Our gallery had a problem where it wouldn’t accept uploads, but it should be fixed now. Now go fill it with a bunch of silly doodles!
Them chilli-dogs ain’t tofu, ya know.
Apparently some time ago some comment moderation setting got enabled that shouldn’t have been — nobody knows how — and all comments on Sea3on started going to the moderation queue. We’ve fixed that, and we think we’ve posted all the comments that were in the queue. Happy commenting!
If you’ve sent any e-mail to Paul in the past few days, it might have bounced. (Paul, a.k.a. chief, is the guy who runs this website. If you’ve used our contact form, it sends an e-mail to Paul.) But we’ve got our e-mail set up now, so any future e-mails should go through.
Some users weren’t able to log into the forum because their account was set to use the Warrior skin, which is currently unavailable. I’ve worked around this by disabling the Warrior skin for now. Don’t worry, it’ll be back soon! Hopefully you should be able to log in now, at least.
Be sure to read the post below this one if you haven’t already.
You may have noticed that we were hacked again about a week ago and, as a result, the forum has been down a few days. Well, good news! I’ve cleaned everything up (much better than I did last time) and everything seems to be in working order. That means, yes, the forum is finally back! But wait! Remember that, although the chance is small, the hackers may have gotten your forum password. If you’re concerned about this, you should change your password, not just on the forum, but on every site where you used that password. Sorry for the inconvenience!
Wondering why the forum was down so long? A big part of it was Bluehost requires us to submit a support ticket to wipe the server. I kept the forum down during the waiting period because the server could be wiped at any time and I didn’t want anyone to write a big post and lose it in the wipe. Well, after waiting about 60(!) hours for Bluehost to get off their butts and wipe the server, we gave up and signed up for DigitalOcean instead. I think DigitalOcean is a lovely host and look forward to working with them.
Now to make sure we never get hacked again…
The CEO and President of SEGA, Hajime Satomi, has admitted in an interview with Japanese magazine Famitsu that he feels the company has “betrayed” the trust of their fans with several titles released, and how the focus of the company will now shift to quality releases to “win back the customers’ trust”.
Highlighting the acquisition of Atlus, Satomi discusses how they’ve learned from the Japanese developers and how their North American and European markets have in the past primarily focused on “schedules”, which leads him to the conclusion they are better to release nothing at all if they continued down that path.
“As far as the Western market goes, we learned a lot from Atlus. If we can make a title with proper quality, I believe there’s a good chance for it to do well even in the West for players that like to play Japanese games.”
“I’ve been talking to the employees about how we should start putting serious consideration into quality from this point on. Especially in North America and Europe, where it’s always been more of a focus on schedules, I believe that if we can’t maintain quality, it would be better to not release anything at all.”
Satomi follows by admitting the company has “partially betrayed” their older fans with select games.
“We did our best to build a relationship of mutual trust with older fans of Sega, but looking back, there’ve been some titles that have partially betrayed that [trust] in the past 10 years.”
Satomi could of course be partially referring the recently released Sonic Boom titles on Wii U and 3DS, which shipped just 490,000 copies combined back when we reported in February, making it the worst selling major Sonic game in history. The Wii U version’s reception was especially negative, scoring just 32 from critic aggregator Metacritic – thus making it the worst reviewed Wii U title of the year.
It’s not all doom and gloom though, as Satomi says there could be a new home console game announced at the Tokyo Game Show 2015, which is in September. Could we get our first glimpse at the 25th Anniversary title?
“Since we’re seriously considering quality, I can’t make that promise for the time being, but I believe we will announce something for home console at Tokyo Game Show,”
“Sega in the ‘90s was known for its ‘brand, but after that, we’ve lost trust, and we were left with nothing but reputation. For this reason, we’d like to win back the customers’ trust, and become a ‘brand,’ once again.”
SONIC BOOM VOL. 2: BOOM SHAKA-LAKA (TR)
Brace yourself for the SONIC BOOM! The hit multimedia Sonic experience comes to you in the action-packed, laugh-a-minute comic book series! Sonic and his friends Tails, Amy, Knuckles and Sticks find themselves caught up in more zany adventures! Dr. Eggman asks the question: “Where does a one ton, fearsome gorilla sit?” The answer: “Wherever he politely asks to!”—wait, what?! Dr. Eggman has a problem-how can he betray the trust of the villagers when they don’t trust him to begin with? The mad mechanic pulls out all the stops to woo the weary would-be victims, but he gets more than he counted for when Sonic and his pals decide to become his
staff! Then it’s off to the races as Dr. Eggman goads Sonic into competing in a go-kart race! Sonic puts the pedal to the metal-because if he put his feet to the track, he’d win without question! But there’s no way Dr. Eggman will run a clean race! This volume collects SONIC BOOM #5-7 and #11.
