Sonic The Hedgehog Articles RSS Feed | Sonic The Hedgehog RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Sonic The Hedgehog Movie Speeds Past New Box Office Milestone Mon, 24 Feb 2020 12:26:19 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

The Sonic the Hedgehog movie did pretty darn well for itself during opening weekend, quickly shattering records and capturing audiences with its unique brand of humor and take on the Blue Blur. Now, it's raced past yet another milestone, snagging more than $100 million at the box office.

As The Hollywood Reporter shows, the film hit the number during its second weekend in theaters, where Sonic the Hedgehog earned just over $26 million, putting its total revenue at $106.6 million.

That amount almost doubles taking into account global revenue. After an additional $38.3 million worldwide this past weekend, Sonic the Hedgehog's global revenue is over $200 million.

While it's impressive — especially for a film with a rocky production startSonic still lags behind Detective Pikachu ($433 million) and Warcraft ($439 million). Considering those two have been out for much longer, though, we won't be surprised to see the Sonic film snatch up more records as if they were so many spare rings on its journey to oust the reigning video game film adaptation champions.

And it's not surprising. In our Sonic movie review, not only did we think Sonic himself is just too adorable for words, but his "tale of loneliness is relatable, and his adventure with Tom to find his rings is one that kids and adults alike can enjoy."

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Sonic the Hedgehog movie and video game movie news as it develops.

Sega Launching Monthly Sonic Station Live! Streams This Week Mon, 17 Feb 2020 14:24:05 -0500 Ashley Shankle

2020's looking to be a big year for Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog. The mascot's first feature film has taken the crown for having the most successful video game movie release weekend of all time, and Sega has something up their sleeve for fans of the game series.

On February 20, Sega will be hosting the very first Sonic Station Live!, which is meant to take place each month and discuss all things Sonic, from merchandise to games.

It appears Sonic Station Live! will be broadcast exclusively in Japanese, which is a bit of a surprise considering the difference in popularity between Japan and the West when it comes to Sega's blue mascot. If you look at the Sega Shop, you might be surprised how much merchandise there actually is for the Blue Blur in the West. 

Regardless, the Sonic Station Live! will be premiering at 6 p.m. JST on February 20, which equates to 4 a.m. EST. So while it's unlikely you'll be checking it out live, keep an eye out for any news coming with this and every other month's presentation. It's sure to be interesting if nothing else.

Sonic the Hedgehog Bursts Out with a Fantastic First Weekend Mon, 17 Feb 2020 11:37:30 -0500 Ashley Shankle

It seems the Blue Blur's still got it, as Sonic the Hedgehog had a fantastic weekend at the box office, smacking last year's Pokemon: Detective Pikachu as the best opening weekend for a video game-based movie in the United States.

Sonic the Hedgehog starring Jim Carrey as Robotnik and Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic raked in an estimated $57 million over its opening weekend, zooming right past Pokemon: Detective Pikachu's $54.3 million first weekend.

This sounds like great news, but don't get too excited just yet. The actual numbers have yet to be released, and it is possible Sonic doesn't hold the crown. However, it brings a little tear to my eye knowing Sonic's first foray in movie theaters is doing well, considering how long it's been since the character's peak in popularity.

I reviewed Sonic the Hedgehog on release day and gave it a fair 7/10. Jim Carrey's performance as Robotnik and Sonic's frenetic antics are hard to pull your eyes away from over the movie's 100-minute runtime.


Sega Genesis Mini Review: Perfect Enough Sun, 29 Dec 2019 13:38:45 -0500 Ashley Shankle

I am not ashamed to say I never grew out of my Sega kid phase. The Sega Genesis ignited an obsession in me that's carried on these past near-30 years, through the Sega Saturn, Dreamcast, and well into the 2010s and now into the 2020s.

The Sega Genesis Mini is one piece of hardware I was eager to get my hands on because, while I do still have the exact same model the Mini is designed to replicate, quality CRT televisions aren't exactly the easiest thing to come by these days. I love the Genesis library, I don't love how hard it is to track down a proper Sony Trinitron television.

The first thing I noticed taking this bundle of joy out of its box is that it really is an exact replica of the original first-model Sega Genesis consoles. The only differences lie in the fact the cartridge slot doesn't work, the audio adjuster doesn't work, the power and HDMI ports are different, and the stickering on the bottom has changed slightly. Looking at it, it's perfect.

You get two controllers with the Sega Genesis Mini for some multiplayer action and the console is packed with 42 games among the best-remembered titles of the Sega Genesis library.

Earthworm Jim, Ecco the Dolphin, Strider, Shinobi 3, Sonic and Sonic 2, Golden Axe, Ghouls 'n Ghosts, Gunstar Heroes, Landstalker -- most gamers know these titles, whether they've played them or not; and this is a fraction of the games included in the Mini.

Colloquially known as 'a buttload of games'.

A console is nothing without games. Though 40 games isn't a huge amount, the entire Sega Genesis Mini library is notably impressive. The titles included aren't just nostalgia bait, they're nearly a perfect introduction to gaming on the Sega Genesis.

What's also notable is the lack of Sonic 3 & Knuckles, which is flagship title for the console one would consider a shoe-in. The two-games-but-really-one-game that introduced stacking cartridges to millions of kids in the early '90s is nowhere to be found in the Genesis Mini. Rumor is this is due to music licensing, as Michael Jackson reportedly had a hand in a number of compositions for the game.

