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A Proposal for Standardizing Color Language in Video Games

Color is a tremendously useful tool in game design. Players come to associate certain shades and hues with different mechanics and systems, which can obviate the need to label them in more intrusive ways. But there’s a problem — even as some conventions have been established, nobody has proposed a…

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First Look at Netflix’s Sonic Prime Shows the Hedgehog with a New Voice Actor

It’s probably not unfair to say that, after years of trying, Sonic the Hedgehog is finally seeing a revival as an IP that has more good than bad going on. Between the Sonic movies, the latest of which is a certified box office hit, excitement over Sonic Frontiers coming later this year, a…

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7 Sonic the Hedgehog Characters They Should Add in the Next Movie

I finally caught Sonic the Hedgehog 2 over the weekend, and it seems like Sega may be following the pattern of the games in the blue hedgehog’s big screen series. The first movie was just Sonic himself, the second adds both Tails and Knuckles, and a third film — if it transpires…

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The Best and Worst Video Game x Beauty Brand Collabs

Beauty products and video games may not seem like the most logical match, but when the COVID-19 pandemic kept people around the world inside for months on end, many took solace in digital worlds — so it makes sense that brands might try to get in on that action. Makeup…

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What is the Most Iconic Sonic the Hedgehog Song?

The Sonic the Hedgehog franchise features some of the most recognizable music in video games. But what is the single most iconic Sonic song? Some might say that it’s Green Hill Zone or Chemical Plant Zone, both tracks that have been featured and remixed repeatedly across the entire series. And sure, they’re…

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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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Sonic the Hedgehog is Actually a Demon According to Shin Megami Tensei Mobile Game

It has always been a little weird that Sonic has needed to append “the Hedgehog” to his name. It’s very much adding information that asks more questions than immediately needed answering. Now we know the actual reason why Sonic has been so insistent on insisting he is a hedgehog: because…

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Sonic Crosses Over With Minecraft in New Pack

I think a foundational aspect of a lot of virtual spaces is the ability to express your fandoms. It’s the same kind of logic that currently drives games like Fortnite or even to an extent things like Funko Pops. Minecraft is no stranger to this concept, with crossovers including Mass Effect, Mario, and How to…

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Roger Craig Smith Returns to Voice Sonic the Hedgehog

Like a lot of his contemporary platform mascot leads, Sonic the Hedgehog does not shut up. The blue furball with attitude has gone from general spin sounds to fully voiced dialogue and monologues over the decades with multiple different voice actors. For the past decade, Sonic had been voiced by…

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The Top 10 Chameleons in Games

To celebrate the addition of Chameleos to Monster Hunter Rise, it’s Chameleon Month here at Fanbyte, and today we’re counting down the best instances of these little color-changing lizards in video games. 10. Chameleos Could a chameleon be a dragon? That’s the question Capcom asked when they put Chameleon in the…

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The Sonic Fans Making the Games That Sega Won’t

Sonic the Hedgehog’s last set of major releases, Sonic Mania and Sonic Forces, garnered polarizing responses. The former, a retro-throwback game developed by a group of fans, presently holds a critic score in the high 80s on Metacritic. Its sister release, created by industry veterans at Sonic Team, is sitting at around…

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7 Video Game Villains That Would Make Great Roommates

Since we’ve all been spending a lot of time stuck inside with whomever we live with lately, I’ve been contemplating what makes a good housemate. Neat, responsible, able to give others space, fun — these are good qualities for sharing a living space with other humans. I’ve also been replaying…

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Every Sonic the Hedgehog Port, Ranked From Very Best to Absolute Worst

Sonic the Hedgehog is called many different things, but absolutely nobody should call it stingy. When it comes to Sonic games it’s almost impossible to not have access to any of the myriad of different games in the classic series. This is due to the many different re-releases, ports, reboots,…

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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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East Coast Office Hours 17: Coastal Elites

This week on East Coast Office Hours, co-hosts Danielle and merritt discuss recent conversations with family about radical politics (they’re… happening!), the work we loved putting out this week, and somehow, also, Sonic the Hedgehog. Do YOU know why so many gas station cash registers have the ring sound?  You…

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Alright, Well, They’re Making a Sequel to the Sonic the Hedgehog Movie

Considering that the first one is not that bad apparently (I haven’t seen it), it may not come as a surprise to learn that Hollywood has begun cranking the eldritch machine necessary to create a sequel to Sonic the Hedgehog, last February’s feature-length live-action adaptation starring Ben Schwartz and Jim…

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Fanbyte Evening News May 28, 2020

You can download this episode directly right here. Otherwise, check out the player above, or head to iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, or Google Podcasts. While you’re there, consider rating us or leaving a review. It helps. Seriously!

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East Coast Office Hours 11: Pizza and Old Soda

(Content warning: discussion of food and illness). This week, the Brooklyn Crew gets very excited about pizza and discontinued 90s drinks. Remember Ecto Cooler? Crystal Pepsi? Blue Pepsi? Maybe? It’s ok if you don’t, because we continued from there to a brief discussion of gross-out videos on YouTube and their…

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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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Fanwidth (A Fanbyte Podcast) Episode 51: Tinkling Toddler Liberation Front

Our guiding light is away this week, leaving Niki, merritt, and Steven to talk about their usual brands of bullshit. It’s not all Sonic the Hedgehog lore and talk about dubious Satellaview games, though! The trio begins this week’s episode with a very good discussion about cooperative games, what we…

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