The week in news
Last week exploded into life when anti-SOPA and PIPA protests happened across the internet. We also gained new information on future releases SEGA could be making, along with the beginning of Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II‘s marketing strategy. Below are the day-by-day breakdowns of what happened last week.
- The week began with the result of our last poll coming in: 81% of you said you wanted SEGA to drop support for SOPA by dropping out of the ESA
- Sonic 4: Episode II information continued to trickle out with the first ESRB rating being released. Rated E for Everyone
- Reports suggest that the ESA spent $190,000 in support to help craft the PIPA act
- Tuesday opened with the latest in the Sonic archives showing us Sonic meeting the power ring creator
- The comic theme continued with the latest issue of Sonic Universe, where Sonic’s world is under attack!
- Despite a lack of proper DLC for Sonic Generations, players of the PC version were greeted with dates of when to expect the Casino Night Zone pinball machine bonus content
- SOPA was announced to be delayed until February, according to one its creators Lamar Smith
- SOPA protests began with Sonic Stadium confirming that they would be blacking out in protest to the controversial bill
- New screenshots from the latest Olympic Games title for the Nintendo 3DS were released
- Sonic Retro’s blackout went live, which was greeted with positive responses and was emphatic in its message against the controversial bills
- As we were still live and running, Solus wrote an articulate and persuasive feature about the bills and the blackouts
- On the same day of the protests, co-sponsors began to withdraw support from the bills. Senator Marco Rubio was the first to change his position
- For those of you who missed them (somehow), we rounded up the major protests that were happening across the web
- The day finished with news on two demos: for the 3DS, the latest Olympic Games title in the series was announced as having demo on January 26. For PC players, a demo of Sonic Generations on Steam went live.
- With the protests drawing to a close Sonic 4 rumours continued to surface. This time, there were hints that an upcoming Archie comic would tie-in to Episode II and perhaps reveal more info on the title
- Eddie Lebron came back into the spotlight last week, sharing more details about his movie, Sonic, and when we could expect to see it. Video inside
- The movie talk continued as Yuji Naka hinted that an official Sonic the Hedgehog movie could be in the works
- Only days after being reported, the Sonic Generations Casino Night pinball add-on was released for PC along with Sonic 4: Episode I and Sonic CD
- We began to finish the week with TSSZ Fan Fridays returning, featuring Black2s0ul and a couple of the fan’s animations
- We hoped it wouldn’t happen, but it did: SEGA began to follow the same teasing process as Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I by releasing three new pictures of concept art.
- The weekend also had some news for us. First, we reported a legal battle ensuing between Co-CEOs of Archie Comics
- We also heard rumours that there was potentially a new Sonic and SEGA All-Stars Racing title on the way (check out the link to Ryan’s review in the post if you haven’t already)