The lack of Sonic 3 & Knuckles is a glaring omission among the rest of the console's near-stellar collection of games. I say "near-stellar", because it does include Sonic Spinball. Sonic Spinball always has and always will sound like a spoon stuck in a garbage disposal, so its inclusion instead of Sonic 3 & Knuckles is a little frustrating.

So what does this modern day replica box have over the original Sega Genesis? Save slots. Well, those, an HDMI output, and the ability to swap game regional versions.

If you ever wanted to save scum your way through a bunch of Sega Genesis games on your TV, now's your chance. Toss those Ecco passwords out, tell Ghouls 'n Ghosts to shove it -- now you can just save and load via a menu by holding the start button.

The Sega Genesis Mini does also have a CRT filter option to add scanlines to its display. This is something most retro gamers, myself included, insist upon as games released in this period were designed with CRT televisions and the extra blurriness they provide.

The CRT filter on the Mini is a bit of overkill, however. The scanlines are hard against the otherwise crisp video. As it stands the filter is harsh enough I have to switch it off after just a few minutes due to eye strain. Some softening would have done the CRT filter some good. 

Finally, we come to the Sega Genesis Mini's secret move: You can use actual Sega Genesis controllers with the Mini. That includes six-button controllers, which you're going to want for Street Fighter 2: Special Champion Edition. Luckily I've still got a couple sitting around, but if you don't there are some reproductions that will tide you over.

Spoilers: Get them off Retro-Bit.

As a Sega kid and someone who still unabashedly posts on retro game forums, the Sega Genesis Mini is almost perfect.

Though it doesn't have Sonic 3 & Knuckles (I just can't stop whining about it), it does serve as a much-needed entry point into gaming on the platform in the modern age. My only complaint outside of the lack of S3&K is the sub-par CRT filter, but honestly you probably weren't going to use it anyway.

  • 42 iconic Sega Genesis games in one unit
  • Near-perfect visual replica of the original console
  • Compatibility with real Genesis controllers
  • Easy to use save slots and loading
  • CRT filter is painful to look at
  • Seriously, no Sonic 3 & Knuckles is a big deal

Whether you grew up in the early '90s and were crazy about Sega, are a general retro gamer, or are just now dipping your toes into the classic game pool, you could make a much worse purchase than the Sega Genesis Mini.

The Super Nintendo was best known for its platformers and RPGs, and the Sega Genesis known for its action and arcade-like titles. This is the best way in the modern age to see what all the hubbub was about in Sega's camp all those years ago.

[Note: Sega provided a Sega Genesis Mini for the purpose of this review.]

New Sonic the Hedgehog Movie Trailer Shows off New Sonic Redesign Tue, 12 Nov 2019 11:42:56 -0500 Ashley Shankle

The internet, and seemingly humanity at large, had a rather visceral reaction to Sonic's redesign as shown in the last Sonic the Hedgehog movie trailer. His features were a bit too human-like for comfort, to say the least.

It's been several months since we've heard a peep from Paramount about the Sonic the Hedgehog movie, but that silence has been broken today with a brand-new trailer featuring the new and totally-not-terrifying Sonic redesign.

After receiving more backlash than probably anticipated, Paramount Pictures rescinded the initial design and promised they'd be back with one more suitable and befitting the character. 

Now, we're in luck. It seems the studio did just that. Looking at the comparison, it seems like a good decision, too. 

The Blue Blur has been through numerous redesigns through the decades, from his pudgy classic visage to the leaner post-Sonic Adventure designs. The topic of which designs are best is perpetually up for debate within the Sonic community.

For many, such a reaction from so far outside gaming and movie circles was somewhat baffling, though it was certainly warranted given the initial design. The new redesign more than captures Sonic's cartoonish features and, thankfully, doesn't try to make him more human-like than he needs to be.

Paramount has narrowly dodged the Sonic the Hedgehog movie being the Sonic 06 of movies, thank goodness. The movie is slated for release in February 2020. 

Sonic Movie Redesign Surfaces and Yuji Naka Is Upset Tue, 05 Mar 2019 16:33:42 -0500 Ashley Shankle

Since the silhouetted reveal of Sonic's redesign for the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie, fans and the gaming community at large have debated what the full new design might look like.

Today we might know.

Advertising agency Hamagami / Carroll, Inc. put a page up on its website yesterday showing off the Blue Blur's newest design and describing the purpose behind the new redesign, which is an attempt to "balance between staying true to the Sonic brand, while appealing to a global audience, and differentiating from previous Sonic merchandise packaging."

So yeah, he looks way different.

Under the "Brand Personality" section shared on the website, it states Sonic is to be:

  • Irreverent and sarcastic
  • Heroic and Adventurous
  • Confident and competitive
  • Chill and likable
  • Mischievous but not malicious

Which all sounds about in-line with how Sonic has traditionally acted in other media. It seems the only difference here will be his brand-new look and Ben Schwartz as his voice actor.

Fans worried this new redesign will take over elsewhere within the IP don't seem to have much to be worried about. The site also stated his new look, paired with the above brand personality traits, was "versatile and modular" so that other IPs within the brand, such as Classic and Modern Sonic, could be integrated into the "baseline packaging look."

Fan responses to the original movie poster reveal were less than lukewarm in the face of yet another redesign, which Sonic has seen more than his fair share of. We can see here that he does, in fact, have two separate eyes, something speculated upon in some truly harrowing ways.

