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Archive for March 21st, 2012


Free Stuff Friday for March 23, 2012

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On the Block

1. E3 Shirts – XL

2. Yakuza 4 / Sonic Shirt – M

3. Sonic Shirts – L

4. Yakuza: Dead Souls for PS3, Majima Eyepatch, Medallion, Cards and Tattoo Sleeve

5. Iron Man 2 for Nintendo DS (American Systems) and toys!

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 only accept one direct message per person per prize!


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.

Other Assorted Information:

  • Free Stuff Friday duties alternate between the London and San Francisco offices and are done during business hours (usually mid-morning) in our respective time zones.
  • No, you can’t know what number message you were – so please don’t ask! We will tell you that the information is classified!
  • If you have questions during the giveaway, please contact us with an @reply. As you can imagine, we get a whole lot of direct messages during the contests and there  is a very good chance we will miss your question if it is sent as a DM.

How to Send Direct Messages on Twitter

Due to a change in our account status with Twitter, you should be able to send us direct messages without us following you. However, third-party applications may not allow you to.

There are a few ways to send us a Direct Message on Twitter. The easiest way is:

  1. Log in to your Twitter account.
  2. Click on the person icon and select Direct messages from the drop down menu.
  3. You’ll see a pop up showing your Direct message history. Click the New message button, highlighted below.
  4. In the address box, type the name or username (SEGA) of the person you wish to send a message to.
  5. Enter your message and click Send message.

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. If you still have questions on sending direct messages, please visit Twitter’s Help Section.

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. Please make sure your message says “test” somewhere.


Come Try Virtua Tennis Challenge at the Sony Ericsson Open

Sony Ericsson Open

Tennis fans: Now through April 1st, we’ll be in Miami at the Sony Ericsson Open debuting Virtua Tennis Challenge on Sony Xperia devices! You see Kimiko Date-Krumm and Venus Williams up there? You might not be able to share their pro-moves on an actual tennis court, but Virtua Tennis Challenge lets you play like a pro in 18 different stadiums.

Sony Ericsson Open

Come by the Xperia Zone at the Sony Ericsson miami tennis open and challenge Catherine to a game Virtua Tennis Challenge. She can also hook you up with a sweet Virtua Tennis tattoo! (Side note: this photo was taken from the new Sony Xperia S phone – great for gaming and photography!)

Sony Ericsson Open

Haven’t tried Virtua Tennis Challenge yet? Get it now on Google Play! The game is currently exclusive to Sony Xperia smartphones but will be rolling out to other Android devices soon.


Kingdom Conquest: Still Conquering

If you aren’t familiar with Kingdom Conquest, SEGA’s free-to-play iOS game, here’s what you’re missing: A deep strategy & action RPG where you build an empire, forge alliances, make allies — or betray them — and amass an army and become ruler of the Land of Monsters!

With more than 2 million players worldwide, Kingdom Conquest is set to conquer even more territories, releasing in an additional seven countries: Brazil, Mexico, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Macao, Vietnam, and Russia!

Kingdom Conquest
Kingdom Conquest

The action portion of the game features real-time party or solo combat through dungeons, where you will acquire loot to build your city and your empire. From there the RTS portion of the game features army-building, managing military facilities and fortifying your cities.

A tutorial guides you smoothly through the game’s various modes, taking you from neophyte adventurer to cunning warlord, banding together with the strongest companions you can to help fend off other players and conquer the vast wealth of the game’s epic Towers. These “Debris Towers” are at the heart of the game; they are what each alliance strives to control: Whoever controls the towers, controls the Kingdom!

Click here to check out Kingdom Conquest for free, now, on the iTunes App Store!

Kingdom Conquest