Sonic the Hedgehog 25th Anniversary Run

Today marks 25 years since the release of the original Sonic the Hedgehog on the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive. To celebrate the momentous occasion, I decided to do a quick run of the game.

As recently as 2009 when Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection was released for the PS3, a “quick run” meant playing up to Marble Zone, getting bored and impatient, and then dying. It’s been like this for many years now, whether it’s playing the game on my Genesis, playing via an emulator, or playing on the PS3.

Perhaps it being 25 years, I was particularly motivated last night (or perhaps I should say this morning) to play the game seriously. In my mind, I figured I’d get up to Labyrinth Zone and die, and I would be fine with that. Somehow, not only was I able to finish the game, but I was also able to collect all the Chaos Emeralds. Wow!

It seems incredible that Sonic the Hedgehog has been around for 25 years. That span of time seems to have both gone by in a blur (no pun intended) and dragged on seemingly forever. While playing the game I noted with awe to JC that when I first played the game I was 12 years old and that I am now 37. It seems mind-boggling. Did people in 1991 still play games created in 1966?

To record this 25th anniversary run, I used Kega Fusion’s “log AVI” feature to capture, VirtualDub to encode to XVID, and finally HandBrake to encode to MP4 for YouTube. This is the only way that I can get the sound to stay in sync with the video. I’ve mentioned in the past selling all my Genesis games, but I guess it’s worth mentioning that the ROM I used for this run is ripped from my original retail Sonic cartridge.

Happy birthday Sonic!

See also: 1991

MTR Single Journey Fare Table Circa 2010

Before smartphones I used to buy printed transportation guides when visiting Hong Kong. They were super useful for exploring around town and finding out what buses were nearby. Cleaning out my bookshelf tonight I found a few of these guides, and inside the 2010 one was this fare table. Interesting for comparison purposes.

MTR Single Journey Fares 2010
MTR Single Journey Fares 2010
HK Light Rail Fares 2010
HK Light Rail Fares 2010

PC Game Manuals

Cleaning my bookshelf tonight and found these PC game manuals. Back during Moving 2012, I threw out the boxes and kept the manuals thinking I could save space. Four years later, I’m feeling bogged down again and going on another rampage, and since these manuals have not been touched at all during this time they are now fair game for disposal.

Unreal Tournament was a gift from my cousin. He gave me a cheap 3D card (Diamond Savage 2000?) at the same time so that I could try out 3D gaming on the PC. Star Trek Armada 2 and Quake 3 were gifts from an ex-girlfriend.

Even though I haven’t touched these items in years, it’s still difficult to part with them. Logically I know it’s the right choice, but at the moment when I part with them there is some wavering. I just have to get over that part and everything will be OK. As always, hope you enjoy this museum post.

Unreal Tournament GOTY Edition Manual Cover

Star Trek Armada 2 Manual Cover

Quake 3 Arena Manual Cover

Wan Chai to Tsim Sha Tsui on the Star Ferry

Hong Kong Island
View of HK Island from Star Ferry, Wan Chai to TST – May 2, 2015

Been awhile since I’ve posted a non-food-related slideshow pic; tonight’s is one taken from the Star Ferry on its way to TST. From left to right you can see the Convention Centre, the Bank of China Tower, Cheung Kong Centre, and the rest of the Central waterfront skyscrapers. As I’ve mentioned many times before, it’s incredible how small Hong Kong is.