A glance at Sonic HQ on Geocities

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Sonic The Hedgehog #37

Sonic The Hedgehog #37

Wed Feb 24, 2021 Out Now!

There’s a new kid on the block! And a new… tower? While Tangle tries to initiate Belle into the Restoration, Sonic, Amy, and Tails investigate a mysterious looking tower that has popped up. Everyone is pushed to their limits in “Test Run”!

Sonic The Hedgehog #38

Sonic The Hedgehog #38

Wed Mar 17, 2021 Tentative

Houston, there appears to be two hedgehogs and a fox floating through space…

Sonic, Amy, and Tails are stuck in a mysterious new Eggman base. Each room holds a challenging surprise and the hallways don’t make any sense! Can they find out how to escape unharmed? Meanwhile, Tangle and Belle sneak in to find the bots running the show and stumble into some trouble!

Sonic The Hedgehog #39

Sonic The Hedgehog #39

Wed Apr 7, 2021 Tentative

Report: Test subjects S, A, and T are responding very well to experiments. Proceeding to phase three.

Sonic, Amy, and Tails are still stuck in Eggman’s evil tower and being subjected to his increasingly crazy tests. It doesn’t help that Tangle and Belle have unknowingly begun controlling the tower and are making it impossible for their friends to escape! Everyone’s limits are pushed as they try to make it out in time in “Test Run,” part three!

Sonic The Hedgehog #40

Sonic The Hedgehog #40

Wed Apr 28, 2021 Tentative

Tangle to the rescue! The brave lemur has jumped into the battle to save Sonic, Amy, and Tails from falling victim to Dr. Eggman’s latest experiment. Belle has a different kind of battle when she comes face-to-face with an old friend. Will the gang be able to escape unharmed? Find out in Evan Stanley’s epic conclusion to “Test Run”!

Sonic The Hedgehog #41

Sonic The Hedgehog #41

Wed May 26, 2021 Tentative

The Deadly Six are still on the loose and attacking towns. Jewel the Beetle recruits Sonic’s friends the Chaotix to find and stop the Zeti, but Zavok of the Deadly Six is looking for his minions, too—he’s angrier than ever and wants to reunite. The Chaotix will have to act quickly to outsmart the Deadly Six!

Sonic The Hedgehog 2

Sonic The Hedgehog 2

Fri Apr 8, 2022 402 d

Sequel to the 2020 movie. Title to be announced.

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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!