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Video Game Mascot Dance-Off Play-By-Play

The 90s console wars were a contentious time. Every company seemed to be wanting to get a system out, with Nintendo continuing its domination, Sega providing the edgy alternative, and Sony launching its new PlayStation. Interestingly enough, this war also led to some of the most iconic video game mascots of all time: Sonic the Hedgehog and Crash Bandicoot.

Well, in footage captured at E3 2017, we see old tensions from the console wars boil once again. And by that I mean two costumed employees from Sega and Sony engaged in a dance-off. While it’s impossible to see who initiated the battle, you can judge for yourself in the video below:

 

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Let’s do a quick breakdown:

It begins with Crash Bandicoot showing off some admittedly impressive dance moves. (Despite an instigating fan yelling “Sonic! Sonic!” in the background.) However, Sonic’s retaliation was uncharacteristically slow. This is a video game character that’s been called “the fastest thing alive.” And, yet, his dance moves were more reminiscent of your great uncle at a wedding reception.

Even worse, the Blue Blur never seemed to have a Rocky-like comeback after falling behind early. After an attempted Macarena, Sonic was struck by a flurry of dance moves from Crash,  capped off by his finishing move: the Worm. Sonic was clearly defeated. But, like any hero, Crash knew he had won and held back, proclaiming the match a tie. Not only that, he gave a rousing speech about co-existing, abolishing hatred, and finding friendship in the least likely of places. Not a dry eye in the house.

However, we’re missing just one thing in this analysis: there was absolutely no music in this dance-off. It’s completely silent as they dance, as if this is some avant garde college film. Did this lack of accompaniment hold back our costumed combatants or merely show off their true talents? Or did it just make everything awkward? Let’s go with all of the above.

Dance moves aside, both characters are looking to star in major releases this year, with Crash appearing in the N. Sane Trilogy and Sonic double dipping with Sonic Mania and Sonic Forces. Hopefully there will be music. And more dancing.

 

Featured image screenshot from Segasky’s YouTube video

By Anthony Elio

By Anthony Elio

Anthony Elio is the Assistant Editor for Innovation & Tech Today. Outside of writing, he is a drummer, podcast host, sandwich enthusiast, and amateur self-describer.

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