Lego Green Hill Zone
Sunday, 23rd June 2013, 5:21pm (BST), 19 Comments
Happy Sonic Day all! What better way to celebrate Sonic 1's 22nd anniversary than to recreate a small part of it in the world's greatest toy - Lego! Actually, I made this a little while ago, and hadn't got round to posting it - it only struck me yesterday that today would be perfect timing.



The idea came to me, having recently got back into Lego for the first time since childhood, and I thought I'd give it a go. Lego.com has an awesome pick-a-brick service that I made a couple of orders on, and sure enough, some bags of lots and lots of small orange, brown and green bricks can be arranged into quite a nifty Green Hill scene. Couldn't quite get exactly all the bricks in all the colours I would have wanted, but I worked around it, though it's easy to get a bit carried away on there, with bricks as low as 6p. I think it all came to about £70 in the end. Whoops. Oh well!



The intrusions and extrusions in the walls were a must - thank goodness for sloping bricks. It took me quite a while to come up with a good solution for the trees, working with the bricks I could acquire. A regular Lego palm tree or some foliage pieces would have looked rubbish, so I instead just tried to capture the general shape of them, as they're pretty specific. The leaf pieces actually ended up upside down.



A bit limited on facial expressions when working with only 4 studs each, on the totem pole, but this is quite a cool feature I thought :)



My favourite bit is probably the log bridge. This was a difficult one too. It's a little fragile, but what I had to do was link up small stick pieces with those little singular holder pieces, masked by the brown round ones in a rather complex pattern. Looks great though, as I can bend and twist them into the perfect shape so that it looks like the bridge droops a bit.

Not sure whether or not I'd invest in more pieces to enhance it further, but I was contemplating building up a background on the far sides, recreating the Green Hill sea and mountains in a wall of many, many bricks. I was also trying to think of other levels that would be good too. Chemical Plant? Mushroom Hill? Star Light? Suggestions welcome! If it'd work well in Lego form and the right bricks and colours are available, I might go for it. :)
Comments   19 Comments have been posted.
#1. Comment posted by Doreen on Sunday, 23rd June 2013, 6:33pm
Omg, this is amazing! I can't believe you did all of this yourself! :D As for suggestions for other levels, how about Angel Island or Mushroom Hill? I know they're basically the same as Green Hill, but I think they'd look kinda cool in Lego form too. Anyway, have a good weekend! And thanks for sharing! Xx :)
#2. Comment posted by Mercury on Sunday, 23rd June 2013, 6:41pm
This is brilliant! I've always wanted to do something like this myself, but I never had the pieces. I really like the totems, and the inclusion of spikes. :)
#3. Comment posted by Kabam! on Tuesday, 25th June 2013, 2:36pm
Terrific in every sense of the word. I suppose I wouldn't mind seeing mystic cave or oil ocean in Lego form. IF ANYTHING, A LEGO HILL TOP ZONE WOULD BE THE MOST AMAIZNG THING EVER! :D
#4. Comment posted by hopintheroflcopter on Tuesday, 25th June 2013, 11:01pm
Incredible! Absolutely incredible!

Oh, and... Chemical Plant ;)
#5. Comment posted by LOFC_Ed on Wednesday, 26th June 2013, 9:33am
Nice stuff dude; cracking job!
#6. Comment posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, 26th June 2013, 2:26pm
That looks really neat! It even looks better than that papercraft Green Hill.
#7. Comment posted by MoDaD on Sunday, 30th June 2013, 10:36pm
Have to agree with Chemical Plant. Also, this looks really cool.
#8. Comment posted by Agg on Monday, 1st July 2013, 6:23am
Do everyones favorite, Ice Cap Zone
#9. Comment posted by wabwab on Monday, 1st July 2013, 1:33pm
www.bricklink.com - If you're looking for bricks. This is definitely the place. if you're looking for particular pieces you'll definitely find them here. (and most probably at a better price than Lego.com)

Check it out :)
#10. Comment posted by kadybat on Monday, 1st July 2013, 5:43pm
Marble Zone would be SO cool in LEGO! You should submit this to Cusoo!
#11. Comment posted by Cybershell13 on Tuesday, 2nd July 2013, 3:59am
Haha that is very cool. It's nice to see new blog posts!
#12. Comment posted by SonicTailsKnuckles on Thursday, 4th July 2013, 2:26pm
I agree Cybershell! I would love to own that. I wonder if they'll make Marble Zone out of Lego...?
#13. Comment posted by Anonymous on Saturday, 24th August 2013, 12:30pm
Final boss of Sonic 2, complete with the death egg scenery
#14. Comment posted by Pete C on Sunday, 17th November 2013, 12:17am
You're a genius, man. This looks so good. Heaps of detail, great colours, put it on display in a glass case!
I humbly suggest Star Light and I look forward to the next one you do.
#15. Comment posted by Anonymous on Friday, 9th May 2014, 5:57am
Beauty!
#16. Comment posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, 13th August 2014, 4:13pm
terrific is an understatement
#17. Comment posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, 13th August 2014, 4:16pm
I would like Labyrinth zone and Hill top. MAybe carnival night and STARDUST SPEEDWAY
#18. Comment posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, 13th January 2015, 5:22pm
Absolutely amazing. Guard it with bullet-proof glass! I suggest Marble Zone & have an idea: it would be really cool to see the real zone from the game next to your Lego version. Keep building!
#19. Comment posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, 13th January 2015, 5:24pm
Absolutely amazing. Guard it with bullet-proof glass! I suggest Marble Zone & have an idea: it would be really cool to see the real zone from the game next to your Lego version. Keep building!
Some thoughts on Sonic Lost World
Sunday, 2nd June 2013, 12:14pm (BST), 7 Comments
Well, you know there's a big new Sonic game announced when LiQuidShade finally returns from hibernation for the Winter. Yes, Zone: 0 may have officially closed its doors to new content a little while ago but I did want to keep the blog open for any passing Sonic thoughts. But aside from a couple of apps that were great, but don't quite fill the hole, there hasn't been a whole lot else worth thinking about in Sonic's world lately. In fact we've gone a solid year without any firm promise of a proper new platformer, which is why I'm pleased to finally see that Sonic Lost World has joined us, and it's quite nice to see that it's had relatively little in the way of leaks going before it too.



In the unlikely event that I am, for some reason, your first port of call on all things new Sonic games (and I really shouldn't be), Lost World is heading to Wii U and 3DS in November (I'd imagine) and features Sonic on one of his more colourful and abstract adventures in which he battles six crazy looking characters known as the Deadly Six on the world of "Lost Hex".

