Wednesday, November 22, 2017

SonicGear In Danger: Net Neutrality Needed

SonicGear is in danger.

Why?
Because Net Neutrality is in danger. It's in the news a lot right now because the bad politicians are trying to "hide" a vote to get rid of it inside the holiday so they can get rid of it without the consent of anyone. That's already super fishy, plus, aren't representatives supposed to represent people not hide things from them? But all that's beside the point. What's the danger? Go to the bottom of the post for the 'why', if you think any of this sounds ridiculous.

If Net Neutrality goes away so will SonicGear.
The ISPs like Comcast, Verizon, Roadrunner, ATT and more will CLOSE SONIC GEAR DOWN FOREVER.

But how will they do this?
By demanding money to show SonicGear to people who get their internet through them. If NN goes away, they will be able to say

SonicGear, pay me 50 dollars a month or no one with Comcast will see SonicGear. We'll block you!
SonicGear, pay me 50 dollars a month or no one with Verizon will see SonicGear. We'll block you!
SonicGear, pay me 50 dollars a month or no one with AT&T will see SonicGear. We'll block you!

THEN
To anyone who wants to look at SonicGear (That's you) they will say

YOU, pay me 50 dollars extra a month or you can't visit/look at SonicGear We'll block you!

Well guess what?
Nobody who visits SonicGear has 50 extra dollars per month to spend to look at a website. "Oh But SonicGear Runs Ads! It has money!" Well, no...the only money that comes out of the ads goes to pay the hosting fee for 1&1 to uphold the website and to keep its domain registered. When the companies come along asking it for money, it'll get blocked because it can't pay. And when it gets blocked, nobody will come. And then it'll all be over for good...I guess.

If a law passes...it seems like nobody really can UN-pass it too easily.
Plus, if it's something so dictator that even though pretty much everybody is screaming NO NO NO at it, but they're just going to go ahead and try to do it anyway...what are the odds anybody'd listen in the future?

Look what already happened to Portugal, if you don't believe it
https://twitter.com/RoKhanna/status/923701871092441088

What can you do?
If you don't want to pay to look at youtube, (they'll put it behind a paywall) or SonicGear, or anything else you have to try to do something as soon as you see this post to make them KEEP NET NEUTRALITY

Fortunately, there's stuff that you can do, and it's not that hard. However, and it's a big 'but', you have to do it and also get everyone else you know to do it as well. It doesn't matter if it's like 4 people in the same family, it all counts. Because there's loads of people who want someone else to do it for them, old people who don't know what is the internet & dead people (yes they are actually claiming that dead people are voting against NN) are all not doing anything. If like...literally everybody starts shouting, the bad guys will fail.

Shout now or probably lose it forever because you won't pay another 35/mo for twitter access.

Use this Bot
https://resistbot.io/
(It sends a text for you, it is so simple)

Use this button
https://www.battleforthenet.com/
CALL IT.
They give you a speech to say so you don't have 'phone nervous'. It also auto-does-it so you don't have to look up anything. Also, calling is the best way because they can't say your voice/phone # is fake like they do with emails.

Sign this thing
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/do-not-repeal-net-neutrality

Send a unique email to any of these guys

Because the main man, Ajit Pai won't listen at all. He already says dead people are allowed to vote for him and do what he says. However, these other 4 people aren't as crazy and if one says no, we get to keep looking at the internet and playing video games. So send 'em something, anything you compose yourself that you want net neutrality because otherwise you can't afford it.

Why though?
Because the ISPs told these politicians that they will give them lots of money if they take away the rule of Net Neutrality. Who doesn't want lots of money? But, it jeopardizes pretty much everything here. How many small biz will go out of biz? I guess no more school internet. Schools already don't have a bunch of money, they're not going to double their budget to pay for it. Video games are a pretty big industry right? Well, none of them are going to pay double to let you play. They'll just go away instead/stop existing. 
Also why:
Because ISPs want more money, and if they can pay to have a law written that will give them (they think) more money as outlined in the stuff above, they'll do it. What they don't realize is that they're not going to be able to squeeze a penny out of lots of places, like Gear, without closing them down completely instead. Is Xbox really going to want to give EACH of the 4 big providers 1 million more dollars per month or get blocked? They could...and then double the price of every game, every subscription to Xbox Live Gold and then...who's gonna buy it? Because if you buy it, you've also got to give over an additional 50/moth to the ISP just to play your game.

Yes people will do it.
Richie Rich is always going to exist, and some people make 100 grand/year but like...that's not everybody. If numbers all go dropping off...what's gonna happen to everyone's job? I mean 1&1 is Gear's host, and I'm sure they host millions of little sites, but if all them shut...what happens then? How about closing down ebay or making the fees 50% of everything you sell?
It's like....I'm just some random collector on the internet, but how can anyone not have the foresight to see that closing down the literally worlds' biggest money maker (the internet) is a bad idea? People shop on Amazon BECAUSE they can afford it, this thing is looking to make Amazon be unaffordable as if it won't make a difference if only like 5% of the people can continue buying from it. 

