When I hit my early teen years I grew out of Sonic & almost forgot about it entirely, HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR MY CRUSH ON AMY ROSE. I also have a fetish with water peril, so what I would do late some nights was play specifically the levels that had a lot of water in them on Sonic Advance 3 & create water peril with Amy, and later on when I got my first iPod and a GBA emulator I did the same thing with Sonic Advance.
Wish I could say I never fed a fetish of my own using Sonic characters (and a few of my own creation). But I did. It's hard for me to talk about, but I think this deserves a second, more humbling story.
It started maybe eight years ago with thinking up a story of my own and daydreaming. Needless to say, some of the threads of the story went way too far; that's where the fetish took root. All in all, I devoted a lot of free time to all the threads of the story, and the fetish made it hard for me to fall asleep too. I never limited myself to one character, but if I had to pick one, it would've been Rouge. Somehow the fetish died down a bit after a few years, and the daydream stories started getting more realistic. Since I'm pretty bad at social interaction, it became more of a life simulator for me: what's right conduct, what do conversations really look like, etc. (Admittedly not a great simulator. Probably the only thing that improves social skills is practice doing the real thing.)
Then three years ago the fetish struck again, hard. It took on another form entirely, creating a whole new fantasy world (I'll call it "mind porn") and leaving the Sonic-inspired daydreams in the dust. Mind porn didn't just mean new settings and events (and some characters), it meant a whole new way of thinking. And I was captivated by it. Probably half of my time I've been awake since then has been spent either giving in to the mind porn, or looking for material to feed it, or (especially in the past year) fighting it. I'm glad I started fighting it, hard. The struggle isn't over yet, though. It's still present in my thoughts to some degree, and it needs to be eradicated completely.
As for the Sonic-inspired stuff, that still takes up far too much of my thinking time, even though I've effectively written out most of the borrowed characters. There's some personal encouragement and other good stuff that I still draw from it, but there's also a tenuous connection to the mind porn. If I really want to keep it, I ought to detach it from the Sonic universe entirely; and I don't even think it would be good in the long-term for me to keep it. That time would be better spent dwelling on bigger things. And maybe I wanna play Sonic games without any of that other stuff lingering over my head, you know?
I don't know how much people will really take from this. I guess my point is that many of us are on TSC (as opposed to other sites) not only because the Sonic games are naturally good choices for competition, but also because we've gotten a little obsessed with something in the Sonic universe. I suspect I'm not the only one who's had such an obsession become a struggle and a burden.