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SEGA PAXtravaganza – Booth and Community Event!


SEGA is headed to the Penny Arcade Expo, and we’ll be both on the convention floor and hosting an exclusive community event after the show on Saturday night! On the floor we’ll be showing off playable versions of our games, including:

Sonic 4
Sonic Colors
Conduit 2
Yakuza 4
Phantasy Star Portable 2
Valkyria Chronicles 2

Also in appearance is a look at the recently announced Shogun 2: Total War. In a guided demo, Creative Assembly will be on hand to show off the game, it’s features, and answer any questions you may have about the game!

In addition to the Creative Assembly team, we will also have developers on hand from High Voltage Software. If you’ve got a question about Conduit 2 or Shogun 2: Total War, they’ll be on the floor to dish out answers and tell you first hand about the games they are creating.

We’ve got a big show planned, so head to booth #3625 and check out everything SEGA!

SEGA Community Event @ PAX

We’re throwing a community event to celebrate all the fun we’ve been having in the SEGA community; if you are at PAX or around the Seattle area, we want you to attend! The event kicks off at 8pm on Saturday, September 4th right across the street at the SEGA Gameworks Arcade. It will be first-come, first-served, so get there early if you want to be guaranteed a spot inside. Attendees will have access to free food & drinks, exclusive SEGA swag, musical performance by Cash Cash, free Arcade play, and raffle prizes throughout the night from SEGA’s past and present.

SEGA Arcade Games at Gameworks

Sonic Air Hockey
It wouldn’t be a proper SEGA community event without a nod to our Arcade roots. At the Gameworks space, there are ton of classic SEGA games to be enjoyed, including:

After Burner Climax
Daytona 2
F355 Challenge
House of the Dead 4
LA Machine Guns
OutRun2 SP
Ollie King
SEGA Rally 3
Sonic Air Hockey
Star Wars Pod Racer
Virtua Fighter 5
Virtua Tennis 3
And more!

RSVP on Facebook!

To RSVP for the event, head over to our Facebook event page and let us know you’re coming! Since the event is open to the public, this will get you one step closer to joining the fun on Saturday night. To register your interest in the event, head here:

We hope you can make the event, and we look forward to seeing you at the Penny Arcade Expo!


Phantasy Star Portable 2 Demo live on PSN!

The Phantasy Star Portable 2 demo has just gone live on the US PSN store!

Download it, play it online with friends, and let us know what you think! This demo is built to give you a good sampling of what the full game has to offer, which is a whole lot of awesome online play (and offline!), all free of subscriptions.

We can also confirm how getting online will work with the full game. Each copy will come with a unique, one-time code that will be linked to your PSN Account. When you buy your copy at Gamestop or any video game store, you’ll find the code inside the box. Likewise, if you download it digitally, the code will either be in the digital manual you get, or will automatically flag to your account.

Once your PSN account has this code activated, you’ll be all set to go online in the full game, and your membership is good forever. That’s our little way of saying thanks for picking up the game and helping support the franchise.

We’ll have more news about the full game, including a new trailer, in the not too far off future – until then, we hope you all enjoy the demo!


PSP2 Fan Art Contest Winners Announced!

Ladies and Gentlemen, Forces and Rangers, Hunters of all ages…

We present to you the results of the PSP2 Fan Art Contest!

You guys sent in a fantastic amount of entries, including a number that were so good our judges were caught starting at their computer screens for a moment going “… Wow.” Today, we’d like to announce our top three winners, including the Grand Prize Winner who will get their submission placed in the game!

10th Place

The first entry to make the top 10, this scene reminds us of what might have been if the storyline in PSU had been just a little different. It features Ethan and Karen on Neudaiz, which is also where the two enjoy a little friendly sparring later on in Episode I. The leaves gusting by and the relaxed poses, plus the great attention to detail, made this one of our favorites.

9th Place

This entry is also themed after PSU, and promotes Cubic Star, one of the big clothes manufacturers in the Gurhal System, via a magazine cover. (True story: I actually have a T-shirt that says Cubic Star on it.) This faux cover, which shows the character flying by on an airboard, has a great mix of style, substance, and creativity.

8th Place

Everyone knows that well-created villains are often times the coolest characters. This entry, which ranked in at #8, reminds us of some of the most classic villains from the past games in Phantasy Star – all the way up to PSU. To top it all off, the PSO dragon even makes an appearance at the bottom. Win!

7th Place

Rappies, rappies, and more rappies! There was something magical about this entry, which focused solely on the outlines of rappies and yet created a rather heartwarming piece that even comes complete with a baby rappy holding a heart. Could it get much cuter? Probably not. #7 is definitely one for all the rappy fans out there!

