WetflameG: Hello, Ms. Ross?
Brenda Ross: Hello?
WetflameG: Ah, hello. Could I talk to you for a minute, if you're not too busy? I have a couple of things I want to ask.
Brenda Ross: Sure. How can I help you?
WetflameG: Okay, thanks.
Brenda Ross: And who am I speaking to?
WetflameG: I like your hair by the way. Oh, my name is Leigh Walsh. I'm interested in an interview you did a few years back, well an email you answered. About some art you did for Sega many years ago. Well, that's the first thing anyway.
Brenda Ross: Okay.
WetflameG: See, a bit of an argument broke out on a message board over the name of the Desert Level. People always gave it one name.
Brenda Ross: Okay, ask your question.
WetflameG: Yes, people are arguing over the name of the Desert Level.
Brenda Ross: You want to know if there was another name for the Desert Level?
WetflameG: Yep, people say Dust Hill is not correct name and that you said that name, because in a previous e-mail someone had mentioned it and I thought it was a little insulting to presume that happened, so thought I'd double check with you.
Brenda Ross: You know when you're working on a movie, and you haven't yet decided on a name so you use a working name...
Brenda Ross: ...Desert level
WetflameG: Was the name Dust Hill ever actually used?
Brenda Ross: The art was never put in the game as you know...
Brenda Ross: ...Yasuhara the designer really liked it. I also had a Winter level...
WetflameG: Why did it get the can?
Brenda Ross: ...with Christmas trees and stuff.
WetflameG: Were the trees reused in Hill Top zone? Also, there is a level in Sonic CD, Quartz Quadrant, which is quite similar. Craig's level, Hidden Palace, which was scrapped, had a background reused in Sonic Spinball.
Brenda Ross: No because we ran out of time and I was the last artist assigned to the project, so mine was the stuff that was cut - we had no choice.
WetflameG: That sucks! The Desert level is the Sonic community's favourite lost level.
Brenda Ross: Craig must have recycled the art since it wasn't used.
WetflameG: It's really nice art.
Brenda Ross: Yes, Yasuhara and I were not too happy we all worked so hard.
WetflameG: Shame. Oh, by the way if it makes you as Yasuhara happier, the level has been recreated using your edited art from a screenshot in a ROM edit.
Brenda Ross: Oh, cool.
WetflameG: I'll take a pic.
Brenda Ross: Thanks I have to go. I'm in the middle of a bunch of work.
WetflameG: Oh, okay will you be on later?
Brenda Ross: Do me a favor, Leigh?
Brenda Ross: Please don't give this IM to anyone.
WetflameG: I won't.
Brenda Ross: Or you'll force me to change it. I only use this for work and I'm busy enough all day long you know it's funny...
WetflameG: I'm sure you are. Sorry if I took up too much time.
Brenda Ross: ...people always ask me and Craig questions about Sonic 2 but they never ask for Tim Skelly.
WetflameG: Yes, because you're the only ones we can contact. Tim Skelly?
Brenda Ross: He did the bonus rounds.
Brenda Ross: I can give you his e-mail he's agreed to talk to you guys.
WetflameG: That would be GREAT. Thanks.
Brenda Ross: He was the art director on the project, I think.
WetflameG: But can you remember is the level may have been intended to call Dust Hill?
Brenda Ross: I think it was, yes. I always called it the Desert Zone or Desert Level.
WetflameG: And it's not just because people flooded you with e-mails asking about "Dust Hill"?
Brenda Ross: Sure.