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eBay Auction for Japan Relief – Part 2

DCredcrossThanks to Raki from SegaShiro for making this sweet Red Cross/Dreamcast/Play for Japan graphic for us!

Earlier this week, we listed several items on eBay for auction, with 100% of the proceeds going to the Red Cross for relief efforts in Japan. The response was overwhelming — we received several thousand dollars in bids, with many items going for $300 or more. Thank you to all who bid, and will continue to bid, on these items.

We sent an email to all employees at SEGA of America to let them know what we were doing, and many people wanted to help out. Yesterday was a parade of people coming by our desks with items to donate for auction. Many of these items are from their own personal collections, and are things that they’ve held on to for years. We also got some people internally to sign items in the hopes that it would increase the auction value. Everyone at SEGA has pitched in to help with this, and we just can’t thank them enough. We’re honored to work with amazing people here at SEGA.

One of the things we heard from a few folks after our first set of items went up was that they would like to bid and contribute, but they didn’t have enough money to bid on items that were listed. Because of that, we’ve listed some smaller/less rare items in the hopes that everyone will be able to find something that fits their interest and budget. Even if you can’t or choose not to bid, we need your support! Please help us in spreading the word to friends, family, and fellow gamers about our auction.

Not all of our items are on the smaller scale, though. We’ve got several really valuable items, including a prize so awesome that I still have a hard time believing that we’re giving it up. You can see all of our new prizes in the photos and item descriptions, along with links to bid, below.

We will be listing even more items in the coming days, so keep watching for new stuff! And thanks again for all your support. SEGA fans ROCK!!

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Official Bayonetta Costume

Bayonetta on the Show Floor

Seriously? Seriously.

We are incredibly excited to offer this for auction. If you were at E3, Comic Con, or saw coverage of events where we had our live Bayonetta model, then you’ve seen this item in action. This is the completely original, totally custom-made, incredibly accurate and detailed Bayonetta costume. It’s truly the only one like it in the world.

The costume does include the wig (and foam head) with ribbons and chains, the bodysuit, the gloves and the boots. This costume does NOT include the glasses or the guns. The bodysuit has all of the details you’d expect from an accurate representation of the character, including the round chest piece, chains on the front and back of the costume, and more.

Because it was custom-made to fit our Bayonetta model, we don’t have a numbered size for it. However, you can examine the photos above and below to see the size of the bodysuit. The boots are a size 10. The wig should fit most heads. The gloves should fit most hands/arms.

Bid on this item!

Sonic the Hedgehog 15th Anniversary Figurine

Sonic the Hedgehog 15th Anniversary Figurine

What you’re looking at was part of a figurine series created to celebrate Sonic the Hedgehog’s 15th Anniversary back in 2006. This figurine is about 4 inches tall, and is of excellent quality and detail. It was owned by a SEGA of America employee, who took care of it at his desk, and is now donating it to help with Japan relief efforts.

The figurine features modern-style Sonic and comes with a black base that reads “SONIC” on the front. On the top of the base, just in front of where Sonic stands, is the official Sonic 15th Anniversary Logo, marking the piece as part of the 15th Anniversary Collector’s series. Sonic’s arms are slightly bendable, but this figurine is meant for collectors, and is not recommended for playing with, chewing on, or using to save the world. (That said, sometimes Eggman just needs a good beating!)

As part of the 15th Anniversary set, this figurine is also unique from the Sonic Statue, which is larger and limited to a run of 2500. (We also have one of these up for charity auction – check our full listing page for info!)

Bid on this item!

Signed Vanquish Art & Statue

Vanquish Statue and Signed Art

What you’re looking at is a signed glossy art piece from the PlatinumGames team featuring Inaba-san and Mikami-san signatures and a very special and highly detailed statue from the Vanquish Videogame. The signed art images were hand signed by the development team in preparation for the game release. The Vanquish statue was part of the original pre-order offering in Europe. This particular statue was donated by our marketing director and has been unopened, still in its original packaging!

Bid on this item!

Super Monkey Ball AiAi T-Shirt

Super Monkey Ball AiAi Shirt

Super Monkey Ball AiAi Shirt

This is one of a few hundred AiAi shirts made for Super Monkey Ball Step & Roll. It is a replica of the shirt that AiAi wears in the game. These were given out to Nintendo World Store employees that worked our launch event at the store, as well as internally to SEGA employees. It is a size Medium.

Bid on this item!