The trailer actually has quite a lot to say for itself, particularly about the kind of levels and designs we can expect this time around, at least if the one stage shown is anything to go by. Rather than basing it on firm ground as most levels have been in recent years, Lost World flings particularly cylindrical chunks of this level, simplistically titled Wind Hill, high into the air, more reminiscent of some Sonic Heroes levels. As lone playable character Sonic (SEGA seem pretty damn set on that these days don't they?) runs and hops across them, the gravity adjusts with him, allowing him to follow curved paths and twists in the roads without falling off. Exactly, it would seem, like Mario Galaxy and everyone's favourite canned Sonic game from the nineties, Sonic X-treme. The latter is possibly a coincidental similarity, but I'd find it hard to believe the former was anything other than a big inspiration.

Nothing necessarily wrong with that, Mario Galaxy 1 and 2 are superb games, probably my favourites in the series, and if you're going to be inspired by anything, it's at least a good choice. I can see it working well with Sonic's speed, and we've seen plenty of hints of it before too, such as in gravity-flipping levels and the aforementioned cancelled Saturn game.

I would say however that the visual design of Wind Hill and, one would naturally assume, probably the other levels as well, does not do much to mask the source of inspiration. In fact, it's almost as if Mario Galaxy had a Green Hill themed level in which Mario looked exactly like Sonic and could run much faster. It's this aspect that kind of makes me not quite as excited as I feel I should be or would like to be. It is a very interesting looking game, but my love of Sonic level design intricacies raises one or more of my eyebrows when looking at the trailer and screenshots.



I love Mario games, but I use them here as an illustration of what I love most about Sonic levels in general, and what I slightly worry about with this game. They have always, for me, felt much, much more personalised. Mario games often number, not name their levels, "World 1-4" for example, and they are more regularly restricted by fairly generic level tropes - grassy level, castle level, mountain level, desert level, etc. That's fine, because that series has always favoured emphasising the difficulty curve of its extremely clever use of obstacles, and to some extent the level locations do not matter as much.

Sonic has a slightly different approach though, and it's one that I adore. Each and every level is memorable in some way, easily separated from its neighbours. They have their own names for starters, but whether it's the purple dungeon bricks and scary spiked guillotines of Marble Zone, the long bouncy floor in Wacky Workbench or the mix of alien nature with construction machinery in Planet Wisp, every level leaves an impression you don't quickly forget. Common themes frequently recur of course, as in any long running series, but it's the way in which they're constantly being tweaked, reinterpreted and combined with others that gets me excited.

I can't help but feel lately though that this philosophy is somewhat under threat, perhaps as a by-product of Sonic Team wanting to make it very clear that, after years of more serious games in real world settings, complex plots and diverse gameplay modes, they have not forgotten Sonic's roots and still know how to do things the old fashioned, "classic" way. While this, most would agree, is very welcome, it means that we've seen an abundance of Green Hill Zone and other level clones, and other classic references like reintroduced badniks, as opposed to new designs that encompass the sprit of them without just being copies. It's something I keep banging on about I know, but after only about a quarter of Sonic 4 had that kind of originality, seeing that orange and brown checkered pattern for the umpteenth time on the walls of the new Wind Hill level does little to comfort me, unfortunately!

In fairness, Lost World's level appears to have less in common with Green Hill than it may seem at first - it may not technically even be within the same trope, as this level takes place above fields, lakes and valleys rather than rocky seaside mountains, and the trees are more woodland than tropical. Although overly familiar elements like totem poles and log bridges are wheeled out once again, they are also joined, if you look closely at the screen shots, by some more interesting and unusual patterns, such as blocky grass and patchwork effects that do look quite nice. For all its differences though, its similarities overpower it, and it's a shame that just a change of pattern, colour or preferably both on some of those walls would have done wonders for this level's own individuality. For example, Mushroom Hill's patterns resemble Green Hill's general approach, but manage to look entirely different. Why can't we do something like that?



It's not just the same old checkers and Motobugs that I'm finding slightly unsettling though, it's back to the parallels with Mario Galaxy that I'm having a little trouble with. It doesn't just apply to the general structural ideas of the game, it's the look too, it really does carry the same sort of colourful, simplistic, abstract style - almost as if Nintendo themselves have had a go at making a Sonic game. Even the clouds and trees look more whimsical and cartoony than normal. I suppose this concern is more of a subjective thing, but personally I'm not crazy about a style that runs too close to Mario's. There is a bit more to it than just cutesy child-like clouds and mountains with smiley faces on them of course - the abstract, geometric style of the blocky grass and walls in particular harks back to fairly traditional Sonic aesthetics, best seen in Sonic 1, Knuckles Chaotix and even a bit in Sonic Advance 2. Although that kind of stuff clearly suits and even defines Sonic, it's not actually my personal preference. I kind of like realistic aesthetics, but at the same time, exaggerating the location, making it bold and fantastical, as seen more in games like Sonic Colours or Heroes. Also, there's just something about seeing a whole chunk of Sonic level curved into a cylinder stretching out ahead that seems just a bit.. weird, and wrong. Hopefully it's not necessarily common throughout the game and other levels have different sorts of structures, using the gravity mechanic in different ways.

And of course, all we really have to go on is one level, but we do have clues as to some of the others. The initially released image of Sonic and Tails flying to the half-built world in the sky also suggests the themes of the other levels too, and although there's only so much you can tell, there's no denying that they suggest some pretty basic, again, almost Mario-like level ideas. From ice level to desert to fire, it doesn't get much more textbook platformer. That's not to say they won't have some unique elements to call their own, and in any case it's far too soon to judge just yet. However, I just can't shake the concern that in seeking to replicate Mario's success, they may be trading, completely unnecessarily, some of the things that make Sonic so great. Thank God the level even has a name (albeit a very boring one) and isn't simply just called "Zone 1".

Perhaps I'm being rather harsh. It is a little unfair, after all, to judge a game just on one of its levels, but alas that's all we can do at the moment. My confidence that the game will still be fun remains resilient and sometimes you just have to ride out design decisions that aren't your cup of tea. Despite everything I've said, what I'm seeing does look gorgeous. I'm also intrigued by what IGN describes of the game's "parkour" system, essentially allowing you to run only when a trigger button is held, otherwise Sonic will simply just walk. I'd imagine this will simply set Sonic running in whichever direction you had him in when you pressed it, and then perhaps the thumbstick is used to quick dash or something, rather than change direction entirely. In skilled hands I can see this potentially making for a more controlled and satisfying experience, although that, coupled with all the new moves does make me wonder how easy it will be to pick up for new or less able players. It doesn't sound particularly simple to me. But it does sound like the most radical control change we've had in a long time now, so I'm very interesting in seeing some extended gameplay footage to find out how it works.

