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Random: Sega Embraced Sonic's Mod Community During The 30th Anniversary Symphony

Random: Sega Embraced Sonic's Mod Community During The 30th Anniversary Symphony

Whether you’re a fan of mods or not, they’ve become a big part of a lot of video game communities over the years. Some companies even choose to embrace and channel fan creativity.

We heard recently how Sega is still cool with Sonic fan games (in most cases) – as long as projects aren’t monetized, and it seems for the recent Sonic 30th Anniversary Symphony, it borrowed a Chao Camera mod made by Sonic Adventure 2 modder Exant:

As you can see, Exant was overjoyed to see the mod featured during the anniversary symphony. The mod was featured during the intermission of the two-hour live stream. Below is what it looked like in action (see it around the 1:06:00 mark in the video):

Of course, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen Sega openly embrace Sonic mod community like this. Perhaps the most famous case was the release of Sonic Mania, which was directed and developed by Christian Whitehead. He originally got his start making Sonic fan games before porting Sonic CD to mobile devices.

Did you notice this during the Sonic 30th Anniversary Symphony livestream? Would you like to see more companies embrace the modding community? Leave a comment down below.

This post originally appeared on Nintendo Life | Latest News

Brian May: Queen guitarist announces reissue of his first album for 30th anniversary

Brian May: Queen guitarist announces reissue of his first album for 30th anniversary

Legendary Queen guitarist Brian May surprised his fans today by announcing the reissue of one of his most memorable albums – Back to the Light. This revitalisation of the 1992 album comes before the 30th anniversary of its release.

On bringing out his debut record once again, Brian said: “I was a little nervous at the beginning, thinking what is this going to dredge up in me? But I loved getting back in there.

“I’m really just hoping it will connect with people who have never heard this stuff before. They know me as guitarist for Queen. Some know me as an astronomer. Some know me as a campaigner for animal rights.

“I’m a sort of evangelist for 3-D Victorian Stereoscopy. But very few people have heard my solo output. So I’m excited to see how this turns out.”

The 73-year-old added: “I found it fascinating going back in there and rediscovering why I wrote certain things. What they meant to me. How we recorded. Some of it is so massive in the recording I can hardly believe we pulled it off – it’s very epic, some of it. And I like that.”

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Brian went on: “And at the same time, there’s little corners of it which are very simple, very understated, very emotionally naked.

“I discovered so much of what I’m saying in the album I still feel. I still feel those dangers, those fears, those hopes, those dreams.”

The reissued record hits store shelves on August 6, 2021.

To give the album some added pizzazz, Back to the Light has been remastered by Grammy Award winner Bob Ludwig, who has worked with the likes of Beyoncé.

What do you think? Are you excited for Brian May’s new album? Join the debate in the comments section here

This may not be the only rerelease coming from Brian in the coming months and years, however.

Brian said: “This is part of a series. The Brian May Gold Series.

“Each of them will have a little gold stamp on. And each one of them will give me the opportunity to rediscover the road that I travelled.”

Brian previously told Express.co.uk about his plans to rerelease his debut album.

Speaking in April, Brian told us: “I’m very excited, I’ve been putting a lot of work in and polishing that up, finding some tracks that weren’t on the original; a nice new package.”

He went on: “Funny thing is, it’s not out there. People often ask, ‘Where can I get your solo album?’ You can’t. Those deals have gone. It’s not been on iTunes or anything so now it will be.”

He then added he wouldn’t have been able to recreate the album if he didn’t have some extra time.

He said: “For me, it’s been a nice thing to explore. Again, probably if Covid hadn’t have happened I wouldn’t have had the time. But we’ve been able to go back into the archives and find all the original masters; re-polish them if you like. And for me, it’s been a discovery of where my brain was at the time. [It’s been] fascinating for me.”

Back to the Light hits store shelves on August 6, 2021.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Entertainment Feed

Celebrate Sonic's 30th With This Classic Sonic The Hedgehog 2 Funko Pop

Celebrate Sonic's 30th With This Classic Sonic The Hedgehog 2 Funko Pop

It’s the blue blur’s 30th anniversary this year and Sega has a stack of games and merchandise lined up for release.

In addition to all of these products, a Funko Pop version of classic Sonic from Sonic the Hedgehog 2 has been revealed. It’s a GameStop and EB Games exclusive, and pre-orders are now live for $ 14.99 USD.