Project Needlemouse “Team Needlemouse” T-Shirt

Project Needlemouse "Team" T-shirt
This is a limited edition, super-rare Project Needlemouse t-shirt that was created for SEGA employees working on Sonic 4. If there was one T-shirt that Sonic fans are constantly asking about, this is it – and for good reason, too: only about 250 of these T-shirts exist in the entire world, and most of them were given out at Comic-con and internally to the teams working on Sonic the Hedgehog 4, back when the game was code-named Project Needlemouse.

This is one of our last remaining new Project Needlemouse t-shirts here at SEGA, and we think that there are few better reasons to donate it than to help Japan in this time of need.

The shirt features the Sonic Silhouette and reads ‘PROJECT NEEDLEMOUSE’ above it on the front. The left sleeve features the SEGA logo, and the right sleeve reads “TEAM NEEDLEMOUSE – 9.09.09″. This date is a reference to two things: the first reveal of Project Needlemouse, and also the original launch of the Dreamcast, which launched on a similar 9.9.99 date.

The shirt is size XL.

Bid on this item!

Ryo Hazuki Figurine – in Forklift!

Ryo Hazuki Figurine

Attention Shenmue fans! This figurine of Ryo Hazuki in his forklift is one of only 1,000 in the world! They were made to promote Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing, which features Ryo and his forklift as his All-Star move. Now is your chance to own one! The figure is 5 inches tall.

Bid on this item!

MADWORLD T-Shirt

Original MADWORLD T-Shirt

What you’re seeing here is one of the first edition T-shirts in SEGA’s popular MADWORLD series. While later versions of this popular shirt would show up at NYCC, this is a new, unworn, original T-shirt, given only to select press and SEGA employees back when SEGA and Platinum Games first announced their major partnership in San Francisco. It is a size Medium

The shirt is a play on the quirky nature of MADWORLD – and the fact that you can stab people in the head with CAUTION signs. Beyond being part of the super-limited first run, you can also tell this shirt apart from the later variants by the sheer size of the “CAUTION” sign on the front, which is huge and bright on the first edition set.

If you’re a fan of MADWORLD or Platinum Games, this is your one – and perhaps only – chance to score one of the first edition promo items from one of the most graphic games on the Wii!

Bid on this item!

Japanese Bayonetta for X360 and PS3

Japanese Bayonetta

You are bidding on two Japanese copies of Bayonetta on PlayStation3 and Xbox 360, as donated by our PR Team to help Japan with relief efforts. The games are both sealed and never been used. The Xbox 360 version requires a Japanese Xbox 360 to play, however if so desired, the PlayStation3 version is region free and should work in any console. A collector’s item for anyone looking to expand their Bayonetta collection!

Bid on this item!

Sonic Colors Soundtrack from Japan – Signed!

Sonic Colors Soundtrack from Japan

This is the original soundtrack to Sonic Colors/Colours from Japan! These are not available for purchase outside of Japan, so this is your chance to get one! It is a 3 disc set, with 83 songs in total. To make it even better, the Sonic Colors marketing team from SEGA of America (Judy, Thu & Kellie) has signed the insert!

Bid on this item!

MegaDrive Collection Vinyl

MegaDrive Collection Vinyl

What you’re looking at is a very special and extremely limited Megadrive Ultimate Collection Vinyl Record. Originally offered as a pre-order incentive for Australia for the Megadrive collection, this record has never been listened to and comes in near mint condition. This is a massive collectors item for anyone that loves Megadrive / Genesis and wants to celebrate some of the classic tracks from years gone by. This particular record was donated from Derrek P, Brand Manager here at Sega of America who worked on the title release.

Details about the album:

* Extremely RARE Megadrive / Genesis Limited Edition Vinyl Soundtrack
* Never been listened to, extremely good condition, #85
* Vinyl color is SEGA blue!
* Tracks include: Space Harrier – Main Theme, Ristar – Star Humming, Vectorman – Day 3 (Tidal Surge), Golden Axe – Turtle Village, Phantasy Star II – Restoration, and Vectorman 2 – Scene 18

Bid on this item now!

Samuel L. Jackson Signed Iron Man 2 Promo Card

Samuel L. Jackson Signed IM2 Promo Card

This is a thin cardboard (posterboard) promo card for the Iron Man 2 game, signed by Samuel L. Jackson.

Details about the card:

* Authentic, original signature
* Signed by Samuel L. Jackson
* Size: 8.5 inches x 11 inches

Bid on this item now!

Sonic the Hedgehog Notebook from 1993

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Sonic the Hedgehog Notebook
Art inside the Sonic notebook
Art inside the Sonic Notebook

Take note, Sonic fans – or take lots of notes, because this rare Sonic notebook from 1993 is completely unused and in awesome condition. And, unless you happened to live in Brazil in 1993, chances are this is one piece of Sonic merchandise you don’t already own!

