From Sonic Retro

<forumuser name="shobiz" /> shobiz is a scener from Pakistan. His main interests in the Scene are researching Sonic 2 and Sonic 3 & Knuckles.


He first discovered the Sonic scene sometime in 2002, stumbling upon the Sonic Stuff Research Group. At the time, however, the subject matter was not particularly interesting to him, so he didn't stay for long. A year later, he found the Sonic Hacking Community, and while he read most of the articles there and even attempted some basic hacking, he didn't join the forums.

It wasn't until the 17th of November 2004 that he joined the forums of the resurrected SSRG. Although he was a frequent poster (perhaps too frequent), he never ventured out on a hacking project, and as a result gradually lost interest and left around June 2006. He had joined SWS2B in March 2005 at Tweaker's suggestion, but didn't feel comfortable with the board atmosphere at the time and so visited it very rarely.

He returned in June 2007 to find some pretty drastic changes had taken place in his absence, in particular the March 25th Coup and the subsequent formation of The Glowing Bridge. It was solely due to the Basic ASM guide on that site that he took an interest in assembly hacking. It was also around this time that he found the Sonic Retro wiki and the Sonic Community Hacking Guide, and the information contained therein was very helpful to him in his various hacking forays. He would later become a regular contributor to the wiki, and in particular to the guides for Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and Sonic 3 & Knuckles.

Upon his return, he had re-taken the test at The Sonic 2 Beta Page (as SWS2B was known then), but only with the intention of catching up on the events which had occurred during his absence. However, he soon saw how much the general atmosphere of the board had changed and felt far more comfortable there as a result, so he started visiting regularly. He was promoted to Tech Member on the 30th of September 2007, around the same time as the board's merger with Retro, and was again promoted to Wiki Sysop on the 1st of September 2008.

On the night of the 28th of September 2008, he was approached by Tweaker, who said he was going to be resigning as an administrator shortly, and wanted him to take up the position instead. While he was not completely certain about his suitability for the position, he decided to accept it, and stayed on as an administrator until January 2009, even though Tweaker returned as admin a few days later. He abruptly left the scene in early January 2009 to concentrate on sorting out a lot of personal issues he was facing, but returned in May 2010 as a Tech Member.