Rumours of my death have been greatly exaggerated
Sunday, 1st April 2012, 1:44pm (BST), 34 Comments
Two things about the odd title of this blog: a) No one has actually reported of my death, it just sounded funny in my head and b) despite the fact that its publish date falls on April Fools Day, it doesn't pertain to any sort of obvious April Fools joke, as has been customary on Sonic sites for as long as I can remember.

No, I just wanted to highlight that I haven't done much on Zone: 0 since the last update to be honest, but to assure you that I will, and that the coming months will see it finally reach its completion. I've just been involved in a couple of other unrelated projects, day-to-day work, social interactions (yeah I know, hard to believe isn't it?) and sadly any other time I've had in the last couple of weeks has been decimated by a sudden increase in eye-strain from all the excessive computer use. It's a recurring problem, so I have to remember to take it easy from time to time, but I'm sure I'll be fine. Oh, and I've been on Netflix a lot as well. Sorry.

As far as the schedule goes, we're very close to the end. I have started on the Other Modes page of Sonic & Knuckles, which will be followed by the Misc page, and both will be released together in the coming weeks as the penultimate update. Finally, my last ever level guide, Death Egg Zone, plus Doomsday and other stuff like Downloads and the game endings and all other bits and bobs will complete the Sonic & Knuckles guide, and the Zone: 0 pentalogy of Sonic game guides, after eight years of work.

Well, I say complete. There's a lot of maintenance I need to catch up on and tweaking here and there across all guides, adding in things people have suggested and accounting for ports or discoveries that have occurred since, but as far as significantly new content goes, that'll be it I'm afraid. However, as I've said before, everything will remain available for as long as it's still needed, and I do have interesting ideas for what the site might also evolve into alongside. I'm still not definite as to whether those ideas will actually become of anything, but hopefully you might find out more about them anyway around the time of completion.

Start getting excited! Or mournful, whichever seems appropriate.
Comments   34 Comments have been posted.
#1. Comment posted by JamesTheEchidna on Sunday, 1st April 2012, 2:49pm
It's sad to see this come to an end, but some people say it is better to stop when you are ahead.

Great work my friend.

:)
#2. Comment posted by Anonymous on Sunday, 1st April 2012, 7:34pm
0-0

From now until the much-vaunted update I will not leave my place underneath your keyboard. I watch you type with bated breath.










Kidding! Kidding! I look forward to the completion of your work with unrivaled feelings of glee. You've created the ultimate. Be proud. :)
#3. Comment posted by LiQuidShade on Sunday, 1st April 2012, 9:37pm
Thank you, that.. freaks me out ever so slightly..!
#4. Comment posted by Hyper_Sonic on Monday, 2nd April 2012, 9:01am
How did you know that I reported your death?
#5. Comment posted by Annonymus on Monday, 2nd April 2012, 11:46am
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#6. Comment posted by Hyper_Sonic on Saturday, 14th April 2012, 10:24am
Oh yea!

http://www.sonicretro.org/2012/04/sonic-unleashed-blasts-pcs-to-pieces-in-sonic-generations-mod/
#7. Comment posted by LiQuidShade on Saturday, 14th April 2012, 2:11pm
That looks quite interesting actually. I don't have a PC capable of running that, but I'm more interested in the potential of modifying Unleashed to improve it. I played it again the other day for the first time since getting Sonic Generations and while I still like it, Generations definitely makes it seem inferior, both technically and in terms of level design. With this, and a bit of re-imagining, it could be brought up to scratch in both areas. Did you also see the brief video of an early attempt at porting Sonic Colours' Sweet Mountain? That's also really exciting!

My only concern is what SEGA has to say about this. They've never stepped in about game hacking in the Sonic community before, but this is messing around with their recent games that, I suppose, they could still make money from. It might be where they finally draw the line.

That's one option, but a better one would be to actually work with these extremely talented people, much like they did with Christian Whitehead and actually take these creations to some sort of market, and share the profits. I don't think people hack/recreate and distribute Sonic games because they want them for free, they do it because they want to play more and more Sonic. I think most users wouldn't be opposed to handing over some money in appreciation for that hard work.
#8. Comment posted by LiQuidShade on Saturday, 14th April 2012, 2:20pm
By the way, I'm closing my ears on the community again until Sonic 4 ep 2's release because I want to try and avoid any more information about it whatsoever. Especially anything about the one level in it that I know nothing about. Sorry!

So yeah, any details about other news going on, like the above, while I live this hermit lifestyle would be greatly appreciated. Thanks a lot ;)
#9. Comment posted by Hyper_Sonic on Sunday, 15th April 2012, 4:43am
Have you played Sonic 2 HD? (Virus free)

s2hd.com (no www.)
#10. Comment posted by Hyper_Sonic on Sunday, 15th April 2012, 4:44am
Oh, and

http://www.ugo.com/movies/the-music-of-sonic-the-hedgehog-live
#11. Comment posted by LiQuidShade on Sunday, 15th April 2012, 10:20am
Yeah, I've played Sonic 2 HD. Very professional and an impressive show of collaboration in a situation where collaboration is notoriously difficult. However, I can't help but feel that ultimately, it is just Sonic 2, and I'd be a lot more excited if they could use all of that skill on an original Sonic game.

