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1:00 AM on 10.02.2013

Sega of America hit with layoffs

Sega of America confirmed today an undisclosed number of layoffs, Venture Beat reports. A spokeswoman for the company had this to say: “As the gaming industry continues to evolve, companies must adapt and adjust in orde...

Hamza CTZ Aziz





9:30 PM on 10.01.2013

WTF: Sonic Lost World's pre-order bonus is extra lives

Amazon has Sonic Lost World up for pre-order and what's the super special bonus you get for getting the game on Amazon? 25 extra lives. Let me repeat that: 25. Extra. Lives. What in the f*ck. Sonic Lost World [Amazon, via Sega Blog]

Hamza CTZ Aziz



Sonic's gotta go fast in these Smash 4 screens photo
Sonic's gotta go fast in these Smash 4 screens
by Tony Ponce

Sorry, I got a little carried away earlier today. Let's try again, shall we?

*AHEM*

Sonic is returning to the Smash series and will be trading blows with Mario as well as the other blue boy, Mega Man. Sonic vs. Mega Man... first the Archie crossover, now this. With this news and Mighty No. 9's hitting just about every single stretch goal, I've never been a happier gamer.

The Smash site has new screens of ol' Needlemouse, who's looking a lot sharper than in his Brawl days. You'll notice that there is a level based on Sonic Lost World, so that's gonna be fun. Also, please enjoy the short clip above, provided by Games HQ Media.

Sonic the Hedgehog [Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U]

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10:45 AM on 10.01.2013

Worldwide online in Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Games

Here's a question: why does Peach have to wear tights to ice skate while Bowser gets to go bare-bottom? They have lots of dumb laws over in Sochi. Maybe a 'dinos must not wear pants' law is also in place. We learned from thi...

Dale North

9:16 AM on 10.01.2013

Sonic vs. Mega Man in Smash Bros. 4!!!

IN THIS WOOOOOOOORLD, WHERE LIFE IS STROOOOOOOONG!IN THIS WOOOOOOOORLD, LIFE'S AN OPEN BOOK!IN THIS WOOOOOOOORLD, WHERE COMPROMISE DOES NOT EXIST!IN THIS WORLD OF WORLDS, EVERY STEP MEETS THE REST! Sonic in Smash 4, everyone! My dream of Sonic vs. Mega Man will happen!

Tony Ponce

10:00 AM on 09.05.2013

There's some hope for Sonic Lost World

Jim Sterling and Tony Ponce are easily the biggest Sonic fans on staff so it only made sense that I have them go play Sonic Lost World while at PAX Prime 2013. And as it turns out, there's some hope for the game. The control...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

6:30 PM on 08.28.2013

Game/Show is how PBS talks about videogames

PBS's Idea Channel has talked about games in the past, at least once or twice. In fact, the show has an entire section on YouTube discussing games. It seems like the section does well enough for itself, as the people behind ...

Darren Nakamura

3:00 AM on 08.28.2013

Sonic comic writer will play Lost World for charity

My homeboy David Oxford, writer at The Mega Man Network and and fellow editor on NF Magazine, has planned a special charity event alongside Ian Flynn, lead writer on Archie's Mega Man and Sonic the Hedgehog comic series. For ...

Tony Ponce

10:00 PM on 08.27.2013

Get your Hatsune Miku on at PAX Prime

Sega will be at PAX Prime this week, and they're bringing the new Sonic game with them! Lost World will be playable on the Wii U and 3DS. I'm actually interested in seeing this one, as I'm hopeful there can be at least one go...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

7:00 PM on 08.22.2013

Sonic Lost World special edition features NiGHTS bosses

A new trailer for Sonic Lost World has surfaced, running through a list of features previously not seen. Sonic skates on icy surfaces, and Sonic 3 elemental shields like bubble and lightning can be shared via Miiverse, as ca...

Tony Ponce



Before Minecraft, Notch made a crappy Sonic fan game photo
Before Minecraft, Notch made a crappy Sonic fan game
by Tony Ponce

A great way to waste time is to Google any odd topic that happens to pop into your head and play a game of link tag until you strike pay dirt. My latest excursion led me to Sonic Racer 4K, a Java-based Sonic fan game. But what really caught my attention was the name of the developer: Markus Persson.

You know, the Minecraft guy.

After a little more digging, I discovered an old resume that he still hosts on the Mojang page, even though it's no longer directly linked anywhere on the site. Turns out Notch was a frequent participant in the Java 4K Programming Contest, which tasks entrants to create a Java game with a total file size less than 4K bytes. Sonic Racer 4K was a 2005 submissions, but he also made other 4K fan games, including MEGA4KMAN and Left 4K Dead.

I don't know how much of this is common knowledge, but it's certainly a big surprise to me. I like learning about what folks did before they were famous. As for the games themselves, they are impressive considering the constraints, even if they are kind of poopy. Test them out yourselves!

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Rhymedown Spectacular: Cyclical photo
Rhymedown Spectacular: Cyclical
by Jim Sterling

Oh for crying out funk! It's time for another bloody set of poems from those two British people who do talking about games sometimes! This week, Yahtzee talks about open worlds, while I discuss closed hearts. It is a time of hope and sorrow, in our heart's souls. 

The human condition. 

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11:30 PM on 08.05.2013

New Sonic Lost World footage from Summer of Sonic

The Sonic Stadium sister site, The Sonic Show, has uploaded all new Sonic Lost World Wii U footage that was shown during this past weekend's Sonic-focused UK event, Summer of Sonic. Sonic. Sonic Sonic Sonic. Sonic Sonic. Son...

Tony Ponce

4:00 PM on 08.01.2013

Impressions: Sonic & Mega Man: Worlds Collide #10-12

Sonic and Mega Man's crossover adventures in Archie's "Worlds Collide" is at an end. Because the story wove through the Mega Man, Sonic Universe, and Sonic the Hedgehog comics, we were blessed with three chapters per mon...

Tony Ponce

9:00 PM on 07.30.2013

Sonic is too fast for Ocarina of Time

Vinesauce is at it again! On our previous trip through Ocarina of Time, Hyrule was transformed into a glitch-ridden nightmare hole. This time, Vinny used a special mod to play the game as the supersonic hedgehog Sonic. Or "S...

Tony Ponce

7:00 PM on 07.30.2013

Sonic Lost World's 'aggressive' language is exactly that

It wasn't terribly long ago that we got regular laughs out of Entertainment Software Board ratings. When reading a summary of a videogame mostly free of context, silliness is bound to crop up. The rating for Sonic Lost World ...

Jordan Devore