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Review: The History of Sonic The Hedgehog photo
Review: The History of Sonic The Hedgehog
by Tony Ponce

Despite the Sonic series' many missteps over the past decade, I remain a huge fan. I remember the first time I played Sonic The Hedgehog at my cousins' house into the wee hours of the night. I remember long school field trips and borrowing my friend's Game Gear to play the Blue Blur's latest handheld quest. I even remember designing zones of my own design on large sketch pads!

The History of Sonic The Hedgehog is a celebration of the SEGA mascot's two decades of speed-driven platforming. First released in 2012 by French videogame book publisher Pix'n Love, it was translated by Canadian comic and art studio UDON for English market distribution. For a long-time fan such as myself, securing a copy was a necessity.

Quite a few Sonic faithfuls were also eager to pick up the 300-page volume, as the first printing had one of the fastest sellouts in UDON history. And why shouldn't they? Featuring a chronicle of Sonic's *ahem* genesis, a list of all the games in the massive franchise, and bios for Sonic's motley crew of allies and enemies, The History of Sonic packs more punch than one of SEGA's old anti-Nintendo slam ads.

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8:00 AM on 02.18.2013

Sony continues the PlayStation retrospective with the PS3

Sony continues the countdown until the mysterious February 20th event with the "Evolution of PlayStation: PlayStation 3" video. If you're up for a bit of nostalgia, the video goes over the entire history of the console...

Chris Carter

11:00 PM on 02.08.2013

Watch PC graphics evolve over two hours

Grab a drink, cook up some food, and put your phone on silent. Ok you good? Now you're ready to take on the following two-hour monstrosity of a video on the evolution of PC graphics. The video was assembled in chronological ...

Chris Carter



Mega Man Game History Ver. 2: 25th Anniversary Edition photo
Mega Man Game History Ver. 2: 25th Anniversary Edition
by Tony Ponce

Three and a half years ago, I foolishly dedicated an entire week to constructing a ginormous infographic of every single Mega Man game in existence. My Mega Man Game History chart was well received by several outlets, and I couldn't have been more pleased.

But with the 25th anniversary upon us, I felt it was time to expand upon the original chart, correct any errors or inconsistencies, and give the whole beast a nice spit shine. From the Blue Bomber's beginnings on December 17, 1987, to the upcoming release of Street Fighter X Mega Man exactly 25 years later, every installment of this venerable franchise has been represented.

Boys and girls, I give you Mega Man Game History Ver. 2.

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2:30 PM on 11.28.2012

Hyrule Historia to only get 4,000 Limited Edition copies

We all knew that Amazon would be carrying the upcoming localization of Hyrule Historia, but what we didn't know is that Dark Horse will be printing a Limited Edition version. Sadly, this special edition will actually be limit...

Chris Carter

1:00 PM on 11.17.2012

CVG looks back on the origins of the Wii

On the eve of the Wii U's launch, it's time to pay our final respects to the console its replacing, because unlike the PS2, no company is going to be supporting the Wii from here on out. The Wii was a treasure trove of potent...

Tony Ponce





7:00 PM on 09.25.2012

Promoted blog: Gunpei Yokoi remembered

[Dtoid community blogger locketheleisz shares a remembrance of his hero, Nintendo's Gunpei Yokoi. It's a long read, but seriously worth your time! Want to see your own words appear on the front page? Go wr...

locketheleisz

9:00 PM on 09.04.2012

Really, Nintendo? A knitting peripheral for the NES?

Throughout its history, Nintendo has had its fair share of "what the eff were they thinking!?" moments. Take the Wii Vitality Sensor, for instance. A pulse rate monitor attached to a game controller? No wonder Iwata and pals ...

Tony Ponce

8:00 AM on 07.26.2012

Learn everything there is to learn about Nick Arcade

Nick Arcade was one of my favorite game shows of all time. I still remember face-palming at how bad the kids were at pretty much all of the arcade games on offer, but most of all, I remember that totally amazing finale segme...

Chris Carter

3:00 PM on 07.03.2012

History of Sonic book speeds by in September

The Blue Blur has had his ups and downs, but on the whole, he's a remarkable icon with a rich history extending across two decades. Earlier this year, Sega and French videogame book publisher Pix'n Love -- responsible for sev...

Tony Ponce



Generation Xbox and the convergence of games and film photo
Generation Xbox and the convergence of games and film
by Tony Ponce

A couple months back, Wired offered readers some insight into Microsoft's failure to get a Halo movie off the ground. The original article was an excerpt from Generation Xbox: How Video Games Invaded Hollywood, by Total Film and EDGE writer Jamie Russell. Released on April 10, it chronicles the gradual convergence of Hollywood and the games industry, and it's a must-read for anyone fascinated by videogame history or the symbiotic relationship between two seemingly competing forms of entertainment.

Your first thought may be that the book only discusses the many failed, sometimes semi-successful attempts at videogame-based films, as in the Halo case above. While Generation Xbox does indeed detail many such endeavors, it chiefly focuses on the long road gaming has marched to be accepted as a legitimate storytelling medium. Along the way, technologies and concepts born from gameing have influenced film and vice versa.

I could have written a post about this sooner, but I wanted to carefully read through and absorb all it had to offer. I'd like to tease the book some more, if you care to listen.

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4:30 PM on 06.09.2012

E3: A peek at the Videogame History Museum booth

While the E3 show floor is primarily concerned with showing the world what's next for the videogame industry, The Videogame History Museum brought a little bit of its past to the event this week. Tucked in the corner of the s...

Conrad Zimmerman

4:30 PM on 02.23.2012

Spector: Indifference puts history of games at risk

In a Gamasutra article about the preservation of game history, Junction Point Studios' Warren Spector commented on both the importance of saving the industry's past for posterity and what's holding us back. "Where the early h...

Jordan Devore

8:00 PM on 01.05.2012

Chart breaks down game genres as individual planets

Back in October, we posted a super tall infographic that chronicled the history of console gaming (with some corners cut here and there). The cats responsible for that monster (Hotel Club) have concocted another massive chart...

Tony Ponce

6:30 PM on 01.05.2012

Blizzard unveils Diablo 15th anniversary retrospective

With the third installment coming soon, it did surprise me to learn that the Diablo franchise is now 15 years old. Released at the tail end of 1996, Diablo popularized the action-RPG with its frantic mouse clicking action and...

Alasdair Duncan

11:30 AM on 10.20.2011

Behold this massive home console evolution infographic!

I absolutely love it when fans take a grand slice of videogame history and condense it into a fun, colorful infographic. Not only does it result in a handy guide that can be produced whenever you have a desire to confirm a da...

Tony Ponce