So, either we stand up right now and fix this, or the days are numbered and dwindling for Gear.
Don't let it happen.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Sonic Forces - 1 Item Update

Well....
SonicForces came out this week. And there's a grand total of 1 thing on SonicGear for it. The rather strange Hooters Japan Cross Promo. (event, mascot, standee, etc) Yeah hooters. Real odd choice that's asked about in the entry. It's known for wings and beer...not fanchar the ultimate. If anyone was going to be recruiting adults, you'd think it'd be Mania based upon its nostalgia platform.

Why no stuff?
Mania had a ton of stuff, mugs, tees, posters, etc. but Forces has pretty much nothing in the way of merch. Of course, there's speculation galore: being 'they werent sure how well it will do' and 'the boom ban was still in effect'. Remember: merchandise takes a long time from idea to shelf near you. Mania would have escaped the Boomban, but Forces items wouldn't because while it HAS Classic Sonic in it, it would also require Modern and that was a big-boom-no-no.

Not good:
There's always a rise in merchandise buying whenever a game comes out. Mania saw a big rise in SonicGear visitors, and more people are always out looking to buy Sonic things alongside their new game. The whole "Boom=no modern Sonic allowed" boondoggle they created only shoots them in the foot now with Forces. Having nothing to represent Modern Sonic on any tees/toys much puts a damper on that half of Forces where there would have been an opp for more sales.

What happens when they're unsure of a game?
You get nothing but the game. Remember the Deadly Six? They weren't sure what that game would do, so you've got no merch with these colorful villains. You'd think they'd make cool toys but because the game was just sorta lukewarm...nothing really happened.
But then look at Boom.
Someone really REALLY wanted to make Boom happen. And it did, but only with the show. Fans and critics don't seem to be....a fan of any of it's games. So the merch push continues (there's still new tees coming out) but only thanks to the actually funny, fun, well-reviewed TV show.

What about Tomy?
There's toy news in the stock market lately. Specifically that Hasbro seems to be looking to buy up a company. They asked Mattel & they also asked Takara/Tomy. Some of the reasons that are being bounced around by reporters seems to be that toys in general are declining a bit, supposedly because "kids only want phone and pad games". Is that really so? You can't collect a phone game, and collecting seems to be some kind of instinct with some people that's always existed. (if it wasn't toys it was bugs, stamps, books, or rocks, things that have been around for ever)

What does that mean?
Nothing yet. Supposedly TRU may stop carrying their not that successful Boom line. (No surprise, it was costly, broke easily, less fun to play with than Jazwares due to lack of joints, lacked characters variety, etc) But, stay tuned I guess.

Future speculation:
What about VR? VR is coming, make no mistake, right along side AR. What's going to happen to toys once you can literally put a magic hat on and go to another world? It's gonna be reeeeel weird.

DRM
Yes there's DRM on both Mania & Forces if you get them for the PC and that's why a lot of people are complaining (Suspect DRM of messing with the rest of their stuff on the PC/other nefarious things) plus one of them crashed the game for everybody after 1 level of play. Also it got broken off of Mania after something ridiculous like a single week or so, rendering it's point moot. This is also why I have not yet tried either. DRM on the PC? No thanks. I'll wait for consoles.

Will there be Forces stuff?
Hopefully so.
Will reviews continue to be pretty positive?
Hopefully so.
Mania continues to be really well regarded, so hopefully this is a good Sonic comeback!


Sunday, October 15, 2017

IDW Sonic Comic Sneak Peek Speculation

This week's update sees mostly modern stuff.
It's a nice change of pace, to be certain. Different people use SonicGear in different ways, so shoppers are left out when everything's vintage as it's sometimes been. There's still a distinctive and conspicuous lack of modern STYLE Sonic merch...but that's probably the 'boom ban' leftovers still lingering. Remember: it takes companies a long, long time to design, develop, make and then have a product go to store shelves. Any 'change in policy' isn't going to be instant...though we likely wish it was.

