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  • Blog Post: Opinion – Nine Sonic Games I’d Rather Sega Make Than Another Sonic Boom

    Today brought news that Sega will be bringing a new entry to its critically-panned Sonic Boom series . Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice is under development by Sanzaru Games, the studio behind last year’s Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal on 3DS. While that could mean Sonic Team is presently working on a... More
  • Blog Post: How Gaming Shaped My Life

    I’ve often told the story about how I used to visit my aunt and uncle’s house in my pre-elementary school days and immediately disappear into the basement where they kept their NES. I would be so excited in the days leading up to my visits, and finally getting my hands on the rectangular... More
  • Blog Post: The 10 Worst Characters In Sonic History

    The Sonic Cycle is a meme that has been used by fans of the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise to explain the excitement and eventual disappointment many feel during the lead-up to a new game in the franchise. While Sonic Boom effectively skipped much of the Sonic Cycle by giving fans doubts from the get-go... More
  • Blog Post: Tim Turi's Top 10 Sonic The Hedgehog Games Of All Time

    I grew up playing the Sega Master System and Sega Genesis. That's what my family had. I adored my upbringing with Sega's consoles, but always felt like a black sheep watching my friends revel in Nintendo system classics like Mario, Zelda, and Mega Man. While I remained jealous of my peers'... More
  • Blog Post: Dimensional Rift: 9 Series That Struggled To Jump To 3D

    The 3D revolution hit the video game industry hard in the mid-90s. Home console technology was improving by leaps and bounds over the forerunners from earlier in the decade and prior to that. Because of that, developers were tinkering with the formulas of classic titles in order to deliver a more cutting... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Sonic Boom: Rise Of Lyric

    Sonic's latest console adventure, Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric, released last week to a harsh critical reception ( read my review here ). However, we were so busy playing the game for review that we didn't get a chance to show off just how disappointing the title is in action. Thankfully for you... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal

    Sonic's career has been through as many loop de loops as the blue hedgehog himself. The next stop on his journey is particularly noteworthy, though, because now Western developers are at the reigns. The Wii U Sonic Boom game is being developed by Big Red Button, while the 3DS side-scroller we're... More
  • Blog Post: Five Video Game-Based Comics Worth Reading

    What works well in one medium doesn't always translate over to another. For example, Super Mario Bros. is a great video game series, but it was a terrible film . Superman is a great super hero, but most of his video games have sucked. The Cat in the Hat was a terrible film, but an excellent examination... More
  • Blog Post: Rectify Made The Best Use Of A Video Game I've Seen On Television

    With rare exceptions, I can't stand it when television shows depict video games. We've all seen it: people doing wild couch gyrations with outdated controllers to playing a first-person shooter with Space Invaders sound effects. Or, perhaps there's terrible looking fake GTA that led a kid... More
  • Blog Post: Developer Salute – Sonic Team Circa Early '90s

    In the same way some football fans fondly remember the Chicago Bears’ spectacular 1985 season, or music connoisseurs might prefer The Beatles’ studio years, I have a special place in my heart for 16-bit era Sonic Team. Here’s my salute to the development team behind the blue hedgehog’s... More
  • Blog Post: Talking With Archie Comics About Sonic & Mega Man: Worlds Collide

    Sonic and Mega Man have some obvious similarities. They’re both iconic blue video game heroes that battle robots created by mustachioed evil scientists. They started their careers on the opposite sides of the track, with Mega Man exclusively on Nintendo systems and Sonic on Sega’s hardware... More
  • Blog Post: Sonic & Mega Man: Worlds Collide Comic Book Review

    I remember stumbling upon the very first issue of Archie’s Sonic the Hedgehog comic during a family vacation over 20 years ago. I read that series for years, following the exploits of Sonic, Princess Sally, and the other Freedom Fighters in their fight against Dr. Robotnik. I eventually fell off... More
  • Blog Post: Ten Comical Video Game Music Videos

    There's nothing I love more than wasting time exploring the seemingly infinite offerings from YouTube and discovering hilarious videos, and some I wish I had never seen. Among these trips into the dark corners of YouTube, I enjoy checking out video game videos to see if anything catches my eye. Here... More
  • Blog Post: The Worst (And Weirdest) Music In Gaming History

    If you're on this site, chances are you can hum a good amount of game music just off of memory. Hell, plenty of people who have never played a game in their life can instantly recognize the Mario theme. However, things aren't always as pleasant as exploring Zelda's overworld while listening... More
  • Blog Post: The Port Authority: A Few Of Gaming's Most Ported Titles

    Some ports are exciting, like when Metal Gear Solid 2 made its way to the original Xbox. Some ports are less exciting, like Myst appearing on every interactive device on the face of the Earth. These are the games that we have seen re-appear more often than any other game. Some are old, like the original... More
  • Blog Post: Why The Platformer Still Matters

    The action/platformer was once the preeminent genre in video games. The NES, Genesis, and PlayStation made mascots like Mario, Sonic, and Crash Bandicoot their public faces. Today, in a market dominated by shooters like Halo and Call of Duty, it seems that gamers and publishers have little time for the... More
  • Blog Post: Most Terrifying Sounds In Non-Horror Games

    A game doesn’t have to have the survival horror label to instill fear in a player. Something as simple as a distant growl, sped up music, or incessant beeps indicating low health across genres can usually do the trick. Here is a sampling of some in-game sounds in non-horror games that get our hearts... More
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