Then there's the quick matter of the 3DS version. It's nice that it's being treated as a full 3D game rather than a strictly 2D one, but I always find these "lesser" alternatives to Sonic games just end up getting ignored. Sonic Generations on 3DS, Sonic Colours on DS, even Sonic Unleashed on Wii; I have them all, but I've clocked up much, much less time on them than their home console, or graphically superior counterparts, and I've no doubt it'll be the same this time around too. I always wonder, if they have to make entirely new levels for it anyway, how much more effort would it take to just make it an entirely new game, in its own right? Add a cheap, cheerful story and some simple, but well thought out level concepts and you're laughing. I suspect there's a clever marketing strategy behind releasing lesser versions, but I find them kind of annoying.

For years Sonic games, in the eyes of fans, have been shooting for both quality and experiences reminiscent of the early days. Sonic 4 gave us the latter, Sonic Colours, the former, and Sonic Generations, both. Now, after finally having achieved these long sought goals and with two decades fully celebrated, where next? It's tough to know where to take the series and still keep it refreshing and interesting, especially following successful games, where there is so much more at stake if it flops. But I do applaud the fact that some whole new angles are being explored in the name of making things exciting, and I am hopeful for the game. But I just worry that it'll always be considered as a bit of a Sonic rip-off of Mario Galaxy. Sonic's Jump and Dash on mobile are brilliant but they too have extremely obvious sources of inspiration, and I just wonder lately if SEGA are at all capable of coming up with an interesting and truly unique angle to a Sonic game in the same way that Galaxy was to the Mario series. Too many more of these and Sonic will develop a reputation as being a bit of trend follower, rather than a trend setter, as he was when he first hit the scene.
Comments   7 Comments have been posted.
#1. Comment posted by Mobius1ne on Sunday, 2nd June 2013, 3:54pm
Nice read! I share the exact same views as you do, great to see that there's somebody out there that's as passionate to Sonic's past outings as I am!

It looks like a great game, and seems as though Sega are pulling away from some of the awful 3D games that Sonic has been forced to run through - voice and rock music in-tow. Generations was really fun, but for me they changed the levels a bit too much, I was so excited to blaze through Chemical Plant again, but quite disappointed... it didn't feel like Chemical Plant. Colours was even better in my opinion, which is a surprise to myself because I feel most new Sonic games with new concepts put me off completely. There was just something that made me like it, I can't put my finger on it but it helped me regain faith for Sonic, and that he may be coming back full-blast. With the newest addition it looks like that comeback is still going in the right direction, I just hope we'll see some new footage soon.

There's a thought that I've had for some years now that I just can't shake and I can't help but mention every time I go into a blue-hog themed rant. I still can't help but feel that Sega just need to make another 16-bit Sonic game, at least one more for old times sake. The creation would consume a fraction of the time, people and money it takes to create a 'current-gen' Sonic, but I'm about 100,000,000% sure it would result in massive profit. I'd gladly pay upwards of £20 for a new 16-bit Sonic, as I'm sure most of us fans would. Also current hardware limitations/space would be nothing to a 16-bit game, think of how many levels there could be!

One can only dream... ;)
#2. Comment posted by Hyper_Sonic on Wednesday, 5th June 2013, 12:42am
It does look fun, I admit, but it sure doesn't look like Sonic. And that's what worries me.
#3. Comment posted by Kabam! on Wednesday, 5th June 2013, 3:47am
Wow! To be honest, I thought you were never coming back LiQuidShade! It is nice to hear from you again! If you ask me, I simply don't think this game was the most healthy step for Sonic to take after Sonic Generations. I guess we'll just have to wait and see!
#4. Comment posted by Brady Meyers on Tuesday, 18th June 2013, 11:19am
It's a shame that Sonic Lost World isn't going to be available on the consoles (Xbox360, Xbox One, Playstation 3, Playstation 4). I love Sonic as much as anyone else does, but I personally want more sonic games to be on consoles a lot. My 250GB PS3 is a perfect example.
#5. Comment posted by SonicTailsKnuckles on Friday, 21st June 2013, 5:45pm
In reply to Kabam! I didn't think he was coming back either. In reply to Hyper_Sonic: I agree
#6. Comment posted by SuperVolcano on Monday, 24th June 2013, 11:43am
Hmm. I certainly agree with this post, but I can't help but fear it will also lack the "fun" that good Sonic games just kind of "have" in them. I've only seen gameplay on YouTube, but the gameplay seems too much like Mario Galaxy and not enough like Sonic Colours/Generations which is a shame because the formula was getting so close to perfection. Sure, I really enjoyed the Galaxy games (I have 121*2 and 241 stars in them, respectively) but I can't help thinking this game just isn't Sonic. I'll still buy the 3DS version when it comes out, of course, but this isn't enough to make me buy a Wii U just yet. Maybe I'll see if I can emulate it...

The art style also isn't as appealing to me as that of Colours or Generations. I guess I was just really hoping for a game that was basically "Generations but new levels". On PC. Because a laptop and a Wii is all I really have and want to have. Speaking of which, @BradyMeyers I'm pretty sure the Wii U is a console. Just saying.
#7. Comment posted by Brady Meyers on Thursday, 19th September 2013, 9:21am
That too, but really, Sony & Microsoft must have a stronger partnership with SEGA if we respective owners want to play Sonic games on those respective consoles (PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One). That said, I'm holding my breath for another Sonic game to be released for both Microsoft's & Sony's gaming consoles, sometime soon.
Zone: 0 Guides Complete!
Thursday, 30th August 2012, 9:00pm (BST), 54 Comments
Update: Sonic & Knuckles guide complete: Death Egg Zone added, The Doomsday Zone and game endings added to the Stages and Stories page, and Downloads page added.
Thanks for Playing!


The final guide update is complete, Sonic & Knuckles is now wrapped up with Death Egg Zone, and the Stages and Stories, and Downloads pages. This is where, sadly, Zone: 0 must draw a line under its new guide content and ride off into the sunset.

I sat down and started writing these guides eight years ago this very day. My projects at that time had a history of fizzling out after a few months, and I don't quite know how this one has managed to hold itself together for this long. But I'm grateful that it's received as much support and respect from fans and the Sonic community that it has done, which has allowed me to keep going when it's been a chore as much as it has a complete joy. Although I've said my interest has dwindled in it in the past, I never failed to feel a great sense of pride and accomplishment with every new level guide that I've published, and I hope you've enjoyed reading them as much as I have writing them.

I can't deny a big part of me wants to carry on, my love of Sonic level design and the series as a whole begs me to appreciate more of the games in the same way, and I'm sure getting back into writing (since I haven't actually done a great deal of it in years) would be really fun and invigorating. But there are so many more projects I want to do, and I can't just leave this place hanging, waiting for a promised guide that takes ages to come because I'm doing so many other things, and I have very limited free time anyway. Never say never, I may get the itch again and decide to write up Sonic Adventure or something, but don't hold your breath - at least not any time in the next few years. I just don't want to tie myself down to any more of it right now, I'm sure you'll understand.