Inside the book is some Sonic art from the early 90′s era, including everyone’s favorite sidekick – Tails!
Whether you’d like to write in the notebook, or add it as the latest part of your Sonic collection, one fact remains – this thing is pretty awesome!

Details about the Sonic Notebook:

* Made in 1993, and still in great, unused quality
* Features classic Sonic and Tails, and a whole lot of space to write.
* Rare, imported from Brazil

(Thanks to all of our fans who pointed out this was from Brazil, not Mexico. )

Bid on this item now!

Don Cheadle Signed Iron Man 2 Promo Card

Don Cheadle Signed IM2 Promo Card

This is a thin cardboard (posterboard) promo card for the Iron Man 2 game, signed by Don Cheadle.

Details about the card:

* Authentic, original signature
* Signed by Don Cheadle
* Size: 8.5 inches x 11 inches

Bid on this now!

SEGA Branded Ladies Watch

SEGA Ladies Watch

Hey Ladies, what time is it? It’s time to bid on an extremely RARE SEGA watch! This watch was created for SEGA of America employees as a holiday gift, only a handful were created and distributed, however the exact number is unknown. The watch was donated by Judy G, Brand Manager here at Sega of America and who might also be late to tomorrow’s meeting!

Details about the Watch:

* Extremely RARE Ladies style SEGA Watch
* Never worn or used
* Fully functional
* Tells time!

Bid on this item now!

Sonic Free Riders Soundtrack from Japan

Sonic Free Riders Soundtrack

This is the original soundtrack to Sonic Free Riders from Japan! These are not available for purchase outside of Japan, so this is your chance to get one! The CD has 12 tracks on it.

Details about the soundtrack:

* 12 songs
* Not available for purchase outside of Japan
* Still in the original shrink wrap

Bid on this item now!

Sonic the Hedgehog Boombox

Sonic the Hedgehog Boombox
You are bidding on an official Sonic the Hedgehog CD Boombox, with AM/FM Radio. Plug your head phones in! Works with your MP3 Player! Listen to all your favorite Sonic classic songs (not included) and impress your friends with this awesome Sonic merchandise!

Bid on this item!

Sonic Colours UK Limited Edition Pack – DS

Sonic Colours UK Limited Edition Pack - DS

This is a limited edition Sonic Colours pack that was only available in the UK. It contains the Sonic Colours game for the Nintendo DS as well as a Sonic figurine and several Wisps from the game. The game’s cover and manual have been signed by the Sonic Colours marketing team at SEGA of America — Judy, Thu, and Kellie.

Bid on this item now!

Super Monkey Ball & Valkyria Chronicles Pins

Super Monkey Ball & Valkyria Chronicles Pins

Looking for a hip way to show off your SEGA pride, donate to a good cause, and not break the bank in doing so? Perhaps these limited edition Super Monkey Ball & Valkyria Chronicle pins will help you get there! The pins were created for promotional use at the Penny Arcade Expo and given out to fans who visited the SEGA booth.

Bid on this item now!

Sonic Colours UK Limited Edition Signed – Wii

Sonic Colours UK Wii Pack

This is a limited edition Sonic Colours pack that was only available in the UK. It contains the Sonic Colours game for the Nintendo Wii as well as a Sonic figurine and several Wisps from the game. The game’s cover and manual have been signed by the Sonic Colours marketing team at SEGA of America — Judy, Thu, and Kellie.

Bid on this item!

SEGA Director’s Notebook

SEGA Director's Notebook

SEGA Director's Notebook - Inside

Yes, you read that correctly. This is a special, SEGA Branded, high-class professional-style notebook. Until today, it was owned and used by SEGA of America’s own Marketing Director. Now, you too can feel the awe-inspiring power of a SEGA director by possessing their book! (… or something like that.)

The notebook itself is a black and a light, iridescent blue, and features a zipper protecting the paper and pockets inside – and this thing has a lot of pockets. It’s perfect for jotting down notes about the next upcoming SEGA game, how awesome the SEGA of America Community Team is, or how you’re totally planning to give them a raise in the next fiscal year. (Because, you know, that’s what Directors do!)

Rumor has it this Notebook was even down through generations from each SEGA Director to the next over the last two-hundred and fifty years. Other rumors state that it holds the power to create world peace, and that using this notebook while wearing a “three wolves howling at the moon” shirt will amplify your natural Director powers, instantly transforming you into a qualified, bona fide leader. Please note that we have not tested either of these rumors to confirm their validity.

In short, it’s a sweet, classy, SEGA branded Notebook, once owned by our Marketing Director.

