The Flickering Myth Podcast goes retro…
Following our glowing review of Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo and the Battle That Defined a Generation, we sat down with its author Blake J. Harris to talk about the book, the failures and success of Sega and where he would like to go with a sequel novel.
In the second part of the podcast, which will be released soon, we’ll discuss the film adaptation which is being written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.
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.
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