As you can see, it’s based on the western box art design of Sonic the Hedgehog 2:

If Funko Pops aren’t your thing, why not take a look at all the other merchandise over on the Sonic 30th website. There are t-shirts, the Sonic encyclopedia, King Ice Sonic chains and more.

Funko Pop has also revealed a number of other video game figures including a Diamond Glitter Pikachu Waving. Will you be adding this Sonic Funko Pop to your collection? Leave a comment down below.

This post originally appeared on Nintendo Life | Latest News

Sonic's Limited-Edition 'Birthday Pack' Is Returning For His 30th Anniversary

If you were about when Sonic the Hedgehog celebrated his 10th anniversary, you might remember how Sega released a limited-edition bundle containing a copy of Sonic Adventure 2 and a special ‘Birthday Pack’ featuring a 10th-anniversary coin, booklet and a gold Sonic music CD soundtrack.

For those who missed it the first time around and happen to be located in Japan, Sega has revealed it will be releasing an updated version for the blue blur’s 30th birthday. There’ll be the same contents (slightly updated) and this time around it’ll be available alongside the release of Sonic Colors: Ultimate in an Anniversary Pack for the price of 9,889 Yen, or about $ 89 USD.

Here’s the full rundown of what’s included, courtesy of SEGAbits:

The Anniversary Pack contains:

– The “Life in Sonic’s World Vol.1” art book, which features the “SONIC PICT” illustrations featured on the official Twitter account in Japan, depicting Sonic and friends going about their daily lives. The book will also feature an exclusive cover illustration as well as commentary and behind the scenes stories of their production.

– “Life in Sonic’s World” CD, featuring music from the games meant to accompany the art book.

– Sonic 30th Anniversary Collector’s Coin: A limited edition coin commemorating the 30th anniversary of Sonic.

Sonic Colors: Ultimate and the Birthday Pack
Sonic Colors: Ultimate and the Birthday Pack (Image: via Amazon)
And this is what Sonic's 10th Anniversary Birthday Pack looks like...
And this is what Sonic’s 10th Anniversary Birthday Pack looks like… (Image: via SEGAbits)

Once again, this is a Japan-only offer, but there are import options available. Would you be interested in this 30th-anniversary edition of the Sonic the Hedgehog Birthday Pack? Did you secure the original back in 2001? Leave a comment down below.

This post originally appeared on Nintendo Life | Latest News

Sonic 30th Anniversary live stream start time, Collection and Sonic Adventure 3 rumours

Sonic 30th Anniversary live stream start time, Collection and Sonic Adventure 3 rumours

In the run-up to the Sonic stream French retailer Sogamely listed a ‘Sonic Collection’ title that’s heading to the PS4. The listing for this unannounced game has now been taken down, but it ties into leaked info from trusted insider Zippo.

In a blog post Zippo detailed what could be announced at the upcoming Sonic event. A Sonic Collection, which will be a mix of ports and remasters, is expected to be announced.

The Collection is tipped to include the first two Sonic games (but sadly not Sonic 3, with no word on whether Sonic & Knuckles could be included also) as well as more surprise choices like Sonic Advance, Pocket Adventure, Sonic R and Sonic Colors. A new 2D Sonic as well as a new Sonic & Mario at the Olympics game is also expected to be revealed.

While the big rumour is a new 3D Sonic could get revealed, which is in the vein of Dreamcast series Sonic Adventure.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Gaming Feed

Sharon Stone: Basic Instinct star 'can't stop' XXX rerelease of 30th anniversary film

Sharon Stone: Basic Instinct star 'can't stop' XXX rerelease of 30th anniversary film
Basic Instinct broke boundaries when it was released in 1992. The film followed Detective Nick Curran (Michael Douglas) tracking down the killer involved in a brutal murder. During his investigation, the detective interrogated Sharon Stone’s character Catherine Tramell. The young woman’s legendary interrogation scene has gone down in history as one of the most tantalising and shocking scenes in cinema. During the heated chat Sharon’s character uncrossed her legs revealing herself to the room full of men asking her questions, distracting them in the process.
Viewers caught a glimpse of Sharon’s physique during this film moment, but a lot more was filmed and never revealed.

It was announced earlier this year that a director’s cut of Basic Instinct would be coming out in June.

This version is otherwise known as the XXX version, as it contains full and longer footage of the intense interrogation scene.

