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.
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.
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The VideoGamer.com crew fill you in on what has been keeping them busy in the week just gone, including Ocarina of Time, Duke Nukem Forever and Shadows of the Dammed.