What's next? Well, I don't know exactly. As well as being a web developer I also make small games as part of my day job, so a mobile phone game app is something I've been thinking about for some time now. And then of course there's also my ultimate dream - to use my knowledge of Sonic level design to create my own original fan game levels; something I've always wanted to do, and I hope to make at least one of them (and I mean a really awesome one) during my lifetime. However, before you think I'm trotting off to pastures new forever, remember that all I've said so far is that there won't be any new guides written for the forseeable future - that's not to say that guides won't be amended and updated with new pieces of information that you guys have provided me with over the years, or new downloads. Sonic CD for instance is desperately in need of an update to account for the popular 2011 re-release, and I hope to get around to everything that needs amending in due course, after a short break. I would also like to see what I can do about a new look and some new site features, now that I've developed a few new tricks since 2009, when I launched the current design. This blog will also remain in regular use too, for any further Sonic musings I may have or project updates you might be interested in. So if you think I'm now just going to allow this place to gather dust and rot away, think again. At the very least, it will definitely stay online for as long as I can afford to host it (and on that note, may I highlight the new ad banners and invite you to click on a few should they peak your interest.. cough cough).

Zone: 0, now and then


I thought it would be nice at this point to include some fun stats, including visitor analytics since the current design launched on February 22nd 2009:

- Total number of page views: 1,011,342
- Total number of unique Sonic fans that have visited Zone: 0: 134,372
- Total number of images across the guides: 4558
- Total number of words across the guides: 254,061 (wow)
- Number of community awards won: 3 (I think)
- Number of Zone: 0 maps that have appeared in gaming magazines: 2
- Total time taken to get this far: 8 years on the dot.

Not bad going for a hobby, especially the fact that I've written over 25 times the typical length of a University dissertation just on five Sonic games - that's pretty scary in fact. Why did I do it? How did I do it? Simple really; I love Sonic. I want to tell you everything I can about Sonic because I love it that much, and I wanted a site like this to exist, so I made it exist. I hope that's come across in everything you see here, from the amount of detail I've put into writing about the level structure and visual iconography of Marble Garden Zone, to the placement of every last ring on the map of Spring Yard Zone.

The overall concept has changed a little since my original vision of it came to me - it's more of a strategy guide now than I had originally intended - but I think if the me eight years ago, with his sudden passion for his brand new project idea were to be able to glance ahead into the future and see the final outcome of his wildly ambitious ideas, I would hope that he would be pretty amazed. I would hope that he would put aside the mild disappointment of the fact that I'd covered only five out of sixty-odd Sonic games, and instead see that it's not the quantity but the quality that makes Zone: 0 what it is. I would hope that he would be amazed that a little idea that popped into his head one day had gradually evolved, appeared on screen and slowly grew into a huge virtual library, something truly unique in the community and respected and praised as such, and is only just now coming to an end, as all good things must do at some point. This has not been a flash in the pan, this has been an unlikely idea turned into a reality, after an immense amount of work.

I'm truly grateful that since launching the site, I haven't heard a bad word about it. Everyone genuinely seems to love what I've done here, and I couldn't be more proud about that. It's been my biggest undertaking and it's easily the greatest thing I've ever accomplished. I'm not happy unless I'm working on some sort of significant project, and if this place inspires anyone at all to take up a similar philosophy with their hobbies and passions then that would fill me with joy. I encourage you all to do something, big or small, that makes you feel good and gives you pride to say, "I made that. It took me ages, but I think it's awesome." It doesn't have to be a massive website that takes nearly a decade to make, it can be anything. Don't just play and watch and read without comment. Do something to make people see how it makes you feel and how it inspires you. Those of you loyal readers who have been following the site for a while know that it definitely can take me a little while to get things done around here, but at no point did I want to give up until it was done. Trust me, when you keep going even when what you're doing is tough or tedious, being able to step back from it when it's all done and look at what you've accomplished is so worth it. It makes you glad that you persevered, and made something worthwhile. I love these games, they are my childhood and for me, they're icons of all that is fun and great in life. To think that I have made something personal, yet useable, something that demonstrates my passion, yet something that helps and hopefully inspires, fills me with a special satisfaction that money can't buy. Get out there and show us what you're passionate about!

I want to thank every single one of you that have passed through this site during the last five years that it's been live, and have found it even a little bit useful or interesting. I want to thank anyone who has ever sent me an email or message saying how much they've enjoyed my work - these have been from kids, parents, young people who grew up with Sonic as I did, but have found things here they never knew about (as I did too during my research), new fans experiencing the games for the first time, and Sonic fans who already know everything but love seeing it written and mapped, and who are always eager to add information and make this place the best it can be. I want to thank the regular posters who have always been keeping an eye on my rambling blogs and adding their voices to the comments sections. I won't name you all because I don't want to miss anyone out, but you all know exactly who you are and you should know that I appreciate all of you.

There are two people I will name though, whom I've thanked before but will thank again regardless. Ricky Earl for his outstanding artwork contributions to the Sonic 1 and 2 guides, a brilliant artist and an all round great guy to talk to - I wish him well with his art, and his new life in Sweden. And Mercury, whose talent for programming has made the maps for Sonic CD, and Sonic 3 & Knuckles not only possible, but so much easier. Good luck to him with his new AeStHete game engine and fan game projects. I suggest you click on the ad banner for that, which will remain in circulation.

So what more can I say? I've had a great time, and I hope you've enjoyed my contribution to the Sonic community. Though this chapter ends, it allows new ones to begin, and I hope that my contributions can continue further - I'm pretty sure I'll never stop loving Sonic, and as long as I have ideas, you'll be hearing a lot more from me..!