It seems likely that this is the true new redesign based on the source, but let's not take it as something that's set in stone just yet. Let's be a little more optimistic, that's the thing to do. Right?

I'm not so sure, since his creator Yuji Naka is actively pushing back on the potential new design on Twitter.

"When I see this Sonic's full body visual, I think of how important the balance between the head and the roundness of the stomach are. Couldn't they have balanced it more"?

"The Sonic images aren't officially released and these are the only ones out, I think this might be a strategic leak. It becomes bad for the Sonic IP when discussions shift to these bad topics. It's possible it's fanmade, but I want him to have gloves. The white hands are shocking."

Naka is sure to have more to say as this is one of the most drastic redesigns in the character's history, a character he initially designed. He's seemed particularly fired up about the new Sonic design's balance, and fans are already hotly debating the topic.

Whether you care for the new redesign or not, I think we can all agree Sonic the Hedgehog has seen a few too many redesigns for a single character. This one is probably the ugliest since the North American promo art for the original games on the Genesis. How this is going to look in the actual movie, who knows.

Sonic the Hedgehog Live-Action Design Partially Revealed in New Poster Mon, 10 Dec 2018 12:06:15 -0500 Ashley Shankle

Sonic the Hedgehog fans are used to being the butt of jokes, and Sonic's new look for the upcoming live-action movie is sure to make it even harder to defend being a fan of the Blue Blur.

IGN recently spoke to the movie's executive producer, Tim Miller, and producer, Neal Moritz, both of which had a few things to say about the new realistic direction for Sonic.

It's a good piece to read if you're a Sonic fan, but not really worth it if you don't care for Sega's hedgehog mascot.

This newest incarnation of Sonic will have new shoes and two eyes, and has clearly has not skipped leg day.

Honestly, I'm not digging it.

The poster looks a bit like a horror movie thanks to those proportions -- and you can see a bit of eye or eyelid there on his turned face. It looks creepy.

The Sonic fanbase has flown off the handle multiple times in the past over the character's redesigns. This one looks to veer off more than any of its predecessors, and I'm sure it's going to get plenty of references to hedgehog on human relations from those in the community (thanks again for Sonic '06, Sega).

The Sonic the Hedgehog movie is slated for release in November 2019, so we likely have a while to wait before we see what this new live-action take on Sonic really looks like.

Maybe it'll be better than we think. 

Best Last-Minute Gifts for Gamers Under $30 Tue, 26 Dec 2017 14:41:08 -0500 Sarah Elliman


Now you have an entire list of perfect gaming gifts for under $30! You can get someone a truly special gift for practically nothing. Personalized and thoughtful gifts show you care about that person. What better way to show that then engaging in their interests?


What did you think of our gaming gift list? Are there any items you are dying to have? Let us know in the comments below. 


Price: $23.85
Buy it on: Etsy


If the Gamer Mug wasn't quite doing it for you, then this beautifully stylized World of Warcraft mug is sure to do the trick. It looks incredibly authentic and is well made to boot. 


The inside consists of stainless steel, and the mug is made from oak. If that wasn't enough, then you can have a personalized engraving on the bottom. It makes it perfect for wedding gifts, birthdays, and the holidays -- any occasion. This gift is sure to be a winner.



Nintendo T-Shirt

Price: $17.88
Buy it on: Redbubble


This is by far my personal favorite item for this list. The design is so vivid, and the comic book style creates a sense of movement within the image. It is a wonderful shirt with key Nintendo characters gracing its design. 


The artwork is beautiful, and it will take you right back to those days when you were a kid trying to figure out what to do in Zelda. It's a brilliant way to bring classic games back into your life, especially with the recent additions to the Zelda, Mario and Pokemon series.



Sonic Poster

Price: $12.47+
Buy it on: Etsy


This retro and elegant poster will have any gamer's heart skip a beat when they open this up. The design is simplistic, but it has incredibly authentic and iconic Sonic imagery that make for an essential gift. This one's not just for those who are Sonic fans, but for gamers across the board. 


The poster comes in a variety of sizes, and the price depends on what one you go for. It doesn't come in the frame, but the beauty of the image means you could frame it or just simply hang it above your bed. 



Gamer Mug

Price: $9.01
Buy it on: Etsy


It doesn't matter what game you're playing and for how long, sooner or later you're going to need to drink something. So, why not have a gaming-themed mug to match all the other collectibles you have dotted around. The design is incredibly simple but well made, with a lot of components and colors, but they don't seem invasive. 


This is a perfect gift if you're not sure what games someone is into, or if you don't know their size for clothing merchandise. You can always be sure that a mug is a safe bet when looking for a gaming present. 

PUBG Helmet & Pan

Price: $12.95+
Buy it on: Etsy


PUBG has become massive: With an insane amount of gamers frequenting the servers every day, it is an unprecedented success. With this success ultimately come merchandise and cool knick-knacks to dot throughout your home. 


The creator has purposely designed the helmet and pan to look worn, as if they had been bought directly from inside the game. They are small items, and the helmet is not wearable, but they are an amazing collectible set to be able to put on your desk or on a shelf next to all your other gaming merchandise. 

Gamer Socks

Price: $11.89
Buy it on: Etsy


Have you ever been in a really intense match or that moment in the story where everything is coming together? Then suddenly someone tries to have a conversation with you, and it's enraging? I'm sure it's happened to every gamer at some point, and when you're concentrating, it can be hard to relay your message to someone else.