Script: Ian Flynn, Bill Freiberger & Sam Sandak Freiberger
Art: Steven Butler, Ryan Jampole, Jennifer Hernandez, Diana Skelly, Rick
Bryant, Jack Morelli & Matt Herms
Cover: Tracy Yardley, Rick Bryant & Matt Herms
6 5/8 x 10 3/16″
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 11/11
SONIC/MEGA MAN: WORLDS UNITE VOL. 1: DEADLY FUSION 1 (TR)
The sequel to the record-shattering Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man crossover is here! You saw what happened when “Worlds Collide,” now brace yourself for when WORLDS UNITE! Dark forces have come together in the far future! The vicious conqueror, Sigma, has cheated death again and escaped the justice of X and the Maverick Hunters. He’s crossed space and time to join forces with Zavok and the malicious Deadly Six of Lost Hex! Sonic and Mega Man could save us-but they’ve gone missing! Now the Freedom Fighters of Sonic’s world and the Robot Masters of Mega Man’s world must take up the fight to save their heroes and stop the coming tide of darkness! WORLDS UNITE features guest appearances by the cast of SONIC BOOM, MEGA MAN X and some of CAPCOM and SEGA’s biggest stars! This volume collects WORLDS UNITE parts 1-4 from Sonic Universe #76, Sonic Boom #9, Sonic the Hedgehog #273, Mega Man #50 and selections from Mega Man: Worlds Unite Battles #1.
Script: Ian Flynn, Various
Art: Dan Schoening, Tracy Yardley, Ben Bates, Jamal Peppers, Terry Austin,
Jack Morelli, Rachel Deering, Luis Antonio Delgado & Elaina Unger
Cover:Patrick “Spaz” Spaziante
6 5/8 x 10 3/16″
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 11/4
SONIC SAGA SERIES 9: THE EGGMAN WARS (TR)
The SONIC SAGA graphic novel series returns! This volume is all out WAR! Dr. Eggman’s forces have grown thin and his city is destroyed. It’s time to strike! Sonic leads the Freedom Fighters and the Chaotix in a high-speed blitz to liberate the world! But Dr. Eggman’s army won’t go down without a fight-or will they? Even as the dust settles, a new conflict threatens to blaze up out of the ashes! What is the Iron Dominion, and is their fearsome might too much for Sonic to handle? And what role does Dr. Eggman’s lackey, Snively, play in all this? It’s all action and intrigue in this latest installment of the SONIC SAGA SERIES! Collects select stories from Sonic the Hedgehog #s 199-202.
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Tracy Yardley, Renae Deliz, Jim Amash, Tery Austin, John Workman,
Teresa Davidson, Matt Herms, Jason Jensen & Josh Ray
Cover: Tracy Yardley
6 5/8 x 10 3/16″
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 11/18
SONIC SUPER DIGEST #14
Get ready for fun & adventure—it’s Sonic Super Digest! Don’t miss all the classic fun and adventure you love in stories from the comics’ 20+ year history as Sonic and his friends embark on daring adventures, face evil villains and save the day one chili dog at a time! Spin into the fun that only Archie Comics and Sonic Super Digest can bring! Featuring awesome cover art from Tyson Hesse and story & art from the biggest names in Sonic comics history!
Cover: Tyson Hesse
On Sale Date: 11/4
128-page, full color comic
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #278
SONIC’s planet-wide chase CONTINUES! “Face of the Enemy” Part One: Sonic, Antoine and Big head to Shamar to rescue another Gaia Key Guardian! They’re calling in the reinforcements and getting some help from the local Freedom Fighters-but will that really be enough to get past the fearsome Egg Army? Then, in “Hidden Costs” Part Two: Get ringside seats to Bunnie vs. Cassia. It’s the can’t-miss Cyborg fight of the century! Featuring cover art by jamming Jamal Peppers and a “Maniacal” variant By CG artist Rafa Knight!
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Adam Bryce Thomas, Evan Stanley, Terry Austin, John Workman & Gabriel
Sonic the Hedgehog #278 CVR A Reg: Jamal Peppers, Terry Austin, Elaina Unger
Sonic the Hedgehog #278 CVR B Variant: Rafa Knight
On Sale Date: 11/11
32-page, full color comic
SONIC UNIVERSE #81
SILVER FIGHTS for his FUTURE in “The Silver Age” Part 3: Silver is at the mercy of the heartless council, but their cold nature is nothing compared to the evil then unleash! Gold’s mysterious past is now revealed, as well as how it’s tied to the current calamity. Will it be up to Silver to save his future once again? Featuring cover art by long-time Sonic Comic artist, Tracy Yardley and a “To the Future” variant by newcomer Adam Bryce Thomas!
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Tracy Yardley, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli & Matt Herms
Sonic Universe #81 CVR A Reg: Tracy Yardley & Matt Herms
Sonic Universe #81 CVR B Variant: Adam Bryce Thomas, Terry Austin & Steve
On Sale Date: 10/28
32-page, full color comic
By the way, if any of you have e-mailed Paul (chief) during the outage, when FUS was down completely, the e-mail may have been lost. Maybe not. So if you sent in anything, go ahead and send it again just to be sure, OK?