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Campaign News / Re: Insert Coin Chawan Sign Contest
« on: August 28, 2014, 05:35:08 AM »
Official promo shots from Insert Coin:

Campaign News / Insert Coin Chawan Sign Contest
« on: August 17, 2014, 04:23:51 PM »

It's perhaps the ultimate Shenmue merchandise, and on September 3rd the official Ryo Hazuki replica jacket - soon to be available to pre-order from Insert Coin Clothing - will become a lot more affordable to three lucky participants in the #SaveShenmue Tweetathon!

Fans are invited to make chawan signs (the four cup arrangement used as a discreet signal in Shenmue II) and post photos on Twitter during our monthly campaign event that Wednesday, using the hashtag #SaveShenmue.

The chawan sign pictured in the most interesting location will win a £20 discount code (approximately $33 at time of writing) while two others will be randomly selected for a £10 discount code each (approximately $16), all valid against the purchase of a brand new replica jacket.

To be eligible to win you must also activate your AutoTweet before the winners are selected the following Saturday, September 6th. These are real Shenmue prizes and we all want to see them going to real fans who support the cause!

Thank you to everyone for continuing to make the #SaveShenmue Tweetathon a hive of activity in the pursuit of Shenmue III. It's your passion for this franchise that encourages the likes of Insert Coin to invest in products like this jacket, and thanks to their generosity in this contest, you could soon find it even easier to wear that passion on your sleeve...

Campaign News / Team Yu on Chipped Podcast
« on: August 13, 2014, 06:45:03 AM »

A big thank you to the Chipped Podcast for inviting us to put across the #SaveShenmue campaign message to their listeners this week. Our promotional piece is being made available as both a standalone mini-cast today at the following links, and within the full-length podcast scheduled for release later in the week.




Chipped host Ross has been a delight to deal with and we look forward to more collaboration in the future!

Campaign News / Re: August 3rd Tweetathon
« on: August 05, 2014, 06:02:43 AM »

A huge thank you to everyone who took part in Sunday's event - we had a blast and we hope you did too. Signs indicate that it wasn't the biggest ever #SaveShenmue Tweetathon, no new records were set, but a number of factors going into August 3rd meant that this was to be expected. Traditionally good summer weather has often impacted participation levels, and of course this was our first month transitioning from the familiar Thunderclap routine to our own AutoTweet system, which has yet to receive the same uptake.

However, the beauty of's AutoTweet is that once you've enabled it, you don't have to reactivate it every month. So any new activations made between now and the next event on September 3rd are on top of those already accrued. Like a snowball it will keep on growing, effectively guaranteeing that each month's simultaneous blast of pre-loaded tweets will be bigger than the one before. That's something we could never rely on with Thunderclap.

The eagle-eyed amongst you will have seen us mention on Twitter that next month's event will host another contest, hot on the heels of last month's generosity from Shenmue II voice actress Lisle Wilkerson. As soon as we get the nod, we'll be announcing the details first on, so pay close attention for your opportunity to win prizes that any Shenmue fan will be keen to snap up.

Also in the coming weeks there'll be more additions to the rich feature list on the site, creating an ever more authentic homage to the Shenmue experience right in your web browser. Take note, these mystery upgrades will put a smile on your dial...

Again a huge thanks to all who kept the flag flying on Sunday, and for inspiring new fans to spread the word and be heard on the 3rd. If you haven't signed up for your AutoTweet yet then don't waste another sticky summer second; September will be here before you can say "Let's get sweaty!"

Campaign News / Re: Vote Shenmue Down Under!
« on: August 01, 2014, 06:26:59 AM »
Done, when do we find out results?

An Australian on Facebook has volunteered to watch the show on August 12th and let us know, so we'll pass along anything we hear.

Campaign News / August 3rd Tweetathon
« on: July 29, 2014, 05:05:02 AM »

Tranquility. Serenity. Inner peace. None of these things describe the #SaveShenmue Tweetathon, the social media frenzy that lights up Twitter every 3rd of the month. But if Ryo Hazuki was standing over the forests and waterfalls of Guilin, contemplating this Sunday's event with his mind as clear as a polished mirror, he would be focused on the most efficient and reliable method of supporting this international uprising: the AutoTweet.

