8 Things Sega Wants You To Forget About Sonic The Hedgehog
Bill Clinton? Not a great role model over time...
In the pantheon of gaming gods, alongside Mario, Link and obviously Blinx The Timesweeper, there's a special seat reserved near the head of the table with a steaming chilli dog awaiting its patron.
Sonic the Hedgehog is as embedded into the video game industry as a tick on his fur, and you'd be hard-pressed to find someone who didn't immediately recognize this rude dude with a 'tude.
That being said, Sonic hasn't exactly had a smooth ride to the top, and as you'd expect for a being constantly in motion, sometimes the franchise has had a few stumbles and trips.
From questionable dating choices, to abysmally rushed titles, SEGA has sometimes put the poor 'hog in hot water, and just prayed that his speed will carry him through to better times.
Well, we don't forget my friends, for we are the list makers, and our records exist forever.
8. He's Only Blue Because Of Branding
One of the facets about Sonics design that immediately sticks out (aside from the fact his eyes don't appear to be separate, which is just... creepy) is that he is most certifiably blue. So blue that Eiffel 65 pays him royalties for their song.
So the question raised is: Why blue?
Well if you're to ask any of the Sonic design team or the higher-ups of Sega, it's NOT because blue is the inverse of Mario's red, but because blue creates a calming presence. The former head of Team Sonic and series lead Yuji Naka once stated that blue was chosen because it represents peace, security and thanks to its connection with water, makes one think of cool and relaxing things.
That's nice, isn't it? Shame its utter rubbish.
Turns out that the real reason Sonic is blue is because of SEGA's blue branding, and they wanted a mascot to mirror their logo. The other implications are just a bonus!