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Arcaea
subdirectory_arrow_right Sound Voltex III: Gravity Wars (Game)
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The song "Red and Blue" was originally composed by Silentroom, then known under the alias "Polycube" for Sound Voltex III: Gravity War's "The First VOLTEX Character Theme Song Contest" in 2014. However, the song was unable to be submitted due to missing the deadline. It was later added and repurposed for Arcaea in the 1.5.0 update.
person aa1205 calendar_month March 21, 2024
Video interview with Silentroom verifying this information:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Th-c6okksMU#t=1194

Arcaea Fandom wiki page:
https://arcaea.fandom.com/wiki/Red_and_Blue
Treasure Master
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Attachment According to an unused file in Treasure Master, the game was originally going to have a Pizza Hut sponsorship alongside or before the MTV sponsorship.
Yakuza: Like a Dragon
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Attachment Eri Kamataki, who appears as a party member in Yakuza: Like a Dragon, was modelled and named after a real-life actress by the same name. The real Eri Kamataki (entrant no. 7) won a contest of more than 1000 entrants to appear as "Ichiban's female co-star" and so appeared as a playable character in the game.
person Kirby Inhales Jotaro calendar_month December 3, 2023
Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration
subdirectory_arrow_right Swordquest: Waterworld (Game), Swordquest: Fireworld (Game), SwordQuest: AirWorld (Game), Swordquest: Earthworld (Game), Swordquest (Collection)
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Attachment The SwordQuest series was a series of 4 games developed by Atari, each one having an associated contest to win a one-of-a-kind item from the game made of real gold by finding clues in the game and using them to uncover hidden messages in the attached comic book, then coming to Atari headquarters to compete in a contest version of the respective game. The advertised prizes were:

•Talisman of Penultimate Truth, Earthworld's prize
•Chalice of Light, Fireworld's prize
•Crown of Life, Waterworld's prize
•The Philosopher's Stone, Airworld's prize
•The Sword of Ultimate Sorcery, the grand prize

Halfway through the series, the video game crash of 1983 hit, and it was put to a halt, leaving Airworld, the Philosopher's Stone, and the Sword of Ultimate Sorcery unreleased. The Chalice of Light is the only item known to still exist, with all others being believed to have been melted down at some point.

In Atari 50, a game based on Airworld would see release, though it was not based on the work done for the game back in the 1980s.
Cheese Terminator
subdirectory_arrow_right PC (Microsoft Windows) (Platform)
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Attachment Cheese Terminator was a game given away for users who answered a survey included in the box with Microsoft Windows 3.1 in Eastern European countries. When a player decided to send the survey in in 2016 out of curiousity, they received a floppy disc and USB floppy drive containing the original game, packaged in a box advertising a limited-time free remake, Cheese Terminator: Reloaded, that would be released soon after.
Name This Game
subdirectory_arrow_right Jaws (Franchise)
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Name This Game was a gimmick release with a self-explanatory title. Originally conceived as a Jaws game for Parker Brothers, it was rethemed with an octopus for Quaker Oats' U.S. Games branch after the license fell through. While U.S. Games originally intended to release it under the name Guardians of Treasure (a combination of creator Ron Dubren's suggestions of Guardians of the Deep and Treasure of the Deep), it was decided to make the game's name the subject of a contest where players could win $10,000 for providing a title for the game. U.S. Games was dissolved by Quaker Oats before the name could be chosen, leaving the game without an official title.
The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland
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Attachment In the European version of The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland for Game Boy Color, there is a friendly message to hackers:

Hello There Pilgrim...

If you have hacked this ROM, you no doubt are reading
this text. This game is basically a 2 Meg. Game. However,
Nintendo, in their infinite wisdom, has decreed that the
smallest ROM they will produce for the Gameboy Color is
8 Meg. -- Now, what to put in that empty 6 Meg.? So, the
developers of the game decided to put .GIF pictures of
themselves into the game. Why not? Might as well fill the
void with something entertaining. See if you can retrieve
them from this ROM. If you do, you win the prize. Please
call (609) 466-2092 (in New Jersey, USA) if you have been
able to view the two .GIF pictures, located in the rest of
the upper 6 Megs of this ROM. We will have a nice reward
for you...

