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Archive for February 16th, 2011


Shogun 2 Community Event: New York, New York

If you can’t wait for Total War: Shogun 2 to hit the shelves, well maybe you don’t have to. We’ll be running an exclusive community event in New York City, New York on February 23rd, 2011. In attendance will be The Creative Assembly’s Community Manager Craig Laycock, who will be on hand to answer your questions about the game.

In addition, you’ll get to go hands on with the Single Player and Multiplayer areas of the game. This exclusive opportunity will only be available to a select few participants, so read on to find out how to participate.

Who Can Attend? I Want to Participate!

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Almost anyone is welcome to attend, when we say almost, we’re excluding those who are lucky enough to be involved in the BETA group. These lucky individuals already have a chance to play Shogun 2 on a semi-regular basis, and that’s just not fair to anyone who is looking for a chance to take a look at the game. Those that do attend will have a chance into this exclusive club, so bring two forms of ID, your birth certificate and prepare to give blood on command – no no, just kidding, we only need an ID, a smile, and a willingness to play more of Total War.

Please note, you must be available and able to get yourself to NYC on the day of the event.

We’ve got 6 spots available for anyone* to drop in and play, so sign up by posting a comment below! We’ll reach out directly (make sure your email is accurate) and set you up with either session.

When, Where, How?!

The event will be held at a secret location in the heart of New York City. As noted, we have spots available for up to 6 people, so you’ll have to act fast to participate. Here’s the scoop:

When: February 23rd at 11am – 1pm (Session 1) & 2pm to 4pm (Session 2) and 5pm-7pm (Session 3)
Where: A secret location in New York City
How to Attend: Sign up and express your interest in the comments below!


Free Stuff Friday – February 18, 2011

AAUK is on vacation this week, so we’re taking over Free Stuff Friday this week! We’re back with another video and more awesome stuff to give away, so let’s get to it.

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On the Block

1. Sonic Pack
Get a Sonic keychain/cell charm and some rare DS styluses (stylii?) from the Sonic Chronicles era.

Congrats to our winner, @helarias!

2. Sonic Free Riders Soundtrack
Straight from Japan! This CD contains 12 songs for you to enjoy. These are not available outside of Japan, so this is a real get!

Congrats to our winner @dan05delaney!

3. Yakuza Shirt
An amazing (and noisily-wrapped) shirt with one of the Yakuza tattoos on it. These are also out of Japan and rare.

Congrats to our winner @shadowfoxx21!

4. Dreamcast Collection Limited Edition Vinyl
These vinyls from Europe (hence the blue Dreamcast logo) are individually numbered, contain 5 songs, and are super cool. Whether you play them or just admire them, they are a real collector’s item.

Congrats to our winner @maur1fs!

5. Dreamcast Collection Limited Edition Vinyl
If you don’t win the first one, you have another chance!

Congrats to our winner, @Jas_nm!

6. Classic Sonic Clock
This super stylish clock features Sonic with black eyes, and rings marking the hours.

Congrats to our winner @LeeVEGETA!

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, a word or phrase, 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!)


We tweet “GIVEAWAY: Sonic T-shirt, size L. Be the 15th person to DM “Sonic Adventure” to win!”

You see this, and want to win it, so you send us a direct message that says “Sonic Adventure”. If you are the 15th person to do so, you are the winner!

Quotation marks do not matter, capitalization does not matter, but spelling does matter!

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.