Details about the Notebook:

* Owned and used by a SEGA America Marketing Director
* Will make you feel just like a real SEGA Director!*
* Use this Notebook while wearing a “three wolves howling at the moon” shirt to amplify natural leadership powers!

*: Effectiveness at transforming regular people into SEGA Directors has not yet been fully tested. There’s a slight chance you might feel just like a normal person holding a very, very special Notebook.

Bid on this item!

SEGA Saturn Game Gloves

SEGA Saturn Game Gloves

SEGA Saturn Game Gloves

Planning on a long gaming session of your favorite old school SEGA classics, but lack the proper attire? Look no further, we have a very special and extremely rare auction for a pair of Saturn Game Gloves. These were donated by one of our SEGA producers, Omar W., who held on to these gems for several years, waiting and training to be the best gamer there ever was. Now, this pair of gloves can be yours, complete with padded thumbs!

Details about the Game Gloves:

* Branded SEGA Saturn
* Super Cool Gloves for Video game play, bike riding, playing sports – or just having fun!
* Padded thumbs
* Fits ages 14 and up

Bid on this item!

Sonic the Hedgehog Backpack

Sonic the Hedgehog Backpack

What would it be like to give Sonic a piggyback ride everywhere you went? You can find out with this Sonic the Hedgehog backpack! Thanks to adjustable straps connecting Sonic’s hands and feet, Sonic can be with you all day to help you carry your stuff. Not a lot of stuff though… the backpack portion is accessible through a zip pocket in Sonic’s stomach and doesn’t really hold more than a few items. But still — an adorable item for any kid, or just a kid at heart.

Bid on this item!

Sonic & Knuckles Race Set

Sonic & Knuckles Race Set

Fan of Sonic & Sega’s Allstars racing and looking for even more Sonic racing action? Look no further! Now you too can join in the fun with Sonic or Knuckles in this racing set, featuring 8 feet of track! What fun!

Bid on this item now!

Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing – Tails & Plane Figurine

Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing Tails & Plane

Tails flew his plane in Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing, and that’s commemorated in this figurine set.

Details about the figurine:

* High-quality, detailed Tails figurine
* Part of the Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing Set
* Size: 5 inches tall

Bid on this item!

Valkyria Chronicles JPN

Valkyria Chronicles - Japanese Limited Edition Set

For Gallia – and Japan! This super-rare Limited Edition box set for the epic PS3 game Valkyria Chronicles is being auctioned off straight from SEGA to help raise funds for Japan relief efforts.

The box itself is in almost-new condition, and includes a special Alicia figurine, an extremely detailed Edelweiss Tank figurine, the Japanese edition of the pre-order Artbook, and the game itself. Only available in Japan, the copy of the game will also work in US and European PS3 systems.

The Alicia figurine is also a unique version not available in other Valkyria Chronicles figurine sets. The only way to pick it up is through this Box Set!

Details about the Limited Edition Box Set:

* Rare, Limited Edition Box Set from Japan.
* Includes the Game (PS3, JPN), Alicia Figurine, Edelweiss figurine, and Artbook.
* The perfect addition to any Valkyria Chronicles collection – especially if you like tanks!

Bid on this item!

SEGA Cards, Dreamcast Postcards, and SEGA Pen

Holiday Cards, Postcards, and SEGA Pen

This set includes two SEGA holiday cards that were sent to friends, partners, and business associates at the end of the year. One features Sonic the Hedgehog on a snowboard, and the other features Bayonetta, AiAi, Sonic, and the Alien from AVP – all kickin’ it by the fire in holiday sweaters (of frankly questionable taste).

This set also includes 6 Dreamcast-era postcard – 3 of each style. The first features Seaman and the quote “Get a life, fruitcake.” That lovely holiday sentiment is followed up by a lady in her recliner, speaking to Seaman on her Dreamcast microphone.

You’ll need something to write on all this paper with, so we’ve included a SEGA pen.

Bid on this item!

Sonic the Hedgehog MP3 Player

Sonic the Hedgehog MP3 Player

This Sonic the Hedgehog MP3 player holds 500 songs (it’s 2GB) and comes with earbuds. What else could you want in an MP3 player? Well, I’ll tell you. It opens and closes.(!!) I know, It’s crazy. But I know it’s true, because it’s right there on the package. What is the world coming to.

Bid on this item!

Planet 51 Movie Art Book – Signed!

Plane 51 Movie Art Book

Plane 51 Movie Art Book

This is a hardcover, full-color book featuring art from the Planet 51 movie. If you’re into animation, this is a great item to have. The front of the book is signed by Marcella Churchill, who was the Brand Manager at SEGA of America for the Planet 51 game.