Enjoy,

LiQuidShade.
Comments   54 Comments have been posted.
#1. Comment posted by Abi on Thursday, 30th August 2012, 9:04pm
:-) x
#2. Comment posted by Adam Unknown on Thursday, 30th August 2012, 9:15pm
*Wipes tears*
#3. Comment posted by Brady Meyers on Thursday, 30th August 2012, 10:18pm
3 CHEERS FOR LQS!
#4. Comment posted by Gemster on Friday, 31st August 2012, 12:53am
Ah, a beautiful wrap-up. Lovely to see it complete, sad to see it end...
LiQuidShade, goodjob, absolutely have loved this, and wish you the best of luck wherever next you are heading to :P
Oh, and if you are interested, Sonic3HD is on the lookout for any designers who would love to help me design a Hard Mode of the game, meaning 100% original level design. If you ever feel up for the task, just tell us :)
#5. Comment posted by Gemster on Friday, 31st August 2012, 12:53am
Ah, a beautiful wrap-up. Lovely to see it complete, sad to see it end...
LiQuidShade, goodjob, absolutely have loved this, and wish you the best of luck wherever next you are heading to :P
Oh, and if you are interested, Sonic3HD is on the lookout for any designers who would love to help me design a Hard Mode of the game, meaning 100% original level design. If you ever feel up for the task, just tell us :)
#6. Comment posted by Brady Meyers on Friday, 31st August 2012, 3:50am
Gemster, you said that 2 times already! fcol
#7. Comment posted by MoDaD on Friday, 31st August 2012, 4:11am
Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication. I'm envious of the level of quality you've put into this site, both in terms of writing and design. I wish you luck in your future projects.
#8. Comment posted by EJ Phree on Friday, 31st August 2012, 4:23am
I would of loved a guide of knuckles' chaotix! Shame to see this go.
#9. Comment posted by Gemster on Friday, 31st August 2012, 8:31am
lol i realized this (and sorry glitch doublepost) xD
but i just wanted to make sure he knew cause he said here in this post that he wants to create awesome level design and such after all this research, and he would be perfect for the job. And its all on free time and he has YEARS of time for making it, so there aint no rush. Just want to make sure he sees the opportunity if he wants it :P
But still, cant believe this is over :P
#10. Comment posted by Smiley225 on Friday, 31st August 2012, 10:17am
Congratulations! Your project was / is really great =)))
greetings from austria ^^
#11. Comment posted by m on Friday, 31st August 2012, 12:51pm
the dedication shows! well done!
#12. Comment posted by AquaRuin on Friday, 31st August 2012, 5:15pm
I remember the time I first came across Zone 0, sometime during October 2010. And since then Zone 0 has continued to be very useful help for me, and undoubtedly many others and it's always fun to re-read. Thank you, LiQuidShade for dedicating what ultimately turned out to be eight years to this project. I wish you good luck for whatever you do in the future! :-)
#13. Comment posted by Fossil on Friday, 31st August 2012, 10:35pm
Really incredible work, well done indeed. All the best for the future.
#14. Comment posted by Kabam! on Saturday, 1st September 2012, 2:00am
I may have missed out on a lot of the site's development, but ever since I joined in mid 2011, it immediately made it onto my favorites list. I have never been more astounded by a website, in fact it is probably the only one good enough to make me have on my iPhone and visit it every day. Yes, this site has also been very helpful for example, that chemical plant zone act 2 passage way around that really hard part was an incredible help along with every special ring location in sonic 3& knuckles and not to mention the amazing way you were able to define the Beautiful graphics of the act that you have made me appreciate so much more. Most importantly, I thank you tremendously for finding every metal sonic hologram and every badnik generator in Sonic CD, that is one of the most amazing things there is in a guide! There is nothing you haven't covered about the original 5 and the fact that you had the strength to not give up is very noble. You are an amazing role model to me and any other visitor on this website! Yes, I know I didn't add too much help to the site but there is hardly anything you haven't covered! I will spread the word to every sonic fan I know of and tell them that this site is the place to be! Congratulations! Enjoy your break and never forget about your efforts and what they came to be! Three Looooong cheers for LiQuidShade indeed! And you bet I am very very welcome for Playing!!! I bet if sonic himself could see this site, he'd be prouder than you an even imagine!! Take Care!

P.S. If you actually read this, thank you for making it worth my while.
#15. Comment posted by Cybershell13 on Saturday, 1st September 2012, 10:17am
I just gotta say I appreciate all the effort you've put in and I truly feel your passion for awesome Sonic games. Been coming to this site every couple months for four years to read your awesome guides, and it'll always remain in my bookmarks.
#16. Comment posted by Brady Meyers on Saturday, 1st September 2012, 1:01pm
As a true sonic fan, I believe that whenever evil strikes again, sonic will be there to put the evil into despair; ultimately becoming world savior. Plus, sonic & his friends will not tolerate being tied down by any evil that gets in their way, big time. I hope that one day soon, sonic & his friends will visit us in our world, through a time portal. If that happens, then we'll fall in love with them, very easily.

To wrap it up, it's an awesome journey for zone:0, and I give LQS my best wishes in his upcoming future; warts & all. Good health, LQS!

Amen.
#17. Comment posted by LiQuidShade on Sunday, 2nd September 2012, 1:05pm
Thank you all, your comments mean a great deal to me, it makes me feel great that this site has had such a positive impact. Thanks a lot for letting me know.
#18. Comment posted by sonicegg09 on Sunday, 2nd September 2012, 4:50pm
пpивeт!
#19. Comment posted by MoDaD on Monday, 3rd September 2012, 4:06am
Hey Cybershell13, when's that Sonic 2 bonus video coming out? :)
#20. Comment posted by Hyper_Sonic on Monday, 3rd September 2012, 7:30am
Good luck for future eandevours LQS!
#21. Comment posted by Sleebo on Tuesday, 4th September 2012, 4:50am
Wow, it's always so weird stumbling upon a site that's reached its end. I just got done using your Sonic CD guide to get the most outta this game I've been wanting to play for years. I let the credits roll and the sort of "aftermath-y" version of Sonic Boom was playing while I read this. Seemed so fitting.

The amount of dedication you've put into this project is inspiring. I didn't even know about you before today, but you already seem like a pretty awesome guy. Best of luck in whatever you choose to do next -- I'm sure it'll be as amazing as this seems to have been. Hell, why not use your eight years' knowledge to make or help make a knockout Sonic game that leaves as much of an impact on us as the Genesis titles did back in the day? Even if it took another eight years, I'd like to see what you could come up with.
#22. Comment posted by Michael on Tuesday, 4th September 2012, 10:25pm
Rather late to the party, I only found this site a couple of weeks ago, but it's been an enormous help to me in finding best routes through the levels, and I love the sheer amount of detail and discussion of every facet of the games, and the beautiful, crystal-clear presentation. Sonic (2 in particular) was part of my childhood and you helped me rediscover its magic :)
#23. Comment posted by Kabam! on Thursday, 6th September 2012, 8:45pm
Yeah cybershell, what about that video? And I totally agree with Brady Meyers. One more thing, if you read this while listening to volcano valley act 2 genesis version, it almost makes you cry. Once again good job.
#24. Comment posted by Brady Meyers on Monday, 10th September 2012, 9:18am
This aeSTHete web site is actually quite interesting to look at. LQS, what do you think of aeSTHete?
#25. Comment posted by Anonymous on Saturday, 29th September 2012, 2:41am
Your site is AWESOME! Thank you!
#26. Comment posted by Kenny Hulpach on Saturday, 29th September 2012, 3:02pm
Thank you so much for creating the beautiful site that will forever remain as my homepage. Please pursue your dreams in making custom sonic levels. I look forward to playing them.
#27. Comment posted by WaddleDee on Monday, 1st October 2012, 11:53pm
Congratulations on this giant site as a whole! This is such a great passion-filled look at some of the best games ever made. I'm sure someone out there with the time will make a guide similar to these on a recent Sonic title. Hopefully this isn't forgotten and can be remembered as a high point for Sonic projects.