6th Place

Coming up next in the rankings was an entry from one of our recent favorites, Phantasy Star Zero! All the main characters are here in this piece, including a cute little Sarisa and a friendly looking Kai on the right. Oh, and there’s Ogi, too. Wait… did Ogi give anyone permission to use his head as an armrest?!

5th Place

In fifth place, another really great entry that takes place on Neudaiz in the Gurhal system! Those little rappies might look like easy pray, but be careful – you never know when something unexpected might be right behind you!

(Oh, and nice touch with the Dreamcast, too!)

4th Place

Koltova Farms presents the latest in their new line of breakfast cereals: Rapp-yo’s! Just one bite and you’ll be feeling as crazy as the Rappy on the box! Just look at him – he’s sure having a better time than most people! Why, you might even say he’s COOCOO FOR[Lawyer’s Note: Ruby, that’s copyright infringement.]


[Lawyer’s second note: Sigh.]

3rd Place

Nothing says awesome like making the new oldschool again. That’s exactly what this entry, from Christa M., did! It features a number of major characters from PSP2, including one of our personal favorites – the rappy in the corner!

This entry scored very highly because of the great presentation and the oldschool love that at least a few of our judges have for older games in the series. Well done, and congratulations on your prize!

2nd Place

This was one of those entries that literally made our judges stop in awe when they opened it. It blends the best of what originally made the series great by including Alis Landale from the original Phantasy Star, and mixes it with an art style so gorgeous that you can’t help but feel amazed when you look at it.  Please give your congrats to Dennis P. for this masterpiece, which is most definitely deserving of one of the top three spots!

1st Place

Alright, this is it. The single entry that was voted simultaneously as the most creative and also one of the best presented submissions of the entire contest. From the moment we saw this entry, we knew it was probably headed for the top three – and the judging scores said the same. It’s an entry that made us all smile and crack up laughing as soon as we took a look, and for good reason. We present to you the first place entry, in all of its glory:


Please join us in giving your congrats to all of the top ten entries! We also recommend checking out the full list of submissions here on our Flickr page! You guys all did a fantastic job, and we’d like to say thank you for all the great artwork you sent in!

Finally, we’d also like to announce now that in addition to the first place winner being placed in the western version of the game, we are also going to be including the second place winner! You’ll be able to get both the RAPPY and Alis Landale wall scrolls to spice up your room when the game releases in the coming months!

On the SEGA side, I’d also like to give some special thanks to Sakai-san and the Phantasy Star dev team for letting us replace those bikini models with something even more awesome, to Clumsyorchid, who was crucial in helping us get this contest started in time, and to all of the many people at SEGA of America and SEGA of Japan who helped make it happen!

We hope you guys all have a great weekend, and congrats once more to everyone who sent in an entry! Thank you for making this contest a huge success!


Last evening to get your PSP2 Contest entry submissions in!

Hey everyone,

We’ve had a fantastic amount of entries so far in our PSP2 Contest – both in quantity and quality!

As a quick reminder, please make sure you submit any entries to us tonight by midnight pacific time, which is the cutoff!

Tomorrow, we’ll begin the judging process and we’ll prepare to announce all of our winners later this week, including one talented and lucky person who will get their work immortalized in the game itself.

Thanks again for all the fantastic entries so far, and good luck to all those finishing up for last-minute submissions!


Community Contest: Get your art in Phantasy Star Portable 2! [Update: Time extended!]

Following on the heels of our recent announcement that Phantasy Star Portable 2 is coming west, we’ve got another exciting piece of news for everyone: one lucky fan is going to get their own fan art included as an in-game item!

The item itself is a wall scroll that players will be able to hang up in your My Room area. This means that you can design pretty much whatever you’d like for your wall scroll art as long as it’s Phantasy Star related! If your pencils, pens, and photoshop shortcuts (we can’t all be Monet when we grow up) are all set to get going, here are the details:

Update: Based on the short time initially provided, and thanks to Sonic Team being very flexible, we’ve been able to extend the time to get entries in by almost seven days! We hope everyone enjoys the added time and that it allows even more fantastic submissions to be created!

Submitting your entry

How to Enter: Create your own piece of Phantasy Star themed Fan Art! The art can be from any game in the series. Check to make sure your dimensions are correct, that you’ve read over all the other details and legal rules, and then submit it to us via e-mail at!

Please Note: All entries need to include the full name and phone number of the person submitting!