I saw the video games live show a few years ago in London. Sadly, it was their one visit in which they didn't include the Sonic medley. Hopefully they'll be back in the next couple of years so I can go again and finally see it live.
#12. Comment posted by Hyper_Sonic on Thursday, 19th April 2012, 8:29am
:(

http://www.tssznews.com/2012/04/18/sonic-2-hd-project-officially-discontinued/

I am truly Saddened. But at least we can turn a new page.
#13. Comment posted by Hyper_Sonic on Monday, 30th April 2012, 7:50am
http://www.sonicstadium.org/2012/04/pixn-loves-history-of-sonic-the-hedgehog-out-now/

oh and... Sonic 4 ep 2 looks epic.

btw - when will other modes be out?
#14. Comment posted by LiQuidShade on Monday, 30th April 2012, 7:51pm
I'll be very sad if that book doesn't get released in English.

Hopefully within the next two or three weeks. :)
#15. Comment posted by Hyper_Sonic on Thursday, 3rd May 2012, 7:25am
:) http://www.tssznews.com/2012/05/02/report-english-pixn-love-sonic-book-planned-for-june-release/
#16. Comment posted by Hyper_Sonic on Thursday, 3rd May 2012, 7:27am
Sorry for double posting, but did you know that Sonic and all stars racing transformed is coming out?
#17. Comment posted by LiQuidShade on Thursday, 3rd May 2012, 7:59am
Awesome! Thanks for letting me know :)

Yeah, I did happen to see the racing game announcement on the page of the last link you posted. Awkward title, but cool concept.
#18. Comment posted by LiQuidShade on Thursday, 3rd May 2012, 8:02am
Also, do we know when S4:e2 is out in Europe, for XBLA? Last I heard it was the 16th in US, is this the worldwide date as well? Thanks
#19. Comment posted by Hyper_Sonic on Thursday, 3rd May 2012, 12:37pm
Are you going to get ep 2 on the same console that you got ep 1? You should because of a "lock on bonus" (episode metal)

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2012-04-10-sonic-4-episode-2-pc-psn-xbla-release-date

15 May (I think), well, I got it from Eurogamer, so does that count?

Have a read of that article (note, one screenshot of the 3rd zone)
#20. Comment posted by Hyper_Sonic on Thursday, 3rd May 2012, 12:39pm
Oh, and PLZ check you Z:0 E-mail

(In case you haven't noticed, I'm a notorious double poster)
#21. Comment posted by Hyper_Sonic on Thursday, 3rd May 2012, 12:48pm
Oh, and one more thing (yea I know TRIPLE posting)

Did you know that a beta of Sonic 4 ep 2 leaked onto steam for those who per-ordered the game. the whole game was in it, and the link got taken down, but the unthinkable happened. Ken Balough (or however you spell his name) actually commented on it, and said that they had a legal copy because they had bought it, so none of the spoilers have been taken down. I've seen about 3 acts, but gone much easier that I did with generations, eventually watching all the classic and dreamcast eras (except shadow), and also watching a couple of acts from the modern era.

Oh, and on more thing, can you add hyper linking, italics, bold, and that sort of thing in this comment box, because I find it irritating having to write in capitals INSTEAD of writing in italics. Thanks
#22. Comment posted by LiQuidShade on Friday, 4th May 2012, 8:26pm
Multi-posts are fine :) As long as they're all worthwhile of course.

Thanks for the release date confirmation. Not long now before I can go back on Twitter! I suppose the fact that it was leaked again doesn't surprise me really.

I'll see what I can do about the bold and italics. I think you can use <i>html</i> <b>tags</b> though.
#23. Comment posted by LiQuidShade on Friday, 4th May 2012, 8:26pm
Oh. maybe not.
#24. Comment posted by Hyper_Sonic on Saturday, 5th May 2012, 2:28am
I don't quite understand post 23. Was it about the <i> thing?
#25. Comment posted by Hyper_Sonic on Saturday, 5th May 2012, 4:16am
http://www.tssznews.com/2012/05/03/summer-of-sonic-venue-revealed/

http://www.tssznews.com/2012/05/04/crush-40-coming-to-2012-summer-of-sonic/
#26. Comment posted by Hyper_Sonic on Saturday, 5th May 2012, 9:54am
I so LOL-ed at that epic fail. (which took me like 6 hours to get)
#27. Comment posted by Dan on Sunday, 6th May 2012, 1:25am
You need some kind of award for this site.
#28. Comment posted by Hyper_Sonic on Sunday, 6th May 2012, 5:05am
He did get 2 awards on Sonic Wrecks. Best website design, and something else. And he has also had other awards over the years.
#29. Comment posted by Indigo Rush on Wednesday, 9th May 2012, 5:27am
Can't wait until it's finished! Bring on the Death Egg!
#30. Comment posted by Hyper_Sonic on Saturday, 12th May 2012, 4:50am
Hey LQS, can u PLZ Check ur Z:0 e-mail :D (LOL, slang talk)
#31. Comment posted by LiQuidShade on Saturday, 12th May 2012, 6:51pm
Yeah, I saw/heard, great stuff!
#32. Comment posted by Hyper_Sonic on Monday, 14th May 2012, 1:09pm
Did you see what I wrote most recently? What do you think of my "idea"
#33. Comment posted by Chaos Ace on Thursday, 17th May 2012, 2:30am
Hi! It's me again, Ace. I know it may be a little too late to say this, but I just collected All the Super Emeralds for Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles in Sonic 3 and Knuckles for Sonic Classic Collection (DS)! So now I can play as Hyper Sonic, Super Tails, and Hyper Knuckles! So if you need any information about them, anything at all, don't be afraid to ask.

Oh, and for the 3DS friend codes, we need the nicknames of our main Mii. Mine's Rye-Rye.

So how to you like my new nickname on your site?
#34. Comment posted by LiQuidShade on Saturday, 2nd June 2012, 9:18am
That's alright, I'm all good on the super/hyper stuff thanks :)

I really don't even play my 3DS much anymore, so don't worry, you really won't see me online there very often - sorry!
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