Monday, January 7, 2013

The History of Sonic The Hedgehog by William Audureau

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The History of Sonic The Hedgehog 
by William Audureau
300 pages
NetGalley
Non-Fiction Video Game
January 1st 2013

Book Jacket Summary
Celebrating over 20 years as SEGA's official mascot, The History of Sonic the Hedgehog is the ultimate guide to SEGA's spiky blue speedster! This hefty 300-page hardcover volume covers in detail every 2D and 3D Sonic game, plus spinoffs and crossovers. You'll also find character profiles, promotional artwork, rare concept art, and a detailed look at the origins of the "Blue Blur".

My Thoughts
I have never been much of a gamer girl but I do know about Sonic the Hedgehog from my Saturday morning cartoons and from playing Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games on the Wii. Plus, my little cousin was really into Sonic these past two years and he would play on his Gameboy in the car. When I saw The History of Sonic The Hedgehog on NetGalley I was interested in what information I might find about the blue hedgehog that travels at super sonic speed. 
Well, the book is pretty detailed in the history of how Sonic was created and the many changes that he took in development. The first incarnation was a rabbit and then they chose between an armadillo and hedgehog (for their ability to change into a ball). There are interviews with Yuji Naka, who programmed the games, and Naoto Oshima, the designer of Sonic.
I found it fascinating that there were so many different games that Sonic starred in and in so many ways. There are 2D, 3D, hand-held, and spin-off games! If the gamer in your family wants to know more about the Sonic characters than this is the book for them because there are pages dedicated to all the different characters that show up in the game. Such as, Tails, Knuckles, Shadow, Blaze, Chao, and Amy Rose. These pages have name, height, weight, and lots of other information plus sketches of their various incarnations!
This is a book for the gamer who loves the Sonic games. It does not include information on the TV shows but those who are interested in the game will love the background information. 

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