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Sonic Hacking Contest 2016 Announced

It would be an uneventful year without the time honored tradition of the hacking contest. Despite the delays and complications the Sonic Hacking Contest got 2016’s back for another round of ROM hacks and more! For the time being, there are no entries being accepted as the website will be up later.

You can get your submission ready by viewing the rules here on our forums courtesy of hacking contest judge Spanner. Deadline is Sunday 9th October 2016, so there’s plenty of time before the contest begins. Watch this space or check with the forums when the website goes live.

Remember that you can submit more than just ROM hacks as there are entries for mods as well. Will you make the ultimate mod to Sonic Lost World?

[Source: Sonic Hacking Contest 2016]

Community, Fan Works, Hacking, Retro Contests, Site News

Sonic Hacking Contest 2014 is Live

Sonic Hacking Contest 2014
 

Sonic Retro and Sonic Stuff Research Group team up once again to bring you the Sonic Hacking Contest 2014.  The competition for all ROM hacks, mods and more based on our favorite blue blur. Entries are now being accepted on the website and can be accessed by logging in with either a Retro or SSRG forum account. Our resident Cinossu breaks it down on our forums with whats new for this year.

“Like last year, everything is handled on-site and you can log in with your Sonic Retro forum account to get started. More information is on the site itself, including instructions on what to do, how to do it, etc.

The biggest addition this year is Teams, which can be set up from the new “Teams” section. They can be a mix of both Retro and SSRG members, and allow credit to be on all members of the team as well as allow any member to modify and set up entries for the whole team.

As always, enjoy. If any issues, bugs, etc. are found, just let us know either in here, the SSRG thread equivalent, or in the comments of the news post on the site itself.”

The deadline for entries is on July 31st, 2014. If you’re not interested in participating, you will eventually get to see the entries that are made publicly available, or look at entries from years prior. Head on over to the website itself for more information!

Ready, Set, Procrastinate!

[Source: Sonic Hacking Contest 2014 – Sonic Retro Forums]

Fan Works, Game News, Hacking, Humor, Miscellaneous, Sega Retro

Monday Links: Apologetic Edition

The other site staff wanted me to put this video in this week’s Monday Links. Considering the content of the video, I’d like to apologize on everyone’s behalf for putting it here. I’m sorry. I’m so, so very sorry.

Retro/Bits News

  • Guess Who reviewed the 3DS version of Sonic Lost World and greatly regrets doing so [Review]
  • Missed some of our Vidya Retro streams? Catch up on some [Highlights]
  • A new version of Sonic Worlds Delta has been released for MMF2/Fusion 2.5 [The Barrel Update]
  • The fifth release of Sonic ERaZor is here [Yup, that still exists]
  • My Life with SEGA has released a sequel to The Next Level [No Limits]
  • The winner of the SEGAbits Summer of Art/Season of Colors contest has been revealed [Ryo Hazuki would want it]

Sonic/SEGA News

  • SEGA announced a new Alien game, this one being a survival horror title called Alien: Isolation [Spooky scary]
  • Rhythm Thief, a 3DS game barely anyone knew about, is now available on iOS. [MICROTRANSACTIONS YAY]

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Fan Works, Game News, Hacking, Miscellaneous

Monday Links: What It’s Like in a Sardine Can Edition

Gamescom2013So last week I promised that I’d put up my impressions of the Sonic Lost World demo at Gamescom. Two problems presented itself, the first one being that there were a lot more people at Gamescom than anticipated. (Pictured right) So many more that it was hard to even walk past some the booths. So I left after two hours of literally squirming through the crowds. The other problem was that the demo available to the public there was the same demo previously playable at Summer of Sonic and Sonic Boom, of which we already have impressions up right here. The demo shown off last week was only playable on the press day.

So basically, the highly anticipated Gamescom demo impressions write-up has been cancelled. To make up for it, here are Monday Links done on an actual Monday again:

Retro/Bits News

  • The results of the Sonic Hacking Contest 2013 were unveiled [Results]
  • Guess Who made a video review of A Hedgehog Dash for iOS [The Retro Review]
  • As if Marble Zone wasn’t an annoying zone already, TheInvisibleSun made a hack in which the first two acts take place underwater [Retro Forums]
  • Our good friends at SEGAbits have put up a new episode of the Swingin’ Report Show for you to listen to [SEGAbits]

