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Sonic Amateur Games Expo

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Sonic Amateur Games Expo (SAGE) is a yearly online event for Sonic the Hedgehog fangame developers to chat online and to demonstrate finished and unfinished games they are developing. Started in 2000 by community enigma BlazeHedgehog, the premise of the event was to expand the appeal of fangaming, which is still even today viewed as a sort of taboo given inherent copyright problems. There have been 21 SAGE events to date, which originally took place biannually until the 10th iteration in 2005, where the format changed to the annual SAGE known today.

2000

The original Sonic Amateur Games Expo website.

As the original Sonic Amateur Games Expo, Blaze Hedgehog set out to make a showcase for the Sonic fan gaming scene, setting the template for every SAGE thereafter. He wanted to feature fan games in the same style and presentation as the Electronic Entertainment Expo in the form of "booths," and encouraging even the use of "booth babes" for each booth. The event lasted from September 9 to September 12, and had a small attendance compared to the later incarnations of the expo.

2005

SAGE 2005, sometimes jokingly referred to as SAGE "X", marked the first annual SAGE, breaking the previously set tradition of SAGE being held biannually. Directed by Gamerdude and Smidge204, SAGE 2005 sported a nifty, slick layout and had a host of wonderful projects on display.

SAGE 2005 also marked the event's first guest interview. Ben Hurst, one of the writers for the TV series Sonic the Hedgehog, was interviewed under proctored settings in SAGE's IRC chatroom.

2006

Koray, the organizer of SAGE 2006, had been suffering from issues in life that resulted in him disappearing without a word months leading up to the event. Smidge204, the administrator of SFGHQ, took up the mantle of quickly throwing together an event after it became apparent that Koray wasn't going to show. The event itself rehashed the minimalistic, slick layout from SAGE 2005 and did a decent job of holding up to its predecessor.

Ben Hurst returned for another interview with the community. Joining him was the current writer for the Sonic the Hedgehog comic book series by Archie, Ian Flynn.

Interest in revamping the SAGEcast was introduced during SAGE 2006 when DimensionWarped, Slingerland, and Shadix attempted to broadcast a prerecorded multicast via Skype. Due to technical difficulties Shadix did not appear in the final broadcast; however, the broadcast went to show that SAGEcasts could have more meaningful content.

2007

SAGE 2007, directed by Slingerland, renewed interest in the event after a disappointing 2006. His SAGE went with a simple and quirky thematic layout that would change on each day of the event. The themes revolved around countries, each with a themed piece of Sonic character art. Slingerland's dashing charisma and publicity attempts brought about a huge boost in audience.

Ryan Drummond became the first guest appearance in relation to the official games, and his appearance garnered a huge amount of attention from Sonic communities all around. Ian Flynn also reappeared to discuss more regarding the Sonic the Hedgehog Archie comic book series.

SAGE 2007 introduced a more entertaining side of SAGE. Cool events featured Slingerland's epic skits, like "Saturday Nights' Main Event," "Sonic 2 Epic-pella," and the "SAGE Report." Community members held workshops to share their talents, most notably Tweaker with his ROM hacking workshop. Live multicasts were a regular occurrence and even spawned a karaoke show. Contest wise, there was a level design competition, an art competition, and a video submission contest.

2008

SAGE 2008 set out to expand on the new standard set in 2007, with a trend towards more entertainment. Hosted by Shadix and MarkEchidna, the idea was to draw the casual audience in through entertainment, interviews, and exciting content to promote booths. It was held from August 17 to August 24 (eight days to commemorate it being 2008). The SAGE 2008 site was over-the-top and flashy, featuring detailed informative pages and a coverflow-esque booths page that was somewhat clunky. Unlike in previous years, SAGE 2008 was more organized from day one, with most booths working at the beginning of the event.

SAGE 2008 had a large guest lineup, including Christian Senn, Richard Wheeler, Howard Drossin, Richard Jacques, Jun Senoue, Lee Brotherton, Ryan Drummond, Mike Pollock, and Eric Iwasaki of ND Games. Events at SAGE 2008 included Shadowgoten & Duckboy's Opening Extravaganza, SAGE Idol, the SAGE Trivia Gameshow featuring Mike Pollock, DOM's Live Videogame Music Show, Dramatic Fanfic Readings with ANDROSS, and OCRemix Interview with Special ORMGAS\BEATDROP FM Combo block.

