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Archive for July 20th, 2010


Free Stuff Friday – July 23, 2010

We’ve got some great prizes this week. That’s what’s up!

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On the Block

1. SF Giants/SEGA Baseball Hat
These hats were given to SEGA employees during our holiday party in 2008, which was held at the SF Giants stadium.

2. Sonic Clock
Get this cool wall clock featuring Sonic and his friends.

3. Bayonetta
Bayonetta for PS3 or Xbox 360 (NTSC only).

4. Skies of Arcadia Legends

Get a NiGHTS wristband along with Skies of Arcadia Legends for Game Cube, which is brand new and sealed.

5. Alpha Protocol
Your choice of PC, PS3, or 360 versions (NTSC) of the game, along with a tactical vest.

6. Shadow the Hedgehog Plush
We just got these cool Shadows in, and one of them can be yours! Comes with a Shadow wall scroll, too.

7. Shenmue for Dreamcast

The Japanese version, factory sealed! A true collector’s item.

How it Works

1. You must be following us on Twitter to be eligible. (If you don’t have a Twitter account, you can create one by going to and click the green “get started — join!” button in the center of the page.)
2. At random times on Friday, we will announce the prize we are giving away, and what number of response you need to be to win. Send us a direct message (DM) via Twitter and be that number to win the prize. (@ replies do not count as entries!)
3. All followers are eligible to win all prizes, unless a restriction is noted. Restrictions are usually due to the prize being region-locked. For example, US games that won’t work on UK gaming systems. There may also be age restrictions due to the rating of the game.
4. We will announce the winner on our Twitter feed once eligibility is confirmed.

Make Sure We’re Following You on Twitter

If you are currently following us on Twitter, please be sure that we are following you as well. You can do this by making sure that SEGA is in your “followers” list, or by going to DoesFollow and typing SEGA in the first blank, your Twitter username in the second, and pressing the “check” button. You can reverse this to be sure that you are following us. If you are following us, but we’re not following you, please send a message to @SEGA and we will follow you. This is important, because only people we follow can send us direct messages (DMs), and DMs are the only way to enter the giveaways.

Important Note: Twitter limits us to following 1,000 new people per day. This is a limit imposed by Twitter and is not something we can control, change, or get around. We do our best to follow everyone back in time for the giveaway, but this is becoming increasingly difficult as our Free Stuff Fridays become more popular. Because we must be following you in order for you to send us a direct message, if we cannot follow you due to this limit, you will be unable to enter the giveaway. We do our contests by direct message to avoid having everyone spam their followers with giveaway entries. Please be patient, and we will follow you as soon as we’re able.

How to Send Direct Messages on Twitter

There are a few ways to send us a Direct Message on Twitter. The easiest way is to go to our Twitter page and select “message” under the “Actions” heading in the side bar. If you do not see “message”, this means that we are not following you. Please send a message to @sega to let us know, and we will follow you. When you click “message” you will be taken to a window where you can type a message and press send.

You may also select the “direct messages” tab from your Twitter homepage, and select SEGA from the drop-down menu at the top of the page. Again, if you don’t see our name there, it’s probably because we’re not following you. Let us know, and we’ll follow you.

There are also many Twitter clients that you can use instead of using the website. These include TweetDeck, Twitteriffic, Tweetie, and Twhirl. Each of these programs works differently, so you’ll want to figure out how to send a direct message on the program you use. If you want to send us a test message, we’ll let you know if we received it or not.


After Burner Climax – Half Off on PSN

Following the half-off sale of After Burner Climax for Xbox Live, we’re now happy to say that you can get the same great deal on PlayStation Network! If for any reason you’ve been holding off this PSN purchase, now is the time: the game drops from $9.99 to $4.99 from now until August 3rd.

After Burner Climax

After Burner Climax

I’ve already said pretty much everything about this beast from the arcade, but I’m always happy to sing After Burner’s praises. After Burner Climax is a reminder of why Sega has been in the arcade business for decades upon decades, and it’s a wall-to-wall action game which defies you to master its many modes, secrets, and levels.

There’s not much more to say on this one — this is one of my favorite games & series, and for only $4.99 it’s worth taking to the skies to find out yourself!


Pre-Order Details for Valkyria Chronicles II

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If you just can’t wait for the second installment of Valkyria Chronicles, heads up! If you pre-order a copy of Valkyria Chronicles™ II at Gamestop, you’ll receive exclusive DLC!  These complementary missions will be available via PlayStation® Network alongside the games launch on August 31, 2010 in North America.
Here are the details on the downloadable missions:

• Exercise vs. Class E – An exterminatory war exercise against rival class E using all the areas of Leanbluff Forest. Destroy all enemies in each area to win this challenge.

• Exercise vs. Class F – A defense exercise against rival class F. Break through their stonewalling defense and take over their encampment to win this mission.

The story of Valkyria Chronicles™ II takes place two years after the conclusion of the original epic strategy game. A group of young Gallian Military Academy cadets find themselves plunged into a bitter civil war when the newly formed Gallian Revolutionary Army stages a coup. As the epic drama unfolds in the game, players will experience stories of friendship, love and growing pains during a time of war and revolution.

Valkyria Chronicles™ II will be available for the PlayStation® Portable on August 31 2010.