Despite not wanting the uncut scenes to be release, Sharon recently revealed she is “powerless” to stop it.

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Speaking to A Current Affair on Monday, as reported by The Daily Mail, Sharon said: “They’ve decided to release the director’s XXX cut for the 30th anniversary.”

Speaking about if she could call for the scenes to be axed, she went on: “There are new [Screen Actors Guild] rules about that that have been made and created but they were made after I, as a young lady, made this film, and so they don’t apply to me.”

She added: “Regrets are like farts, you can’t get them back. Once they’re out, there’s stinky and gone.”

The 63-year-old has previously claimed she was “tricked” into exposing herself during the scene.

Sharon told all in her recently released memoir The Beauty of Living Twice where she recalled seeing the flashing scene for the first time.

She wrote how she “slapped” director Paul Verhoeven after seeing it and walked out of a preview event.

Verhoeven had allegedly told her the scenes would not show any of her genitals during the scene.

Sharon insisted this was a lie in her book, and that the audience could see “all the way to Nebraska”.

Sharon recalled in her book: “After we shot Basic Instinct, I got called in to see it.

“Not on my own with the director, as one would anticipate, given the situation that has given us all pause, so to speak, but with a room full of agents and lawyers, most of whom had nothing to do with the project.

“That was how I saw my vagina-shot for the first time, long after I’d been told: ‘We can’t see anything – I just need you to remove your panties, as the white is reflecting the light, so we know you have panties on.’”

Conversely, Verhoeven vehemently dismissed Sharon’s claims.

Verhoeven was quoted by ICON in 2017 as saying: “Sharon is lying.

“Any actress knows what she’s going to see if you ask her to take off her underwear and point there with the camera.”

Basic Instinct is available to watch on NOW.


This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Entertainment Feed

Sonic The Hedgehog 30th Anniversary Comic Announced By IDW

As the 30th anniversary celebration of the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise continues through 2021, Sega and comics publisher IDW has announced a special 30th-anniversary comic book release. The Sonic the Hedgehog 30th Anniversary Special is a large 80-page comic book with three separate stories featuring iconic heroes and villains. 

Joining the team that features longtime writer Ian Flynn and artists Mauro Fonseca, Reggie Graham, Aaron Hammerstrom, and Thomas Rothlisberger are multiple New York Times bestsellers. Gale Galligan, best known for her illustration work in The Babysitters Club, and Justin, Travis, and Griffin McElroy, known for My Brother, My Brother, and Me and The Adventure Zone, join the established creative team behind the Sonic the Hedgehog comics.

“Sonic has been central to my creative career for years,” Flynn said in a press release. “I’ve had the pleasure of writing the little blue hedgehog in a variety of media, and he, in turn, has introduced me to an army of artists and editors who have helped me grow as a professional (and made me look good). I’ve had a long run with Sonic, and I hope that continues for years to come!”

The first story is called “Seasons of Chaos” and comes from Flynn, Hammerstrom, and Graham. This story features Sonic heading off on an adventure to retrieve the Chaos Emeralds alongside Tails, Knuckles, Amy, Mighty, and Ray. The second story, penned by Galligan and illustrated by Rothlisberger, centers on Dr. Eggman celebrating his birthday in a “surprisingly poignant” way. The third and final story comes from the McElroy brothers and Fonseca. In it, Sonic finds himself in the humorous situation of learning how to drive a car as the fastest creature in the universe.

This special-edition comic will be available with multiple cover variants, featuring different art from Sonic Team, Christina-Antoinette Neofotistou, Patrick Spaziante, and Tyson Hesse. Also, IDW will release a Deluxe Edition, which features a hardcover and bonus content at a $ 20 price-point. 

Sonic the Hedgehog 30th Anniversary Special is set to launch alongside the franchise’s 30th anniversary this June, while the Deluxe Edition is scheduled for release on October 5. IDW is also launching the first of its hardcover collections of previously released entries in the ongoing series. Sonic the Hedgehog: The IDW Collection, Vol. 1 gathers the first 12 comics in the series and releases on June 22 for $ 60.

IDW took over from longtime publisher Archie Comics in April 2018. Since then, the series has released nearly 40 issues in the ongoing series. For more on the IDW Sonic comics franchise, check out our interview with Flynn from when the IDW partnership was first announced here.

Brian Shea