Sonic Boom 2013 (lost livestream of "Sonic the Hedgehog" convention; 2013)

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An image of the stream on its original webpage, taken when it was still live.

Status: Lost

Sonic Boom 2013 was an event hosted in St. Louis at The Pageant,[1] created for fans of the "Sonic the Hedgehog" franchise to come together and take part in a number of activities. The event was also home to a live performance by the band "Crush 40"[2], known for making vocal tracks for many Sonic games, and this segment is widely considered to be one of the major highlights of the event, considering SEGA specifically highlighted it in their promotions[3][4][5] and Crush 40 shows are quite rare.

The event was officially live-streamed in full to the public for free,[6][7] available for viewing by anyone. However, recordings of said livestream have become extremely scarce. It appears very few people recorded the stream, and there is no official VOD available, although there was one available for a short time after the stream finished[8].

The only found clips so far make up a dozen minutes out of the seven hours[9] the stream ran for.

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As evidenced by the existing clips we have, the stream contained full professional-grade video made up of multiple different angles (estimated to be 4 cameras), and was run by a company called Live Alliance.[10] The audio on the stream was a form of soundboard audio. It is worth noting, however, that out of the very small amount of media available, the soundboard audio is heard clipping and distorted at many points.

Found clips[edit | edit source]

Viewer videos[edit | edit source]

These are the only found clips of the stream uploaded by its viewers:

After contacting some people who saw the stream, some images taken by viewers have been found. These give a clearer view as to what the stream looked like.

A frame from the stream of the Crush 40 concert coverage
A frame from the stream of the Crush 40 concert coverage
A frame of Aaron Webber, the main presenter at the show, from the stream
A frame of Aaron Webber talking to the crowd - this shot shows the variety of angles the cameras were set up to take
A frame from the stream of the Crush 40 concert coverage

Official clips[edit | edit source]

After the event, SEGA created a short 3-minute recap video, summarising some key points of the event[12][13][14]. A significant amount of this recap video is made up of video taken by SEGA's own internal media team, separate from the stream. However, with some close examination, there are a few short snippets of the stream also seen in this video.

In addition, throughout the video, soundboard audio is constantly used for portions of the event, and it's highly probable that soundboard audio was taken from the stream, suggesting SEGA did at some point have a recording of the full stream. However, SEGA's HQ moved shortly after this event, resulting in a large staff turnover[15][16], and it is possible that their recording may have been lost during that move.

These are the video clips visible in the recap video:

  • 1:53 - 2:10 - A clip of the Q&A portion of the show. The positioning and movement behaviour of the cameras in this clip lines up exactly with the clips we have of the stream from the Q&A joke video, confirming this segment is from the stream.
  • 2:16 - 2:19 - 2 seconds of the Crush 40 performance taken from the stream. The overall look and low framerate on this clip (an effect seen a lot in the clips available of the stream), combined with the exact positioning of the camera confirms beyond reasonable doubt this clip is from the stream and was not a shot taken by the internal media team at SEGA.
  • 2:39 - 2:42 - This clip may also be from this lost stream. However, this can't be so accurately proven without seeing the stream in its complete form and all the different angles used.

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