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Speed's His Game!
by Kevin

As a 13 year-old I had a life changing decision to make. My birthday had recently passed and I had just enough money to purchase a video game console, but only one. I sat down and compiled a list of reasons for purchasing a Sega Genesis or a Super Nintendo. Upon completion, the list looked something like this:

Genesis: Sonic the Hedgehog 1, Sonic 2, Sonic 3

Super Nintendo: Every game that holds a place on my all time favorite list even 16 years later.

Today it’s hard to believe I almost bought a Genesis over an SNES. Occasionally, I still have dreams where I go back to that decision and decide on a Genesis instead. I wake up in a sweat screaming, believing my memories of Super Mario Kart or A Link to the Past to be merely dreams, regret filled nocturnal hallucinations.

I still enjoyed playing Sonic the Hedgehog when I was with friends who owned a Genesis, even though I decided against actually owning it myself. Flying at top speed through beautiful Green Hill Zone while listening to one of the top soundtracks in video game history was definitely a high point in my early years as a gamer. As soon as I bought a Wii, I downloaded the first Sonic game and felt a smile that had been absent for years return to my face as my old blue friend appeared and wagged his finger mockingly at me. Sadly, there is good reason for mockery; I’m nearly 30. You would think I might improve, but these games are still incredibly difficult.

Tomorrow Sonic becomes the latest retro series to get a facelift for modern gamers with Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1. My understanding is that it is a remake of the original game with bonus features. Anyone who can’t figure out what I’ll be doing Monday when I get home from work might not have any brain whatsoever.

-Kevin