Keyboard Geniuses: Readers search their hearts and ask if the Sonic series was ever great

Keyboard Geniuses is our weekly glance at a few intriguing, witty, or otherwise notable posts from the Gameological discussion threads. Comments have been excerpted and edited here for grammar, length, and/or clarity. You can follow the links to see the full threads.

The Tough Questions

Yesterday marked Sonic The Hedgehog‘s 25th anniversary (and the 20th anniversary of the Nintendo 64—quite the day in games history). Patrick Lee took the opportunity to look back at the series and chart its evolution with one of our Best, Worst, Weirdest cloumns. Popular opinion usually paints the series as being in a gradual decline since the end of the 2-D era, but Patrick argued the games’ level of quality has been volatile throughout their history. And he reckoned that, despite its overall superiority, Sonic 3‘s toned down aesthetic marked a beginning for the series’ troubles. Wolfman Jew pointed to another …

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