The Sonic franchise has an image problem. It remains disrespected, discredited, and broadly misunderstood for years, not because his titles are consistently good, but rather because the good titles are often swept away and ignored in favor of snark towards past failures. In this sense, games writers might as well joke about airline food or women drivers. I’m not a marketing wizard, nor do I claim to have all the answers, but I do think it is important to highlight what the problems are and are not. At the very least, the culture could stand to be snarky and dismissive about something that happened six months ago instead of six years.