Bid on this item!

Crazy Taxi Art – Signed

Crazy Taxi Signed Art

This rare piece of art was signed in late 2010 to celebrate the release of Crazy Taxi on PSN and XBLA. If you’ve got crazy money (or just the highest bid), it’s yours!

Details about the art:

* 8.5 inches x 11 inches
* Glossy artwork
* Signed & dated

Bid on this item!

Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood Cover – Signed!

Sonic Chronicles Package Insert

This is a cover for the Nintendo DS game Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood. It is signed by the entire BioWare dev team that worked on the game. And it is awesome.

Details about the cover:

* Cover of Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood
* Signed by entire BioWare Dev Team
* Awesome

Bid on this item!

The Epic Soniclock!

The Soniclock

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***Own the most epic, rare Sonic Clock in the history of the world!***

You probably thought we were joking about that whole “Most epic Sonic Clock in the whole world” part, right? To understand the value of this masterpiece, one first needs to know its history…

This clock was originally given out for free to a SEGA event attendee last year. Apparently that person wasn’t a huge fan of Sonic, and in a gesture that was probably meant to insult us, he destroyed part of the clock and then put it up on Ebay. The rest of the Sonic community was appalled, until…

One of the other attendees from that same event bid on the clock – and won it. And then the story got 10x better: The winner wrote around the edges of the clock, in a personalized message to SEGA and our Sonic 4 Brand Manager Ken: “The Sonic(lock) Cycle as you truly imagined it!”

For Christmas that year, we here at SEGA received a package – and within it, we got our clock back. You can check out the full blog detailing the awesome return here: http://bit.ly/h9rXDN

Now, we have decided to end (or continue?) this story where it began: Ebay. We’ve upgraded the clock, adding a new “Biker-Balough” picture to the 12:00 spot, and have repaired the rest of it through large amounts of super glue and excessive strips of tape. The Soniclock has been upgraded to a new level, and by bidding on this piece of SEGA Community history, you can also help those in need in Japan!

Details about the Soniclock:

* Features Ken “Biker” Balough at 12:00!
* Signed by Ken Balough on the side. Reads: “It’s Biker Balough O-clock! -Ken”
* Also signed by Community member Skyler, who originally saved the clock here on Ebay.

Bid on this item!

Virtua Fighter 5 – Signed

Virtua Fighter 5 - Signed by the Developers

Signed by the Japanese development team, this rare copy of Virtua Fighter 5 for PS3 is among some of the rarest items we’re auctioning off to support Japan. As you can see in the picture, a number of big names from the VF team signed in silver, and this copy is truly one-of-a-kind if you’re a collector of rare SEGA or Virtua Fighter merchandise.

Both the signed case and the actual game for PS3 are included in this auction. To all our Virtua Fighter addicts out there – good luck!

Bid on this item!

THANK YOU!

That’s all the items in our second batch, but we’re already collecting more for a third! We’ve got some good stuff coming up too… stay tuned!

 
   
   
 

Free Stuff Friday: May 29, 2009

Free Stuff Friday - 5/29/09

It’s time again for Free Stuff Friday on Twitter! As you can see, we have some great stuff to give away this week. Read on for details about each item, including eligibility requirements (for the games). If you need a refresher on how to enter via Twitter, details are at the bottom of the post.

On the Block This Week

Item 1: Empire: Total War



Empire: Total War -- Free Stuff Friday - 5/29/09

Brand new, in the plastic copy of Empire: Total War for PC. Only people in the US, Canada and Mexico are eligible to win this prize due to region locking of the game. Please note the technical requirements for the game, including Steam activation.

Congrats to @iluvrobot for winning this prize!

Item 2: PictoImage for Nintendo DS



PictoImage -- Free Stuff Friday - 5/29/09

Brand new copy of PictoImage for Nintendo DS. Only people in the US, Canada, Latin America and Mexico are eligible to win this prize.

Congrats to our winner, @robby1051!

Item 3: MADWORLD Wii Decals



Madworld Wii Decals -- Free Stuff Friday - 5/29/09

Skin your Nintendo Wii up with these Madworld-themed decals. They look pretty sweet. All regions are eligible to win.

Item 4: Sonic Chronicles Strategy Guide and Sonic Pen

Sonic Chronicles guide and Sonic Pen -- Free Stuff Friday - 5/29/09

Check out this brand-new strategy guide for Sonic Chronicles. With it, you get a Sonic-topped pen, from the personal collection of RubyEclipse! Our forums members voted on which pen to give away, and Sonic won! All regions are eligible to win.

Congrats to @konkonkon!

