The Steve Aoki x Sonic The Hedgehog Virtual Concert broke my soul

When I first saw news that Steve Aoki was going to hold a Sonic the Hedgehog virtual concert last week, I was ecstatic to hear another artist declare their love of translucent blue and express it through music. At the time, Sega announced that the DJ would play a healthy balance of his original songs and remixes of fan favorite Sonic tracks like Green Hill Zone, Chemical Plant Zone, Stardust Speedway Zone and songs from Sonic Adventure onwards. Fast-forward a week later, and the quality of his performance surprised me.

Because Sega decided to incorporate Facebook-like AR elements into the virtual concert, forcing viewers to move the camera from 180 to 360 degrees, which made trying to watch it on my laptop getting harder and harder to try to watch on my phone. The AR elements are super annoying, the dance animations for Sonic and the gang aren’t enough, and Aoki mostly plays songs from his own discography and just a single remix instead of delivering on his balanced promise. equal to both.

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I hope that Aoki’s Sonic concert will be as successful as Post Malone’s Pokemon 25th Anniversary Virtual Concert went back in February, but that turned out not to be the case. While Post Malone showed great respect for Pokemon’s legacy by transforming himself into a CG avatar dancing around a floating platform that took him through different Pokemon landscapes, Aoki did the worst for him. to Sonic when he said he would only play remixes for a select few songs to pull 180 and just blast his songs as if he were at the Ultra Music Festival, leaving only room for a single Sonic track. I can understand he’s trying to celebrate his 44th birthday, but he can at least dedicate the set to both his own and Sonic’s catalog. I would love to hear his performance of Escape From The City, Seaside Hill or Bullet Station.


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From a pop culture perspective, Aoki just played his music and left very little room for Sonic after announcing he would pay proper homage to blue blur that has the same power as the NFL’s announcement SpongeBob SquarePants newspaper and his band will play the iconic song Sweet Victory at the 2019 Super Bowl Halftime Show. just leave the characters open for Travis Scott instead – and less than three months after the death of Stephen Hillenburg. In doing so, he caught the attention of fans, who were under the impression that his virtual concert would feature Sonic music, as it should have.

The dance moves that Sonic and his friends perform at the concert are equally bad. Sonic mostly jumps up and down, which I guess is typical of festival goers, Tails claps his hands to the ground like a preschooler, Knuckles’ dance idea was to slam his hands on the floor, and Amy just wriggling and shifting her legs to the side with a grimace like someone’s grandma. Everything becomes tense and awkward.

The virtual concert even became a PR disaster when Dr. Eggman’s voice actor Mike Pollock took part in a Twitter debate about Aoki’s support of the NFT, which is why Sonic fans in the first place criticized Sega for collaborating with the DJ. Twitterstorm began with his sarcastic comment to Roger Craig Smith’s birthday wishes to the DJ, “But we can’t appreciate someone’s work or let them enjoy their birthday if We disagree with their opinions.” Many fans took issue with the comment, criticizing him for not taking a stand on a technology that has been linked to environmental destruction, fraud and art theft.

Crush 40 was supposed to direct the virtual concert, but Sega used the band for the symphony orchestra to celebrate Sonic’s 30th anniversary in June. Better yet, the company should have left everything there. At least the orchestra has more passion for Sonic and his impact on the entertainment and video game industries than Aoki’s concert.

Where classical composers and rock bands come together and play the wonderful sounds of Sonic’s past, present and future in perfect harmony, Aoki just makes people deaf with the music. his discord. He doesn’t love Sonic as much as he claims, he’s only in the virtual gig for the money and those disgusting NFTs.

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