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PrE3 Meetup at Dave and Buster’s in Hollywood, CA!

Woah hey wait what? E3 is only a week away? Dang man, that’s pretty cool. For those of you who will be in the area for the biggest video game event on the planet (or are still going to be around post a certain other convention from the day prior…) join us for food, drinks, and games over at Dave and Buster’s in Hollywood, CA the Monday before the big show, June 12th! We’ll be meeting there around 5pm Pacific (that’s UTC−8 for any of you Brits that might want to come!) and will likely close it out at midnight, should folks be willing to stay out that late. Feel free to pop in, have a few drinks, grab some grub, and try the completely ridiculous Mario and Sonic arcade game with us. Hope to see you there!

Just a heads up: There’s a lot of Dave and Buster’s locations in the Los Angeles area, make sure you’re headed to the one in Hollywood, California specifically!

Shoutout to Tracker TD for the awesome art!

Game News

Sonic Mania Gets Lovely New Trailer, Launches August 15th

Sega just released this lovely new trailer for Sonic Mania. It features animation by Sonic Mega Drive artist Tyson Hesse and music by Hyper Potions, along with a first look at Stardust Speedway from Sonic CD. Also there’s a reference to one of Sonic’s rejected character designs, so that’s neat!

The trailer also reveals when you’ll be able to download the game: on August 15th. Plus it can now be pre-ordered on Steam, PlayStation Store, and Xbox Live Marketplace for $19.99/€19.99/£15.99.

If you want to listen to the full version of the song in the trailer, it can be found here.

Game News

Third Gameplay Style of Sonic Forces Revealed, Now We Can All Be Heroes

Regardless on how you feel about 3D Sonic the Hedgehog games, you can’t deny that there’s been a lot of interest in Sonic Forces. Ever since its teasing last July, speculation has run rampant as to what this game could contain. When news earlier this year confirmed that a third character would be revealed, even more speculation commenced. Now, after months of crazy theories and slight trepidation, we have finally seen who this mysterious third will be…

Well. That’s. Hey let’s hit that jump button and figure out what we just watched.

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Podcasts

SEGAbits Swingin’ Report Show: Interview with Cook & Becker CEO Maarten Brands – Sonic the Hedgehog 25th Anniversary Art Book

The SEGAbits Swingin’ Report Show is back, bringing you an interview with Maarten Brands, CEO of Cook & Becker who is behind the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog 25th Anniversary Art Book! In this, his first public interview talking about the book, Maarten goes into the history of the international art dealership Cook & Becker, how the SEGA partnership began and what fans can expect from the Sonic art book.

The book releases soon and comes in two editions, which you can pre-order now:
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 25TH ANNIVERSARY ART BOOK – COLLECTOR’S EDITION
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 25TH ANNIVERSARY ART BOOK – STANDARD HARDCOVER

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Comics, Humor

How Fleetway Played The Games, Part 10: Of Prosecutors and Goodbyes

Can you really believe it’s been six whole years since I started this Fleetway thing back in part 1? How time flies when you’re having fun… or are too lazy to keep writing really long pieces without year-long gaps!

Anyway… last time a lot of things happened. Amongst other things there was a new foe, a tragedy, a crisis of confidence, some time travel shenanigans, and on the tail end of that we’d just discovered a Drakon Prosecutor back in the distant past of the Floating Island. You can read all of that in part 9 though: let’s dive in and get back to where we were, shall we? Hit the jump for the second half of StC’s adaptation of Sonic Adventure – and remember, LARGE spoilers for the end of Sonic the Comic lie beyond, as this part covers the very end of the comic’s run of original material.

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Game News

First Full Look At Classic Sonic in Sonic Forces

After getting a sneak peek during a Nintendo Direct earlier this month, we now have our first full look at some Classic Sonic gameplay in Sonic Forces. And yes, it’s Green Hill Zone again. Though now it’s no longer much of a tropical island and more a grassy field in a desert. Also it has all new music rather than another Green Hill remix, so that’s something.

Forces will also feature Modern Sonic, who’ll play similarly to how he played in Sonic Generations. Plus there will be a third gameplay style featuring the new character that was teased earlier this month.

Fan Works, Music

“Zoned,” A Sonic the Hedgehog Tribute Album

A little late, but better than never!

Back at the end of 2016, Opus Science Collective released their album “Zoned,” which debuted on RadioSEGA. Taken from the Bandcamp page for the album:

Zoned – a nostalgic trip (at the speed of sound) down Sonic The Hedgehog’s memory lane. Zoned aims to pay homage to the creativity and impact of Sonic The Hedgehog’s legacy by reimagining a selection of OSC’s favourite compositions from the golden age of 90s Sonic The Hedgehog games. The musical style is OSC’s signature blend of Electro-Funk and Retrowave with sprinklings of Chiptune. Included on this album are tracks from both 8 and 16 bit versions of Sonic The Hedgehog 1 and 2, Sonic The Hedgehog 3 and Sonic Chaos. Also interweaved into this album are soundbites from the games themselves, excerpts from 90s SEGA TV commercials, and dialogue from various video game documentaries that discuss both the significance of SEGA and Sonic The Hedgehog in the history and develop of video games and video game music.

If you’d like to grab a download of the album and throw some support their way, check out the bandcamp page @ https://opussciencecollective.bandcamp.com/album/zoned