn't possibly exist in real life, and Spring Yard Zone (At that point, my favourite - possibly due to the ad)... I couldn't work out what the fuck it was supposed to be with those bumpers and all, but I liked it immensely. And let's not forget that character. A BLUE HEDGEHOG WHO RUNS FAST. Well, this was straight out of fuckedupsville. I was intelligent enough to know that hedgehogs are anything but fast, and a moron could tell you they're not blue. I didn't get (At the time) how he was a throwback to classic cartoon character design, but what I understood was this: It certainly wasn't borne of conventional thinking. I dare say that Sonic the Hegdehog taught me to "think outside the box". Now, why do I want you to make this post? Because, our first impressions are often very honest and uninhibited, and over the years Sonic has meant so many different things to so many of us. I want you all to leap back and discover that first impression, because it's totally relevent -- you love the series for some reason right now, else you wouldn't be here. So, defining what the initial draw was is one of the most important steps in isolating what qualities a Sonic sequel should have. I look forward to your responses, and might I add that tl;dr does not exist for that third question. Go crazy.