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Watch that video. It is probably the most painfully bad levels I've seen in a long time. SEGA apparently doesn't want to make a game that doesn't have a gimmick so bad that it's painful.

There are other videos located here that look better, but this level has made me think that SEGA really just can't make a good Sonic game anymore. It's just a fundamental design philosophy that games aren't allowed to be good, and they have to have over-complicated and poorly designed gimmicks.

The rest of the game may be brilliant, but this isn't exactly filling me with confidence, and I'm a huge Sonic nut.

Guess what is now instantly streamable?

This becomes amazing at about 1:20.

This needs to go viral.

Nice to see Bobby Kotick has finally seen the light and admitted what his company has become.

"Our... ....games have sucked for the last five years," he tells the magazine when talking about learning about commitment to quality from Blizzard. "They are bad games. They were poorly rated because they were bad games."

“I think it was one of those wake-up calls,” he added. “Even if you’ve been doing this a long time.”

Hopefully this leads to a greater transparency from Kotick in the future.

11:18 PM on 01.18.2010

You know the ones I'm talking about. The ones that take up the entire screen, darkening the field of view until the little x button finally appears. Those ads are the most annoying ads I've ever seen on Destructoid.

I am okay with all of the other ads on the site, banner, button, wraparound, heck I wouldn't like interstitial ads, but I could deal with them. These ads, however, have caused me to re-enable adblock until they're gone. I had turned off Adblock completely, but I hadn't uninstalled it yet. I like to support sites, but these ads are a reminder to why I installed it in the first place. Giant, awkward, annoying ads that prohibit me from actually reading the site.

This may seem kind of whiny, and it is, but this is just one level above those hard-to-find square ads that talk to you and play music. I don't want Dtoid to go there. I always liked that Destructoid didn't fall into those highly irritating advertising traps, and I don't like that now it's part of the problem of online ads.

It's going to be 2D, this is a step in the right direction. This is great news as I am currently trying to slog my way through Sonic 06 to prove that I'm manly and to laugh at the awful cutscenes. (Protip: Sonic 06 is the worst game ever, distrust any outlet who gave it a score above 0)

This however, may be good. It may even be great. The point is I'm actually excited for a Sonic game for the first time in a loooong time. Let's hope the cycle doesn't continue.

P.S. Am I the only one who thinks that the SEGAAAAA at the beginning was the best part?