It’s nice to look back at your childhood and reminisce about the wonderful things that had a positive impact on your life.
Video games were a great way for me to relax and a safe way to spend my free time. One of the most influential titles during those years for me was Sonic the Hedgehog 2 for the Sega Genesis.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 was released in 1992 and my parents purchased it for Christmas that same year. Not only is this one of my earliest memories but a defining moment in my gaming career.
I started in life with a Nintendo Entertainment system but it was just a casual experience to pass the time. With the upgraded technology provided by the Sega Genesis, the potential for video games multiplied.
Visuals were more detailed and games had the potential for more content. To make things even better, the Sonic franchise was developed by the same company who created the Sega Genesis.
Sonic is a cartoon-based world that focuses on a hero by the same name who is a hedgehog.
He can actually run at supersonic speeds, hence the name. Your goal is to stop mad scientist Dr. Robotnik from stealing the Chaos Emeralds to power his space station. These emeralds could give him the power to rule the world from outer space.
You may wonder how a hedgehog could save the world, but once you see what he can do, you won’t ever question it again. Sonic jumps very high and uses a deadly spin attack that crushes robots.
Unfortunately you have to time all of these abilities correctly or you will be harmed.
Another aspect to this game is collecting rings. You have lives like any other video game during its time, but you collect rings to use kind of like second chances. It you get hit by an enemy, instead of immediately losing a life you lose your rings first. If you don’t have a ring when this happens, you will have to start over from the checkpoint.
The younger crowd reading this, may not remember when video games did not have a save option. This meant whenever you turned the game off, you had to start all over from the beginning the next time you played.
I had so much fun with Sonic the Hedgehog 2 that I would play it up to bedtime and leave the game on while I slept until morning, so I could finish it the next day.
I also went nuts when I finally beat the game for the first time and had to tell everyone at school. This ultimately gave me a major boost in confidence for beating games and made me feel if I worked hard enough, that I could accomplish any goal if I stuck to it.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 was the second-best selling game on the Sega Genesis. Looks like I was not the only fan.
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