While the entertainment was obviously there, the fangames were overshadowed and ignored. This issue drew criticism from many SFGHQ members.

SAGE 14 (2009)

Sonic Amateur Games Expo 14's website.

SAGE 14 was held in 2009 from July 25 through July 31 and hosted by InstantSonic and Hero Chao. It has been widely regarded as one of the best iterations of SAGE to date, bringing most, if not all Sonic fan communities together. It was geared more towards the fans and the fan games themselves rather than how many ratings each fan game received.

The website was designed and created by Hero Chao, who also created and managed the event schedule and booths, and was responsible for obtaining the special guests of the event. InstantSonic directed the events, fan game booths and the SAGEcast. ROM hacks were also included as booths for the first time. A requirement for obtaining a spot in the SAGE booths section was that an individual must have a fan game to present. Even with this requirement, SAGE 14 featured 42 fan games/booths during the week-long exposition, the largest number at any SAGE event so far. SAGE 14 was extended for an additional unscheduled week. The IRC chat was moved to a channel called #sagexpoafterparty, allowing those who enjoyed SAGE to wind down and talk about what had occurred the week before.

Booths

The following booths, fan games, and hacks appeared at SAGE 14:

Fan games

Hacks

Really Amateur Games Expo

Really Amateur Games Expo 3's website.

The Really Amateur Games Expo, created by Slingerland took place during SAGE 14 and was the third RAGE since it began in 2007. 2009's RAGE held a 5 day competition during SAGE which involved making the worse Sonic fan game possible with Klik & Play, although it was not required to enter a booth into the RAGE.

SAGE 2010 (2010)

SAGE 2010 took place from August 8th to August 17th. Similar to SAGE 14, InstantSonic and Hero Chao, along with ila organised this event.

Last year, there were interviews with SEGA PR member RubyEclipse and the voice actor of Tails in Sonic Adventure, Corey Bringas. In addition, the events were the Write Your Own Sonic Tune Contest, Sonic Theme Song Parody Contest, Write as TSSZ for a Day and the Eggman Voice-Off with Mike Pollock as well as radio streaming including fanfic readings, music hours and The Ken Balough Show, where Moonshadow Caz reviewed a few SAGE games as Ken Balough.

Booths

The following booths, fan games, and hacks appeared at SAGE 15:

Fan games

Hacks

Really Amateur Games Expo

The Really Amateur Games Expo, created by Slingerland took place during SAGE 2010 and was the fourth RAGE since it began in 2007. 2010's RAGE held a 5 day competition during SAGE which involved making the worst Sonic fan game possible with a post-apocalyptic setting.

SAGE 2011

SAGE 2011 was run rather later than usual with the event taking place during September 18th - 24th. Organised by Shadix, notable events included an interview with Naoto Oshima; a 3D animation panel by the character animator of Sonic Rivals 2, Nate Horsfall; the obligatory annual appearance by Mike Pollock and the live results of the 2011 Sonic Hacking Contest among other things.

SAGE 2011 was also plagued by management disasters, however, Tobin and Tongara stepped up to provide much needed technical assistance and a lot of dark humor respectively. With their last minute assistance SAGE 2011 managed to mostly overcome a lack organization and planning in the first day of the event.

Booths

The following booths, fan games, and hacks appeared at SAGE 16:

Fan games

  • Sonic Before the Sequel
  • Project Float
  • Sonic RealmZ
  • Sonic Run 3
  • Sonic Worlds Level Collab
  • Sonic Time Twisted
  • Amy Dress Up
  • Sonic Axiom
  • Cheddly and Clouds Crazy Adventure 2
  • Charmy Maze 2
  • Sonic and Friends 2
  • Project Spikepig
  • Sonic Small World
  • SonicGDK
  • Super Sonic Knockout
  • Sonic Fusion
  • Sonic Mobius
  • Sonic Gear
  • Chaotix CD
  • Sonic Arena: The Lost Chapters
  • Madcap Grotto
  • Sonic Inferno
  • Cosmic Rush 2.0
  • Digimon World Legends
  • MegaMan Triple Threat
  • Sonic Mettrix
  • Sonic NXT
  • Freedom Fighters Fangame
  • Sonic GML
  • Revenge of the Walrus
  • Minecraft on Mobius

Hacks

  • Sonic 2 Retro Remix
  • Sonic Labyrinth

SAGE 2012

SAGE 2012 took place from Aug. 6 - Aug. 12. It was hosted by Tobin and Tongara.

