Podcasts

SEGA Talk Podcast: Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)

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The infamous Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) celebrated its 10th year anniversary earlier this week so George and Barry of SEGAbits decided to sit down with Sonic Retro’s Bartman3010 and David the Lurker to recount our thoughts on the title. On this episode we go through the concept of Sonic the Hedgehog, talk about various gameplay elements, glitches, music, and some of us even have nice things to say (maybe). If you wanna go back a whole decade and relive the grand adventure that is Sonic the Hedgehog 2006 just hit play below or subscribe to us via your favorite podcast network.

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If you like what you heard, check out our past episodes. If you want to give us feedback, suggest a topic for the next podcast or want to ask a question for us to answer on the next episode you can add them as a comment below or send them directly to our email. Make sure you use subject line ‘SEGA Talk’ and as always, thanks for listening!

Community, Site News

Retro Livestream: LEGO Dimensions Sonic Level Pack

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This week has some pretty big releases on the way. Sandwiched in between the Pokémons and Watch_Dogs comes the release of the Sonic the Hedgehog LEGO Dimensions level pack. We’ll be hosting a livestream on Friday, 11/18/16, at 4:00PM CST (UTC -6) of the Sonic level pack, as well as playing through some of the base levels and worlds with Sonic himself! The initial broadcast will be on Neo Reviews, with the replay going live over on SEGA Channel Retro. We’ll see you all then!

Community, Fan Works, Hacking, Site News

Results from the 2016 Sonic Hacking Contest

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The Hacking Contest for this year has concluded, and the results are in! Spanner a.k.a. SOTI has provided a write up on the forums for this year’s winners as well as some general thoughts on this year’s contest overall. You can read more information on the results on the Retro forums here. You can also hear reactions from the contest judges and see the winners in action on the Results Show hosted by MegaGWolf here. Hit the jump to see the winners for all the trophies of this year chosen by both contest judges and community members.

Hidden Palace Trophy
1st Place
Sonic: Scorched Quest (SHC’16 pre-final) by Team Painto

Wood Zone trophy
2nd Place
Sonic: Virtual Adventure (SHC 2016 Demo) by Ladego Team
HONOURABLE MENTION: Sonic 2 ReMastered by MrCat (very split decision with this trophy)

Dust Hill Trophy
3rd Place
Untitled Sonic 1 Hack by jubbalub
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Opinion

“Sonic Adventure 3” Turns 10: A Retrospective

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Today marks the ten-year anniversary of the infamous Sonic Adventure 3, a game universally panned by fans and critics alike. Originally hyped as a return to Sonic’s roots, the final product turned out to be a rushed, broken mess that to this day serves as the punchline of many jokes.

A lot has changed in the past ten years. SEGA have learned from their mistakes (for the most part) with a host of well-received games such as Sonic Colors and Sonic Generations, while upcoming titles such as Sonic Mania and Big’s Big Fishing Adventure 3 show incredible promise. It could be argued that if it were not for SA3’s massive blunder, SEGA would not have made the massive overhauls in quality assurance since. For that alone, it warrants discussion.

Join the staff of Sonic Retro as we look back on our memories of Sonic Adventure 3. In the end, was it really all that bad? Hit the jump to see if we figure that one out.

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Community, Fan Works, Hacking

The Sonic Hacking Contest 2016 is Live!

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The 2016 Sonic Hacking Contest site is live, with 54 different hacks and mods to download and play! No account is required to play or download any of the hacks, but make sure to sign in with your Sonic Retro or SSRG account to vote on the community trophies. Also check the schedule for near-round the clock streams from folks like SomeCallMeJohnny, MegaGWolf, RedHotSonic and many more!

Downloading hacks are open until Sunday the 13th. Some mods you’ll encounter include ROM hacks of Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic Pocket Adventure as well as mods for PC versions of the original Sonic Adventure DX release, Sonic Generations and Sonic Lost World. Check them out today!

 

Opinion

SEGA News Bits: Sonic movie director & producers revealed discussion

Welcome to another installment of our SEGA News Bits series, this time we will be discussing the news about the Sonic movie director and producers  being announced. We will look at what this means, how we feel about the project and if we trust Sony Pictures with a Sonic movie. Yes, we discuss the addition of Tim Miller, famous Deadpool director, joining the Sonic movie as an executive producer as well. Give it a watch and like always you can tell us what you think about all this Sonic movie news by leaving us a comment below.

SEGA News Bits is a production of SEGAbits, covering all things SEGA and Sonic the Hedgehog. When we touch on Sonic stories, you’ll be seeing them here on Sonic Retro as well. If you enjoyed this episode of the SEGA News Bits, make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel and never miss an episode!

Animation

These Are the People Making the Sonic Movie

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It’s been more than two years since it was announced that a live action/CG animation hybrid Sonic movie is being made. However, it wasn’t until today that we got to hear about who is making the film. So now that we know some details, let’s take a look at who the folks making this thing are:

Jeff Fowler from Blur Studio is directing the movie. While it’s not known which in particular were directed by him, he has worked on various CG cutscenes and trailers for video games. He also wrote and directed the short Gopher Broke back in 2004, and wrote the 2006 short A Gentlemen’s Duel. He has also been working on an animated adaptation of David Fincher’s The Goon. Continue Reading