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Stockholm Sonic Syndrome

It has been a while since my words had the luxury of gracing Game Informer’s website, but I am back today on Valentine’s Day to talk about my tragic tale of video game love. Anyone who is familiar with me or my work knows I love Pokémon, yet there is one video game series that I adore that abused and teased me. The blue blur himself Sonic the Hedgehog.


Sonic the Hedgehog 2 was the very first video game I owned so it was natural that I would have a lifelong affection toward him and his games. The game was good, he was a cool character, and Sonic was a smooth criminal in the TV shows. I got my hands on Sonic and Knuckles and put Sonic 3 into the top loader, DLC before it was cool, and created one of the best games I have ever played. Those were the good times when it was all lollipops and rainbows before the skies started to darken.

 

You can’t believe how excited I was when I played a Dreamcast demo of Sonic Adventure at my local EB games ... Man EB games … anyway I knew what I was getting for Christmas that year. The first level blew me away more than Mario 64, just the first level, and despite what all the haters may say I thoroughly enjoyed Sonic Adventure. So much that I bought the awful Mario Party rip-off Sonic Shuffle. Then Sonic Adventure 2 came out and I also loved it, but this is a tale of star crossed lovers so let’s fast forward to the drama because everybody loves drama.

 

So despite Sega going under in the console race I supported them 110 percent and Sonic Heroes looked cool and awesome – best part of that game was the CG opening. I lied to myself telling my friends how it was a great game. At the time I didn’t realize I had a problem since I had been with Sonic so long I couldn’t see the abuse he started to put me though.

 

 

Do you remember a game called Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg? Of course you don’t it was horrible now matter how you looked at it. I remember watching the commercial and hearing the words, “Made by the same people who brought you Sonic, Sonic Team.” Sonic had such a hold of me I even played his associates awful games. What I am really ashamed to admit is I beat the entire game! My lowest point was still ahead of me with Sonic Riders and Shadow the Hedgehog.

 

Please do not judge for buying those games and even the Sonic Riders sequel Zero Gravity. I had completely identified with my captor. I took his small tokens of kindness of Sonic Rush 1 & 2 as his way of saying I will get better and be good again, but I was wrong. The straw that broke the camel’s back was Sonic Unleashed. One would think it was Sonic and the Secret Rings, Sonic Chronicles, or Sonic and the Black Night, but no it was Unleashed. It was a great idea then somebody went and said, “Hey you know would make a great Sonic title? Strip away all the speed and make him slow and 30 minute long levels.” I couldn’t take it anymore I was done with the heartache and betrayal.

 

Since then I attend some AAA classes and stopped buying Sonic games with the exception of Sonic Generations, which was OK and just moved on with life. Sometimes late at night with I’m awake I go outside and stare at the stars thinking of all the good times we had and that maybe one day we can be on speaking terms again. We will always have the Genesis Sonic.

 

Happy Valentine’s Day everybody. 

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