Booths

The following booths, fan games, and hacks appeared at SAGE 17:

Fan games

  • The Emeralds' Awakening
  • Emerald Ties
  • Freedom Planet
  • Blitz Sonic FreeRunner Engine
  • Sonic Game Land
  • SonicGDK
  • Green Hill Zone 2.5D
  • Sonic The Hedgehog - Light and Darkness
  • Project Shadow
  • Sonic Epsilon
  • Sonic Medley
  • Sonic The Hedgehog PC
  • Sonic Run 3
  • Sonic Skywind
  • Sonic Small World
  • Sonic Zero: Remastered
  • Sonic Before the Sequel (2012 Edition)
  • Sonic After the Sequel (Demo)
  • Sonic Fusion
  • Sonic Skywind: Episode II
  • Project AXSX (Sonic Xtreme)
  • Tails' High-Flying Adventure

SAGE 2014

SAGE 2014, in comparison to previous years, had 2 acts. Act 1 took place from Feb. 23 - Mar. 1, and Act 2 from Aug. 3 - Aug. 10. Those fan games which appeared in both acts may differ from their showcased versions.

Booths

The following booths, fan games, and hacks appeared at SAGE 18:

Fan games

Act 1 only
  • Sonic Chrono Adventure
  • Sonic Worlds Delta
  • Project Eclipse
  • Sonic Xperience
  • Sonic X-treme 2D
  • Sonic Mars Remake
  • Bingo The Multiva
  • Modern Sonic Dash +
  • Sonic - Project Endless
  • Salom Adventure
  • Sonic Core
  • Sonic Reboot
  • Sonic Legends
  • Da Rock
  • Sonic The Hedgehog GG/MS Remake
  • Jam
  • Sonic with a gun
Act 2 only
  • Blue Sphere Madness
  • Sonic MAX
  • Spark the Electric Jester
  • Sonic Megadrive
  • Sonic Adventure Emerald
  • Sonic vs Darkness - True Nightmare Revived
  • Tails Nightmare 3
  • Sonic Souls
  • Sonic - Quick Step Challenge
  • Sonic SpeedFighters 2
  • Sonic - The Blue Blur
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Remastered
  • Sonic the Hedgehog Dynamo
  • Sonic Overture
  • SEGA Brawlers Megamix
  • Sonic World Remix
  • Sonic Generations 2D
Both Acts
  • Sonic Time Twisted
  • SonicGDK
  • Sonic Game Land
  • Sonic World
  • Sonic The Hedgehog 3D
  • Digimon Heroic Battle Spirits
  • Sonic Black Ace
  • Sonic - Edge of Darkness
  • Sonic Lost Adventure

Hacks

  • Sonic 1 Zigma

SAGE 2015

SAGE 2015 was going to took place from Dec. 18 - Dec. 24, but due to the lack of team members, it was skipped to the next year.

SAGE 2016

SAGE 2016 took place from Oct. 15 - Oct. 22.

Booths

The following booths, fan games, and hacks appeared at SAGE 19:

Fan games

  • Lloyd the Monkey
  • Attack of the Weeaboo Invaders
  • Classic Sonic 3D Adventure
  • Sonic Neo Genesis
  • Sonic FTS
  • Project Spikepig
  • SQGT
  • Sonic DL Adventure
  • Sonic Mania Fangame (Studiopolis Zone)
  • Sonic Gather Battle
  • Neo Sonic Fighters
  • Moogle Cavern: The Online RPG
  • Sonic Revolution: The Game
  • Sonic Beyond the Speed
  • Sonic: Project Survival
  • Sonic.EXE: The Assault
  • Sonic Utopia
  • Sonic Hero Warriors
  • Sonic Generations: The Lost Zones
  • Sonic Adventure 3
  • Sonic Realmz
  • Emerald Ties
  • Sonic Project Twisted
  • Sonic Boom and the Smash Crew
  • Sonic Incursion
  • Beast Mode
  • Sonic CD Breakout
  • Spark the Electric Jester
  • Sonic World
  • Sonic: Round 7
  • Green Hill Paradise - Act 2: Final Mix
  • Sonic & Tails
  • Dash Cats
  • Simple Sonic Worlds
  • Sonic Souls
  • SonicGDK
  • Temporal Shift: Flow of Eternity
  • Colonial Combat
  • Sonic: Project Time
  • Sonic vs Darkness - True Nightmare Revived
  • Sonic Battle Force
  • Sonic: Haven Home World
  • Sonic & Friends 2
  • Sonic Fear 2: Metal Sonic Out of Control
  • Super Mario Flashback
  • Gmate
  • Shadow Rising - Reinedgening
  • Bingo the Multiva
  • Terabout
  • Sonic Worlds Delta (1.5.2)
  • Lancen Adventure