These socks are a perfect way to tell someone that you're gaming and want to be left in peace. That is, assuming you don't need to move your legs too high. They're super cute and comfortable -- also, if you're over at someone's house, they will be dying to try and read the message as you walk through their home. 

Video Game T-Shirt

Price: $19.99
Buy it on: Amazon


If you want to scream from the rooftops that you're a gamer, then this is the shirt that will do it. Plus, it's also an intriguing conversation starter with someone about what kind of games you're into. 


It comes in a range of sizes for men, women, and children, so every one of your gamer friends can have an awesome T-Shirt to let people know they are in love with video games. Either that or, if you have a really intense gamer friend, then this is a hilarious way to remind them of that. 


If you're trying not to break the bank when picking up those last-minute gifts for the gamers in your life, then fear not! The truly fantastic gifts we've included in our lineup are just what you're looking for. From T-shirts to cookware to posters, why would you spend more when you can choose an awesome gift from these options?

6 Android Games That Will Get You Through Thanksgiving Sat, 18 Nov 2017 17:00:10 -0500 ReadyPlayerPaige


Will these games keep you satisfied? Post your comments below and Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

6. Dan The Man 

Dan the Man is a funny beat-em-up game with an interesting story. Kinda the same story of Super Mario, but different. Customize your character, increase your fighter skills, and take on the biggest bosses. Become your inner ninja and be the man. Be Dan The Man.


Download Dan The Man now!

5. UNO & Friends

There is nothing like playing a classic game of UNO. If you've played this game, then you should know the rules. However, if you never played UNO before, it's pretty simple. Play cards that match the color or number, skip a player, reverse the turn order, change colors, or make a player draw cards. Fun game I promise you.


Download UNO & Friends now!

4. Minion Rush: Despicable Me

Ah, there is nothing like spending a thanksgiving with our favorite little yellow minions. In Minion Rush, you get to explore new cities, wear funny looking costumes, complete challenges, earn power ups, and yes....BANANAS!!!.  


Download Minion Rush: Despicable Me now!

3. Crossy Road

One of the most popular endless runner games on the market, there is no doubt that this game can get you through a thanksgiving. Run through the endless field and avoid getting hit by cars, jump on logs, and earn coins to unlock new characters in the game.


Download Crossy Road now!

2. Kung Fury: Street Rage

One of the funniest short films on YouTube and successful Kickstarter campaigns becomes a video game. Kung Fury: Street Rage. Play as Kung Fury as he takes down his enemies with the help of his friends in an old school style of gaming. With simple controls this game is a whole lot of fun.


Download Kung Fury: Street Rage now!



1. Sonic The Hedgehog (Free)

There is nothing like playing a classic Sega game on your android device. Sonic The Hedgehog is a little blue character that can run fast, spin dash, and is out to save the world against Dr. Robotnik and his evil machines. Grab the rings and enter the special level and grab the gems to unleash Super Sonic.


Download Sonic The Hedgehog now!




Are you having a tough time getting through a holiday feast and need some games time to occupy your time? No need to fear, we got the best games to do that for you. Let's list 6 Android Games To Get You Through Thanksgiving.

5 Things SEGA Wants Gamers To Forget Thu, 26 Oct 2017 12:04:32 -0400 ReadyPlayerPaige

The Demise of the SEGA Dreamcast

Talk about being in the wrong place at the wrong time. When the SEGA Dreamcast was released, it seemed like SEGA was getting their groove back in the console wars by putting out some of the best games from Street Fighter vs Capcom to Sonic Adventure 2. That was until Sony's PlayStation 2 was released, and boy, was it a massive blockbuster. Not only were the sales and reviews of the system unbelievable, it ultimately annihilated the Dreamcast and there was no way that SEGA's console could beat the product. With the graphics, hardware, games and backwards compatibility of PS1 games, there was no way SEGA could compete with the PS2. When it was all said and done, the Dreamcast was no more and SEGA withdrew from the console wars.




Nothing lasts forever, and in this case, SEGA had to exit stage left after quite a few mistakes. What are other things SEGA wants gamers to forget? Be sure to leave your comments below and thanks for reading.

Sonic’s 15th Anniversary

Question. It's Sonic's 15th anniversary. He is the biggest mascot in SEGA and is a legend in the video game industry. How do you celebrate his legacy? Well, not the way SEGA did. When Sonic The Hedgehog's 2006 game arrived, the game was lambasted across the board. The loading time, bugs found in the game, and don't get me started on the story mode.



Not even Nintendo celebrated Mario in the way SEGA celebrated Sonic. Sonic deserved to be treated better and he was on his 20th anniversary, Sonic Generations.



SEGA Saturn

After 32X was released, SEGA announced the SEGA Saturn--a console with 3D graphics that was supposed to be big competition against the Playstation. We all know how that turned out. Not only was the console a flop, it was too difficult to create games for the system. The controls for the system were also too complex. To make matters worse, there were no Sonic games! None! Don't think that gamers forgot how SEGA treated Sonic on his 15th anniversary. Speaking of which...

SEGA 32X Add On

In the dying days of the SEGA Genesis, SEGA figured they could boost more life into the Genesis and make it a more powerful console by adding the 32X. It sounded like a good idea on paper, but the execution failed. There wasn't enough support for the add on, and there weren’t a lot of games released for the product. In less than a year, it was scrapped, but the 32X wasn't the only thing that damaged SEGA's reputation.