Item 5: SEGA shirt



SEGA shirt -- Free Stuff Friday - 5/29/09

This is a black button-front shirt (buttons all the way down) with an embroidered SEGA logo on the upper left side. It is a size small. These shirts were worn by SEGA staff a few years ago at E3, and now you can have one! Don’t worry, it’s brand new (tag still on). All regions are eligible to win.

Congrats to @reinaurre!

Item 6: Golden Axe Beast Rider Art Book

Golden Axe Beast Rider Art Book -- Free Stuff Friday - 5/29/09

This is a new art book for Golden Axe Beast Rider. All regions are eligible to win.

Congrats to @ksarart!

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 http://www.twitter.com 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.

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.

 
   
   
 

Free Stuff Friday: May 1st, 2009

Last week, we teamed up with our SEGA Europe colleagues to start Free Stuff Friday giveaways via Twitter. In case you missed it, here’s 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 http://www.twitter.com 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. The first person to send us a direct message (DM) via Twitter will 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.

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.

On the Block This Week

Enough with the how-to blah blah blah… let’s get to what we’re giving away this week!

Everything - 5/1/09

We’ve got 8 Sonic comics, Sonic Chronicles for Nintendo DS, 3 SEGA stickers, an OutRun T-shirt, and a Valkyria Chronicles figurine still sealed in the box. We’re dividing them into prize packs. For more details on each pack, keep reading.

Pack 1: 2 Sonic Comics

Two Sonic Comics

Two Sonic Comics — #144 and 132. Any of our Twitter followers worldwide are eligible to win this prize pack.

CONGRATS to our winner, @rodiard!


Pack 2: Sonic Comic and Sonic Chronicles for DS

Sonic Comic & Sonic Chronicles for DS

Sonic Comic #145 and Sonic Chronicles for DS.

Only Twitter followers from the US, Canada, Mexico and Latin America are eligible to win this prize pack.

Congrats to our winner, @KirbyGCN17!

Pack 3: Sonic Comic and Valkyria Figurine

Sonic Comic and Valkyria Figurine

Sonic Comic #157 and Valkyria figurine (sealed in box).  The figurine inside is unknown (you won’t know until you open the box, if you choose to do so) but will be one of the figurines shown on the back of the package.

Valkyria Figurine Box - Back

Any of our Twitter followers worldwide are eligible to win this prize pack.

Congrats to our winner, @xblazer01!

Pack 4: Sonic Comic and OutRun T-Shirt

Sonic Comic and OutRun T-Shirt

Sonic Comic #100 and OutRun T-Shirt (size L).
Any of our Twitter followers worldwide are eligible to win this prize pack.

Congrats to our winner, @lgladdy!

Pack 5: SonicX Comic and SEGA Sticker

SonicX Comic and SEGA Sticker

SonicX Comic #39 and SEGA sticker.

Any of our Twitter followers worldwide are eligible to win this prize pack.

Congrats to our winner, @shaunmcilroy!

Pack 6: Sonic Comic and Sticker

Sonic Comic and SEGA Sticker

Sonic Comic #194 and SEGA Sticker.

Any of our Twitter followers worldwide are eligible to win this prize pack.

Congrats to our winner, @Squadala!

Pack 7: Sonic Comic and Sticker

Sonic Comic and SEGA Sticker

Sonic Comic #191 and SEGA Sticker

Any of our Twitter followers worldwide are eligible to win this prize pack.

Congrats to the winner, @panicpuppet!

That’s All, Folks!

That’s everything we’re giving away this Friday, May 1st on Twitter. If you have any questions, please ask before Friday, as we may not get to them on Friday. Hope you’re psyched about all this cool stuff!

 
   
   
 

Sonic Chronicle Ships + Prima Preview Guide

Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood is out and available in stores now! If you are a fan of the blog or perhaps a hardcore Sonic fan, then you know this is an exciting release for both Sonic and RPG fans. Merging quality story, engaging characters, and interactive combat, Sonic Chronicles is a great experience for everyone.

I’ve been playing myself for the past few days and enjoyed every minute. Challenging in some areas and a lot of fun to explore the world for secrets.  In the office, we’ve had some conversations about the battles, the strategy, and the POW move play. The game is fun, and addictive, making for some fun moments on a rocky bus trying to tap POW moves at the right moments.

As a launch special, I also have a nice bonus for those who have picked up the game and are looking for an edge. Thanks to the nice folks at Prima Games, we’re happy to pass along the full Chapter 3 from the Sonic Chronicles game guide. Grab the e-guide and learn some quick info!