Hope you succeed in whatever you plan to do in the future. Whether Sonic related or not I'm sure it'll be loved just as much if not more so. See you later for now!
#28. Comment posted by Thony on Wednesday, 10th October 2012, 11:39am
Sigh... I wish i could to something like this.
congratulations! I am very happy for you. I love your work!
#29. Comment posted by youaregay on Wednesday, 31st October 2012, 12:05am
you're gay
#30. Comment posted by Brady Meyers on Wednesday, 31st October 2012, 2:07am
youaregay, LQS will not accept that.. If you keep on saying anything rude, you're in deep trouble.
#31. Comment posted by Sparragow on Saturday, 10th November 2012, 10:06pm
This is my first comment. I found Zone:0 maybe a couple years ago, don't remember exactly how. I have to congratule you man, 'cause this is one of the most beauty, polite and light websites I've seen in my life! And one of the best Sonic websites too. I didn't used your guides too much because I'm a hardcore Sonic fan but I really enjoyed them with such nice details (captions, mouseover text, great selection of colors, etc.). So, I shall thank you for all the work you've done here. I'm very grateful. It's sad this is over, but I hope you'll do some updates soon, after a good rest hiatus, of course. Greetings from Barcelona.
#32. Comment posted by Anonymous on Sunday, 11th November 2012, 5:40pm
Why not do Knuckles Chaotix!?!?
#33. Comment posted by Anonymous on Sunday, 11th November 2012, 5:40pm
Why not do Knuckles Chaotix!?!?
#34. Comment posted by Kabam! on Tuesday, 20th November 2012, 9:13pm
It's amazing how people are still commenting on this post! :D I guess this website is just that great!
#35. Comment posted by Pete C on Sunday, 25th November 2012, 12:55am
Just wanted to congratulate you on your informative, well-written and very well designed website. The level maps (which led me to your site) are great as well. Well done on all your good work, LiquidShade!
#36. Comment posted by SomeRandomGuy on Tuesday, 11th December 2012, 11:52pm
Same here Pete C! The maps were very heplful (Sonic 3 and Sonic and Knuckles maps mostly) This site has given me tons of help on my sonic games. And just coming here a few weeks ago for some tips and cheats, not know the site was at its end. :( LQS, you have done a great job with the site and with that, thank you! (may the comments on here live on :D )
P.S. this is on my favorites list!
#37. Comment posted by Brady Meyers on Wednesday, 12th December 2012, 10:28am
Today is the 12/12/12, presumably the last of the "same 3 numbers" we'll see. The next "same 3 numbers" date is 1/1/2101. I don't know if Sonic would make it through that long length, not to mention his other friends. But this is a once in a lifetime date for us all. Need I say more? :)
#38. Comment posted by zone0isgay on Sunday, 16th December 2012, 1:49am
you're gay
#39. Comment posted by Eclebright on Wednesday, 19th December 2012, 9:06pm
I commend you, LiQuidShade. Very few Sonic projects are ever seen completed, and this was a huge undertaking. Thanks so much for showing a love for Sonic that few have ever shown in the franchises history.

This is true love for Sonic, and the people that play them. Thank You. =)
#40. Comment posted by Ditto on Saturday, 22nd December 2012, 3:57am
Thanks for the help dude. Ill be waiting for that fan game of yours to come out. No rush of course.
Just do what you want to do.


#41. Comment posted by Tim333 on Wednesday, 2nd January 2013, 6:32am
Thanks so much for this site. The Genesis Sonic games are so, so good, and so packed with secrets. This really is the ultimate guide to them and will continue to be a valuable resource for all Sonic fans.
#42. Comment posted by SonicTailsKnuckles on Wednesday, 16th January 2013, 9:53pm
Your game guides make Zone: 0 worth loving. I have read all your guides, but I definitely will not stop visiting Zone: 0. Thank you so much.
#43. Comment posted by Jake on Monday, 28th January 2013, 3:31am
Hey you think you could make a fan game which involves elements of sonic the hedgehog1-3, knuckles, and cd because i for one would love to see that. I've tried to download sonic worlds but it needs some additional stuff to get it to open and also I'd love a "easy to use" level editor with all the graphics in the games if you can and if you can't I understand that cause it's time consuming. Please respond to this :)
#44. Comment posted by mrspell23 on Sunday, 17th March 2013, 8:29pm
We've all had a great run, but now it's all done...
#45. Comment posted by mrspell23 on Sunday, 17th March 2013, 8:29pm
Get it? Run? *Laughs*
#46. Comment posted by SonicTailsKnuckles on Monday, 18th March 2013, 7:19pm
Oh, and LiQuidShade: What is your favourite game out of the five original amazing guides you made? My favourites are probably Sonic 3 and Sonic and Knuckles.
#47. Comment posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, 20th March 2013, 7:21am
Congratutionatl this is a cool site.
#48. Comment posted by Henry on Wednesday, 15th May 2013, 8:37am
Man, this is awesome! Congratulations!
I really loved the site, so many useful and fantastic things! :D

But how about Knuckles' Chaotix and Sonic 3D Blast? Do you intend to make a complete guide for them too?

