In a recent interview with FACT magazine, The Thing director John Carpenter spoke of his history with video games, his music career and a speedy blue hedgehog.
A long-time gaming aficionado, Carpenter's love of games started with his son.
My son would play as he was growing up and introduced me to various games and I went through the gamut. The shooting games, the adventure games. It was just a whole lot of fun. He was better when he was young. He was kicking my ass. It was horrible. He’s much calmer playing games, I’m always freaked out.
These gaming sessions with Carpenter's son, Cody, and his godson, Daniel Davies, often turned into family jam sessions. Those jam sessions turned into a collaboration between the trio for the release of Carpenter's debut studio album Lost Themes in 2015, alongside the follow-up albums Lost Themes II and Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998.
But there was one game in particular that stood out to Carpenter, "Back in the early ‘90s, I got hooked on Sonic The Hedgehog for Sega Genesis and I just couldn’t stop playing it."
“I loved the game. I loved everything about it. I especially loved the music,” Carpenter says. “There was something about the whole sound and feel of the Sonic games and suddenly I’m so much younger and it’s the ‘90s.”
Even when the Sonic games were bad, Carpenter's affection for the series didn't wane, “I even like the one where he turns into a werewolf." Sonic Unleashed was one of many lackluster entries in the series 20 year history.
When asked about this year's Sonic Mania, Carpenter was proud to claim he had already beaten the game.
“I just keep wanting to play Sonic games — because they’re fun. I hope they keep making them.”
We probably shouldn't tell him about Sonic Forces but there's a good chance Carpenter already knows about the game and enjoys it, despite its flaws.