Do you think sonic could use a reboot? Like they start it from the beginning and cover important stuff like meeting knuckles, discovering chaos emeralds, basically reworking everything throughout a set of future games but all with new and better writers than before? I think a new beginning is what sonic needs especially after all this boom shit, if they ever stop boom that is.
Sonic’s… kind of been rebooted so much that I don’t think it has any impact anymore.
Like, Sonic Adventure? That was a reboot. Kind of, anyway. Sure, Sonic Adventure takes the Angel Island legend stuff from the Japanese Sonic 3 instruction manual and runs with it, but it’s a completely different art style, a completely different personality, a completely different gameplay style… that’s a reboot.
I won’t necessarily call Sonic Heroes a reboot. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because Sonic Heroes was Sonic Team taking Sonic Adventure and trying to imbue it with classic Sonic elements while also bolting on this crummy team gimmick.
Sonic 2006 was actually pitched as a Sonic reboot. The official line from Sonic Team was that they were wiping the slate clean, and treating Sonic 2006 like the original Sonic on the Sega Genesis.
Then, I personally would consider Sonic Unleashed to be another reboot, actually. Yes yes I know, somebody from Sega said it was called Sonic Adventure 3 internally, and its Japanese name is Sonic World Adventure, but that first part is stupid and that second part is tangential at best.
Because, again: different art style, a completely different personality, a completely different gameplay style. I would argue Unleashed is the first 3D Sonic game where the in-game art matched the promo art, you know?
So that’s at least three reboots. Two in the last generation alone.
Rebooting isn’t going to solve anything. Who cares about the first time Sonic meets Knuckles if the game still plays like junk? Gameplay is what matters. And Sega has proven time and time again that they don’t need to reboot Sonic to completely change (and completely screw up) his gameplay.
Sonic the Hedgehog as a franchise doesn’t have the respect for a “the first time Sonic meets Knuckles” to mean anything to anyone except the most hardcore fans who still haven’t jumped ship yet.
Make it play good first. Build that respect back up. Only then can you evaluate “important moments in history.” That’s technically what Sonic Generations tried to do, and then they threw all of that gameplay right out the window because Sega is a smart company with profitable ideas.
In a recent interview with the Guardian, Pegg said he wanted to return “Star Trek” to its series roots. "It’s a story about frontierism and adventure and optimism and fun, and that’s where we want to take it, you know," he explained. "Where no man has gone before – where no one has gone before, sensibly corrected for a slighter more enlightened generation."
Way back in October 2013, we told you that Vancouver-based animation firm Rainmaker was planning on reviving the cult classic ReBoot – and now, binomes, it’s actually happening. The project has been pulled from the clutches of the Nulls, and us Users will be granted a glorious 26 episodes in Mainframe. Alphanumeric!
At the Banff World Media Festival yesterday, Corus Entertainment announced they had greenlit the new series, ReBoot: The Guardian Code, with 26 new episodes that will be a mix of live-action and animation distributed worldwide by TWC/Dimension. “The new ReBoot will feature the same action and comedy mix viewers loved in the original series,” said Corus Kids content director Jamie Piekarz, “but with an updated technological universe that will fascinate a new generation of kids,” and will somehow be multi-platform.
We already knew that The Guardian Code will attempt to resolve the show’s season four cliffhanger, and that all the major characters from the original series will feature in more than just cameo roles (though some of the minor characters might be just cameos to deal with older tech-jargon”). But now we also know that the new series is about (emphasis our own):
four teens (Austin, Parker, Grey and Tamra) who discover that they’re next-gen Guardians with a mission to save the world, by defending it in cyberspace. The Internet revolutionized the world, but it also left it vulnerable to attack. With the help of VERA, the last surviving cyberbeing from the original Guardian Program, our heroes stream into cyberspace where they use their awesome code-based powers to battle viruses that have been unleashed by a ruthless hacker. Known only as the Sourcerer, he seeks to rule the world by controlling cyberspace. Original fans of the show will be happy to hear that Megabyte will be back and he’s getting a major upgrade. ReBoot will showcase leading edge technologies and bring coding into the mainstream for kids.
When Austin, Parker, Grey and Tamra are not trying to stop viruses from overloading a nuclear power station, or remotely opening a dam to flood a city, or playing Criss Cross Crash Hour with a city’s transportation grid, our heroes are being typical teens: arguing with their parents over curfews; dealing with crushes; or trying to avoid getting suspended for skipping class when they’re really on a cyber mission to save the world!
The original Star Trek was an icon of inclusion. It might have been tokenism, but that was when networks considered tokenism a more dangerously friendly gesture than shaking hands with a salt vampire. The show wanted a woman second-in-command, and when the studios shut them down, they put her in every Star Trek clear into the next millennium just to say screw you. Compared to the new Trek, where every woman is stripped, crippled, or dangled by the throat until men can save them.
Meanwhile, the new Thunderbirds upgrades Tin-Tin to Tanusha “Kayo” Kyrano, a character whose function in the original was to be such a submissive love interest that it causes Christian Grey to take up puppetry. Her new nickname is inspired by her knocking assholes the hell out.
“You see, it doesn’t matter who’s cast as Spider-Man; it doesn’t matter who’ll direct it, what villains appear in his next movie or even where he will appear. Only that another reboot is pushing back my Black Panther movie. Fuck Spider Man.”