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#1 +warwagon

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Posted 29 June 2014 - 03:45

I have recently started listing to an audio book called

 

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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 that would all change with the arrival of Tom Kalinske, a man who knew nothing about videogames and everything about fighting uphill battles. His unconventional tactics, combined with the blood, sweat and bold ideas of his renegade employees, transformed Sega and eventually led to a ruthless David-and-Goliath showdown with rival Nintendo.

 

The battle was vicious, relentless, and highly profitable, eventually sparking a global corporate war that would be fought on several fronts: from living rooms and schoolyards to boardrooms and Congress. It was a once-in-a-lifetime, no-holds-barred conflict that pitted brother against brother, kid against adult, Sonic against Mario, and the US against Japan.

 

Based on over two hundred interviews with former Sega and Nintendo employees, Console Wars is the underdog tale of how Kalinske miraculously turned an industry punchline into a market leader. It’s the story of how a humble family man, with an extraordinary imagination and a gift for turning problems into competitive advantages, inspired a team of underdogs to slay a giant and, as a result, birth a $60 billion dollar industry.

 

it'sabout Nintendo vs Sega, although most of the book is the history of Sega. It's around 21 hours long or 576 pages.

 

I'm really enjoying it so far i'm 7 hours in.




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Posted 29 June 2014 - 11:04

Thanks for reminding me about this. This is one of the rare instances where I will actually buy a book (hard copy, if I can).



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Posted 29 June 2014 - 18:48

So for the book I researched Sonic The hedgehog by playing it on an genesis emulator on my Fire TV. I remember being wowed by sonic in target when I got to play it back in the day. But playing it now, umm. it was an OK game, but I couldn't play it for very long each time. Each level felt VERY repetitive and got boring quickly. .. Mario world was by FAR the better game.

Next ... Sonic 2

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Posted 29 June 2014 - 18:55

SNES didn't have Blast Processing.

 

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Posted 29 June 2014 - 18:56

 

SNES didn't have Blast Processing.
 
End of discussion  :laugh:

Or as James rolfe said on Mike and James Play .. "That's BLAST!"





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