Hacks

  • Pepsi in Sonic 1
  • Donnie the Chao
  • Sonic Bash! (v2)
  • Crat Strat's Sonic 1 Hack

SAGE 2017

SAGE 2017 took place from Dec. 18 - Dec. 24.

Booths

The following booths, fan games, and hacks appeared at SAGE 20:

Fan games

  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2 HD
  • Petit Hedgehog
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) PC Port
  • Sonic Anniversary
  • Super Mario Flashback
  • Battle Cross Fever
  • Clash Force 2
  • Crash N. Tense Adventure
  • Dash Cats
  • Unlimited Trees' Sonic 1
  • Sonic Arcus 2D
  • Sonic Panic
  • Sonic Districts
  • Sonic.EXE: The Assault
  • Sonic Crisis
  • Sonic: Project Twisted
  • Sonic Frost
  • Sonic the Sketchhog: Episode 2
  • Sonic: Project Purple
  • Astral World
  • Allegro: The Melodic Warrior
  • Sonic Zones
  • Sonic Beyond the Speed
  • Sonic Ages
  • Chao Resort Island
  • Sonic World

Hacks

  • Donnie the Chao: Final Mix

SAGE 2018

SAGE 2018 took place from Aug. 25 - Sep. 1. This marked the first year on showing up Sonic Mania mods.

Booths

The following booths, fan games, mods, and hacks appeared at SAGE 21:

Fan games

  • Sonic Advance Revamped
  • Sonic Special Runner
  • Sonic & Knuckles: Key Hunters
  • Sonic: Battle Of Chaos - The Final Battle (MUGEN)
  • Sonic: Metal Adventure
  • Battle Cross Fever
  • Sonic Battle R
  • Kirby Gamble Galaxy Stories
  • Sonic: Project S
  • Sonic Pursuit
  • Polyroll
  • Kirby's Dream Land Plus
  • Planet oio
  • Sonic J
  • Lloyd the Monkey 2
  • Sonic the Hedgehog - The Home Saver
  • JohnGagzProject
  • Sonic 3 - Angel Island Revisited
  • Sonic Warrior
  • Super Glovekid
  • Sonic Adventure SX
  • Knuckles the Echidna - Burrow Trouble
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) PC Port - Crisis City Demo
  • Sonic Rush Dimensions
  • Sonic Dash Remastered 3
  • Sonic.EXE: The Assault
  • Sonic Recharged
  • Sonic Eternal
  • Lake's Sonic World Resources
  • Dream Dasher
  • Lumiva Legacy
  • Crash N. Tense Adventure
  • Sonic Adventure Blast
  • Sonic: The New Adventure
  • Petrichor
  • Super Mario Flashback
  • Space Kahuma
  • Rocket Brown 2
  • MegaMan Adventure
  • Sonic Explorers
  • Cosmic Boll
  • Sonic Regress
  • Sonic & Tails
  • Sonic Frost
  • Petit Hedgehog
  • Sonic Fever
  • Hyper's Quest 2 - Tube-iverse in Peril
  • Sonic Z-Treme
  • Lampman
  • Sonic Ages
  • Sonic - Dream Plant
  • Sonic Limitless
  • Sonic Liquid Survival
  • Sonic Islands
  • Sonic Smash Revived
  • Sonic Saga
  • Sonic: Battle for Station Square
  • Sonic Skies
  • Sonic the Hedgehog Journey
  • Sonic Chaos - Turquoise Hill Demo
  • Sonic All-Stars
  • Super Universe Brawl
  • Super Clash Bros.
  • Sonic Adventure - Revolution
  • Dash Cats
  • Kyle & Lucy - WonderWorld
  • Sonic and the Mayhem Master
  • Grand Dad Mania Revived
  • Shantae and Asha - Dream Fantasia
  • Project MA
  • Sonic: Cosmic Eternity
  • Sonic on Rush
  • Sonic 1 8-bit Redux
  • Blockoverse - The Legend of the Pix
  • Sonic 3DEYE
  • Sonic the Hedgehog Pangoture