Dimensions: The image should be 374 x 561 pixels (or multiples of this size) so it can be scaled properly. If your image doesn’t fit these dimensions, it’ll end up looking sort of like this, only with more colors and the people screaming will be our judges. So just make sure you double check that your size is correct, please!

The Prizes:

  • One Grand Prize Winner receive their art included as a wall-scroll in Phantasy Star Portable 2, and a free copy of the game!
  • Two First Place Winners winners will each receive a free copy of the game, and their submissions featured on the SEGA Blogs!
  • Seven Runner-up Winners will each receive a Phantasy Star T-shirt, and an inflatable Rappy!

The contest is set to end next week on June 8th! Spread the word quickly if you’ve got friends who might want to enter, as we need to get our winners picked soon so we can get their art inside the game!

Example of Dimensions

For example purposes, we put together the following picture to show you guys the right size. Here’s a 374 x 561 image to show the dimensions your finished product should be:

Now granted, the actual entries should be Fan Art and completely original, but this is the size we’re looking for. Also, since the image is smaller in the game, you’ll want to create designs that aren’t too incredibly detailed, so that you can see them well in the game itself.

Good luck!

Once your entry is complete and you’ve sent it to us via e-mail at, you’re all set! Kick back on your Green-Green-branded lawn chair, enjoy the summer evenings with some Koltova Lemonade, and check back after June 2nd to see which entries make the top ten!

Below, you’ll find the official contest rules.

That’s it for now – good luck everyone! Hit us up in the comments section if you have any questions, or just want to express some love for Sakai-san.

Massive Wall of Official Rules

SEGA® of America

Phantasy Star Portable 2™ Fan Art Contest”

Official Contest Rules

This is a skill contest and there is no purchase

necessary to enter the contest or to win a prize.

1) Contest Description: SEGA® of America, Inc. (the “Sponsor”) is offering the “Phantasy Star Portable 2™Fan Art Contest”, (the “Contest”) and will award prizes based on the results of judging all eligible entries against the criteria established in these Official Contest Rules. The Contest begins 6:00:00 AM US Pacific Time May 26, 2010 and the deadline for submission of Contest entries is 12:00:00 PM midnight PT June 8, 2010, (“Entry Period”).

2) Eligibility: Contest is open to all legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia, who are 13 years of age or older. Employees, officers and representatives (and members of their immediate families and those living in the same household of each) of SEGA® of America, Inc., its parent, subsidiaries and affiliated companies, advertising and promotion agencies and any company involved in the design, execution, production or judging of this promotion (collectively “Contest Entities”) are ineligible. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

3) Creating your Contest Entry: Create an original piece of art based on a scene or character from Phantasy Star Portabale, (your “Fan Art Submission”). Your Fan Art Submission must be: (a) totally original, created by you, cannot be previously published or appear anywhere else and CANNOT contain any third party copyrighted material or otherwise infringe on the intellectual property or other rights of a third party; (b) suitable for general audiences (i.e., may not be obscene or indecent, including but not limited to nudity, pornography, profanity or gratuitous violence); it must not contain defamatory statements (including, but not limited to, words or symbols that are widely considered offensive to individuals of a certain race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or socioeconomic group), it must not include threats to any person, place, business, group or nation, it must not invade privacy or other rights of any person, firm or entity, and it must not in any other way violate any law or regulation and (d) submitted in either a .jpg or .png file format no larger than 1 MB and cannot be smaller for electronic display than 374 x 561 pixels or larger than 748 x 1122 pixels.

4) How to Enter the Contest: Send an e-mail, as directed by site instructions and attach your Fan Art Submission as a file to the e-mail; in the body of the e-mail include your first and last name, your age, your date of birth and your telephone number including area code. There is no limit to the number of different times you can enter the Contest, however, each Fan Art Submission must be new and completely different from any previous Entry you have submitted and each must be submitted as a separate e-mail entry. There is a limit of one (1) prize per person.

5) Judging and Winner Determination:  Contest Entries will be judged by a panel of graphic designers and marketers from SEGA of America, Inc., and will be judged and weighted equally on the following points:  (a) creative, fresh, engaging and innovative design; (b) best interpretation of a scene or character; and (c) degree of design intricacy and/or design “finish”. The decisions of the judging panel in all matters relating to this Contest are final. The judging panel will determine one (1) Grand Prize Winner, two (2) First Place Winners and seven (7) Runner-up Winners. Judging will be completed on or about June 9, 2010 and the potential Grand Prize Winner will be notified by phone and email within one (1) day of the conclusion of all judging. Potential Grand Prize Winner will be required to complete the Affidavit process (as described below) in order to be named a valid Grand Prize winner. In Sponsor’s sole determination if an inadequate number of entries or entries of inadequate quality are received, it reserves the right NOT to determine any entries as winners or to determine any number winners fewer than ten (10).

