Video Game Playable Character Act

  • by: Steven Vitte
  • recipient: Sega Sammy Holdings, Sega of Japan, Sonic Team

NOTE: If you signed the previous online petition you don't need to sign this one. Only new signatures are needed.

Player 2 Initiative: Do you generally support optional playable characters?

Do you generally support the idea of being able to play as a different character other than the Main Character?

Do you generally support the idea of a game implementing a Multiplayer Mode, like Co-Op Story Mode?

Do you support a video game character having the freedom to used in important roles in Story Modes?

Do you support a sidekick type video game character having his/her own spinoff series of games?

This petition is a document that allows gamers to show their open support for and recognition of the core value to characters such as Miles "Tails" Prower, Knuckles the Echidna, Amy Rose and others, but you are also calling to bring attention to the issue of their status as optional playable characters in the Main Sonic Series (i.e. Sonic Colors, Sonic Generations and Sonic Lost World). This does not include any Spinoff subseries such as Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games nor Sonic Boom.

USA Sales Figures - Stats:

Sonic the Hedgehog (2006): 1.16 Million Units

2007: 141,302 Units, 2008: 104,994 Units, 2009: 45,420 Units

Sonic Unleashed (2008): 1.02 Million Units

2008: 66,669 Units, 2009: 173, 790 Units, 2010: 75,089 Units

Sonic Colors (2010): 1.70 Million Units

2010: 315, 346 Units, 2011: 239, 380 Units, 2012: 134,520 Units

Sonic Generations (2011): 1.58 Million Units

2011: 224, 776 Units, 2012: 85, 086 Units, 2013: 89,954 Units

Sonic Lost World (2013): 0.39 Million Units

2013: 110,077 Units, 2014: 70,807 Units, 2015: 26,476 Units, 2016: 3,959 Units

-In Comparison with-

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (1992): 6.03 Million Units

*Introduced Tails as a Playable Character

Game Informer: Best Action/Adventure Game, Best Graphics in a Video Game

GameFan Golden Megawards: Best Action Platform Game

Electronic Gaming Monthly: Best Game of the Year (Sega Genesis)

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (1994): 1.76 Million Units, Sonic & Knuckles (1994): 1.82 Million Units

*Introduced Knuckles as a Playable Character

Sonic Adventure (1999): 2.42 Million Units

*Playable Characters: Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy, Big the Cat, E-102 Gamma

GameRankings: 86.51%

Sonic Adventure 2 (2001)

*Playable Characters: Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Shadow the Hedgehog, Dr. Eggman, Rouge the Bat

The creation of this petition stems from the recent history of the Sonic franchise and how the franchise as a whole has been handled by the likes of Sega and Sonic Team.

"We need to establish Sonic's core gameplay first" has been Sega's response in answering questions about optional playable characters for over a decade.

All signatures of this petition will together represent a simple message: 1) Sonic's friends should receive better opportunities and more respect in the way that they are used in Sonic games, 2) The views of a few companies such as IGN, Game Informer and GameSpot are NOT the same as the views of fans, 3) As fans of characters not named Sonic, we are defending the characters that we love and respect, and we ask that Sega and Sonic Team consider reinstating them.

Goal: Once enough signatures have been received, I will go to the next scheduled gaming convention or Sonic fan convention where Sega and Sonic Team will be present, and I will reveal this online petition and a separate ink pen only paper petition to them. This is my way of getting to the bottom of a long-developing issue. I appreciate your help.

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