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Sean Aitchison

Sean is a big dumb weeb with ADHD and also a freelance writer and researcher. You can follow him on twitter (@Sean8UrSon) or catch him streaming on Twitch (Twitch.TV/Sean8Urson). You can also check out his Sonic the Hedgehog podcast, Sonic Podcast Adventure (@SonicPod).


‘Sonic the Hedgehog 2’ Review: Bigger, Better, More Chili Dogs

This article contains spoilers for the film Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Being a Sonic fan and seeing every trailer for Sonic the Hedgehog 2 was an exciting series of events. Each new bit of footage (and killer posters) instilled further confidence that the sequel was going to be a Sonic…

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Turnabout Thinking: How Ace Attorney’s Logic Embraces Neurodiversity

Despite being certain his client is not guilty, defense attorney Phoenix Wright is quickly backed into a corner during the first trial in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. Without proof a clock was three hours behind on the day of the crime, all hope seems lost. However, things turn around when…

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15 Sonic Games That Changed the Series for the Better

Sonic games are a mixed bag. With camera problems, pacing issues, and game-breaking glitches, they have a poor reputation of being rough around the edges. But behind those flaws exist brilliant and creative ideas from Sega and the Sonic Team. Some are so bold that they’ve changed the franchise, or…

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Why Superhero Video Games Need to Ditch “Realism”

Video game developer David Cage has stated that he thinks video games cannot tell emotional, meaningful stories and cannot otherwise be praiseworthy unless the characters have the highest number of polygons and look as close to reality as possible. Unfortunately, his views on realism are not unique, with other developers…

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An Exhaustive List of Every Sonic The Hedgehog Food Product Ever Made

Okay look, I know I get a little crazy when it comes to delving deep into the history of Sonic the Hedgehog — I’ve gone through the history of Sonic’s American lore bible, I’ve attested to the weirdness of American Sonic cartoons, I’ve looked into Sonic’s long history with Chili…

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Looking Back at Cartoon Network’s Anime-Inspired MMORPG, FusionFall

At 2007’s San Diego Comic Con, Cartoon Network revealed an ambitious project to the world: an MMO called FusionFall based in a universe inhabited and shared by past and present Cartoon Network characters, which was threatened by an alien invasion that only the players and their customizable avatars could defeat. Infused with…

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The Unsung Artist Who Defined the Look of Sonic the Hedgehog

It’s hard to overstate just how important the Sonic Adventure series was to the Sonic franchise and video games as a whole. Not only did these games take Sonic in a bold new narrative direction, they also introduced core 3D mechanics that are still alive and well in all modern…

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Confronting the Possibility of a Disney Live-Action Dragon Ball Movie

Remember that part in Dragon Ball: Evolution when Justin Chatwin’s Goku Dukes-of-Hazzard-slid across the roof of a car using his absurdly strong hair? This moment is only one among the many poor decisions made in the making of the critical and commercial failure that was the live-action Western Dragon Ball film.…

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The Cast of ‘My Hero Academia’ on the New ‘Heroes Rising’ Movie

Kohei Horikoshi’s My Hero Academia quickly took the world by storm following its 2016 release, and its 2018 English dub has since been praised for its strong cast and faithful translation. The hit anime series is set for its second big screen release later this month with My Hero Academia:…

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‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Review: Gotta Go, Fast

I love Sonic the hedgehog. I’ve basically built a reputation and career out of writing about him. So when his first big screen adventure was announced, I was beyond excited. Since then, the Sonic film has been through some trials and tribulations, and while I can’t say the final product…

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REVIEWS

How Sonic the Hedgehog Became a Hero For Kids With ADHD

Long before the Blockbuster empire dwindled down to a single location in Bend, Oregon, my local store was a bustling weekly destination. Throughout early grade school I frequented the video palace for weird family movies and video games, but no tapes saw more frequent rental from me than those of…

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Sonic Youth: The History and Impact of Crush 40

Sonic the Hedgehog has an interesting musical history: the original Genesis titles were vibrant and memorable, Sonic X’s English dub theme song originated the memetic “Gotta go fast” line, and one DiC Sonic cartoon even centered around Sonic and his siblings being in a band. However, there is one piece…

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From Star Trek to Superwholock: A Brief History of Fanfiction

Throughout my high school years, I had my big anime awakening via Full Metal Panic!, and around the same time, I discovered and developed my love for the Ace Attorney game series. What do these two things have in common? They happened to be the two series I read the…

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Pop Culture’s Most Kissable Robots

It is a truth self-evident that people want to kiss robots. There’s just something about their cold, metal lips that drives us wild. But which of pop culture’s many beloved robots, you might ask, are the most kissable? I  am here to answer that question. But first, we need to establish…

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Why is Adult Animation in America All So Same-y?

During the presentation for the 2019 Academy Awards’ “Best Animated Feature” category, the presenters jumped through some strange hoops to justify giving such importance to “kids’” films, despite the film that won — Into the Spider-Verse — being one of the most creative, deep, and visually stunning films of the year.…

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CROSSNIQ+ Review: An Endearing Arcade Puzzle Throwback

“The Tetris Effect” is a phenomenon that occurs when someone becomes so absorbed in a repetitive puzzle-based task that their thoughts and dreams begin to pattern themselves after the object of their focus. It’s not the only way to judge the quality of a puzzle game, but certainly any game that…

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What American Comics Can Learn From Manga

Superhero movies are huge: they shatter box office records, they sell tons of merchandise and they’ve made Disney even bigger and richer than they already were. And yet, the comics they’re based on have been in decline for years. Marvel has had trouble boosting sales, attempting to do so with…

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Star Kid’s Nightmarish Take on Superheroes Was Ahead of Its Time

The year was 1998. Pokemon Red & Blue’s North American release was right around the corner, Apple was gearing up to unveil the first iMac, Titanic was on its way to becoming the highest grossing film of its time and Green Day and The Offspring ruled the radio waves. Before…

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I Made Chili Dogs Using Sonic the Hedgehog’s Official Recipe

Not long ago, I chronicled every instance of chili dogs appearing throughout the various continuities of the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise. In sifting through the nine different chili dog entries on the Sonic Wiki, I stumbled upon an official Sonic the Hedgehog chili dog recipe that was featured in the first…

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Reviewing All 9 Entries for Chili Dogs on the Sonic the Hedgehog Wiki

Sonic loves chili dogs. This is a fact, a truth so undeniable that it should be used as an expression to measure the truth of other statements: Do you want $100? “Does Sonic love chili dogs?” Do you think the new Sonic movie is gonna be insane? “Does Sonic love…

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