One of Sega’s time-honored traditions is that of Hedgehog Day; starting in 1994, when Sonic 3 was released, every February 2nd has been a special day that Sega generally orients towards their mascot. Sega has been hyping the day themselves recently, so this year there was a lot of excitement over a potential game reveal on February 2nd. Well, that’s today, and Sega did indeed make a blog post…but it says they aren’t ready to talk. That’s all well and good, but…well, there just so happens to be a secret message in their blog.

The only thing the post really shows is this signed Sonic statue:

That’s great. Really. Exhilarating. 

Obviously, it’s incredibly underwhelming. This isn’t for a contest, they aren’t selling these. So why bother showing us this? Honestly, I don’t think it’s the real point of the post.

Scattered around the paragraphs are a number of bolded letters; rearranged, they spell ‘red herring’. What could this mean? Well, a red herring is a false clue, commonly used in mysteries, meant to throw the readers/viewers/gamers off the scent. A good example is Adrian Andrews in the Phoenix Wright series; she looks guilty, but all the evidence against her was planted by the real killer. Actually, Phoenix Wright uses red herrings more than any other game I can think of.

Regardless, this is perplexing. What’s the red herring in this situation? The blog post? The statue? Is there really not a game after all? Or has the information actually been released in some sort of hidden form? I’m going to keep combing through the post to see if I can dig something up. Do you guys have any ideas?

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Chris London
I'm a do-it-yourself actor and comedian from Washington who decided to accrue as much debt as possible in New York, where I currently reside. I've been gaming since I was a toddler, starting with the original Sonic games and A Link to the Past, but with my career the way it is now it's been hard to find time to play much anymore; thus, I decided to write about them! As I'm also working at getting into the film industry, whenever there's a connection between the two I'm bound to write on it. I like to think that I appreciate games of every genre, and I try to play everything that holds some significance in the industry; however, there are a few franchises that I just haven't been able to play yet, due to either time or money, but I'm trying my damndest. I think I strike a fine balance between acknowledging a game's flaws and being harsh about where it needs to improve while still being able to enjoy the game and appreciate it's strengths. I love talking to people about anything games or film, so if you want to chat about either one of my articles or just any game, feel free to hit up my Skype, Facebook, or Twitter; or just send me a PM!

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