#49. Comment posted by Derrick on Thursday, 13th June 2013, 4:02am
Ive been using your guide to pass every classic sonic game since 2008, the only ones I didnt beat with the emeralds were Sonic 1, and Sonic 2, it takes forever to get those emeralds lol. Anyways I really LOVED your blog and you really helped me out. If I wouldve talked to you earlier, I wouldve asked for you to make a Knuckles Chaotix guide. I think you are an ULTIMATE Sonic fan. Rock on bro ✌
#50. Comment posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, 1st April 2014, 3:59pm
What About Sonic [4 episode 1, 4 episode 2, Advance 1, Advance 2, Advance 3, Spinball, CD 2011, 1 2013, 2 2013, Lost World Yoshi and Zelda Zones] ?
#51. Comment posted by El'endia Starman on Saturday, 30th August 2014, 9:37pm
Thank you so much for making this site and these guides. They're very well-made, and very helpful. I myself am also actively interested in recreating the Sonic games and then making a game like them, so I've really enjoyed the resources you've got here in the way of maps, and explanations of level design features. I hope that by understanding what made the old games so great, I can make more similarly great games, and your guides have been and will be invaluable to my efforts. Again, thank you.
#52. Comment posted by Cullen on Saturday, 13th September 2014, 6:16pm
This doesn't need to be the end of Zone: 0! You could make game guides for OTHER Sonic games, like Sonic Colors and Sonic Generations! Oh, and maybe even game guides for DIFFERENT GAME SERIES!! Please don't tell me that it's a bad idea. In fact, that idea is the opposite of bad! LiQuidShade, this website of yours is awesome and very informational; you even have put some of your small thoughts about those games in and I think some of them are funny. I mostly like looking at the Special Stages for Sonic CD here, and I'm certain that if you heed my advice, even more amazing things will be here! I wouldn't bear it if you gave up on this website-I'd try to give your computer(s) a virus if you did>:[. I won't let you stop on Zone: 0's life, so you must add more to it! The only thing that i'm unhappy about is the fact that you've cussed several times on here. I want only that to stop. THANK YOU.
#53. Comment posted by Dan on Tuesday, 23rd December 2014, 6:42pm
Just dropping in to revisit this site and I can't believe I haven't already commented here. Two years later but maybe you still get messages, and I just feel like saying what has already been said by others. This site is just amazing; the work you did and the polish you gave it are just phenomenal. This is pretty much my most enjoyed and respected website of the internet. Just such an amazingly thorough, massive, and fun piece of work. Now I understand the expression "Huge thanks from all Sonic fans." Every Sonic fan has to gush at what you've done. It's just too good.
#54. Comment posted by Henry on Monday, 27th April 2015, 5:38pm
Just wanna say thanks for your passion and dedication. A true labor of love, no doubt about it.

Makes me nostalgic of the good old days. All this well written polished material in easy, pleasant to read format.
Free banner week starting NOW!
Monday, 27th August 2012, 6:57pm (BST), 5 Comments
Another quickie from me, the free banner week is now underway! But you can still submit your banners between now and the end of the week (end of Sunday 2nd September) to get the banner for your site (or Youtube channel, dA profile, blog, etc) up on this site for the rest of the week, for free. One banner per site, but if you want to take advantage of more than one of the three different banner spots, you can pay $3 per extra banner, and you'll get a full week for those, regardless of when you submit, during this week. Get in touch, because the big final guide update is all on schedule for this Thursday, and I'm expecting lots of extra traffic here as a result, so you'll want to get your ad up in time for that! Check out this post for how to submit.

Hope you're looking forward to the final update, only a few more days to go! I'll either put it up at midnight GMT on the Wednesday night/Thursday morning, or it might be during the Thursday evening, GMT, depending on what's convenient for me. It's all ready and raring to go though so should be no delays :) Expect Death Egg, Doomsday, the game endings and the Downloads page, to wrap up the Sonic & Knuckles guide and the whole Guides section of this website.

See you on Thursday! You won't want to miss it.
Comments   5 Comments have been posted.
#1. Comment posted by Xevo on Thursday, 30th August 2012, 1:23pm
Im really nervous for the update >_< lots of months waiting for this to be finished
#2. Comment posted by Brady Meyers on Thursday, 30th August 2012, 2:25pm
We're all waiting for it in a few hours time. Please remain very patient; it's almost there...
#3. Comment posted by Black Doom Fan on Thursday, 30th August 2012, 6:53pm
Here we go... Should be almost here..
#4. Comment posted by LiQuidShade on Thursday, 30th August 2012, 7:21pm
9pm GMT :)
#5. Comment posted by Adam Parrish on Thursday, 30th August 2012, 8:34pm
What? Still nothing? :(
Zone: 0 interview at RadioSEGA
Sunday, 19th August 2012, 9:58am (BST), 2 Comments
I was recently interviewed on RadioSEGA, as part of their Fans Chronicles series. I cover things like the origin of Zone: 0, my plans for the final update coming up at the end of this month, and a few favourites of mine! Check it out!

Still accepting banners for my FREE ad banner week, starting 27th August! Check out the previous post for more info!
Comments   2 Comments have been posted.
#1. Comment posted by Adam Unknown on Sunday, 19th August 2012, 6:39pm
You live in London? Whoah, I'm not too far from there.
#2. Comment posted by Brady Meyers on Sunday, 26th August 2012, 4:47pm
LQS, at this time, tomorrow, the scheduled free ad banner week begins. Midway through the free week, the threshold update for soniczone:0 will be present.
On the other hand, you seem to have quite the knowledge used for the game guides in soniczone:0. Hopefully one day soon, even after that threshold update, you MIGHT have other ideas to think of in the future.
But say, what do you plan to do after soniczone:0?

You can talk to me more privately
by following THIS link to my email:

brady.meyers@hotmail.com
Advertise your site FREE on Zone: 0 from 27th August to 2nd September!
Wednesday, 8th August 2012, 10:04pm (BST), 16 Comments
I mentioned last time that my final guide addition would be joined by something else that would hopefully appeal to other site owners, and generally anyone creative, looking to get their handiwork noticed in the Sonic community. I'd like to announce that during the week of the final update, the last week of August, Zone: 0 will be kicking off an advertising program, beginning with an offer of completely FREE advertising for your website or content page (which can include blog, Youtube channel, deviantArt profile, potentially anything like that) throughout the site, for that one week only!

For those of you not familiar with what I've been up to here, Zone: 0 is a Sonic the Hedgehog fan project that's been in the works for eight years and online for five. Its range of information may be specific within the huge Sonic universe, but it makes up for this in its extreme detail, covering complete guides for the original Mega Drive/Genesis games, including thorough written notes, tonnes of screen shots and most popular of all, the kind of maps you really don't get anywhere else. Popularity and visitor numbers have constantly increased, the site's won community awards for its design and content, and so far this year over 100,000 visitors have passed its gates! Not only that but its wealth of content has them flicking through multiple pages and getting lost for ages in its libraries, and always coming back for more too!

Sadly though, it's a big site and therefore comes with a bit of a hosting price tag, one that's getting harder to afford in my current situation, so it would be nice if the site could start paying for itself, at least in part, using banner ads. To start the ball rolling and gather interest, I thought I'd offer the first week completely free! There are honestly no strings attached to that, if you own a site, you can submit a banner and have me put it up just for that week and that week only - no money, no link back to me, that's fine! However, if I could tempt you to carry it on into the following month for a small cost, on which I'm open to negotiations and deals, then I think you'll consider it worthwhile!

What types of sites and pages are applicable?