The SEGA Genesis Did Not Outsell the Super Nintendo

When SEGA burst onto the scene with one of their gaming consoles, the SEGA genesis, Nintendo had some fierce competition. SEGA's main campaign was "Genesis Does What Nintendont" a catchy way of saying SEGA can do what Nintendo can't do. This included providing games at a low price with a system that was super powerful. Sales for the Genesis skyrocketed and sold very well in the US and overseas. Selling over 29 million units is extremely impressive, but Super Nintendo out sold the genesis by selling 49.1 million units. Even with games like Streets of Rage or Sonic the Hedgehog, they were no match to Nintendo's popular titles Street Fighter and Super Mario World.


Ahh, SEGA. Every time you see or hear the name, you know that you are gonna be satisfied with what this gaming company has to offer. Even though SEGA had their ups when they were Nintendo's main competition and had one the hottest gaming consoles in the early 90s, they also had their downs. Here are a few they want gamers to forget.



Why People Are Upset Over Denuvo in Sonic Mania (Spoilers: It's Not Just Piracy) Thu, 31 Aug 2017 15:04:32 -0400 Ashley Shankle

DRM and its effectiveness are always a hotly-debated topic among the PC gaming community. The debate over whether it actually does what it's intended is one that started well before this generation and will continue into far into the future.

Sonic Mania's inclusion of the DRM Denuvo is the latest dramafest over DRM, but the community's outrage over it isn't solely based on what the peanut gallery says is the PC community (yet again) having a fit because they can't pirate the game. It's a little more complicated than that, and it has to do with:

SEGA's lack of transparency

This is a three-pronged issue overall, but this is the one prong that needs to be brought to light first.

The PC release of Sonic Mania saw a two-week delay, which was announced a mere four days before it was set to release on PC alongside its PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch counterparts. Many speculated it was because SEGA decided to add DRM to the PC version, but SEGA themselves did not make an announcement one way or the other.

In fact, SEGA did not reveal that Sonic Mania would contain any DRM at any point in time leading up to the PC release, and the Steam store page for the game didn't even mention Denuvo until several hours after release. The people who bought it certainly noticed, though -- many who had bought the game on the first day could not play it due to "connection issues".

SEGA ironed out the authentication issue and "enabled" offline play (enabling offline play for a singleplayer game is ridiculous in itself) yesterday, but the fact remains there was a clear lack of transparency on the inclusion of Denuvo. Sonic Mania is certainly SEGA's property -- but when requesting money for a product, the publisher should have the responsibility of keeping the consumer informed of changes.

You may be thinking to yourself that those who purchased the game could just get a refund and be done with it if Denuvo rustled their jimmies so much, but there's a catch to that, too.

Some pre-order holders could/can not get a refund

This is where things get sketchy. All of the above is generally enough to send a number of PC gamers into nuclear meltdown, but this specific part of the problem continues to be one of the biggest agitators to this whole fiasco.

To make up for the PC delay, SEGA granted Steam pre-order holders a free copy of Sonic 1 to be played in the Sega Mega Drive & Genesis Classics Collection. This was granted exactly two weeks before Sonic Mania released on Steam.

If you're familiar with Steam's refund system, you're probably aware of the two big criteria for refunding a game:

  1. You have to have played the game for less than two hours
  2. You have to have owned the game for less than two weeks

Those who pre-ordered Sonic Mania on Steam well in advance got their copy of Sonic 1 exactly two weeks before Mania was to be released. This normally wouldn't be an issue (I've certainly never heard of this being an issue), but it seems Steam is mistaking Sonic 1 and Sonic Mania when processing refunds, which is locking the aforementioned early pre-order holders from refunding the game.

This problem in particular is likely unintentional, but it's only fueled the hate-fire over the past few days, as many unhappy with the addition of Denuvo are unable to refund the game.

If you are one of these people and still would like a refund, it's worth noting that some Steam users have had success going into Steam support and choosing the "I have a question about this product" option and inputting your grievance in the optional box. It's not perfect, but it's worth a shot.

Denuvo's servers aren't going to last forever

Whether Denuvo is actually harmful or not is a topic still up for discussion. The most passed-around link on the anti-consumer nature of the controversial DRM is heavily out of date, and most of the complaints surrounding these days have to do with its limited lifespan, online checks, and unreliability. When was the last time a game with Denuvo didn't get cracked? It's been a while.

The biggest issue the community faces with Denuvo isn't one of the now, but of the future. No server lasts forever, and in time Denuvo will fade from relevance and take all the games its meant to "protect" with it.

Because Denuvo requires online checks to allow a user to launch and continue to run a game it is attached to, any games using Denuvo will no longer be able to run once the servers are taken down. This won't happen this year or next year, but it will happen. And a lot of games are going to fall with it.

There have certainly been examples of games that have had their restrictive DRM torn from them once it's known their DRM servers will be going down, but those examples are not indicative of the norm. Plenty of titles have fallen and been lost in the wind due to their DRM's eventual folding -- and the same will happen to Denuvo, just as it did with its predecessors.

The Sonic Mania DRM fiasco is a failing on SEGA's part, primarily due to their lack of transparency on what exactly buyers would be installing onto their computers. Is it really worth this, when the game is going to get cracked in two weeks time despite the implementation of Denuvo? Sonic Mania has become yet another example of DRM causing legitimate consumers more hassle than their non-paying counterparts.

It's a shame, since the game is undoubtedly one of the best Sonic games to come out in the past decade, if not longer.