6) Prizes: One (1) Grand Prize Winner will receive a copy of the game, Phantasy Star Portable 2™and will have his/her Fan Art Submission featured in the game, Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) $54. Two (2) First Place Winners will each receive a copy of the game, Phantasy Star Portable 2™and will have his/her Fan Art Submission featured in the SEGA blog, ARV $54. Seven (7) Runner-up Winners will each receive one (1) Phantasy Star Portable 2™ T-shirt and one (1) inflatable toy, ARV $25. There are a total of ten (10) prizes with a combined ARV of $337.

7) General: If, during either the entry period, for reasons beyond the Sponsor’s control (including, but not limited to, tampering or computer virus infection), the Contest is not capable of running as originally planned, the Sponsor, at its sole discretion, reserves the right to cancel or modify the Contest, without liability and to the extent feasible, will determine winners and award prizes among entries received prior to cancellation or modification. Sponsor is not responsible for Internet, computer hardware and software, phone, and other technical errors, malfunctions, and delays. Entries, which are incomplete, inaccurate, irregular, or otherwise not in compliance with these Official Rules, are void.

The potential Grand Prize Winner will be contacted by phone the same day judging is finalized and will be required to complete an Affidavit of Eligibility and a Liability/Publicity Release (unless prohibited by law). The Affidavit and Liability/Publicity Release must be returned within two (2) days of Sponsor’s provision of these documents. Potential Grand Prize Winners will also be required to send a copy of their passport, driver’s license, birth certificate, or other appropriate documentation (acceptable to Sponsor) as proof of age and residency. Non-compliance with any of these requirements may result in disqualification, in which case an alternate Grand Prize winner may be named. Return of Affidavit/Release as undeliverable will result in disqualification and an alternate Grand Prize winner may be selected. All other winners will be contacted by phone and/or e-mail (“Prize Notification”) to confirm acceptance of the prize and determine a mailing address for fulfillment purposes. Potential winners must respond within seven (7) days of Prize Notification with the requested information. Failure to respond in this period of time will result is disqualification and forfeiture of the prize. All entrants agree to comply fully with each provision in these Official Rules. Any person attempting to defraud or in any way tamper with this Contest and any person who does not comply w. th these Official Rules, will be ineligible for any prize(s) and may be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

Without in any way limiting, expanding or amending the Terms of Service at which Terms of Service policy shall remain in full force and effect, if Sponsor is duly notified that any element of an entrant’s Fan Art Submission infringes upon the rights of another person and/or receives a legally valid request to remove the affected Fan Art Submission because of such infringement, such Fan Art Submission may be removed and disqualified from the Contest, as Sponsor may determine in its sole discretion. Further, no entrant will be eligible to receive a prize unless Sponsor determines, in its sole and absolute discretion, that such entrant’s Fan Art Submission has been or can be sufficiently cleared for legal purposes and such entrant has complied with the terms of these Official Rules.

Past experience has shown that contests and promotions generate similar submissions which closely resemble concepts and ideas developed by the Contest Entities whether before, during or after the Contest. Entrants may see a presentation, which seemingly incorporates an idea or concept or includes materials similar to that contained in their entry (e.g., Fan Art Submission). Any similarity may be purely coincidental and is always unavoidable in light of the volume of ideas, which the Contest Entities routinely consider in the course of their content development. Consequently, the Contest Entities must, and have adopted policies and procedures to protect themselves from potential liability and claims and as part of these Official Rules requires all entrants (and, if eligible minors, their parents or legal guardians) to agree that: (a) the Contest Entities may use any and all ideas, concepts, material and expression, in whole or in part, submitted or contained in a Contest Entry, or other material you submit; and (bi) all entries and entry materials become the property of Sponsor and will not be returned.

