Sonic has become a fixture in the universe of gaming because it was one of the first franchises to hit the gaming culture. An entire series fixated around a sole character and his struggles with life and everything else. These every day exploits allowed fans to follow him through games, comics, movies, and with the addition of the internet, stories.
How Can Fans Have Effect On The Series As A Whole?
With the introduction of the internet to gaming in general, it provides a whole new input and potential fan base and fan input. Fans have very new ways now to enjoy the loveable old blue hedgehog. Before the internet, it was hard to gather fans of the same subject very easily and they were not near as gathered as they are now on the internet. People on the internet can create vast and winding story extensions from current existing story lines and stories provided from the various video games. These allow fresh and new takes one every aspect of the game. Also they can allow future titles to be potentially influenced if a particularly good story or idea surfaces in this fan fiction.
With this fan input, various aspects can also influence fan made games inspired by the Sonic Universe. These fan made games deliver the quality and entertainment that allow a player to be immersed in the universe, while enjoy a classic piece of Sonic in its true and fun original form. These fan games are works of love and are able to focus not just on Sonic himself, but focus on various characters in the Sonic world that may themselves have a faithful following.
Now in recent years the whole fan made gaming universe has exploded, with the internet becoming wider reaching everyday and new fans and ideas being linked via popular social networking sites, it's just a matter of time before the next big Sonic craze happens. Fan sites themselves have a collection of fans that pump out new original content as well as update the new content related to Sonic from the "professional non fan" world.
How Big Of An Influence Do Fan Sites Have?
Just go to your favorite search engine and dial up the topic of your choice. Sonic for example will pull up a wide range of subjects from gaming to fan fiction and even Sonic inspired music pieces. Fan sites generated some of the biggest press any game could ever receive as the fans themselves can keep interest in the game long after the release date. It's this recurring interest that drives a game and game series to new heights and keeps sequels coming out.
Fan interest in recent years in everything from games, to movies, and beyond has sky rocketed as new material streams out daily. Fan material even inspires other fans in ways that can not be duplicated. Fans deserve as much praise for the wonderful Sonic culture that exists today as the original creators of the lovable blue hedgehog.