Archive for August, 2009
Thursday, August 27th, 2009
year’s Summer of Sonic featured a cake that was painstakingly
baked and decorated by Jemnezmy, of the Green Hill Zone. This year,
Jemnezmy has done it again with another fantastic Sonic themed
Knuckles’ Emerald Shrine from Sonic Adventure’s
Angel Island is the location of your baked delights this time
around, complete with stone staircase and Master Emerald sitting
pretty at the very top. Forgive the low quality image, we only had
a mobile phone camera to hand.
There were in fact two different sources Jemnezmy referred to
for this piece, as the Mystic Ruins is represented in both the past
and future in Sonic Adventure. Jem decided to combine both
the flowing waters of the past Emerald Shrine with the mossy greens
that surround the modern-day Master Emerald.
Although the whole of Angel Island hasn’t been represented
here (Jem started from the stairs otherwise we’d be seeing a
much bigger cake!), what has been imagined here is pretty awesome,
don’t you agree?
And there’ll be a slice for anyone who asks for one at the
Summer of Sonic convention! Even though it’s a pretty big
cake for one (or three!) people, slices are likely to go pretty
quickly so once cake is served, be sure to get your slice!
Thursday, August 27th, 2009
Kevin and I have been thinking of ideas to make this year’s
Summer of Sonic incredibly special, and with some enormous help
SEGA have produced this limited edition art book, that will be
handed out to pre-registered attendees to the convention (one book
will be handed out per family/group, and until stocks last
I’m afraid, so get there early!).
They are designed in the style of a classic Mega Drive manual,
with the checkered background and the image of Sonic from the
original 1991 game adorning the cover. Inside, you can find
countless montages of official SEGASonic artwork throughout the
years. There’s even a foreword by myself and Kevin in the
front, so that’s even more of a reason to get one right? You
can read more about the booklet at
SEGA’s Blognik page.
There’s only two more days left until the big day! Are you
excited yet? Just to give you a bigger idea of what’s in
store too, we’ve opened our final page on the website –
the ‘On Stage’ section, which tells you what you can
expect to occur on the Main Stage at various times of the day.
Sunday, August 23rd, 2009
Hi there, peeps. bmn here to tell all you stay-at-home moaners
who can’t make it to the show on Saturday about what
you’ve all been wanting to know – What’s The Deal
With The Video Feeds?!
Well, I can tell you that The Deal should be hella better than
it was last year. Unfortunately, because our tech doods –
namely, myself and Jay (AKA DiscoPonies) – live nowhere near
London and didn’t have the budget to make it to the venue for
early testing, and with the lack of Internet access Svend talked
about in the FAQ last month, we can’t guarantee that this
will all be in place, but we’ll do our best. I’ll just
assume that it’s all going to work fine for the rest of this
On the video front, we’re going with the tried-and-tested
uStream – we have an easy job putting it on, you have an easy
job viewing it. We’ll have a camera perched in Dread’s
Crow’s Nestâ„¢ with a good view of the crowd
and the stage all through the day, and Jay up in the place will
keep you up to date on developments with a live video ticker, so if
you miss Lee’s presumedly excellent show or something
similarly freaky – that’s freaky in a good way –
you’ve only got yourself to blame. Or your computer. Or your
annoying sibling cruely stealing the computer.
But wait! I know the… 17 of you… that watched the
live feed last year had a good time with yours truly behind the
camera and chilling with the partygoers. This time we’re
going one better and sending a wireless camera out into the fray.
We’ll cut between the two cameras throughout the day to give
you a real view of the show.
On top of that, we’re broadcasting a special Summer of
Sonic LiVECAST on SEGASonic Radio throughout the whole day. Hear
the DJs spinning the wheels of… plastic! Tune in to all the
stage events! Everything that goes through the speakers on stage
will be pumped through the Internuts to your eardrums.
We’ll make sure to have both feeds here on the homepage on
the day – if you tune in early you may just catch us setting
up and testing everything. Now that’s something to use your
3G Internet on while you’re waiting for the doors to
Tuesday, August 18th, 2009
Well, all I have to say is many, many thanks for your interest
in the Summer of Sonic convention. This event, run by the fans for
the fans, has certainly ballooned since its introduction in 2008!
We have had a record number of advance registrants thus far, but
now is the time where we regretfully announce that we will cease
supply of registration tickets. We are now FULLY BOOKED so if you
would like to turn up on the day without a ticket printed off, we
cannot guarantee immediate entry to the convention venue.
We do apologise for this, but if we didn’t we’d have
loads of people wanting to get in and the party could very well
spill out onto the Brick Lane street. While we don’t mind
waiting visitors having their own unofficial Sonic party outside,
we certainly don’t condone it! So our priority is ensuring
everyone who has asked to come can actually attend.
There are a few loose ends to tie up as we near the final week
and a half until the big day, and we will be updating you here on
the latest – prizes, stage schedules, performances, live
feeds for non-attending fans, that sort of thing. So stay
Friday, August 7th, 2009
We can now reveal that Sumo Digital – the developers
behind such fan favourites as Sega Superstars Tennis, Virtua Tennis
2009 and OutRun Online Arcade – will be present at this
year’s Summer of Sonic convention. Based in Sheffield in the
United Kingdom, Sumo Digital is an independent studio that has
close ties to SEGA, and their tennis recreations of classic Sonic
stages have seen plenty of praise within the fan community.
As a special treat for those attending SoS09, we will be hosting
a Q&A session with Steve Lycett, Executive Producer and Travis
Ryan, Lead Designer on upcoming racer Sonic and Sega All-Stars
Racing. The duo will be talking on stage about their careers, the
relationship Sumo Digital shares with Sega and the development
processes behind their latest title. The floor will be opened for
questions from the audience too, for those looking to learn more
about the team.
If you fancy playing the latest games as well, Summer of Sonic
has you covered. A demo version of Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing
will be available to play at the convention, months ahead of its
public release! You can even try your luck at the trial course
against Steve and Travis – can you beat the developers at
their own game?
What would you like to ask the studio? Have a good think about
it, and maybe your questions will be answered on stage! If not,
there will be the chance to meet them at the signing booth shortly
after the session.
Monday, August 3rd, 2009
A lot of you have been wondering where these tickets that you
are supposed to get when pre-registering. Well after a few nights
of solid work on them, they are done, and will be sent out to you
within the next week (hopefully). Here is a little explanation on
what you are expecting. Click the image to see it in full size.
And here are some questions I know will be asked so
letâ€™s go through â€˜em:
Q: Do I have to print my ticket?
A: No, but if you donâ€™t print your ticket you
will need to remember your code (or preferably write it down)
because if you forget it, youâ€™ll have to go
through the registration queue again.
Q: Can I print my ticket in Black &
A: Yes Black and White tickets are no problem.
Q: My Character sucks, I want a new one!
A: Characters have been assigned randomly however we can not change
Q: I need to change the amount of guests I am bringing,
can I do that?
A: Yes, please email summerofsonic[at]googlemail[dot]com with your
ticket number and we will see what we can do about getting you a
new ticket. This is more important if you need to bring more guests
than your ticket says rather than less.
Q: I have not received my ticket, where is
A: The earlier you registered the sooner your ticket will be out
but all people who registered before August should get their
tickets by the 10th, if you do not receive it before then please
Q: What are the symbols for on the top of the
A: Youâ€™ll have to come and find out on the
We look forward to seeing you on the day.