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Awesome: 'Sonic Generations-VIDEO of Chemical Plant Zone is greatness embo...' by Triple B
likes this Post written by Triple B
about two years ago
That Chemical Plant Zone video almost brought a tear to my eye.
(somewhat long story ahead)
My parents divorced when I was 5. From the time I was 6 to around when I was 10 or so (so from about '90 to '94), I lived in Natick, MA with my dad and my grandparents. In '93 my dad had taken steps to beat his alcoholism in an attempt to get his life back on track, and he's succeeded to this day. During this time period when I lived with him, we lived across the street from a kid named Peter. Peter was a few years my senior, and his sister Alli was my age and in my class at school, and as a result I became close friends with him, even though I was always well aware of the possibility that he simply tolerated me so as not to be a dick. Either way, we ended up spending quite a bit of time hanging out together, playing NES like it was going out of style. It was around 1992 when my dad bought me a Sega Genesis (that happened to include pack-ins of Sonic 1 and 2
) and as soon as my friend and I figured out that one of us could control Tails in Sonic 2, no other game ever even saw the light of day until Sonic 3 came out. We'd play the 2-player Vs. mode and when we got sick of it, we'd run through the campaign with me controlling Tails. We would get together every day after school and just play the game until he had to go home for dinner. If there was previously any doubt in my mind about the legitimacy and honesty of Peter's attitude towards me, it completely went away when we began our epic Sonic-inspired friendship. He was Sonic, and I was Tails, and we shared the exact same kind of relationship as those two. I looked up to him and admired him like an older brother. This went on for the better part of two years until Sonic 3 came out, at which point we resumed the process in a game that was by all accounts even better than its predecessor! Man, we had fun. Always aiming to shred those precious milliseconds off our times, laughing at each other when we'd make silly mistakes...
Then in late 1994, my relationship with my dad began to suffer as he began spending more and more time with the woman who would become his second wife, and less and less time with me. My mom became aware of the issues that were going on, and asked me if I wanted to move in with her. I had some good friends that lived in her area, and the idea sounded damn good to me. So it happened. I didn't really get to tell any of my friends why I was leaving, or that I was leaving at all. Within the span of a day, the decision was made and the plan was carried out. I lived with my mom now and all was well enough. This would've been...September of '94. I never saw any of my friends from Natick again, even to this day. At the time, my dad would come and pick me up a couple times a week and I'd spend time with him at my grandparent's house back in Natick. This went on pretty much until I got my driver's license in 2000. Sometime in possibly late '96 or early '97 (can't remember exactly when), it was a typical Sunday and my dad had come to pick me up at my mom's. When I got in his truck he delivered the news that Peter had committed suicide by hanging himself in his parents' basement in Natick.
I've always associated Sonic the Hedgehog with Peter Mitchell. They both account for some of the most special memories of my childhood, and I'm overjoyed to see this Sonic Generations thing developing as well as it is. I will buy the game on day one, and sit up all night playing it for my friend, while celebrating his memory with what will most likely end up being very many alcoholic beverages.