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Happy Birthday Sonic the Hedgehog (for yesterday)

Posted in Gaming, Random Rolls with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 24, 2011 by Cassie

See the attitude? See it?

I know it’s a day late, but I’m not feeling well.  I wasn’t going to post anything at all, but then I realized that this is my blog and I can make this as short and as crappy as I want.

You can go anywhere for his history, or little tidbits about deleted stuff or how it was made.  I seem to remember GamesRadar had some good stuff posted.  So with that in mind, and my going back to bed in mind, I’m just going to talk about him in my personal experience.

I love Sonic.  He’s the first real gaming experience that I remember, and considering I was three when the first game came out I’d say that’s pretty good.  I’m still one of those fans who goes and and excitedly picks up the newest Sonic game, even if it has Big the Cat or Cheese the Rabbit in it.  Sonic’s long and sordid maturation into his current state has done nothing to cause even the slightest hesitation.  And I actually liked some of them and parts of most of them.  I was even one of those people who pre-ordered Sonic Colors (which actually turned out pretty good) and got this awesome hat:

Is this what Kirby feels like?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m very aware of what Sonic was and what he has become…and sometimes I weep for him.

But….. 

When I think of that first game, and especially the second one (it being the first game I ever owned myself) and going up though those early days…I can’t think of one thing I hate about them.   I still remember looking on with awe as the vibrant and (dare I say, 3-dimensional) environments whizzed by.  Although I didn’t know it at the time, I was amazed at the physics of the game, taking note of not only the speed (a character that’s faster than the camera?  Sweet!) but of the (frustrating yet amazing) way the angles of the level affected Sonic’s jumps and acceleration rate.  Gravity affected Sonic in a way that I understood, especially in the uniquely challenging and still awesomely fun water levels.  These levels to this day remain a partial exception to my water-level rule.  The music was sophisticated, charming, fun and perfectly representative of each level.  I still play this stuff all the time.

I love the Sonic games so much that I even love the stuff I say I hate.  I love the spinning barrels in Carnival Night Zone (Sonic 3), I love the rising “water” bit in Chemical Plant Zone (Sonic 2), I even like the frustrating repetition in Metropolis Zone (Sonic 2)…I even liked Sonic’s weakness to water.  It made him more believable or something, I don’t know. 

I’m going to finish off my posting some videos, and as usual I recommend you continue exploring on your own.

Check it, with Sonic and Knuckles you could attach the cart to another Sonic cart and play as Knuckles in those games.  Yeah.

I liked it, ok?

And finally, the most terrifying sound ever in video gaming:

I feel wrong just having searched that….

Happy Birthday Sonic, heres to 20 more years of….hopefully not another thousand new friends to slow you down.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! or Tales of my Dreamcast

Posted in Gaming, Random Rolls with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 18, 2011 by Cassie

I had such an amazingly busy day I almost forgot to post for St. Patrick’s Day.  Here it’s actually a fairlysignificant day, and I was going to go into the whole culture and history of it, but I’ve decided to save that for another day.

Well firstly you’ll notice I have two titles, and really I could have had more…but you’ll soon see why.

Usually for St. Patrick’s Day I spend time at home with (one) whiskey (called “uisce beatha” in Irish which translates directly to “water of life”) on ice and hang out with my family or friends.  There is a huge bar scene here, but it was never for me. 

Being ill I couldn’t do any of my usual.  I spent my day working on an art piece I’ve had going for a little while, I watched Spaceballs, and me and my sister played Epic Mickey.  This hangout was pretty special to me, as I can’t usually do anything without enraging her.  It was fun.

A few weeks ago I ordered the DVD/Soundtrack combo pack for Pure Pwnage season one (found at the NoobStore just off of their main site ) and after a few issues with their shipper in Texas I finally got word that it shipped today!  I’d like to note that everyone at Pure Pwnage was more than helpful about this, every issue I had was with the shipper which resides in another country than those involved with the show.  I would also like to note that now the N00bstore crew is keeping a closer eye on this stuff.  Anyway!  It’s finally shipped!!  I can’t wait until it arrives. 

Later in the day I went out with my Dad to pick up my Mom from work and I got to see the early part of downtown St. Paddy’s Day.  It was pretty crowded for 4:30 in the afternoon.

Also today, a surprise package arrived at my Nan’s for me from my Aunt on the other side of the country.  She sent me a beautiful little box with nine drawers.  In each drawer is a treasure that I’ve yet to discover.  She sent it to me to let me know that she’s thinking of my while I’m sick.  I can’t believe she would do that for me.  I can’t believe I have such an amazing group of people around me.

And lastly, but not leastly, I got my very own Sega Dreamcast.  It took a few days of messages back and forth with a very kind stranger online, a few favours called in, and a generous offer to drive me  from my Dad…but I got it.  I got it and I can’t wait to play it.  It came with Shenmue, Marvel vs. Capcom 2, Blue Stinger and Resident Evil Code: Veronica.

So needless to say it was an amazing day. 

Slàinte! (That’s “Cheers!” in Irish) –Cassie

Anniversaries in Gaming

Posted in Random Rolls with tags , , , , , , on September 14, 2010 by Cassie

I’m taking time away from stories to talk a bit about some important dates that have passed in the gaming world this week:

Mario turns 25!

Mario officially turned 25 yesterday as we celebrate the anniversary of the release of Super Mario Bros. in Japan.  He’s come a long way, and I look forward to seeing where he goes from here…although once you’ve been in space there’s not much left on the old bucket list is there?

Sony Playstation Turns 15

On September 9th, 1995 the Sony Playstation turned 15 years old!  This system gave us many a great game over the years and paved the way for the amazing PS2 and the Playstation 3.  Happy Birthday!

Sega Dreamcast’s Release Marks Sega’s Death

Although it wasn’t officially discontinued until 2001, many consider September 9th, 1999 both the release date and death date of the Sega Dreamcast.  The death of this system also marks the death of Sega as we knew it.  Sega stopped work on its own consoles and began focusing on software.  They’re still very successful today however, producing many games for many systems, PCs and arcades.  As a former Sega Soldier I say “rock on Sega!”, and at the same time I weep for my fallen hero.

That’s all I have for today.  I’m sure I must have missed something, if so, feel free to let me know!

Cheers!  –Cassie