Sonic Mania Better Recapture the Magic of These 4 Classic Sonic Games Thu, 03 Aug 2017 11:23:31 -0400 Adreon Patterson


Sonic CD


As the best-selling game on the ill-fated Sega CD, Sonic CD was a game-changer in the Classic Sonic era. 


Its high-quality soundtrack and brilliant visuals took everything about Sonic up a notch, and it received praise from critics and fans alike. Two features -- the time travel system and time attacks -- threw everyone for a loop in terms of gameplay. And pretty much everyone loved this fresh Sonic experience.


The game was so acclaimed and beloved that it influenced the Sonic comic series and subsequent Sonic releases.




The nostalgia of these games makes it even more apparent that Classic Sonic is needed in today's gaming world. There's nothing like a seeing a spinning blue ball revving up against beautiful 2D graphics, accompanied by a well-curated soundtrack. Hopefully, Sonic Mania can recapture the magic everyone's favorite blue hedgehog seems to have lost over the years.


What are your favorite Classic Sonic games? Do you think Sonic Mania can live up to the hype of long-time series fans? Let me know down in the comments!


Sonic the Hedgehog 3


The final chapter of the original Sonic trilogy was released in 1994, along with companion game Sonic and Knuckles. Upon its release, Sonic the Hedgehog 3 was praised for its amazing visuals, special stages, and sound effects.


Sonic 3 managed to expand upon Sonic 2's progression by using 3D in the special stages and introducing new, more elaborate zones and backgrounds. The game improved upon Sonic's mechanics in lieu of challenging zones like Carnival Night and Launch Base.


For many fans, this entry served as the apex of the Classic Sonic era.


Sonic the Hedgehog 2


As the sequel to the original Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 was a blockbuster for Sega in the console wars against Nintendo and its iconic character, Super Mario. This game improved on everything from the original -- cinematic music, larger zones with colorful graphics, better mechanics, and of course, the introduction of Tails.


With the addition of Tails, a new feature was introduced to the game -- two-player mode. At the time of the game's release, this was revolutionary for the platformer genre. While the feature received mixed reviews, it set the stage for many Sonic games to come.


With a total of 6 million copies sold, this release's legend grew over the years from the momentum of the original, and is remembered as a worthy successor in the series.


Sonic the Hedgehog


Sonic Team and Sega owe a great deal to the OG game in the Sonic franchise, as it set the blueprint for the series while propelling the company into the big leagues of video gaming. In 1991, Sega released the game alongside its Genesis console to worldwide popularity that rivaled Nintendo's Super NES.


Upon its release, Sonic the Hedgehog was praised for its fast gameplay, colorful, detailed graphics, and amazing soundtrack.  At the time, Sonic was faster and brighter than Mario and allowed players to do more than run and jump in the platformer genre.


At 15 million in sales and a reputation as one of the greatest video games, Sonic's legacy is still felt in everything from gaming animal mascots to animation to comics to merchandising.


Words like "excited" and "overjoyed" can't begin to describe the hype for a new Sonic game featuring the old-school 2D blue hedgehog. When Sonic Team announced Sonic Mania's August release, every old-school fan lost their mind over the thought of seeing Sonic in the Green Hill Zone again.


Sonic Mania is a blessing for many older Sonic fans who have dreamt of getting to play 2D Sonic once again. Though Modern Sonic is great in his own way, old-school fans have felt cheated by the lack of control and personality of his 3D games. They've begged Sega and Sonic Team for years to release something in the vein of the original games that made them love the character in the first place. And those companies must've heard the fans' cries, as Classic Sonic is coming back just in time for the blue hedgehog's 25th anniversary.


As fans anticipate the release of Sonic Mania, Classic Sonic brings back childhood memories for many millennials. With all this Sonic nostalgia, let's have a look at some of the best of Classic Sonic games that we hope have inspired this throwback entry in the franchise. 

SEGA Forever Gives You Classics on the Go Wed, 21 Jun 2017 11:28:02 -0400 LuckyJorael

SEGA classics Sonic the Hedgehog, Comix Zone, Altered Beast, Kid Chameleon, and Phantasy Star II headline the new SEGA Forever, a new service just announced by the developer for iOS and Android devices. Players will be able to download the app for free, though it costs $1.99 to rid the game of pesky ads.

Here's the SEGA Forever launch trailer:

Despite the retro gaming style, SEGA Forever promises more modern features like cloud saves, Bluetooth controller support, and leaderboards. SEGA also states that new games will be added to the service every two weeks, though no word on which games they'll prioritize.


As the SEGA Forever collection expands through months and years, [and] it will include both official emulations and ported games that span all SEGA console eras, each adapted specifically for mobile devices while remaining faithful to the original games.

Sonic the Hedgehog is already available on iOS and Android devices. SEGA Forever launches globally June 22.

New Sonic game confirmed by Sonic Team Thu, 23 Jun 2016 11:41:05 -0400 Anthony Pelone

Hot on the heels of Sonic's 25th anniversary, Sonic Team leader Takashi Iizuka has confirmed the existence of a new Sonic game. In an interview with Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu, Iizuka commented on the general future of Sonic, stating the following:

"We at Sonic Team – are developing a completely new game, as well as developing a full movie, actively done by Sony Pictures, and animation on Sonic Boom. We are also ready to improve sponsor ties. The most important thing is not the fact the series survived for 25 years, but how many games [were] developed. Our goal – add something new and overcome any potential hardships."

