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Sonic The Hedgehog #52

Wed Aug 24, 2022 11 d

Every Badnik is on high alert in Eggperial City! It’s going to take some quick thinking from Sonic and crew to escape undetected. Meanwhile, Surge plots her comeback-she needs more power, and she needs it now.

Sonic The Hedgehog #53

Wed Sep 28, 2022 46 d

Surge is angry, and she’s about to make it everyone’s problem… At least everyone in Central City. Sonic’s friends race to stop her rampage, but there’s something different about her. Something…more powerful.

StH: Scrapnik Island #1

Wed Oct 19, 2022 67 d

It was a dark and stormy night. Harsh rain from an unnatural storm fell upon Sonic the Hedgehog and Miles “Tails” Prower as they flew above the sea in the Tornado. Lightning strikes, causing the plane to spiral downward into a crash landing on an uncharted island. What Sonic and Tails will soon learn is that the island is no island at all, but the floating remains of the Death Egg. Scrapped, rusted, and malfunctioning Badniks call this place home. Can the friends survive isolation on an island of robots programmed to destroy them?

Sonic The Hedgehog #54

Wed Oct 26, 2022 74 d

Coming to you live from Central City! There appears to be a malfunction with all electronics. Traffic lights are all green, TVs are smoking, and microwaves are beeping nonstop. Can Sonic the Hedgehog save us by lunchtime? I need to warm up my burrito! Stay tuned! Sonic and Tails race to Central City to stop Surge’s rampage, but they’re no match for her this time around.

StH: Scrapnik Island #2

Wed Nov 30, 2022 Tentative

Sonic The Hedgehog 3

Fri Dec 20, 2024 860 d

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    A glance at Sonic HQ on Geocities

    Pages from the original Geocities version of Sonic HQ have been featured on the One Terabyte of Kilobyte Age Photo Op blog!

    This automated Tumblr blog, a project of the Contemporary Home Computing site, chronologically posts screenshots of Geocities homepages. Every 20 minutes a new screenshot gets posted (inside a Netscape browser no less), complete with the original URL and the date the site was last modified.

    Now, as you may know, Geocities was closed down by Yahoo back in 2009, deleting tons of internet history in the process. Thankfully, one terabyte of data was managed to be rescued by the Archive Team before the closure, and these websites are still available today in some form.

    First up is the games page.

    So how did this get featured? Well, at the time, Geocities had a strict 11MB limit for websites. To skirt around this, SHQ was split into multiple Geocities sites (and Angelfire sites… and Tripod sites…). So while this would be considered a sub-page of SHQ, it’s technically its own website. Thus it’s viable to be picked up by the Tumblr blog.

    Significantly, the games page is also the first page from 1999 to be posted on the blog. This means it had the earliest “last modified” date of any Geocities page from 1999. Meaning it’s the first Geocities page to be completely abandoned in 1999, without the webmaster deleting it themselves sometime later! …Hooray!

    The screenshot also has 81 likes and reblogs at the time of this writing. Yay~

    Check out the original page on the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine!

    Next is the homepage (both the original URL and the custom URL).

    The homepage was overhauled to redirect visitors to the site’s new address, where it was hosted on Emulation Zone and finally all under one umbrella. As for that custom Geocities URL (geocities.com/zifei), that was the name of the site’s founder, Zifei.

    (And yes, you are looking at a Netscape screenshot inside a Netscape screenshot.)

    Check out the original page on the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine!


    So there you have it! Quite a nice little trip down memory lane. I personally wasn’t around to see this era of the site — I didn’t find it until 2001 a couple years later. But it’s nice to reflect.

    It’s pretty amazing Sonic HQ is still kicking after all these years, huh? Well… I guess it’s more of a limp right now. It’s seen some better days I’ll give it that. But it’s still around and that’s what counts, right?

    Hey, and be sure to check out the One Terabyte of Kilobyte Age blog post bringing in the new year, Happy 1999!, where Sonic HQ is also featured. People will indeed be bewildered by this ancient Geocities site… and maybe even more bewildered to find out it’s still around!