What no one really wants though is for this site to be covered in intrusive banners for products that have little or no relevance to anyone and don't match with the type of users we have here (that means you, gambling and porn sites). I want banners on here to be reflective of sites and services that visitors would actually conceivably be interested in, so they're actually useful and not annoying. I found my hosting company through a random ad banner for example, so it doesn't even have to be directly related to Sonic or gaming specifically. I may have to turn you down if your site isn't appropriate, but other than that, my ideas for partners are pretty broad. I would say my visitors typically range from pre-teens to twenty or thirty somethings, often young free and single, yet I've also had lovely messages from Mums and Dads who enjoy the site with their young children too. As such, the types of sites best placed to appear in banners here would be:

- Other Sonic and SEGA fan sites (a no brainer really)

- Other game fan sites (either games in general or particularly Sonic-like games, be they popular kids or classic franchises)

- Other types of gaming sites; reviews, strategy guide sites, etc (and when I say gaming, I DON'T mean gambling)

- Sites that offer online gaming, be it free little flash games or larger ones

- Commercial sites for toys, technology, or anything "geek" related!

- Building a game or some other cool software as a mobile phone app? Advertise it here!

- Don't have a site, but got a Sonic blog, youtube channel, deviantArt account or a page on another type of creative online service? Got something special on there that you've been working hard on? Why not be a part of this as well!


I'm open to all suggestions, so just run your site/page/whatever past me and I'll let you know if I think it has potential to get a few clicks on here!

Where do the banners go?

Banners will go in places where they don't detract too much away from the content, so users can enjoy the site as easily as they always have, but noticeable enough that they're not simply ignored. I have three places in mind, each a different size.

1. Top header banner, 468 x 60 pixels, sitting strikingly at the top of the home page and also any of the individual blog pages. Most visitors will arrive on the main page first, and the blog section remains popular. Your site here will be extremely noticeable! Click here to view.

2. Side square banner, 250 x 250 pixels, sitting to the side of the home page, just beneath the top two stories, and on the side of all blog pages, where it can afford to be the biggest of the three! Click here to view

3. Side square banner, 125 x 125 pixels, positioned alongside all game guide content pages - though this is the smallest banner, it'll catch the eye of the user most frequently as they peruse the many pages of the game guides! Click here to view

During the free week, I can only accept a banner for one of the above spots per site, but if you're desperate, you could buy one or both of the other spots as well for $3 each, for that week. Banners on all three spots will appear on rotation, so a new one will pop in on each load. Therefore, going for less used spots may prove prudent as you might just get more views! Note that if I receive lots of banner requests, the two types of side banner spots may extend to hold more than one banner at a time.

What do I have to do?

- Prepare a banner of exactly the dimensions listed above for your chosen banner spot. It can be an image (jpeg, animated gif or png format), or a flash banner of .swf format.

- If you're going for a flash banner, make sure you make the whole thing clickable, and it links to your site. I can apply the link to an image file, but not a flash file. You'd need to do that yourself. Also, no sounds in there please, they'd probably be quite annoying!

- Please aim for a file size no larger than 100kb for any one banner. A few k over might be ok, but anything significantly bigger might be rejected and in which case you'll be asked to make it smaller!

- Email me your banner and site link, please don't just leave it in a comment on this post or any other method of contact you may have for me, as I may miss it. Send your emails to ads@soniczone0.com

- If you're interested in purchasing space for more than one banner spot, for $3 each, let me know. I can only accept payment through Paypal though!

- The free banner week runs from Monday 27th August to Sunday 2nd September. You can submit your banner at any time between now and the end of that Sunday, but all free banners will be taken down after that time, regardless of whether you were there for the whole week!

What happens after the free banner week?

I'll be accepting paid banners for durations, typically, of one month, in the same banner spots as listed above. Please contact me for pricing though, as there are plenty of deals to be made with multiple banners, and there may be discounts on offer if you're a non-profit site such as a fellow fan site! I'm open to negotiation so please get in touch! I'll be asking any of those who have submitted banners for the free week if they would be interested in extending their time into September for a very reasonable price, but you're under no obligation to do so. If you're interested already, you can contact me now for banner placements in September and beyond, on the email address above.


I think that's pretty much everything! Hopefully I've made it clear enough that it is not my aim to bombard this place with sleazy, annoying ads to make a tidy profit. Acquiring banners for sites and services that are actually potentially useful to my visitors is my main aim here, along with raising enough money to cover hosting bills, so we can all benefit from this! You can help by getting the word out as much as you possibly can, and letting any site-owning or particularly creative friends know about this opportunity to get more hits their way, particularly if they're in need of them! Though I've already said that there will be no new guides after Sonic & Knuckles completes on the 30th August, more ads mean that Zone: 0 is much more likely to continue to exist and branch out into whole new areas as yet unexplored! Stay tuned, and don't forget to give a click to any banners that appeal to you!

Hope to hear from you soon,
LiQuidShade, site owner.
Comments   16 Comments have been posted.
#1. Comment posted by Brady Meyers on Thursday, 9th August 2012, 3:20am
As a regular visitor to soniczone:0, I'm very suprised & pleased of you continued commitment to the unofficial sonic site of the decade. Thumbs up, LQS!
#2. Comment posted by Peenut2k7 on Friday, 10th August 2012, 4:33am
Wait... advertising on MY Zone: 0? Now RetroGamer can get it's grubby little hands on the ultimate Sonic resource! D:
#3. Comment posted by Adam Unknown on Friday, 17th August 2012, 2:08pm
LiquidShade, are you psychic? Me and a few friends started up a gaming-news website/blog not too long ago (reviews, news etc.), and I've been eyeing up temporary, free (or cheap) advertising. What do I have to do to be applicable? :)
#4. Comment posted by Adam Unknown on Friday, 17th August 2012, 2:10pm
Edit - just saw the extra 'What do I have to do?' bit
#5. Comment posted by Adam Unknown on Friday, 17th August 2012, 2:23pm
The main figurehead, Sam, is away for a bit I think, but I know he'd approve! :D
#6. Comment posted by LiQuidShade on Friday, 17th August 2012, 7:37pm
Perfect! Just send a banner when you're ready :)
#7. Comment posted by Adam Unknown on Monday, 20th August 2012, 12:48pm
Ok, I've just sent you a banner. We'd like to take the 468 x 60 one, please.
Thanks!
#8. Comment posted by Brady Meyers on Friday, 24th August 2012, 3:42am
It's my 20th birthday today, August 24
#9. Comment posted by Gemster312 on Monday, 27th August 2012, 5:46am
Not often do i comment here but ive been here at Zone 0 for quite the long long time. A few years. Huge fan though, secretly admiring ;)
Anywho i will be posting a submission soon of my little company i have started up, Crystal Arc Studios. My friend will probably post up the submission. Very happy to see you are doing some free advertisement :D
#10. Comment posted by Dan on Friday, 19th October 2012, 8:45pm
Congrats on finishing. Except that sounds like an understatement.
Your site is nothing short of legendary. Great work on sticking to it all these years, the final product is an incredible, huge, excellently presented package.
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