How well can a block do a spin dash?
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Despite what one mentally stunted individual might be saying on Twitter these days, Minecraft is very much alive and doing quite well for itself. In fact, the game has never been more popular. It's also now the only place where you will be able to celebrate Sonic the Hedgehog's 30th anniversary in style (since Sega themselves won't have anything new until 2022).

Mojang and Sega have partnered up to create a special piece of Sonic themed DLC for Minecraft. This might be the biggest crossover event in the history of forever, and I might be exaggerating on that fact a tiny bit.

Looking at the in-game marketplace, it seems as though you can get this pack for 1,340 coins or about $7.99 (USD). This pack includes totally redone textures, rings to collect, Sonic and his pals, and much more. There is also a free skin you can download that allows your character to wear a t-shirt with Sonic's face on it.

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I can get all the need for speed my system craves in the different acts and procedurally generated locations instead. Boring forest trail? Tired beach route? Pass! I’ll stick to the Green Hills Zone and Chemical Plant Zone, thank you very much.

Look, before we go any further, let me address the elephant in the room. Yes, there are rings to collect. They are the blockiest rings you have ever laid your eyes on and I love them. I’m not saying there was anything wrong with the original rings, but these right angles just feel right. The rings aren’t the only thing that Sonic brought with him, there are also plenty of obstacles to dash past, bosses to defeat, and momentum to build as you run towards a high score.

Sonic isn’t only known for his speed or spikes, but also as a generous celebrator of birthdays. He doesn’t expect gifts on his special day, he hands out his own! That’s classy. Get your hands on a Character Creator item, available for free in the Minecraft Marketplace.

You can also celebrate Sonic’s birthday by joining the special server event! Starting soon, The Hive are hosting a two-week server-hub takeover featuring mini-games and a few festive surprises. I heard a rumor that something special is happening on one of the weekends, so make sure to check in regularly!