 
   
   
 

New Sonic Chronicles Movie Featuring Combos

Sonic Chronicles launches tomorrow and we have an all new movie to get you a bit more excited :) .  The newest release focuses on the combat and combos of the game.  Unlike most turn-based RPGs which are very menu driven for combat, Sonic Chronicles uses a unique system to keep you on your toes and keep you interacting with the events you are participating in.  Look away for a brief second during combat and you might find yourself missing a critical block or not hitting a POW move.

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We’ve been fortunate to have Sonic Chronicles in the office and it is a treat to play it in a fully finished form.  I’d love to hear from Sonic fans who are anticipating this release, what are you most excited about for Chronicles?

 
   
   
 

Sonic Chronicles – Behind the Scenes Video #2!

Sonic fans, DS owners, and anyone looking forward to Sonic Chronicles can now check out the latest Behind the Scenes Video from the team over at Bioware!

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You can also ask the developers a question directly over at Bioware’s page – click here to check it out!

Sonic Chronicles is only a week away! We’d also like to hear what your favorite teams will be – if you could pick four of any of the characters in Sonic Chronicles, what would be your favorite team, and why would you choose them?

 
   
   
 

Sonic Chronicles – Nintendo Store Event Information!

As you may have heard in a recent online video, SEGA will be headed to New York for an exclusive Nintendo Store early release party for Sonic Chronicles! Get to the Nintendo Store between 1pm and 4pm on September 28 and you’ll be one of the first to play Sonic Chronicles, before it officially releases on September 30.

In addition to the exclusive release, we’ll also be giving away a very limited edition BioWare-signed Sonic Chronicles cover. These are not going to be given away anywhere else and are likely to be a great collectible.

If that’s not enough, and really, when is it ever enough, we’ll have a SEGA rep on hand to trade an exclusive Chao to your new copy of Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood. This Chao will be initially available from the fans who receive it from the store event, if you want to receive it afterwards you’ll have to trade it from one of the lucky few who received it!

So, now that I have your attention, where and when does this all take place? Read on for the full scoop:

Nintendo World
10 Rockerfeller Plaza
New York, NY 10020

Event:
Sunday, September 28th
1pm to 4pm

 
   
   
 

SEGA Papercraft!

One of my favorite blogs SpriteStitch is at it again with their video game related craft projects. Many of you may be familiar with the concept of papercrafts, or printable 3-d paper models you can make yourself at home without tape or glue. There are tons of cool different designs out there, with people creating and submitting their own. Today SpriteStitch highlighted  the papercrafting trend with a Sonic and Knuckles papercraft hosted by one of the major purveyors of the artform CubeCraft.com I also discovered a pretty sweet Dinosaur King papercraft sponsored by the 4Kids television network.

You can click on the above image to download the template and the instructions to make your own Sonic, Knuckles, or Dinosaur King papercraft models. There are also a ton of other projects on there that should keep us busy for a while in between our voracious gaming/school/work/eat/sleep schedules.  I think ClumsyOrchid and I might have to race to see who can make the best StrongBad papercraft. Check it out, its relatively easy to figure out, all you need is a color printer, some scissors, and about an hour of free time (unless you are an expert, in which you could speed through a couple in an hour).

 
   
   
 

Sonic Odyssey (and Tails Illiad)

When I first came to SEGA almost a year ago, I’ll admit that I had kind of big eyes about it—I grew up playing the Sega Master System and Genesis, and my respect for Sega mythology has always been deep. So it was a strange, somewhat surreal experience indeed when my first task here was to help respond to fan mail, written by young folks with the same enthusiasm for the gaming and for SEGA that I’ve had (I’m not the only one who answers the mail here, but it can be a big job—if you’ve written to us, it can take a while to hear back, but we do try and respond to everything!).

The vast majority of letters written to SEGA are, of course, about Sonic. Not just about Sonic, himself, though—they’re about the whole of the extended Sonic the Hedgehog universe, and we receive opinions, ideas, drawings, and even fan fiction about all the games and every imaginable character, from Amy Rose and Shadow to Big the Cat and, of course, the Chao.

Until coming here I hadn’t really played all the way through a Sonic game since Sonic 3 and Sonic and Knuckles for the Genesis. I was vaguely aware that, aside from Sonic, a universe full of anthropomorphic hedgehogs, squirrels, crocodiles, and omnipotent chaos-energy wielding echidnas existed in the Sonic mythos—but I could not have named them for you. I could not identify them on sight. I could not tell you what the romantic triangles were, or which characters might actually be holographic projections of super-advanced A.I.. Interacting with a devoted fan community changed this: I have learned quickly.

