I didn’t know how obsessed I’d become with Sonic the Hedgehog when I received a Sega Genesis for Christmas. T.V. shows, comics, games and toys- You name it, my nine year old self loved it. Allow me to elaborate.
My life was changed from the instant I first stuck that magical Sonic cartridge into the Genesis. Before I got the Genesis I had an NES and had become comfortable with the 8 bit graphics, so 16 bit blew me away; there was so much more color, the sound was far superior to the NES, and it was so fast!
Sure I had a couple of other games for my Genesis but I stuck with Sonic. I took the time to explore the levels. I know a lot of folks claim that Sonic is easy but that all depends on how you play. Sure you can just “hold forward” and hope for the best but that takes the fun out of it for me; That theory got trashed in later levels as it became like standard platformers where precise jumping and timing were key. Obviously, folks who tout this theory didn’t get very far in the Sonic games.
By the time Sonic 2 had came out, I was heavy into drawing. Every picture of Sonic I could find, I drew. I even paused the game at times and drew what was on the screen. Looking back, I now realize if it hadn’t been for Sonic, I would have never found I had artistic abilities (which have since faded). After Sonic 3’s release a group of friends and I decided to make our own comic entitled “Sonic in Time”. It caught the attention of our classmates and was quite popular, even getting approval from our third grade teacher. When fifth grade came around I was known as the “Sonic kid” or “the kid who can draw Sonic.” The sweatshirt with Sonic taping his foot and “Gotta stryde Clyde” probably didn’t help either.
During this time ABC had started to air Sonic the Hedgehog or “Sonic SatAM” as it’s now known. Unlike most cartoons at that time SatAM had more of a dark tone. It did have its corny moments, sure, but it was much more serious. This show had a big impact on me as I soon got into the official comics that were made by Archie Comics.
The Sonic comics followed SatAM’s story after the show was cancelled. I collected these comics, including all the specials, and began drawing the characters and adding them into my own stories. SatAM still holds up to this day, as I am currently re-watching it. Many other cartoons followed but none could match the greatness that SatAM had accomplished. I remember watching The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog and it’s very obvious its target audience was for kids under seven. Sadly, I’m am not a fan of any of other of Sonics cartoon shows.
As you can tell, my obsession goes far beyond the games. You can bet that this won’t be the last time I talk about Sonic. This is just the chili on the chili dog! Even though I lost touch with the Hedgehog during his later years I’m still a huge fan and have began snatching up the current games. Sonic in my book is still “way past cool!”