IDW:
As you remember, Archie either gave up or lost the Sonic license in 2017, and their line is discontinued. However, IDW Comics picked it up, and plans on the first issue launch in 2018 or so. However, being a normal company, they choose to hype/tease with a cover image to prove they're working on things & what they can do. But, if they're going to release that, it's going to get speculated upon so......here goes:

A Good Choice:
The cover choice is good. It probably looks ordinary to the normal eye, however if you analyze it a little bit you can see good choices & build confidence. Good choices are often overlooked simply because they ARE good and they make sense right off.
1. They could have done 'dramatic lone Sonic', but they chose not to: they picked his closest friends. 2. They could have done a 'chars everywhere' montage cover to prove they could draw every Sega character in there, but they stayed focused.
3. They could have chosen to imitate Archie or do gimmicks to imitate CG/Sega style & instead picked their own
4. The art looks pretty on model. There's no 'dave manak' level of junkyness
5. It's not Boom

Obvious stuff that didn't used to be obvious:
Picking an actual good artist who knows how to draw Sonic characters! Archie had no idea about this one in the beginning.
Not shoveling in "OCs" on the cover. Nobody wants to start with "Originole the Charactor Do Not Steel", nor someone's random furry wolf guy. (hey hey Archie)

Why the choices seem good:
They're not trying to be another Archie, they're establishing their own art style that's still fitting enough with Sonic. They're trying to show they won't sideline non-Sonic characters. May also be showing that they're not going to break the focus down so far that nobody every gets the spotlight by piling on characters at every turn. Boom seems VERY VERY isolated. The only place anyone seems to like it is the show itself because it's very well written most of the time & funny. The games don't work that well, and the Archie comic of it failed really quickly too. The 'boom ban' created backlash by stamping out fan-fave characters from merch & etc.

Overview: A positive. Outlook: Seems good.

Bootlegs Hub:
Well, Bootlegs finally got enough pages & now it has a hub page for easier navigation to wade through the garbage and fakery on the site. It's kind of unfortunate to have that as a thing but...oh well. 27 pages or so in, and it needed it.

Item of the Week: Controller Holder Statue / Figure
Got to be this guy! A nice big, fully 3D statue of classic Sonic who holds your video game controllers. This thing is PERFECT for game rooms classic or modern. A good idea that seems to be well executed and has a decent price. Good stuff.

Next week: School stuff & pretty much only modern things! That's right, there's enough new stuff coming out now to be able to have 2 updates of things you can actually buy now if you want them. AND some of it is Modern Sonic! Finally!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Sonic Movie: Still Bad News

The Sonic Movie still needs to.......

NOT HAPPEN!

"What? GET RID of Something Sonic?" Said at SonicGear?
Yes.

Why?
Because it's yet another franchise that won't see 'justice' if it gets a live action movie. Every single fan of a video game character knows that games generally don't mix with live action. Especially things where the main character or focus is on stuff that just doesn't work IRL, like Ratchet & Klank or even something like Mario. There's a reason these game movies keep failing and it's because the stuff doesn't belong IRL, even Mortal Kombat didn't do so hot because all the killer magic whatever they do is totally impossible and looks stupid on the big screen.

So why have this chat again?
Because it's changed hands again. Everyone thought we were safe from the horror that the movie will be once Sony or whoever had it said it stunk and quit off it. But now that Fast & Furious director guy got it and still wants it to be live action. You'd think he'd be smart, or at least rich enough to hire somebody smart after making all those car movies, wouldn't you?

Guess not.
https://en.rocketnews24.com/2017/10/03/sonic-the-hedgehog-live-action-movie-refuses-to-die-new-studio-grabs-abandoned-film-rights/

There's only one way to do a Sonic movie right, and that's either all animation like the Pony FIM movie or all CG like the Ratchet Klank movie. THATS IT. Sonic is so abstract that having him interacting in the non-cg will just break everything into stupidville forever.Sonic is only now getting 'back on his feet' with Mania's release doing well and not being panned by everybody ever. (Insert 'sonic cycle' here)  He doesn't need his name going through the mud for some stupid Hollywood cash in attempt that will put the studio in the hole for money after it brutally fails.

Nobody is listening:
The fans have hated the idea since day 1 and complained constantly.
Who do they think is going to see the movie if not the fans?
IRL Video game movies don't tend to work
Can't they look at the huge field of flops?
CG or animated movies from animated properties do better
Can't they look at the improved track record?

As a director/content maker you can't say "Well, the fans of this franchise are stupid. I'm going to do my own thing with this franchise, that I'm not even a fan of, and they will love it, because I know this franchise better than they do, even though I just bought in last month".
But that's sure what they seem to do!

Any time it's Sonic+humans it doesn't work so well. Having Elise from Sonic 360 to kiss Sonic was super gross and cringey. Having him carry her looked just bonkers because he's a conglomeration of stick-limbs with a gigantic mono-eye-ball that has moving color chips sliding across its glassy surface. It's fine in context but..........not next to a realistic human. And he's not the only character either, you've got literally everybody else in the cast.

Do movie-makers do research before they start?
It seems like the answer is no. There's a REASON you do CG Advent Children: nobody looks as good* as Sephiroth IRL, nor Cloud's hair. These preposterous people like Lara Croft & the Hulk and Piccolo & Goku are cool to look at because they CANT exist here. Putting a bunch of makeup on some actress is never going to work. "Changing it to be more realistic" and you get that rubbish DBZ movie that was so bad we never speak of it.

