I just wanted to say some stuff, about how the Sonic series impacted me.
Well, to start, I am younger than most of the people who enjoy older games and think game play should come before graphics. I mean, you can have a game that has all sorts of details on every texture, but it's not worth playing it if it isn't actually fun. Games today don't seem to get that. We don't need games that only focus how many ways you can pwn n008s from halfway across the globe, we need games that have personality. Games with good story, game play and general fun factor. That's why I love older games like the original Sonic trio. They have stood the test of time well, being fun to play now and I bet, no, know they will still be awesome 5, 10, even 50 years from now. But one Sonic game, the first one game I played, really put me on the good path, not the one that has all the 12 year old's play CoD, the one that makes a Sonic fan.
I have always loved Sonic Adventure. My cousin owned it, and I would take any chance I could get to go over and play it. My small 5 year old mind was fascinated by just the overworld, which I would roam imaging my own adventures. I had so much fun in the Chao gardens, petting them again and again and again. I never touched the levels, for some reason. Eventually I stopped playing it, and it faded into memory. Until one day, when I was at a game rental store, I saw the directors cut version. Remembering the fun times I had as a child, I leaped at the chance to play it again. I loved it. I played it basically ever day, actually playing the levels instead of messing around in the overworld. Even though I beat it in the first two days, I still played, trying to get all the emblems. Even now, it remains as one of my favorites, even above The legend of zelda ocarina of time! Although I love all the other games in the series, (Other than all past sonic adventure 2)Sonic adventure will always be a favorite. Piece out!