SEGA wipes Sonic 4 leaderboards

Legitimate scores are collateral.

SEGA has wiped all scores from the Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I leaderboards because some gamers were cheating.

Impossible times of 0 seconds and scores of 99999990 have been rubbed out, but so too have legitimate accomplishments. What's more, there's apparently nothing to prevent the hackers reposting these illegitimate results.

SEGA forum administrator RubyEclipse defended the decision (via Destructoid). "The reset was not useless - and is far better than simply leaving even more hacked times up there," RubyEclipse wrote.

"It's not a long-term solution, but while we look into what options there are to combat this effectively for good, I think it's very important to do what we can in the short-term, too."

"Be patient, guys - we're working on it, but an effective solution is not something that can be rushed."

Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I was released in October. It totally prickled our fancy.

Sonic pricks his battles.

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