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Archive for July 25th, 2012


Free Stuff Friday – July 27th, 2012


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On the Block

1. Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown Hori stick for PS3

2.  London 2012 t-shirt (size L) and winner’s choice of PS3 or X360 version of the London 2012 Game

3.  London 2012 t-shirt (size L) and winner’s choice of PS3 or X360 version of the London 2012 Game

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.


Spiral Knights: New Danger Mission

Spiral Knights

A new Danger Mission is available now for Spiral Knights — Compound 42!

Danger Missions are a class of Prestige Missions, denoted by a red skull icon next to the mission card: this means they are for skilled players, with a high degree of difficulty. They have greater risk — and greater rewards!

For this mission, the answer … is Compound 42. But what is the question?

WHAT is the mysterious bioweapons facility housed deep within the clockworks? WHO is the sinister member of the Crimson Overlord, identified only as “Herex”? CAN the intrepid Recon Rangers infiltrate and shut down the weapons facility before the deadly toxins are put to use?

Compound 42 is a new Danger Mission, intended for skilled players. It is available in the Prestige Mission section of the Mission interface.

Spiral Knights

Additional Notes


  • Item drops will no longer appear inside of flame tiles, such as those in Firestorm Citadel.


  • Drones have been tweaked so that they have more consistent behavior.
  • Trojans should no longer spam their push-back attack when near large amount of blocks.
  • Fire produced from oil is now slightly less potent.
  • Fire produced from oil now consistently damages monsters.
  • Oil now ignites from oil slick to oil slick at a slight delay.
  • Fire produced from oil in Tier 2 now burns for the intended amount of time.

User Interface

  • Popups referencing the ATTACK button now display the first available key association for the command.
  • Added /invite and /joinknight commands to chat interface.
  • Changed Prestige Mission tooltips to show your knight’s current prestige levels instead of the mission’s.
  • Added prestige icon to knight’s prestige number when inspected.
  • Added a tooltip for PvP button.
  • Removed Energy Module on the HUD until at least one of a player’s knights has reached Haven.
  • Added tooltips for advanced video options.

Insert Coin Tees Gets Reloaded with New SEGA Shirts

Insert Coin Tees - Reloaded Range
Hazuki Tiger t-shirt (Shenmue)

Classic SEGA fans, get ready to throw your money at the screen! Insert Coin Tees has a second range of 100% official new designs, following the incredibly popular Sonic and Eggman shirts they released last year. There are 6 new t-shirt designs and one hoodie (you know how much we love our hoodies around here!) inspired by such SEGA classics as Jet Set Radio, Shenmue, Streets of Rage, Revenge of Shinobi, and more. The Shenmue and Jet Set Radio designs are based on the official original artwork of Ryo Hazuki and Beat/Gum from those games! These designs are exclusive to Insert Coin, and they are available worldwide, so snap them up now and show your SEGA pride!

For the latest info on all of their designs, follow Insert Coin on Facebook and Twitter.

Insert Coin Tees - Reloaded Range
 Beat Tokyo-To t-shirt (Jet Set Radio)

Gum Tokyo-To t-shirt (Jet Set Radio)

Insert Coin Tees - Reloaded Range
Stone Dojo t-shirt (Streets of Rage)

Insert Coin Tees - Reloaded Range
Hazuki Tiger hoodie (Shenmue)

Insert Coin Tees - Reloaded Range
Musashi Ninja Magic t-shirt

Insert Coin Tees - Reloaded Range
Yuria Forever t-shirt (Golden Axe)