Sonic the Hedgehog is the reason I got into gaming. I'm not trying to over-dramatise that, as I'm sure if it wasn't for him there would be some other 90s mascot that triggered my lifelong hobby. But for me it was Sonic, and that means something.
To celebrate Sonic's 20th birthday, SEGA has released a demo for Sonic Generations on Xbox LIVE Marketplace and the PlayStation Store.
There's no denying that the blue hedgehog is one of the video game industry's most enduring characters, but his path has been bumpier than the Green Hill Zone itself.
Sonic the Hedgehog, SEGA's spiky blue mascot, is today celebrating his twentieth birthday. To celebrate, there's a free iPhone app, Sonic Generations demo and Summer of Sonic fan convention.