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The Daily Arts guide to the
best upcoming events
Today 10.18.07
Kelly Joe Phelps
a P.M.
At The Ark
The Setup with special
guests Farewell Republic
and Danny Freeman
5:30 p.m.
$5 21+/$8 under 21
At The Blind Pig
Andy Kirshner:
The Musical Image
5 p.m,
At The Michigan Theater
Tomorrow 10.19.07
Ellis Paul
At The Ark
Screening: Tokyo Kid
At the Lerch Hall Askwith Auditorium
Cudamani with Odalan Bail
At Hill Auditorium
Saturday 10.20.07
Paris is Burning: film
screening and discussion
7 p.m.
At South Quad, Down Under Lounge
Please send all press releases
and event information to

Putting one and
one together.



A Nintendo guy's
Sonic' caveat

* Oh, Paris. Britney hasn't eclipsed you, yet.
PARIS HILTON is planning a trip to Rwanda
for charity, and you know what? She's pitch-
ing the trip as a reality show called "The
Philanthropist." Good. Lord. " Not so fast,
Paris. BRITNEY SPEARS's upcoming album
Blackout has been leaked to the Internet -
apparently she wrote two tracks. Uh, oh. @
Because we needed it: HYUNDAI developed
a cell phone-camera watch, complete with
Bluetooth and a stylus. @ Sesame Street's
"news network," GNN, was visited by
ANDERSON COOPER, who interviewed the
show's newscasters - Walter Cranky and
Dan Rather-not - about the connotation of
the letter G. It was ... cute. YouTube it.

Daily Arts Writer
The designers of "Sonic the
Hedgehog" must have had a woe-
fully misinformed knowledge of
animal physiology to make such
a lethargic animal so fast. When
I purchased my pet hedgehog at
age 7, I was disappointed to find
he didn't wear ruhning shoes,
didn't spin at high enough veloci-
ties to destroy any animal in his
path and certainly didn't run
loop-de-loops and bounce off
flippers and bumpers like a pin-
My hedgehog mostly just laid
around, curling up in a ball when-
ever a finger would touch him.
Sonic used this same technique
to fend off mechanical crabs and
robot chickens.
I only bought this hedgehog -
and named him Sonic, of course
- as a replacement for a game I
rarely got to play. I was a Super
Nintendo kid. When kids of my
generation reached a certain age,
usually6 or 7,our parents -some-
times under the guise of "Santa
Claus" - bought us a Super Nin-
tendo or Sega Genesis. We usu-
ally had no say in which one we
received, and even if we did, our
parents could never understand
the difference between the two
systems anyway.
The thing is, whichever system
your parents broughthome would
be integral in sculpting your
early conception of video games.
Sure, if you were a Sega kid you'd
go to your friend Sam's house to
play "Super Mario World," but
you had your allegiances.
No matter how many hours
you wasted away in Sam's base-
ment drinking orange soda and
playing "Mario," you always
liked "Sonic the Hedgehog" bet-
ter. But I was the opposite: I was
a Nintendo kid, raised on "Super
Mario All-Stars," and I believe
this is why, 12 years after my par-
ents bought me Super Nintendo,
"Sonic the Hedgehog 2" seems
absolutely fucking amazing.
The brilliance of "Sonic 2"
is that, after seeing just a few
seconds of footage, you would
assume it's a generic platform
game that suckles at Mario's teat
- with an even more expendable
sidekick, the orange fox Miles
"Tails" Prower.
If playing Mario is like a fun
run through a paranormal won-

derland, playing "Sonic 2" is
like a roller coaster with broken
brakes and harnesses through a
quasi-futuristic underworld.
King of this underworld is
mad scientist Dr. Robotnik,
who lusts after the seven Chaos
Emeralds needed to power his
new warship. In his free time, he
transformed all the animals on
Sonic's home of Westside Island
into malevolent robots. Sonic's
task - with a little help from his
floating friend Tails - is to free
his animal buddies and collect
the emeralds first.
"Sonic 2" creates a stark con-
trast to "Mario" by playing up
Sonic's one crowning attri-
bute over the mustachioed one
- speed. Whereas the original
"Sonic is fettered by slow-mov-
ing screens and excessive obsta-
cles, Sonic in "Sonic 2" runs like a
coke addict trying to catch a mid-
night cab. With fewer enemies
and pitfalls than the original,
there's very little in "2" to slow
the hero down.
Does this addition of speed
make "Sonic 2" revolutionary
enough to be held in the same
annals as "Mario"? Probably not.
But it does welcome a debate:
Which is the more admirable
video game hero characteristic,
strength or speed? This was what
Sega let gamers decide when they
Which are
you: a
Nintendo kid or
a Sega kid?
made Sonic's fast flashiness a
counterpoint to Mario's meticu-
lous jump-attacks. Mario moves
slowly but rarely gets hit, while
Sonic gets smacked around all
the time (with the game's sys-
tem of collecting rings for health,
there is virtually no limit to the
amount of times Sonic can get
So the question is, would you
rather have something done right
or done fast? Remember the tor-
toise and the hare?
I'd rather have something
done right, but then again, I was
a Nintendo kid.

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presented by the Singapore Students Association
East Hall (Math Atrium)
7.00-9.30 pm
Saturday, 20 October 2007
*FREE Admission*

Come check out the 2008
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Thursday, October 18th,
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Outside of the Sigma Phi Epsilon
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Directly Next to the Union
(548 S. State Street)
Free Food,
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A Chance to Win a New iPod
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