The 30th anniversary of Sonic the Hedgehog is upon us. Among the celebration of three decades of the blue blur comes the annual Sonic Hacking Contest. This year the contest has revealed the deadlines for entries as well as the date for the contest week which you can see below.
CONTEST DEADLINE – End of Sunday 5th September UPDATES DEADLINE – End of Sunday 12th September EXPO DEADLINE – End of Sunday 26th September CONTEST WEEK – Monday 11th to Sunday 17th October
This year includes a change to the judging process including additional judges separated between the three categories, Retro (For hacks based on vintage Sonic titles), 3D (For mods based on 3D titles and 2DPC which includes mods for 2D titles such as Sonic Mania including the RSDK decompilation projects.
For further information regarding the contest you can check out additional details, such as contest judges and categories, from the Sonic Hacking Contest website here. You can also join the discussion on our forums regarding the contest on the dedicated thread for 2021 here.
Everyone loves podcasts. Podcasts are great, and with some countries still imposing lockdown measures into early 2021, the mini podcast renaissance we’re experiencing looks set to hold with so many working from home or otherwise just having more time on their hands – but what is surprising is the relatively small number of Sonic-related offerings out there.
This is where Tom Campbell comes in. Well-known to wrestling fans for his work at Cultaholic, Tom has launched a new podcast series called A History of Sonic the Hedgehog which covers, well… Sonic’s history. It’s all fairly self-explanatory, but there are a few things that set this effort apart. Not only is it extremely well produced, it’s absolutely packed with information while keeping things relatively brief and is peppered with various snippets of adverts and interviews from back in the day to tie everything together, as well as a few new interviews and some roundtable discussions that give the whole thing a nice personal touch.
Episode 1 and 2 go over the history of the main series games with a few pit stops along the way and while the amount of new information here will depend largely on how familiar you yourself already are with the tale (and why not acquaint yourself with our wiki?), the way it’s all presented here is very entertaining. Episode 3 goes into the history of the comics and touches mostly on Fleetway and Archie with a quick swing around to IDW to close it out. This episode is utterly fantastic for anyone with even a passing interest in any of these comics, featuring interviews with Nigel Kitching, Michael Stephenson, Ken Penders and Ian Flynn! What a line-up!
All in all, this is not only a fantastically well-written and well-produced look into the entire Sonic franchise, it’s origins and history and how things got to where they are today, it’s also a love letter to it from someone who is very clearly a passionate, lifelong fan and whose expertise has allowed him to do it the justice it deserves. It goes without saying that I think you should absolutely check it out wherever you get your podcasts from, or go straight to the source!
I reached out to Tom to ask him a few questions about the podcast and his plans with it, and what brought him here in the first place. I was pleasantly surprised by his final answer and you might be too! Hit the jump to read on.
SEGA’s recent sale-a-bration has provided a trove of Sonic games for low prices. After expanding your game library, now you can expand them with brand new content. This year’s Sonic Hacking Contest has revealed a list of entries and a trailer by redhotsonic.
Check out some of the highlights for this year’s entries. A texture makeover for Sonic R turns Sonic Mania zones into 3D raceways. Add more options to Sonic Heroes‘ multiplayer mode with the Extended Multiplayer Edition. Sonic 2 Pink Edition replaces the usual duo with Amy and Cream. A mouse interface to move objects around in Sonic 1 is now possible with Sonic 1 Point and Click Edition.
The trailer also shows several streamer personalities showcasing this year’s entries including AntDude, Argick, MegaGWolf, redhotsonic, Sam Procrastinates, Somecallmejohnny, Tails’ Channel, Just Jesss, Garrulous64 and DaveAce.
The contest week lasts between Monday 26th of October to Sunday the 1st of November. You’ll be able to find all entries to download and vote for when the event goes live at www.sonichacking.org. You’ll also be able to find the streaming schedule and updates for the contest as they happen. For the list of entries, be sure to expand this article by hitting the jump link below.
With just two months before the opening of the Sonic Hacking Contest for 2020, the website is now open for entry submissions for this year’s contest! The website has re-opened despite complications with development that prevented the site from re-opening on an earlier date.
Everyone is free to submit as many hacks as you can, however the staff encourages adhering to the updated Rules and Guidelines before submitting. All accounts created last year can still be accessed by simply logging in with the same credentials. Merged accounts from Sonic Retro and SSRG are still absent for the time being. The website has seen additional renovations over the previous year including revised trophy guidelines as well as a vault to access entries from over the years.
The trailer for the 20th Sonic Amateur Games Expo has gone live, with over 14 minutes chock full of games from fans as well as indie developers alike! This year sees the long anticipated debut of Sonic Chroma, as well as some blasts from the past such as Sonic Frenzy Adventure. On the indie side, Sondro Gomez is back again, this time with Sonic Mania developer Headcannon in tow, alongside some fantastic looking entries debuting for the first time, like Rad Venture and Hover Warz! All these games barely scratch the surface of what’s coming to SAGE 2020, so give it a watch and we’ll see you September 5th – 11th!
The Sonic Hacking Contest has two announcements, one of which you may be familiar with. The details for the Hacking Contest for 2020 has been revealed and can be read on our forums here.
That’s not all however. While the contest staff is working to revise the website, they’ve now opened access to download entries from previous years. While there are entries still missing, plenty of submissions have been restored, including entries that were previously hosted offsite. These entries are preserved in download only format, meaning there is currently no way to preview entries or look at screenshots. That said, plenty of favorites have been put into once place for easy access. The Unleashed Project, Sally in Sonic 1, Big’s Fishing Derby, Sonic Bash and countless others are now available in one spot.
There are still entries missing and the vault is dedicated to hacks and mods only shown to the public. But if there was a favorite you’ve been looking to try again after so long, the vault is your best bet to find exactly what you’re looking for. Contest staff are also looking for missing entries to add into the vault, especially those that were available off site at the time. If anybody is holding onto the entries, especially the original authors, please sound off if you wish for your previous entry to be added to the vault.
About a year ago, we posted a LEGO themed Sonic Mania project from community member toaster. The goal for any project posted to LEGO’s Ideas site is to reach 10,000 signatures, at which times, the project will be reviewed and determined if the licenses can be obtained and if the project will move forward in any official capacity. Fast forward to today, where the project is creeping ever so close to that goal, having been sign almost 9,000 in just a hair under a year! We spoke with toaster at length about the project, including its inception, inspiration, and the reception so far. Hit the jump to hear what she had to say!
The week has drawn to a close as does another year of the Sonic Hacking Contest. The results have arrived and you can watch judge commentary from the above video as the trophies are awarded one by one. The video is hosted by both TailsChannel and MegaGWolf For a summary of the contest results, you can read them along with notes from contest judge Spanner after the jump.
It’s been a decade since Sonic Robo Blast 2‘s 2.0 update, and while there’s been a ton of updates since, none have shaped up to be as huge as 2.2. Check out the trailer for the exciting new features coming this Saturday, December 7th, and be sure to keep it locked to Sonic Team Jr.’s site, for when the update goes live.
Sonic in Freedom Planet, E-102 Gamma in Sonic Adventure 2, two Shadows working together and new zones to explore. You bet that this year’s Sonic Hacking Contest is right around the corner! redhotsonic has compiled together footage from this year’s entries detailing whats all in store.
Below are more details about the event that will take place starting on Monday 2nd of December to Sunday the 8th. Over the week several livestreamers will be playing this year’s entries featuring redhotsonic, MegaGWolf, SomecallmeJohnny, AntDude, Garrulous64, DaveAce and more, including our own NeoHazard. For more information visit sonichacking.org.