|THE SONIC MATRIX PART 1|
PART 1 - The Segasonic Myth
Well here we go. Once again I need to write an article to put an END to a terrible lie. The myth of SEGASonic.
"Segasonic" by definition:
Anything that relates to the "true" characters, stories, names, and contents of games made by Sonic Team. Anything outside of this is considered to be "NON-Segasonic". Problem with that logic is ALL Sonic based games, etc. were run through Sonic Team at one point or another. Let's have a look.
"Sonic was a Japanese made product" - Because he was made by Japanese people? Sorry, but it was developed in the United States by Japanese people. If a game coming out of Japan was made by an all American team, it wouldn't be considered an American game.
"Dr. Eggman came First" - incorrect
June 23, 1991 Dr. Robotnik makes his debut in the USA version of Sonic The Hedgehog for the Sega Genesis
Later that month, Europe met Dr. Robotnik for the first time.
July 26, 1991 Dr. Eggman makes his Japanese debut in the Jap version of Sonic The Hedgehog for the Sega Megadrive.
Dr. Robotnik's name was used for over a month before the world even heard the name "Eggman". This is due to the need to localize a product for it's area. Eventually, through the years he has gained both names, as both sides of the seas merged and began to adopt the others. So in all reality, there is no difference between the two of them.
"But Eggman and Robotnik look different!" - So? They are still exactly the same. Let me show you.
Robotnik #1. Fat round, in his classic outfit. (This is the type commonly referred to as "Segasonic")
Robotnik #2. Fat, cone head shaped guy in a much more flamboyantly gay outfit. (This is the type commonly referred to as "Satam" after the Saturday morning cartoon style.)
Both of these are the same character. They are just different styles of artwork. The top one is known as the "Japanese character style" (JCS) and the bottom is known as the "American character Style". (ACS)
There are not artistic differences between Eggman and Robotnik. Only styles. In the same argument, if one was to say that the American style was NON-Segasonic, then the newer Sonic Adventure style, or International Character Style (ICS) is non-Segasonic as well. So that argument is faulty.
Through the last few years the differences have been split apart to two directly fan made genres. The Segasonic/Non-Segasonic groups. Mostly due to ignorance among communities based around fan fiction. Due to the confusing separations between the characters, stories, and artwork. Which goes into the Archie comics.
Cartoon/Comic characters from the ACS.
These characters were developed to help increase the depth of the cartoons and comics. the ACS products were developed in cooperation Sega of America (SOA). SOA owns the Sonic name on the American shores, and have to protect it's interests. In order to protect it, they must first run it past the people who created the concept and story lines. The Sonic Team. The Sonic Team had their stamp of approval on The Archie comics, the cartoons series, and the Sonic software titles not developed by them. So that argument is faulty.
Sonic Spinball - Developed by STI with the cartoon/comic ACS. Approved and forwarded by Sonic Team under the condition that it didn't interfere with the Sonic story line. It didn't interfere with it, so the project was forwarded. Other Sonic based games followed suit. So the argument that Sonic games developed outside the Sonic Team house are not involved in the Sonic universe is faulty.
So what's the point of this article? To put an end, or at least announce publicly that they concept of the term "Segasonic" is false, and created in a fan base environment in order to make the individuals who support this fake term seem like they are in a elitist group. This term was developed by taking the Japanese phrasing of "Segasonic", (Which is/was a form of nickname for Sonic) and using it incorrectly for Japanese obsessive people to separate themselves into their own classification. This is nothing more then a unresearched falsity, and this article was developed to explain why. Now, I don't expect this term to vanish at all. But hopefully there are a few non-otaku obsessed people out there who will actually read this fully and realize the truth of the matter.
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