From Sonic Retro
<forumuser name="redhotsonic" /> redhotsonic (also known by the abbreviation RHS) is a member of various sites within the Sonic scene/community.
redhotsonic is named after a fan-character whom he created simply by taking Sonic the Hedgehog and changing his colour from blue to red. redhotsonic first joined SSRG in late 2003/early 2004, and redhotsonic is currently a Staff member there. He is also used to be an administrator at RetroHack until it closed down, and a Tech Member at Sonic Retro.
Many people in areas of the Sonic community such as SSRG and Sonic Retro have little patience for members who publicise and/or are named after their own fan-characters, as this can be a mark of immaturity and/or an insufficiently serious approach to engaging with a community on a meaningful level. However, RHS, despite being named after a simple re-colour of Sonic, shows that fan-characters and their identities aren't always fatal and that it's perfectly possible for such members to be talented and make useful contributions. On August 7th, 2012, he was given Tech Member status, thus further proving this point.
redhotsonic gets on with a lot of people in the community. He once went to visit StephenUK for four days and got on really well. RHS is up to meeting anyone as long as he doesn't have to leave the country!
redhotsonic has worked on three ROM hacks. These are:
- Red Hot Sonic 2 (unfinished/abandoned/downloadable and playable)
- Sonic 2 Time Attack (complete/downloadable and playable)
- Sonic 2 Recreation (in-progress/early versions downloadable and playable)
RedHotSonic2 was redhotsonic's first hack. It was a ROM editing hack, and therefore, no ASM or assembly was used. This hack was abandoned when ASM became widely available and started on a new hack; Sonic 2 Recreation. This is redhotsonic's main project. As a side project, redhotsonic also made another hack called 'Sonic 2 Time Attack' to celebrate 20 years of Sonic the Hedgehog 2.
In addition to creating hacks of his own, RHS has created various useful guides to hacking and ASM for others to use. His guides can be found over at SSRG and, more recently, here on Sonic Retro.
The very first one was 'The Lost Levels Guide'. That was shortly followed by the 'Palette Rotation Guide'. Soon, RHS learned ASM and knew that many people can struggle to learn, so he released an 'ASM guide'. Learning ASM and continuing to practice it has led to RHS becoming proficient in finding and fixing bugs or devising new features.
redhotsonic has made various guides about adding features to and/or fixing bugs in Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and other classic Sonic games on the Mega Drive / Genesis, including a collaboration with Esrael and others to add various fixes to Xenowhirl's 2007 disassembly of Sonic 2.
Here is a list of guides here by redhotsonic. For the main guide, click the link, or if you want to see the guide in the forums with people's comments, click the blue link next to the relevant guide:
Early beginner guides
- SCHG How-to:Work with ASM 
- SCHG How-to:Fix Scattered Rings Underwater Physics (For Sonic 1, Sonic 2 and Sonic 3 & Knuckles) 
- SCHG How-to:Fix Tails' respawn speeds (For Sonic 2 and Sonic 3 & Knuckles) 
- SCHG How-to:Fix Accidental Deletion of Scattered Rings (For Sonic 1, Sonic 2 and Sonic 3 & Knuckles) 
- SCHG How-to:Correct Drowning Bugs in Sonic 1 (Sonic 1) 
- SCHG How-to:Correct Drowning Bugs in Sonic 2 (Sonic 2) 
- SCHG How-to:Fix Tails subanimation error (Sonic 2) For an extra fix on S2 Tails' tails priority (and fixes for S3K) click the forums link 
- SCHG How-to:Fix Ring Timers (For Sonic 1, Sonic 2 and Sonic 3 & Knuckles) 
- SCHG How-to:Fix multiple CNZ boss bugs (Sonic 2) 
- SCHG How-to:Correct CPZ boss attack behavior (Sonic 2) 
- SCHG How-to:Fix ARZ boss sprite behavior (Sonic 2) 
- SCHG How-to:Fix Rexon crash (Sonic 2) 
- SCHG How-to:Fix monitor collision bug (Sonic 2) 
- SCHG How-to:Fix Boss Deconstruction Behavior (Originally by Esrael, optimised by redhotsonic) 
- SCHG How-to:Modify Transformation Behavior in Sonic 2 (Originally by vladikcomper, additional step by redhotsonic)
- SCHG How-to:Fix bug in ARZ Boss arrow's platform behavior (Originally by MoDule, additional by redhotsonic)
- How to fix speed issues in Sonic 2 
- Enable debug with Tails in Sonic 2 
- How to fix Spindash's height collision in Sonic 2 
- How to fix CPZ pipe's bug in Sonic 2 
- How to fix MTZ y-wrap camera bug in Sonic 2 
- Fix yellow springs control in MTZ in Sonic 2 
- SCHG How-to:Speed Up Ring Loss Process (With Underwater) (Sonic 2) 
- SCHG How-to:Free up 2 universal SSTs (Sonic 2) 
A topic where people come to fix a lot of bugs in Sonic 2 can be found here where redhotsonic has also contributed