Console Wars

Console Wars

Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle That Defined A Generation

Audiobook CD - 2014
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Based on over two hundred interviews with former Sega and Nintendo employees, Console Wars is the underdog tale of how Tom 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.
Publisher: [New York] : Harper Audio, p2014
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780062352453
Branch Call Number: CD 338.761794 HARRIS
Characteristics: 17 sound discs (1305 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Berman, Fred


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Nov 10, 2015

I checked this book out because I played Nintendo, Sega Genesis, SNES, and Sega Saturn. Console Wars had impressive access to Sega and Nintendo. After I read this, I understood why Sega rose and fell, which was really interesting. While the book did talk about the games, I felt they could have a done a little more on that and a little less on the marketing. I'm not sure hearing what Screech has to say about Sega is interesting.

Oct 03, 2015

I shouldn't have liked this book as much as I did. Author Blake Harris takes a pastime I love, video games, and pulls back the production curtain to show this cut-throat capitalistic world of corporations vying for primacy. Dollars and attention are apparently the spoils of war. My whole naive view industry is now soured. And yet, I didn't want to put it down. At least not at first.

Console Wars runs for over 500 pages which seems to be overkill for this particular subject. Its outstretched length is because the author seems to follow every tangent and story thread. For example, "This is when so-and-so entered the picture, and now here's his whole backstory" or "an unrelated, non-video game company did a similar thing, and here's the full rundown of how that turned out." The pace is kept brisk but I wonder if the unified whole suffers in place of extrapolating the individual stories.

Lastly, I feel like Console Wars should have one of those "Based on actual events" disclaimers. I have no idea how the author conducted his research but all the conversations and interactions play out with a movie script-like quality that I'm sure a good dose of artistic license was taken. Honestly, I'm fine with it. It made the book 10x more readable. I just wonder which parts are truer than others.


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at Arapahoe Libraries

To Top