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What's With All the Sonic Hate?

I channel my inner '90s mascot attitude and explore a recent troubling trend.

At last year’s PAX East I attended a panel hosted by one of the marketing magicians for Sega of America in the '90s, Al Nilson. At that panel I got up to ask a question about the NEMO project he worked on in the late '80s, but before I did I told this quick story about the time I borrowed the first Sonic the Hedgehog game off my friend when it was first released:  While I was at home being blown away by the technical achievement of Sonic Team’s new baby, my friend called me and said his mother was mad he lent out his new game and was making him come by in a couple hours to pick it up. Since my time was now limited to how much of this amazing new game I was going to be able to play,  I decided to hunker down and try to beat the game before he came to get it. I focused and played as carefully as I could. I ended up beating the game without continuing and with all the Chaos Emeralds. I had the honor of telling Al Nilson it was one of the best "Gaming Zen" moments of my life. He appreciated my story and my love for Sonic.

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Sonic Generations Review

Chili Dogs. Dr. Robotnik. Spin Dash. Death Egg. All things forgotten in the history of Sonic, and all things that make their return in Sonic Generations.

Sonic Generations begins, aptly enough, with classic Sonic playing through a new stage based on the original first Sonic stage: Green Hill Zone. Sure enough, there are all sorts of enemies like Motobugs (lady bugs on wheels) and Choppers (piranha bots that bite at Sonic while he crosses a bridge.) Sonic runs through a two-dimensional plane through the entirety of the stage, and with just the press of a button (or the traditional down + the jump button) he can charge up a spin-dash and take off.

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PlayBit - Sonic Adventure DX [7 of 7]

This is it! Final Egg, Final level, final boss fight!

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PlayBit - Sonic Adventure DX [6 of 7]

We're almost done and this second to last video is all about stage 9, Lost World.

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PlayBit - Sonic Adventure DX [5 of 7]

Sky Deck mayhem! Also, two boss fights.

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PlayBit - Sonic Adventure DX [4 of 7]

We go through Red Mountain and complete the second Sky Chase.

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PlayBit - Sonic Adventure DX [3 of 7]

We fight Knuckles, take out Chaos 4, shoot through the first Sky Chase mission and complete two levels, Twinkle Park and Speed Highway.

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Sonic's 20th Anniversary Special

Come celebrate Sonic's anniversary by sharing your memories of the series alongside the PixlBit staff!

Earlier this year, on June 23, Sonic turned 20 years old. As a celebration of his legacy, Sega is releasing Sonic Generations today on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC, with the 3DS version to follow later this month. The game celebrates the history of the franchise by joining old and new into one singular game that promises to mesh and meld all of what makes Sonic great. PixlBit's staff, growing up during the era of the blue blur, have fond memories of Sonic and his games and have come together to share their memories of the mascot.

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PlayBit - Sonic Adventure DX [2 of 7]

Next, we go through both Casinopolis and Ice Cap, the third and fourth levels of the game.

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PlayBit - Sonic Adventure DX [1 of 7]

In this first part, we start the game and go through the first two boss fights and levels.

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PixlBit
October 30, 2011 - November 05, 2011

Join Esteban as he plays through Sonic Adventure DX to celebrate 20 years of the blue blur. Also, be sure to share your memories of the series alongside those of the staff.

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