Sonic/SEGA News

  • Lots of Sonic Lost World stuff was shown this week, first up a new trailer and a walkthrough video [Sonic Retro]
  • Second, the Deadly Six edition was revealed, which will feature an extra level with bosses from NiGHTS Into Dreams [Sonic Retro again]
  • Third, new screenshots show off what the Miiverse functions and overworld look like [SEGAbits]
  • A new Yakuza spin-off game was revealed, you can look screenshots and complain about how it probably won’t be localized [Yakuza: Ishin]
  • The Creative Assembly did an unboxing of their impressive Total War: Rome II Collector’s Edition while being attacked by dogs [Sadly not included]
  • Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F pre-orders are doing surprisingly well, so well that Gamestop is no longer taking them [Pizza sadly not included either]
  • Football Manager Classic 2014 is coming to the Playstation Vita [Playstation Blog] Continue Reading
Community, Fan Works, Game News, Hacking, Miscellaneous, Site News

Actual Monday Links: Summer of Not For Reupload Edition

So Summer of Sonic happened, meaning that new stuff was revealed there right? Well, besides this new Sonic Lost World trailer not really, but it seems like it was still a fun event for fans. Overlord did a write-up on his experience there, so be sure to check that out. If you want to know what the Sonic Lost World demo was like, an article with impressions from Overlord and other Retro members will be coming out soon. But for now, check out this stuff:

Retro News

  • Seriously, go read Overlord’s write-up on Summer of Sonic 2013 [Sonic Retro]
  • vladikcomper put up a new video of his Sonic Winter Adventures hack, which has seemingly moved on to be for the Sega CD [Youtube]
  • A new version of Dude’s Sonic Generations mod: Sonic Adventure Generations has been released [On our forums]
  • MainMemory released a Sonic Adventure 2 Mod Loader for the PC version, along with a few mods to go with it [SA2 Mod Loader]
  • Delta Hedgehog put up a new trailer for his fangame Sonic: Edge of Darkness, which will have a new demo at SAGE 2013 [Youtube]

Sonic/Sega News

  • A new trailer for Sonic Lost World got released cause Summer of Sonic happened [Look up]
  • The PC version of Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed got a new update which adds a character from Total War: Rome II [Sonic Retro]
  • Atlus’ parent company might be getting bought by SEGA-Sammy [SEGAbits]
  • SEGA actually made some money! [SEGAbits]
  • Here’s a handy information guide for Sonic Boom, looks like we’ll be seeing some announcements there [SEGA Blog]
  • What is Sonic doing in Ocarina of Time? [Youtube] Continue Reading
Community, Game News, Miscellaneous, Retro Contests, Sega Retro, Site News

I Forgot to do a Monday Links: Rated E10+ Edition

ESRB_E10+It’s the grand return of the not Monday Links! Seeing how some things happened (or are happening), I guess there’s reason enough to do one of these again. Also I’m bored and don’t want to do the things I should be doing. Anyway, here are some links:

Retro News

  • Tomorrow is the last day you can add a new entry to the Sonic Hacking Contest 2013, so this is your last chance if you still have something you want to place in the contest! [SHC2013]
  • Also tomorrow, an update to the Sonic Adventure Generations mod which adds 2 new levels. [Youtube]

Sonic/SEGA News

  • A whole 15 minutes of gameplay of the Castle of Illusion re-imagining. [SEGAbits]
  • The ESRB has put up the rating summary for Sonic Lost World explaining why it is rated E10+ revealing incredibly dark generic things villains usually say, obviously various fans overreact about it. [ESRB]
  • Yuji Naka’s new game Rodea the Sky Soldier is still a thing. [Ferraris for everyone!]
  • SEGA announced a new Sakura Wars game for Mobage while nobody wants it. [SEGAbits]
  • A new Sonic game was announced and released. [Hurr hurr hurrrrrr] Continue Reading
Fan Works, Hacking

Sonic Winter Adventures Gets First Public Release

Sonic 1 hacks are a dime-a-dozen these days. This makes getting excited about them a little difficult if nothing more than a few palettes are edited and zones are sloppily renamed to fit their new color schemes. That said, it’s never a dull day when someone steps up and delivers a new Sonic 1 experience with new boss enemies, moves for Sonic, and more.

Enter Russian Sonic hacker vladikcomper and his project Sonic Winter Adventures. In similar stead to Sonic 1 Megamix, Adventures enables Sonic to enable the full power of blast processing  with the addition of light speed dash, super peel out, the spin dash, and even the homing attack. Let’s give the purists a little time to seethe. … All right then!

While the level variety isn’t very boastful, vladikcomper laments, the amount of work put in so far is a very commendable effort and definitely worth playing though. Some of his bosses make specific use of Sonic’s new age moves meaning you can’t just throw Sonic’s body into Eggman eight times and waltz over to the Egg Prisonpod so easily.

So what are you waiting for? Download this bad boy and give it a spin yourself! And don’t think that beating the game means it’s over. vladik teases that more playthroughs unlock more things.

[Official Sonic Winter Adventure Thread]