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  • Console Wars

  • Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle That Defined a Generation
  • By: Blake J. Harris
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman
  • Length: 20 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254

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 videogame industry. In 1990, Nintendo had a virtual monopoly on the videogame 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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An interesting tale, poorly told

  • By Mendo Shutaro on 21-06-14

Interesting but flawed

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-08-17

What did you like best about Console Wars? What did you like least?

I found the story to be fairly interesting. Growing up in the 90s, this was a great nostalgia trip and the insights into the creation of the games and their consoles was pretty neat. Unfortunately it all comes across a little false. The book is written as though it was a novel and it all sounds a bit too much like fiction because of that. The narrator also has the unfortunate habit of making all the people involved sound quite sleazy, perhaps that is because they were (some of their actions do come across that way), but it certainly kept me from caring too much about them.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Fred Berman?

Someone like Wil Wheaton or Jaleel White would work. You need a narrator who can conjure up those nostalgic vibes but also put on quite a performance. Unfortunately, Mr. Berman doesn't meet the mark.

Did Console Wars inspire you to do anything?

Play some old time videogames.