I'll admit it - I was there day one with Sonic the Hedgehog and the Sega Genesis. I have just as many memories of playing Sonic games with my brother as I do the Super Mario Bros. games. I've kept up with the series into the new generation. But even though I still consider myself a fan, I have never gone off into the maniacal territory occupied by the Sonic maniacs.
To elaborate, what I mean by Sonic maniacsis not just people really into the series, but those who invest so much emotion into things most normal people with lives could not bring themselves to give two damns about. This became more apparent during this generation. Let's face it - Sonic has had trouble starring in as many quality games as his former rival. I've adopted a pretty normal and winning strategy...wait for the games to come out and then try them. It's a rollercoaster, so some are much better than others but they all have their notable flaws. Because of this I've never really been "betrayed" by Sega and I'm not calling for the death of Sonic every 5 minutes. They're not the Genesis era games, but I still enjoyed some of Sonic's more recent outings.
This is a different story for the maniacs. Around the release of Sonic Heroes the Sonic community in general degenrated into a cesspool. The most notable example being the Genesis era fans, constantly calling for an age long past and seeking comfort in games deliberately not designed like them. This creates a faction of psychos that overanalyze each new game while simultaneously writing essays about the death of Sonic. They claim to hate the franchise but camp out on the forums of each successive game, exhaustively researching every aspect.
This has made me mull over a simple a question...am I the only one? Am I the only fan from the early days of Sonic that can't bring himself to rage about the color of the springs? Am I the only one whose quality of life is not affected by thephysics of Sonic 4?