The Sonic universe, when I last left it sometime around the dawn of the Dreamcast, consisted of Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and the good doctor. Reading countless letters, playing the newer games, and delving into the comic books published by Archie Comics, I quickly learned just how deep the Sonic universe went. Video Games, at their best, are a kind of narrative that takes place between the gamer and the game makers, and when people give as much back as the fans of the Sonic series have, it can lead to some pretty incredible results. For my own part, I don’t care if a hero is named Odysseus or Knuckles: I enjoy seeing a world that is self-contained, populated with its own history, heroes, and villains.

I know not everyone agrees with this, too—there are Sonic purists out there, and people who only like the 16-bit games, or like the Dreamcast ones the best, or don’t think anyone other than Sonic, Knuckles, and Tails should ever be in a game. That’s fine—I respect the old-school opinions (heck, I grew up playing this game), and likewise I’m delighted there are so many fans of the obscure characters and plotlines that make up the Sonic mythology. The letters I’ve read and the terrific fan artwork & stories I’ve seen do sort of hammer home the point that these are characters people love & are attached to.

In future posts I’ll steer this blog away from just talking about Sonic, and I’ll maybe even delve into my own back catalog of classic SEGA goodness—but right now, we’re in the middle of the hype for the upcoming RPG and, of course, Sonic Unleashed, so my first post here seemed as good a time as any to talk about my own history with the blue guy. I’m going to have to wrangle myself a Nintendo DS to play Chronicles on—I think it’s pretty awesome that a company as savvy as Bioware is developing an RPG for these characters, and I’m looking forward to seeing how it all plays out.

 
   
   
 

Penny Arcade Expo 2008 pt. 3

Saturday August 30th, 2008

Last night after the PAX meet and greet event I ended up meeting up with some friends who were in town for the convention to go see the late night concerts they had going on in the convention center. I ended up getting over there a little later, just in time to catch the end of the Freezepop set, which I wasn’t so much into. I’d seen them a time or two before in my journeys to Austin, TX for the SXSW music festival that happens every March, so i pretty much knew what i had missed. The headliner for the night was Jonathan Coulton, who i only really knew from his song ‘Still Alive‘ the theme from Portal. My friends said he had played the previous year and was fantastic, so i made sure to get there in time. In all honesty, I was surprised at how great the show was. Not only did Mr. Coulton have an amazing knack for writing catchy pop songs, but his lyrics were honest and most times pretty much hilarious — he even snuck in a They Might Be Giants cover, Rick Roll’d the audience (twice) and busted out this really cool drum machine thing which he composed a pretty funny remix of one of his songs. It was pretty difficult to snap pictures in the dark with my cameraphone, but if you look really closely in the picture on the right you can see someone holding up their macbook instead of a lighter during one of the ballads (about zombies).

Today is the first long day, with the doors opening at 10am (the line started forming around 8am — crazy!). Because it was saturday, we all expected even more people to be in attendance, and for the most part it did seem that there was a good steady stream of people from start to finish. I’m really curious how many sandwiches they must have made throughout the weekend, because i am pretty sure there wasnt any point i ever walked by the subway in the convention center and didnt see a 30+ minute wait in line for some  grub. trust me this isnt an exaggeration — i braved it personally.

Today I got to see a little bit more of the exhibits, although having to man the SEGA booth for each day ends up limiting my time to sneak away for extended periods of time. However, with so many people there, you always expect to see neat costumes, accessories and merchandise that they picked up floating around. One of the highlights was getting to see a homemade companion cube that this guy made of of wood (he even let me hold the 20 lb. monster). One of my friends from work picked up this pretty sweet Pac-Man hat/helmet from the Namco booth and gave us all a good laugh. I also saw a lot of bald folks walking around with ‘HELL’ painted on their domes which i was informed was the result of the free haircuts they were giving out at the Ubisoft booth. Kind of scary, but i guess it could be worth a free game to serious fans.

Aside from just the loads of cool merchandise and people watching available a the convention, SEGA  along with loads of other game publishers had brought some of the first hands-on demos of some of their upcoming games. I only got to check out a few of them personally, but its something really cool to get to see a lot of this stuff in action. I know that i was more than excited to be demoing Sonic Chronicles as after spending some time with it i really fell in love with the gameplay. it harkens back to the games that i fell in love with when i first started console gaming (Dragon Warrior, Final Fantasy, etc.) but with new revisions and some characteristically non-traditional RPG elements as well. It was great getting to interact with fans playing for the first time, as well as people who didnt know about the game. Overall i was very excited that almost everyone had positive things to say about their first experience with the title — i know i probably spent more time than i should have hogging the DS.

Stay tuned for the 4th and final installment and my PAX wrapup!

-EggShen

 
   
   
 


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