After a turnaround from last year’s showing, the Sonic Hacking Contest 2017 draws to a close with the winners of this year’s showing for trophies rewarded by both Hacking Contest judges and the community. The contest celebrated big this year for it’s 15th anniversary with a brand new website, a public showing at this year’s Fan Jam and featured a game industry participant, Jon Burton of Traveller’s Tales, with Sonic 3D Blast Director’s Cut. There’s plenty to be excited for this year’s showing of ROM hacks and mods for Sonic R, Sonic Heroes, Sonic Adventure DX, Sonic Mania and Sonic Lost World. You can discuss the results of the hacking contest after the jump or via the forum here. You can also watch the first part of the results show from MegaGWolf’s Twitch channel at the top of this post. You can then watch part 2 of the show here.
UPDATE: Thanks to a donation incentive, a Big the Cat run for Sonic Adventure DX was met!
Consider this as a friendly reminder that Games Done Quick will be featuring three Sonic games today. The event returns for 2017 to continue their support of the Prevent Cancer Foundation with speed runners playing through games to earn the best times all week long. Donations can be used for bid wars to determine specific runs and alterations as well as raffles for prizes to win.
All the Sonic related games come in today, Thursday January 12th, featuring these speed runners. You can also view the schedule for yourself to check out times as well as other games featured at the marathon.
- Sonic Advance 2 with Kirbymastah
- Sonic R with Keverage
- Sonic Adventure 2: Battle with Seraphim1313
- NEW! Sonic Adventure DX: Directors Cut with JerKro
Sonic Retro salutes the GDQ staff and the runners for their continued hard work over the years. Oh, and we feel the fastest animals are prone to survive much longer than others.
Over at Sonic Boom, a small concert was thrown for the club’s goers by none other than Crush 40’s Jun Senoue and Johnny Gioeli, singing songs like Open Your Heart, His World, In The Wind, and Live and Learn to name a few. However, Alex Maklouhf from Cash Cash joined them on stage to also perform Sonic Colors’ Credits Theme, Speak With Your Heart.
So imagine some people’s reactions when they all got together and did new versions of Sonic R’s Super Sonic Racing and Sonic CD’s Sonic Boom, which were apparently one time performances for Sonic Boom attendees. Well, we got you covered.
So, we were having a little discussion in a group chat that turned into a stunning realization for a lot of people. I was wrapping up my Colors review and wanted to ask the group their opinion on a comment I’m planning on making regarding how Sonic has controlled in 3D. I brought up Sonic R and mentioned how the shoulder buttons can help you make tight turns. Then, everybody was like, “YOU CAN DO THAT?” Bartman and I were shocked that a majority of people in the chat didn’t know about them. Scarred Sun asked me to put this question up here to find out how many more people didn’t know that the shoulder/flipper buttons help you turn in that clunky mess of a racing game.
If the majority answer is “no,” then we’re all about surprising realizations lately. For example, Taxman made a comment last week regarding rolling in the classic games that came as a surprise to some Retro members and I was surprised they didn’t already know that, considering how the members of this site know the ins-and-outs of just about everything. There’s also that whole chestnut in the classic games where holding a direction while rolling does absolutely nothing, which is why we all thought it was weird when people came to Sonic 4′s defense about them “always holding the direction anyway.” When you realized that holding a direction while rolling did nothing, you could just let go of the D-pad. It gives your thumbs a nice rest and you get the same result!