Archive for August, 2009

Sonic’s Summer Cake: Emerald Shrine Edition

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

emeraldshrine-cakeLast 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 cake!

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!

Special Gift: Limited Edition Sonic Art Book

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.

~ Svend

What’s The Deal With The Video Feeds?

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 post…

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 open…


Advance Registration Is Now Closed!

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 tuned!

Sumo Digital Attending Summer of Sonic 09

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.

Summer of Sonic Tickets

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 let’s go through ‘em:

Q: Do I have to print my ticket?
A: No, but if you don’t print your ticket you will need to remember your code (or preferably write it down) because if you forget it, you’ll have to go through the registration queue again.

Q: Can I print my ticket in Black & White?
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 them anymore.

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 it?
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 contact summerofsonic[at]googlemail[dot]com.

Q: What are the symbols for on the top of the tickets?
A: You’ll have to come and find out on the day!

We look forward to seeing you on the day.

Shadow Urtheart

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