Let's begin with this: I am a fan of the Sonic series. Quite frankly, it is one of the only video game series' I feel confident enough to write a blog post about with an actual audience looking at it. Sonic the Hedgehog has been around since the early 90's, with his first major game being the platformer called, you guessed it, Sonic the Hedgehog
. Sega designed Sonic in an attempt to compete with Nintendo's surging Super Mario
series. For years to come, Sonic would be the face of the Sega franchise and the star of the series that would keep them in the race. Even today, Sonic games are in the making, which leads me to the point of this post.
I know a lot of people who have criticized the latest games in the series. They tell me how the plotlines are ridiculous, the new characters are pointless, the game play is absolutely nothing like the originals they've come to know and love, and other complaints of the newer brand of Sonic games. I will admit that over the years I have flip flopped on these new ones. I have felt some earned their merit and deserve praise, and others I have downright despised and made comments about similar to the ones listed earlier. For a while I haven't been able to pick a definitive side. But recently, a close friend of mine (and of course big fan of Sonic) told me something that threw me for a loop with this debate into a deeper confusion: Sega has purposely been trying to kill off Sonic.
..."Beg your pardon?" I said in utter confusion. You heard him right folks. The implication is that the Sega writers purposely made bad Sonic games, in order to finally kill off the series for good. To analyze this claim objectively, I needed a few hours to compose myself, you know, let the shock wear off. Now that I've had my time, I can actually understand what he was talking about...to a small, limited extent. It would be understandable for Sega to want something new. After being associated mainly with one single series for twenty years, I can see them wanting a change of pace (although having a long-term poster child has worked fairly well for Nintendo, but back on topic we go.) The argument has been made that Valkyria Chronicles
should be the new headliner for Sega. Not gonna lie, I have no clue what that game series is, but that could be the underlying motive.
The lines of logic are not vast, though. I'm starting to get verge to the opposite side of thinking. Maybe the idea that Sega is throwing the series away is just an excuse made up by the single craziest video game fanbase on the planet. Tell me that I'm wrong. There is no fanbase that will beg for new games, go crazy when they come out, complain about them and critique them to no end, and then repeat when an even worse game comes out. I know this is true, because I have been a part of that vicious cycle myself. Sonic fans are literally the single most insane video game fans out there. The series that they adore so much cannot have such terrible games, so it only makes sense that the writers would make them terrible on purpose. They gave the games awful story lines from history (Sonic and the Black Knight; Sonic and the Secret Rings), abysmal loading times and generally laggy game play (Sonic the Hedgehog '06), and completely alternate styles to what we're used to from Sonic (Sonic unleashed) because they were trying to. It is the only logical explaination, right? RIGHT!?!?!?
Look, I'm not calling it complete bull crap. When situations are this confusing, I'm not ruling anything out. However, I will not be pointing the proverbial finger at Sega for the attempted of murder of Sonic just yet. I think what's more likely is that the Sega writers have just hit a rough patch in making good Sonic games in the past few years. Maybe they've lost their way in what makes a truly fan approved Sonic game. What could also be a possibility is that the Sonic faithful are just incredibly critical of every detail in the games...and proceed to buy the next few even when they disapprove. Maybe the answer will come to light when Sonic finally does die. But despite Sega's best (or not) efforts, I think Sonic will live on for a while...at least I hope so.
And so ends my first attempt at video game blogging. Hope y'all liked it. We'll see if I come out with a second post. Thanks for reading. To show my thanks and appreciation, I leave you with this. Happy blogging.