Sonic Mania Mods

  • Sonic Discovery
  • Sonic Mania and Sonic Plus
  • Super Mario Kart in Sonic Mania
  • Colorful Encore 2.0
  • Sonic Mania Heroes
  • Sonic Mania - The Misfits Pack
  • Unoriginal Space Shooter

Hacks

  • Sonic the Hackable
  • Among the Others
  • Poyo Poyo Sonic

SAGE 2019

SAGE 2019 took place from Sep. 27 - Oct. 4.

Booths

The following booths, fan games, mods, and hacks are available up at SAGE 22:

Fan games

  • Phantom Gear
  • Pizza Tower
  • Sondro Gomez: A Wonderworld story
  • Starbuster
  • Teabat!
  • Vertebreaker
  • XF Drive
  • Battle Cross Fever (v0.5)
  • Breeza Budgie Bill (Demo)
  • Brock Crocodile
  • Carlos & Maria: Pearl Madness
  • Core Engine
  • Cosmic Boll
  • Dream Crafter
  • Dunkehr (v0.2.0)
  • Fazbear in After
  • Fech the Ferret
  • Havoc Fox
  • HedgePhysics Revival
  • I Can't Believe it's Not Sonic 1
  • JohnGagz
  • Kirby Gamble Galaxy Stories
  • Klonoa: Dream Trigger
  • Lloyd the Monkey 2
  • Lumiva Legacy
  • MegaMan Star Force Endwave
  • MegaMan Legends 1.5 (Prototype Demo)
  • MegaMan Makeshift
  • MegaMan X and Zero: Training Missions (Prototype Demo)
  • Mr. Triangle Mania 2 (Alpha Demo)
  • Nights; Realms of Dreams
  • Open Surge
  • Petrichor
  • Project Z-Treme (Sega Saturn)
  • Poker: Panther Chameleon
  • Project Lynx (Tech Test)
  • Pumpkin Dog Xtreme (Demo)
  • Raion
  • Rodea Eternal
  • Senioritis
  • Sample Sonic Beta
  • Seeing Red - Complete Edition
  • Shadow's Ladder
  • Sonic & Knuckles: Key Hunters
  • Sonic & Knuckles: Newtrogic Panic
  • Sonic 3 - Angel Island Revisited
  • Sonic 4 95' Scrambled Eggs
  • Sonic Adventure: Revolution (v13)
  • Sonic After the Sequel Ω (Omega)
  • Sonic an Untold Darkness
  • Sonic Ascends
  • Sonic Battle R (Prototype V2 0.5.96)
  • Sonic Digitalized
  • Sonic Explorers (v2, Prototype Demo)
  • Sonic GT (Final Demo)
  • Sonic Infinity Engine - Crisis City
  • Sonic Infinity + (Demo 2)
  • Sonic Island: Lost Paradise
  • Sonic Islands (Physics Review)
  • Sonic J
  • Sonic Journey
  • Sonic Legacy
  • Sonic Liquid Survival
  • Sonic Metallix (Demo 1.0)
  • Sonic - Project Hero (Demo)
  • Sonic Recharged
  • Sonic Remastered
  • Sonic Roll-a-Ball
  • Sonic 1 SMS Remake for Android
  • Sonic Smackdown
  • Sonic Speed Course
  • Sonic Transitions
  • Sonic Ultima
  • Sonic Wild
  • Sonic and the Mayhem Master
  • Sonic and the Sunken Temple [SatAM Fan Visual Novel/Game]
  • Sonic the Hedgehog RPG
  • Sonic.EXE: The Assault
  • Sonic: Between Worlds
  • Sonic: The Murdering Insanity
  • Teak's Tall Tale (Meander Forth Demo)
  • Touhou - Fortuitous Strife in Arcane Land
  • Tuff Stuff (Prototype Demo)
  • Wampee Helicopters (Demo)
  • Zups!

Sonic Mania Mods

  • Sonic All Mix
  • Sonic Rediscovery

Hacks

  • Hellfire Saga (Demo)

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