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Sonic The Hedgehog: Icon of Our Times

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Sonic The Hedgehog
Wednesday 22 June - Sunday 2 October 2005

With computer game characters now as identifiable as those from film and literature, Sonic The Hedgehog is not simply a household name - he is a contemporary icon.

Born in 1991 for Sega's super-fast Sega Mega Drive game console, Sonic The Hedgehog made a speedy dash to success and stardom.

And Sonic shows no signs of slowing. In June 2005, Sonic turned 14, a luminary in an industry that is just over thirty years old.  

As well as tracking the development of this legendary character, the latest selection in Games Lab lets you experience the evolution of game technology over the past decade, from simple 2D 'side scrollers' to intricate 3D worlds. 

Games include Sonic The Hedgehog, Sonic The Hedgehog 2, Sonic Spinball, Sonic The Hedgehog 3, Sonic & Knuckles, Sonic R, Sonic Adventure, and Sonic Heroes.

special sonic events

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sonic eyetoy

By using the EyeToy's camera for Playstation 2, you can rocket down wild twisting tubes with Sonic, grabbing rings and dodging lethal spikes.

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sonic x

Drop into ACMI to catch free screenings of the first four episodes from the Sonic X series, based on Sonic Adventure for the Dreamcast platform.

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your game characters
Meet  Benson, Vauge, Eraserman and a host of other heroes and villains from our game character drawing competition. morearrow


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super sonic: video games and learning
Download the Sonic Education Pack containing information and activities for classroom use (pdf 440kb).

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  understanding character in video games
Matthew Sakey writes of the importance of character in creating video games.

Supported by Sega Europe & THQ Asia Pacific

Sega, the Sega logo, and Sonic The Hedgehog are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Sega Corporation. All rights reserved. © Sega Corporation 2005.

Images: Courtesy MRA Entertainment and Sega Europe.

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