Well, it's been a minute, now that 1 version of Sonic 4 is released, it seems that things have picked up.
The Sonic fanbase is very much alive, just not very much in this thread.
I've learned a lot in my time of being around a lot of Sonic fans, I've come to hate this fanbase for completely different reasons than one would assume. Quite frankly it's so obvious, but it's shrouded in the accusations behind yiff nerds, weeaboo fangirls and authors of terrible fan fiction, although they do exist, they are but a minority and really don't stand to be a valid reason.
The fanbase is divided into three factions.
The first faction, classic fans; are the people who practically worship the classics and nothing else. They do extensive research on the classic games and know them well enough and emulate them in a fangame. These people hate Sonic 4, the physics and inertia is what kills it for them. They aren't like the classics. The homing attack is also met with hatred. I tend to call these retro "purist", they are by definition, after all. Retro purists ironically come off as the most immature, insensitive and emotionally spastic users I've talked to, and they're the older crowd. They bash on other opinions and lack reserved judgment, manifested from their lack of trust in Sega.
The second faction, modern fans; are the younger kids who play and enjoy the modern games. These are where most of the typical NG accusations come from, but this faction is more respectable, they like the games and really won't flip out of someone else disagrees, they also defend Sonic 4 passionately. It's a safe bet to call this group "fanboys", but I've come to appreciate the company of them, even though they lack reserved judgment when it comes to Sonic 4 (and Sonic Colors), they are more optimistic, and optimism never hurts.
The last faction, and the minority, the all around fans; I like to consider myself in this faction, from what I've seen (not from observing myself), this group of people seem to be the unheard voice of reason, most people I met who classify in this faction are calm, cool and funny. Overall enjoyable people to talk to. We may not like all the games, but we do enjoy both classic and modern games, these people actually are optimistic about Sonic 4, but we won't defend the game shamelessly. We have reserved judgment and although we look forward to enjoying the game, we save our final word--until next week actually. :)
I'm hosting a release party for console Sonic 4, it will be a 3 day event where participants play the classics, myself included, and we top it off with Sonic 4, and with other side events of fan games and other playthroughs of Sonic 4.
In other news, Sonic 4 has been out for 2 days now on the Iphone. And on the Sega forums, it has a fine mix of positive, negative and mostly 'okay' reviews about the game. The game has received plenty of updates to make it more enjoyable, even aesthetically. All of these changes are not in the Iphone version, which is basically the E3 build.
Lots of drama going on.
Just figure that I pop in and see how you guys are doing, still on life support it seems.