Hey, readers, Marigold here. Just gonna put this right up front: This article--due to the subject matter hitting very close to home for me personally--will talk about parts of my (which may or may not reflect the circumstances of other trans people) day-to-day life. It's oftentimes not very easy or joyous to live while being trans in this day and age, so it's gonna be a little more down and sad than what readers may be used to reading on this site, but, nevertheless, this is still Game-Positive, and I'm here to talk about why Pokémon helps make my life just a little easier.
By Marigold K.
When I say "progressive videogame icon," Sonic the Hedgehog isn't quite the first character that'd pop in your head, is he? I wouldn't blame you - between the loop-de-loops, springs, dark and broody characters that get spin-off titles with guns in them, rings, magical emeralds, buggy videogames, and badniks, it's easy to forget how this impossible-in-every-way-imaginable hedgehog got his start covertly spreading an environmentalist message.
With the Paris climate agreement a mere four days behind us, setting off our first global effort to tackle the issue of climate change, I figure it's time we took a little look back on Sonic (and the franchise as a whole)'s history in both promoting and spreading (secretly, or, as of recently, openly, which we'll get to later in the article) progressive ideas. From the triumphs to the failures, the missteps and their many wonderful and proud moments of success.