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  • Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle That Defined a Generation

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Blake J. Harris
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (311)
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    (298)
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    (297)

    A mesmerizing, behind-the-scenes business thriller that chronicles how Sega, a small, scrappy gaming company led by an unlikely visionary and a team of rebels, took on the juggernaut Nintendo and revolutionized the video-game industry. In 1990, Nintendo had a virtual monopoly on the video-game industry. Sega, on the other hand, was just a faltering arcade company with big aspirations and even bigger personalities. But all that would change with the arrival of Tom Kalinske, a former Mattel executive who knew nothing about video games and everything about fighting uphill battles.

    Robert says: "If you love video games..."
    "A must listen for any veteran of the 16-bit war"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Console Wars to be better than the print version?

    never read the print version but the narrator was good


    What did you like best about this story?

    it's fairly comprehensive. the author clearly did his research and uncovered things i hadn't heard before. Many of the events and certainly the outcomes were familiar to me, but the behind the scenes dramas were not, and hearing the entire story with proper context to Sony. Sega and Nintendo and all the characters involved was eye opening and riveting.

    My only gripe is NEC story was barely mentioned in this book. It was as if they didn't exist. I get that they never had much traction. but even the book mentions that they were seen as the first real credible threat to Nintendo

    Also, many of the great Sega innovations mentioned, were first launched by NEC ( 16-bit system, CD add ons, 16 bit color handheld- which blew away the game gear). I guess from a story perspective it makes for less of stark contrast mentioning NEX, but as a person who got a genesis in 1989. I can tell you that as a kid, i had to make a choice between the system with Altered Beast, or Keith Courage. Sega won that day, but I eventually got a TG16 express and the home console, and really thought NEC made some awesome hardware, but never got the third party support it needed to be a credible threat.


    Which character – as performed by Fred Berman – was your favorite?

    Tom K. the OG from Sega was the true star of this story


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Al Nilsen's exit from Sega


    Any additional comments?

    Parts of this story feel over-dramatized, but I give the writer credit for making this story come to life, and keeping the action going.

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