While no new information on the game was revealed, it's worth remembering that a 25th anniversary game was recently teased on Sonic's official Twitter account. The only other Sonic game in the pipeline is Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice for 3DS, but that title's development is being handled by Sanzaru Games (let it also be reminded that Sonic Boom is under a different brand than Sonic Team's output, which is the actual main series).

Regardless, we'll be on the lookout for any updates on the new Sonic game. All signs point to it celebrating Sonic's 25th anniversary, but it's currently unknown if it'll be in the same vein as Generations.

Are you excited for the latest Sonic game? Let us know in the comments below!

Dr. Eggman takes over Sonic's Twitter...again Wed, 22 Jun 2016 06:20:40 -0400 Joseph Ocasio

So, last year, the official Sonic the Hedgehog Twitter account, Sonic_Hedgehog, was "taken over" by the evil Dr. Eggman as a fun little event SEGA did randomly. It went well the first time, and now Sonic's Archenemy is back at it again.

As seen in the video above, the evil Doctor is going to take over the Sonic Twitter account again -- this Friday no less. This invasion of Sonic's account will be taking place on 24th, which just so happens to be the series 25th anniversary. It's almost like he planned it...

Will we see an announcement for a new game, rather than the disappointing contest announcement that we got for E3 last week? Who knows -- we'll just have to find out this Friday.

This could also be just a harmless social media experiment -- or at worst, a gimmick. It's hard to say for sure whether will hear anything about an upcoming game or anything else. But hey, it's always nice to remain hopeful. 

These Are DUMBEST Ways Anyone Could Die In A Videogame Tue, 24 May 2016 10:33:26 -0400 Rick Ormsby

Let's take a trip down memory lane with 10 of the most idiotic ways a player can die in a video game. From failing a quick time event to simply standing in the wrong place at the wrong time, there's so many ways a player can become their own worst enemy. While some of these deaths are mindbogglingly frustrating, others are almost brutally enjoyable to watch. 

Sonic the Hedgehog Twitter Hints at New Game Tue, 24 May 2016 13:12:32 -0400 Joe Passantino

The official Sonic the Hedgehog Twitter account hinted at a potential new game in the franchise yesterday.

In the tweet, the account cryptically stated, "We solemnly swear we're up to something good." It followed this with a clever use of the popular "What I actually do" Internet meme, joking about Sonic's perceived inactivity before implying that there may actually be game development in the works.

Sonic has not starred in a platformer since the poorly-received pair of Sonic Boom games released in 2014: Rise of Lyric for Wii U and Shattered Crystal for Nintendo 3DS. Another game in the spin-off series, Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice, is planned for a Sept. 27th North America release.

In 2013, fans saw the release of the most recent main series Sonic game with Sonic Lost World, which garnered mixed reviews and drew some comparisons to the acclaimed Super Mario Galaxy series.

What would you like to see in a new Sonic the Hedgehog installment? Sound off in the comments below.

Image Source: Sonic the Hedgehog website

Get Ready Apple TV Users! New Sonic Games Now Available! Thu, 17 Mar 2016 12:57:16 -0400 | Narz |

Sonic fans owning Apple TVs will be super excited to hear that multiple Sonic the Hedgehog titles are going to be on the Apple TV starting today! Sonic the Hedgehog is now compatible with the Apple TV, followed on Thursday, March 24th, with Sonic the Hedgehog 2, and finally, with Sonic CD on March 31st.

If you already own these games on your iPhone, iPod, or iPad, you will be able to download them onto your Apple TV for free.

Personally, Sonic the Hedgehog 3 was the first game I ever played. It took finishing the game to be able to play Knuckles, but that isn't the case here! You can play Knuckles from the start as well as Tails. Pulling on the nostalgic strings, the app stays close to the authenticity of the original game.

Pricing for all three games are $2.99 each. The only glitch mentioned so far is the game crashing when you play for too long. Which could be a good or bad thing when you think about it.

Sonic the Hedgehog is available for iPhone, iPod, iPad and Apple TV here.  

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is available for iPhone, iPod, iPad, and on March 24th on Apple TV, here

Sonic CD is available for iPhone, iPod, iPad, and on March 31st on Apple TV, here

Mortal Kombat Edition Consoles Announced Thu, 17 Mar 2016 12:27:13 -0400 Channler T.

Here is some great news for retro Mortal Kombat and SEGA fans alike! The folks at have just announced that they will be releasing Mortal Kombat editions of the SEGA MegaDrive / Genesis Wireless Consoles and the SEGA MegaDrive Arcade Ultimate Handheld (with SD Card slot) are now available to order at their site.

Both of the consoles are officially licensed and come with 80 games! They include classics such as Sonic the Hedgehog, Alien Storm, Streets of Rage, and of course all three original Mortal Kombat games.

Console specs:

  • 80 built-in games; including fan favorite SEGA titles
  • Two user friendly wireless controllers
  • Compatible with original Mega Drive Controllers
  • Compatible with SEGA Mega Drive cartridges
  • Connects directly to the TV with Included AV Cable

Handheld Features:

  • Now includes SAVE and LOAD ability!
  • 80 classic SEGA MegaDrive games built-in (using the original files for 100% authenticity)
  • SD card slot allows more games to be added (SD card not included)
  • Crisp 3.2” LCD display
  • Built-in rechargeable battery
  • Charged by USB cable (USB cable included)
  • A perfectly slim and compact handheld games console
  • Supports .BIN and SMD files

The console is now in stock and the handheld device will be in stock soon and both can be purchased here.

