The Sonic & SEGA Fan Jam on Nov. 18 gives old-school gamers a chance to play and meet special guests who worked on "Sonic the Hedgehog" and other SEGA games and comics.
This event is hosted by a small group of local volunteers who love both classic and modern SEGA games. The day-long Fan Jam usually takes organizers about a year to plan.
Patrick Gardner, event founder, said the Fan Jam connects players and SEGA to promote gaming.
"The event's purpose is to spread awareness to gamers of newer SEGA titles that are currently released this year," said Gardner. "We want to help the company promote their classic titles that everyone know and loves through interactive contests."
Although Sonic & SEGA Fan Jam started as a small event in 2014, it has grown to fill the Embassy Suites in the Historic District.
"This event is made for hardcore SEGA gamers who've owned original hardware consoles such as Master System, Genesis, Saturn and Dreamcast, and played games like 'Golden Axe' and 'Streets of Rage,'" he said. "They will be pleased to see what we have in store for this year's event. It will also be fun for the young gaming audience that will be introduced to games such as 'Sonic' and 'Virtua Fighter.'"
Gardner said the interactive contests are inspired by some of the bonus games and side missions from each SEGA video game.
"We're also hosting a Sonic Mania Competition tournament for charity. May the fastest win," said Gardner.
Gardner said they are excited to host some of the key game developers behind this year's new release, "Sonic Mania," along with a Sound Test Concert featuring music composer Tee Lopes and Hyper Potions.
Other special guests from "Sonic Mania" include producer Lola Shiraishi; programmers Hunter Bridges and Simon Thomley; level designer Brad Flick; voice of Dr. Eggman Mike Pollock; and comic artists Tracy Yardley and Evan Stanley.
"We hope that everyone will have fun and a blast from the past," said Gardner. "If there are any SCAD students staying in the city during break, this would be a perfect opportunity to make connections with SEGA and the gaming industry."
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IF YOU GO
What: Sonic & SEGA Fan Jam
When: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Nov. 18
Where: Embassy Suites, 605 W. Oglethorpe Ave.
Cost: $10, $25 Next Level pass