Good Luck!

Roger W. Amidon
September 28, 2000

The described graphics do indeed exist within the game code. It is unknown who the first person to discover the images were, or if and how they were rewarded. Sadly, Roger W. Amidon has since passed away.
Cool Spot
subdirectory_arrow_right 7 Up (Franchise)
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Attachment In Cool Spot's manual, a promotional campaign was advertised where players could win a "Cool Prize" if they beat the game under certain circumstances. If you beat the game on any difficulty under Hard, use any of the six "UNCOLA" letters as a free continue, or fail to collect any of the letters at all, you will be greeted with a screen featuring a pair of Spots crying because you did not meet the requirements to win the contest. However, if you beat the game on Hard and have all six "UNCOLA" letters, then you will instead be greeted with a screen of a Spot holding a camera instructing the player to take a picture of the screen and mail it to the address in the game's manual, the headquarters of Virgin Games. This contest ended on December 31, 1993, roughly 8 months after the original Genesis version was released, and not even 4 months after the SNES version was released. According to a TV Tropes entry, the prize was allegedly a cheap plastic Spot toy, although there has been no official confirmation on what prizes were awarded to winners, if any.

One known "winner" of the contest years after the fact was YouTuber Jirard Khalil "The Completionist", who reviewed the game and instead of sending his screen to the now-defunct Virgin Games, he decided to tweet it out to 7 Up's official Twitter account in 2014. This caught their attention for being "crazy, old school and incredible", resulting in them messaging him and asking for his address to send him a prize. The following week, a bizarre PR stunt took place where two "7 Up Women" arrived at The Completionist's offices, bringing with them a pallet of assorted 7 Up, Diet 7 Up, Cherry 7 Up, Sunkist and Snapple drinks, as well as free sunglasses and loudspeakers. Khalil described the event: "They had no idea why they were there, I didn't know why they were there, it was an overall weird experience to say the least."
person MehDeletingLater calendar_month October 31, 2022
The Completionist - Cool Spot episode:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WGMxS04HLg#t=800

TV Tropes entry with unproven claim of contest prize:
https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/VideoGame/CoolSpot

7 Up tweet:
https://twitter.com/7up/status/541985561595375617

The Completionist - Rare picture of Jirard, Greg and the 7 Up Women:
https://imgur.com/Npz3rg8
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Attachment Throughout the Super Monkey Ball franchise, SEGA has partnered with DOLE to promote healthy eating and DOLE fruit in their games, and promote their games by featuring AiAi on banana stickers. Later in 2010 a similar partnership was created between SEGA and Chiquita to promote the Wii's Super Monkey Ball titles such as Super Monkey Ball: Step & Roll. There was also a Sweepstakes in which the grand prize was A 50" Flat Screen, A large sofa, four gaming chairs, a copy of Super Monkey Ball: Step & Roll, a Wii balance board, Wii Fit plus and various other Wii oriented prizes.
Action 52
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Attachment A contest was planned in which anyone who completed level 5 of the game "Ooze" would be entered in a drawing for $104,000. However, the game locks up on level 2, making this contest impossible. The message can be seen through the use of hacking tools.
Sonic the Hedgehog 3
subdirectory_arrow_right Sonic & Knuckles (Game)
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Attachment The game was meant to be longer, but due to time constraints, the high manufacturing costs of a 34 megabit cartridge with NVRAM, and Sega's commitment to a major McDonald's Happy Meal promotion featuring a sweepstakes to win a copy of the game, the decision was made to split the game into two games, Sonic the Hedgehog 3, and Sonic & Knuckles. Evidence of this split can be found in the level select menu (sound test), where levels from the second game (such as Flying Battery, Mushroom Vally, and Sandopolis) can be found.
person gamemaster1991 calendar_month May 6, 2013