John Dubya Writes: Those of us of an older age (me included) can remember the time Sonic came in to our lives. It was a time of fun, a time of innocence, a time of... well you get the picture; it was a while ago. Sonic The Hedgehog was the first game I ever played on a console after making the leap from Commodore 64 to Sega Megadrive (or Genesis for you American folk). Between Sonic and Streets of Rage, my friends and I whiled away many an evening, keeping ourselves out of trouble. But Sonic wasn't just a small collection of pixels, he was a gaming icon. In fact he was one of the first gaming icons ever to grace our TV's. Standing toe to toe with Mario, he was instantly recognisable to almost everyone, even those who had never played a video game before.