8 ) Right to Use Your Work and Information About You: By submitting an Entry, you: (a) represent and warrant that your Contest Entry is wholly original, not previously published, and does not incorporate or include anything that is owned by any third party or would require the consent of any third party and your Entry does not violate any copyright, trademark, publicity right, privacy right or any other right of any third party; (b) automatically grant to SEGA of America, Inc. a non-exclusive, world-wide, royalty free, irrevocable license to use, reproduce, create derivative works from, modify, publish, edit, translate, distribute and display your Contest Entry; (c) agree that upon selection as a winner of any prize, you agree that your Contest Entry shall legally be considered a “work made for hire,” with all rights therein, including, without limitation, the exclusive copyright, transferred to and being the property of SEGA of America, Inc.; (d) agree that upon selection as a winner of any prize, in the event your Entry is considered not to be a “work made for hire,” you irrevocably assign to SEGA of America, Inc., all right, title, and interest in and to your Entry (including, without limitation, the copyright) in any and all media whether now known or hereafter devised, in perpetuity, anywhere in the world, with the right to make any and all uses thereof, including, without limitation, for purposes of advertising or trade; and (e) agree that by submitting an entry,  you grant to SEGA of America, Inc. the right to sell and otherwise distribute your Contest Entry on any of its websites or in any of its products without any compensation. The rights granted under this paragraph shall extend to SEGA of America, Inc., its parent and affiliated companies with respect to all entries and all other submitted materials related to the Contest, including those submitted by non-winners and winners.

By submitting an Entry, you grant to SEGA of America, Inc., its parent and affiliated companies the right, except where prohibited by law, to use your name, likeness, picture, address (city and state), voice, biographical information, the Fan Art Submission in your entry and written or oral statements, for advertising and promotional purposes in promoting or publicizing SEGA of America, Inc., its products or services, without compensation unless required by law. You shall have no right of approval, no claim to compensation, and no claim (including, without limitation, claims based on invasion of privacy, defamation, or right of publicity) arising out of any use, blurring, alteration, or use in composite form of your name, picture, likeness, address (city and state), e‑mail address, biographical information, or entry. The rights granted under this paragraph shall extend to SEGA of America, Inc., its parent, and affiliated companies with respect to all entrants in the Contest, including non-winners and winners. SEGA of America, Inc., however, does not have any obligation to use the winning or non-winning Entries for any purpose.

9) Release of Liability and Issues of Law: By participating all entrants release SEGA of America, Inc., its parent, affiliates, partners, subsidiaries, officers, directors, agents, employees and all entities associated with the development and execution of this Contest from any and all liability with respect to and in any way arising from participating in this Contest, acceptance or use of prizes. Entrants also agree that SEGA of America, Inc. its parent, affiliates, partners, subsidiaries, officers, directors, agents, employees and all entities associated with the development and execution of this promotion are not responsible or liable for any injury or damage to an entrant’s or third person’s computer related to or resulting from the Contest, the Entries and/or its prizes. SEGA of America, Inc., its parent, affiliates, partners, subsidiaries, officers, directors, agents, employees and all entities associated with the development and execution of this promotion are not liable for damage to a user’s computer system (including, without limitation, any server failure or lost, delayed or corrupted data or other malfunction) due, either directly or indirectly, to an entrant’s participation in the Contest or downloading of information in connection with the Contest. The Sponsor reserves the right to modify or cancel the Contest in the event that any portion of any website used to administer any aspect of the Contest becomes technically corrupted.


11) Winners List: For a list of the winners send a self addressed stamped envelope postmarked no later than June 16, 2010 to: Phantasy Fan Art Contest, PO Box 12055, Scottsdale, AZ 85267-2487.

12) Sponsor: SEGA of America, Inc., 350 Rhode Island Street, STE 400, San Francisco, CA 94103.

Contest Administrator:  Extra Mile Marketing, 16611 N. 91st Street, STE 106, Scottsdale, AZ 85260-1523.


Phantasy Star Portable 2 for PSP Announced!

Phantasy Star Portable 2 — the eagerly anticipated follow-up to Phantasy Star Portable — has now been announced for the Playstation Portable, and will be coming to North America and Europe in the Fall of 2010!

Taking place three years after the end of the story missions that occur during Phantasy Star Universe, the denizens of the Gurhal System have dispatched the menace of the SEED — but the war effort has cost them, and with dwindling resources the game’s heroes will travel & take on entirely new challenges.


The game allows up to four players to connect online via Ad-Hoc and Infrastructure modes, allowing people to play with their friends wherever they are. Fans of old school Phantasy Star can also rejoice — the game features the return of Battle and Challenge missions, adapted from the original Phantasy Star Online. These multiplayer options combine with an epic single player experience and story missions which allow for extensive and advanced character customization and exploration.


In the true spirit of Phantasy Star, there really is a whole universe of things to explore: Phantasy Star Portable 2 features double the amount of content from previous games, with all new characters (and some returning favorites), over 100 missions, more than 170 enemies and all-new bosses, and more than 2,000 weapons and items. Combat has been enhanced as well, with familiar action-style combat of the Phantasy Star series augmented with all new features and abilities.

Stay tuned for more news — and look forward to Phantasy Star Portable 2 in Fall of 2010!