Who got justice?
The Smurfs. Remember the first smurf movies where they were CG with live action? Smurf fans didn't really dig these. But the all-cg all-smurf movie? Good stuff, according to smurf fans.

Ratchet & Klank.
I am not a fan of these guys because I never even tried one game. But the movie made SENSE in that universe, everybody looked right & like the games and it didn't slander/sully/ruin/degrade any character. (According to people who know the characters)

The My Little Ponies
Yeah they were animated to begin with, but their movie kept them where they belong: animated. You could have thrown in some "magical IRL girl who gets to Mary Sue her way into pony-land after Pinkie Pie is in New York CITTYYYYY because magic. So the Ponies all come to Earth and Mary Sue has to save them". You absolutely can feel that being on the plate at some point. "Big screen = real humans!" But they resisted the urge and the fans of the show seem to think the movie is good.

Warcraft:
I have no idea about this much beyond simple lore but the whole thing was CG so it worked. No one would believe those giant orc guys or whatever otherwise.

Pokemon: Always animated. As it should be. Too many of them are too absurd (abstract floating stuff) or loses every fiber of cuteness when "Rendered as real"

It's possible for franchisees to get justice from a movie. The only one really screwing it up so far is the Bayformers because somehow people keep going to see those despite them hardly having anything to do with the actual........you know......transforming robots. And also sullying characters from the show/comic/whatever & dragging them through the mud of acting 'ooc' and more.

*It doesn't matter if YOU are not a fan and don't like the franchise or think the character is ugly. As long as it looks like how the book/comic/game/show had it, it's fine. If you don't like the franchise or hate ponies or something, but the fans loved it that's fine. It's FOR the fans. If it brings in more fans? Fine. If not...oh well. (Example: FIM fandom was bigger in previous years while the fad was hotter than it was now. The movie would have done better when the fad was hotter--but movies take a long time to make.)

Closing statement: CG SONIC MOVIE ONLY

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Hurricane is Over Update & Missing Light Mystery

Hurricane Irma has gone.
But, it's job of disrupting the updates is also complete. After this week, the normal update schedule should be able to resume, with the normal amount of stuff on each one. It's great that there wasn't too much damage in the area, but a prolonged power out will keep the updates (and pc) away.

A Super Gear Item:
Any regular to the site would right away know that the page/category of "Super Sonic Gear" doesn't get a new entry very often. That's because it has so many requirements all at once for something to be able to make it on there. Usually a single thing can't meet every requirement. But, what are these requirements?

1. The look
It has to be EXTREMELY ON MODEL. Every detail has to be just right and pretty much perfect in pretty much every instance of the item. (So like, no paint oversplash, etc)

2. Uniqueness / inventiveness -
This one of course varies, but it's why stuff like the Crystal Cube is on there. Sonic, 3D etched into crystal? Sign it up, that's super unique and fits the first category too.

3. Quality-
The material it's made of matters. But, the other factors also combine with this one. It's why the crystal champagne glasses are on "High End", but not on "Super Gear". Something that feels cheap or flimsy but looks good won't make it to Super Gear, but also something of special expensive material that just has like say....an etched logo or something...that won't make it either.

4. Value -
This is another combining property. If something is amazing AND a good value for its price, that really helps it along. In the case of the latest item, the Mania Bonus Box, value is extremely good. It might actually be one of the best values around, too if you consider a video game at about 50 dollars, then getting all that extra stuff was just 10 and that's unbeatable. Value however, is lower on the Super Gear list and is just a combiner.

5. Design -
This one is trickier, but the item has to have a good design sense going on it too. It's not enough to be made of something expensive or quality at a good value. Being on-model is wonderful, but if something's just boring looking or looks like a clone of 50 other (lower quality) things, it's not going to make it. So, design comes into play as well, but more as an 'over all overlay' on what gets in.

So those 5 are the basics that bring on the scrutinizing for Super Gear, and the Mania Box did it.
The statue, console, cartridge and ring were all extremely on model. Quality materials were used because the statue doesn't feel fragile, isn't impractically heavy, and the ring is solid metal. Value? Of course. Design: The classic Sonic atop the Genesis is posed like classic art and looks fun on display. It doesn't look like anything else, it's not boring, and it's a unique idea because the base makes sound too...plus the over all combination of all the goods you got at once. This includes the packaging! Which brings it to....

The Mystery of the Missing Light:
Did you know the 'power' red LED indicator on the Mania Statue Base is supposed to light up when you activate the SEGA sound? No one's does....but it's supposed to. Isn't that weird? What happened to it? Why would they install a real LED then not let it get power? Is there anything that can be done to fix it? Stay tuned for possible answers.....

Next Week:
More new stuff you can buy now! Most fortunately, as shopping season is approaching and if you want to make up your Christmas list or something with Sonic stuff, there should be some things to look for.