By signing into with your Twitter account and activating your AutoTweet, you will ensure your participation in every monthly Tweetathon for the duration of the campaign - or until you decide to switch it off. You're in control. But it's the easiest way to automatically tweet your personalized message along with every other supporter, every month without fail, with no repeat sign-ups required.

While you're stopping by, you might also check out the other unique features of, such as the virtual kitten that relies on you, the entire Shenmue community, for food. Or how about the capsule toys that await collection in their machines? On which note, to mark the August 3rd #SaveShenmue Tweetathon, we're pleased to announce that capsule toy trading will open for the first time this weekend, allowing fans to swap any duplicate toys with each other. Got two Sonics but really want an Alex Kidd? Then get trading!

But, like Ryo, just don't forget what's most important: activate your AutoTweet today. As diverting as capsule toys may be, as a fanbase we have a job to do this Sunday. If we ever want Shenmue III to bring us our inner peace, then no matter how much virtual yen we have on the site, we can't afford to fiddle while Rome burns...

(Image kudos: Ricardo Valverde/Riken Productions)

Campaign News / Vote Shenmue Down Under!
« on: July 23, 2014, 07:10:55 AM »
Are you Australian?


Ever watched a few minutes of Crocodile Dundee?

Then do your patriotic duty and tell ABC2's Good Game television show that Shenmue and Shenmue 2 are in your top three favorite games. You've got until midnight (Aussie time) this Sunday to cast your votes and confirm them by email. Here's the page:

And if you happen to be Down Under and watching the results at 8:30pm on August 12th, then let us know how we did!

Campaign News / Lisle Wilkerson contest winners
« on: July 10, 2014, 08:06:29 PM »
We are delighted to announce the winners of the contest held during the latest #SaveShenmue Tweetathon, whose efforts have earned each of them a signed and personalized photo by Lisle Wilkerson, the voice of Xiuying, Joy and Juan in Shenmue II - please join us in congratulating the following!

Most Creative Tweet - by James Reiner aka Shengoro

Most On-Point Tweet - by Ramon Guzman

Random Draw - Vigaman aka Uy Tu (eg:

A huge thank you to Lisle for her support and infectious enthusiasm, and we hope that one day in the not too distant future she will have the opportunity to reprise her crucial roles in the Shenmue saga.

Thanks to all who entered and we'll see you on August 3rd for another raucous #SaveShenmue Tweetathon, an event whose ultimate goal is still to play for - the revival of Shenmue!

Campaign News / July 3rd Tweetathon & Contest
« on: July 05, 2014, 07:11:16 AM »
A huge, giant, Shenmue-sized thanks to everyone who took part in the #SaveShenmue Tweetathon yesterday! As always, it was damn near impossible for us to keep up with the constant rush of activity, and that's exactly how we like it. More insanity, more chaos, more strength of feeling from a fanbase that will not go quietly into the night.

The results of the contest for signed photos from Lisle Wilkerson (voice actress for Joy, Xiuying and Yuan in Shenmue II) will be announced in the coming days on the newly relaunched, where you must be registered by Saturday to qualify. As previously detailed, the three prizes will be awarded to those who contributed to the July 3rd Tweetathon with the most creative tweet and the most on-point tweet, as well as a tweeter chosen completely at random. Everyone has a chance - as long as you register at!

The site went fully live on Tuesday, and allows you to sign in with your Twitter account, making it almost an extension of Twitter itself with more room for discussion. But where it certainly expands on the scope of Twitter is the ability to collect capsule toys and care for a virtual kitten!

Additionally, and crucially, the new site features a custom built AutoTweet function, allowing for greater use of the THUNDEROUS mass simultaneous posting technique we're all used to. It's quick and easy to enable after signing in at - do it now and then forget about it, job done.

The next event of course is set for August 3rd, which gives you all plenty of time to figure out how you're going to spread the word like you never have before. Things are heating up and thanks to your efforts they will only get hotter... Team Yu needs YOU to #SaveShenmue!

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