Are you excited for these editions? Let me know in the comments!


Best gaming themed drinks to get you drunk Wed, 16 Mar 2016 05:36:43 -0400 Ty Arthur

St. Pattys, Cinco De Mayo, 4th of July: there's a surprising number of holidays that revolve primarily (or even entirely) around getting your drink on.

If green beer, shots of tequila, and an endless supply of Bud Light aren't your thing, then you may want to spice up your holiday celebrations with drinks drawn from the deep well of video game history.

Unfortunately, not all gamers are lucky enough to live near arcade/bar mashups like Ground Kontrol or Battle & Brew, so for those who have to mix up their own drinks, we're looking out for you with a list of game-inspired alcoholic beverages to try out.

Mixed Drinks

Traditionally when someone says “video games,” cans of Mountain Dew and energy drinks come to mind, but there's actually a decent number of boozy drinks specifically catered to those of us of the gaming persuasion. These are the best of the best we found while culling through hundreds of game-themed mixed cocktails.

Gummy Vodka Pokeballs

Source: Imgur User BigEatsBen

This one's a lot of work for a relatively small amount of alcohol, but you can't beat the theme here if you happen to have a Pokemon obsessed friend who likes to party. These are ingeniously made by melting down two different colored gummy candies, mixing with your preferred vodka, and molding them together using greased half-circle trays.

Rainbow Road

Source: Nintendrunk Tumblr

I can unequivocally say that the more shots you've had, the more fun each successive round of co-op Mario Kart becomes -- so long as your opponent is keeping up, anyway!

This colorful mixed drink draws its inspiration from the classic Rainbow Road level that has appeared in a whole lot of Mario titles, and is made by combining layers of:

  • 4 oz. orange juice
  • ½ oz. gin
  • ⅓ oz. grenadine
  • ⅓ oz. rum
  • 3 oz. vodka
  • Two splashes blue curaçao

For the nostalgia factor, here's a video showcasing the evolution of Rainbow Road throughout Mario history.

House Baratheon

Source: Geek And Sundry Vlogs

OK, I recognize that A Song Of Ice And Fire is a book first, a T.V. show second (although that's about to flip this year...), and a gaming franchise third, but it still absolutely counts as a gaming franchise – both of the tabletop and electronic varieties.

For those who worship at the rotund throne of the usurper, this one's for you! Meant to be taken as a shot rather than a full mixed drink, pour together equal parts:

  • Crown Royal whiskey
  • Red Stag Cinnamon
  • Mead

Blue Materia

Source: Cristina Viseu's YouTube Page

Did you know there's a Square Enix restaurant/bar called Artnia? Of course they have a host of Final Fantasy-themed drinks, from the Potion to the Ifrit.

If you aren't heading to Japan anytime soon, Cristina Viseu shows you how to recreate the Blue Materia mixed drink in the clip below, featuring a frozen ball of blue curaçao. You'll need:

  • 1 ½ oz. blue curaçao
  • 2 oz. gin
  • ½ oz. lime juice
  • ¼ oz. simple syrup

  • Sphere mold and water

Dirt Block

Source: The Drunken Moogle

You can already make everything else in Minecraft, so why not booze as well? A gamed up version of a mudslide, you should obviously serve this one in a square glass. The Dirt Block consists of:

  • 1 ½ oz. french vanilla Kahlua
  • 1 ½ oz. amaretto
  • 3 oz. chocolate milk
  • Oreo cookie crumbs

True, Lie, Stout

Source: The Guardian / Loading owner James Dance

While its unlikely you'll get better at discerning truth from lie after downing a few of these, LA Noire is still a good time with a strong, dark drink in hand. This simple mix consists of equal parts vodka and Kahlua topped with Guinness, so it ends up pitch black.

Sonic The Hedgehog

Source: The Drunken Moogle

I feel like giving either Sonic or Tails any amount of hard liquor would only end in high-speed disaster, but gamers who can still remember playing the original Genesis titles should have a nostalgic good time with this layered drink. Mix together:

  • 1 part grenadine
  • 2 parts Menthomint Schnapps
  • 4 parts Blue Curacao

The Golden Chocobo

Source: The Drunken Moogle

You probably better load up FF7 and hit the chocobo races in gold saucer while imbibing this cocktail. The fizzy and sweet Golden Chocobo is made by pouring together:

  • ½ shot of Goldschlager Cinnamon Schnapps Liqueur
  • ½ shot of Wild Turkey’s American Honey
  • 1 Can of Ginger Ale


Lest we leave our beer-drinking readers thirsty...yes, there are even some gaming-themed brews out there worth trying as well!

Critical Hit

Source: Ninkasi Brewing

Ninkasi is known for brutally punishing IPAs with absurd levels of hoppiness, but they also have some really interesting themed drinks. This is a great one to down with some hearty stew while rolling d20s with your friends on a Sunday afternoon.

You won't need too many of them though, because at 10-11% ABV, this has about double the amount of alcohol of as your typical American brew.

Mega Milk

Source: Arcade Brewery

OK, I'm a little weirded out by the naming convention, but this Mega Man-themed oatmeal stout is still kind of genius. Although this dark stout is only 5.3% ABV (on the low side for my tastes), I'd still love to give this a try while running through some classic Mega Man X.

Let us know if you end up trying any of these this weekend, and be sure to recommend any gaming themed drinks we missed in the comments below!