If you have lived in Clark County for awhile, you probably know what some of the local television news personalities look like. KOIN’s Dan Tilkin? Dark curly hair, 40s, blue eyes. KPTV’s Andy Carson? Blond hair, soul patch, doesn’t like to wear ties. And so on. Depending on your viewing habits, these folks are in your family rooms five days a week.But how about Tim Martinez, who’s brought you Clark County prep sports news for the last 18 years? Or Jessica Prokop, who in four years at The Columbian has become one of our best reporters and worked her way onto our management team?Trying to match names and faces is the goal of an advertising campaign we launched about three weeks ago. On Mondays, you’ll see a color ad somewhere in the print edition with pictures of some of our journalists, and a little bit about them. This week, we featured Jessica and the other two members of our Breaking News team, Jerzy Shedlock and Jack Heffernan.I have to admit there is some discomfort on the staff about this feature. It’s sort of like when you had to present your project in front of the class.Besides Jessica, Jerzy and Jack, we’ve already featured our outdoors writer, Terry Otto, and Tim and Sports Editor Micah Rice. I think our photo team is up next. We have almost 40 journalists, and the ads feature no more than three people at a time, so we might go all summer! Craig Brown is The Columbian’s editor. His column will appear in this space periodically. Contact him at 360-735-4514 or [email protected]
If you’re like me, then you’re probably still enjoying the hell out of Sonic Mania. Euphoria is certainly something many Sonic the Hedgehog fans are feeling at the moment. However, this could all be undone later this year by Sonic Forces. Unlike Sonic Mania which is a return to 2D, Sonic Forces is a 3D title, and we all know how… inconsistent those can be. With that said, I’m sure some folks are looking forward to Sonic Forces, and they’ll be happy to know Sega has finally revealed a release date.Sonic Forces lands on PC, Xbox One, PS4, and Switch on November 7 in North America and Europe. Best of all, it will only cost $40. A November release date means Sonic Forces will be in the company of titles like Assassin’s Creed, Call of Duty: WWII, Destiny 2, Mario Odyssey, Star Wars: Battlefront II, and a ton of other AAA giants. It could get lost in the shuffle, but at the same time, I doubt there’s much overlap between Sonic the Hedgehog and Call of Duty fans.As with seemingly every game release these days, Sonic Forces will get a collector’s edition. What’s cool about this “Bonus Edition” is that it won’t cost an extra penny. Those who pre-order the game will get a physical box emblazoned with the words “Bonus Edition” on the top left corner. They’ll also get a Sonic Forces controller skin, and a “Sega/Atlus pack” add-on. This DLC features 13 in-game outfits and accessories based on various Sega and Atlus titles. You can dress you a customizable hero in outfits from Nights Into Dreams, Persona 5, Jet Grind Radio, and Puyo Puyo.Sonic Forces will be playable at this year’s PAX West. If you’re attending the renowned convention, you may want to pop over to Sega’s booth and see if the game will keep the Sonic party rolling in 2017. Everyone else will have to wait until November. It’s still up in the air if Sonic Forces will be any good. But if it does suck, at least it would have only cost consumers $40.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.