Sonic the Hedgehog was the very first Sonic game I've ever played and I liked it a lot. The levels look cool, the colors are vibrant, the music's f**king amazing. Then I played the Sega Genesis games. The levels look cooler, the colors are more vibrant, but all I could think was HOLY SH*T, SPEEEEEEEEEEEED! So I became a Sonic fan. I was always on the lookout for the next Sonic. I never owned a DreamCast, but I was enthralled to see Sonic Adventure 2 and then later Sonic Adventure 1 come to the GameCube, both with extra content not found on the DreamCast versions. I own Sonic Mega Collection and Sonic Gems Collection, I once had the PC versions of Sonic R and Sonic 3D Blast, hell, I even used to have the Sonic & Knuckles Collection. I own Sonic Heroes, Shadow the Hedgehog, Sonic 06, Sonic Unleashed, Sonic Generations, both episodes of Sonic 4, both entries in the Storybook series, not to mention a good number of handheld titles like the Advance and Rush series. And thanks to Sonic Adventure DX for the GameCube, I was able to play all of the Sonic Game Gear titles. Yep, I was a regular Sonic aficionado. But then something peculiar happened... I kinda stopped liking Sonic games. Not just the modern games, but the old ones as well. It was slow and hardly noticeable, but as my time progressed through adulthood my taste in video games was changing and I became more and more cynical towards the games that I enjoyed and I began to notice their flaws more clearly. Although I still liked most of these games, Sonic games, however, were a special case. Going back and playing these games again, I found myself just not having fun with most of them. Why did I like those games when I was a kid? Was it because of the cool looking levels? the vibrant colors? the kickass music? Because when I remember my experience with those games as a child, I also remember getting frustrated with them, but I thought maybe that was because I was just a kid who didn't know any better. But I think maybe something else was going on: I think I was just so impressed by not just the levels and music, but the speed, the presentation, the loops, the characters, etc., basically a lot of stuff that had nothing to do with actually playing the games. In fact, I don't think I even cared about the gameplay up until just recently. Back then, I never cared if a game was good or bad; I only liked them because... well, they were games at all. Video games were still a new thing to me throughout my k-12 years and I was always playing new ones so I never really had any quality standards. Super Mario 64 was as good as Superman 64, Street Fighter II was as good as Shaq Fu, Logical Journey of the Zoombinis Deluxe was as good as Mario's Time Machine, and Sonic the Hedgehog was as good as Bubsy in Claws Encounters of the Furred Kind. When it came to Sonic games, that mentality somehow carried over into adulthood... And that's when it occured to me... I never really liked Sonic games; I just thought I did.