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I would like to sit down with all of my Army friends and talk about a subject that has been on my mind for along time and i think with this i can take my point home batter. Recently Sonic the Hedgehog has been changing over the years and I Have grown up with him as i share the same birth year as him. when he turned 20 i did too so this game franchise has a special place in my heart. For my gamer friends who know of this, you know that sonic has been getting alot of flack over the years for changing so much. First he was a Mario sized blue animal that ran fast, then he grew green eyes, then he started getting allot of friends, and then he spoke, AND THEN he grew bigger... Now what i know of his initial creation was that he was a competitive mascot for SEGA, to use against NINTENDO's Mario. and that shows in the way the two ahve been used over the years....But i ask you why has Mario stayed everyone's (not speaking for everyone mind you) Fav. little mascot and sonic doing almost the same thing has become the but-end of every game fail joke ever. Well it is a little thing i like to call Human Expectancy (that is not a scientific term, i just call it that) It is the idea that as much as we talk about how much we want to change things we a humans don't like change as we say we do. Using sonic as an example. In sonic 1 we saw a competitor for Mario FASTER, cooler more sleek design, and cool levels to boot, and a great sound track( that i personalty love to this day). HOWEVER move to the second games of the franchise, the creators at SEGA, added the first of sonic's many friends, TAILS, to compete with the two man show the MARIO BROS. were putting on, now i don't get this muc h but some say the second one was not as great as the first, WHY IS THAT? Well it goes to my idea of that thing I said, The mario games by that point already had a two man show, so when they got to at least the super maro bros. 3 you still had 2 peeps. (and think of this Mario 2 in the US did not get as much praise as 1 or 3) See what i mean. The Devs. changed something drastically making the image of what we saw as sonic in the first one. As I continue you can see what is going on with what i am saying. You see Mario games have had the tendency to NOT CHANGE the formula...Play game, save princess, win game. SImple and i bet you can name ALOT OF MARIO titles that have had this trope. BUT that is not the case with sonic, FIrst game: Play game, save critters, win game. SONIC 2: play game, save critters, GET CHAOS EMERALDS FOR GOOD ENDING, win game(and have a fox with two tails come along) SONIC 3:play game,Save critters,Stop strange red dude(WHO YOU CAN PLAY AS NOW), get chaos emeralds, GET SUPER EMERALDS,GET GOOD END, win game. now i could do that for hours adding on and changing everything about every sonic game. But as you now can see it is the fact that as Mario has staid almost the same with a few minor changes OVER A LARGE SPAN OF TIME!, Sonic in every game he is in has changed something or another to some point. So in conclusion to my point, As i see it the only reason that sonic's fan base has been shaky over the years is because of the SEGA team try too hard to be innovative, but that is not a bad thing. As a matter of fact I like some of the additions and character that sonic has acquired over the years, but that is also the problem. BUt on the other hand, as great as Mario is i think that he is soon to start suffering from being to stale, i have noticed criticisms for the "SAVE THE PRINCESS TROPE" over time, but that is what they are, that is WHAT WE HAVE EXPECTED from his games. and with sonic you never know what will come out of his franchise at all. So before you think that something needs to be changed in a drastic way, just sit and think to yourself, "Do i really want the Drastic change or do i need to try slowly adding on with patience and moderation. THANKS ALL