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    Great book, terrible dialogue

    As a gaming nerd I really enjoyed reading Console Wars. It managed to give me an insider's view of the companies that shaped modern video gaming. Unfortunately the way the author decided to tell the story would make anyone cringe. Had Harris focused more on the story and on showcasing his research instead of trying to imagine what the actors in this story though or said it would have been a significantly better book. I only recommend it if you are interested in gaming history, if not go read a Wikipedia article.
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    Awesome Book

    The story of the battle between Sega and Nintendo. It's also the history of the modern console wars.
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    If you grew up during the sega/nintendo rivalry...

    If you are going into this book thinking that it will be a stuffy bio that reads more like a history book, then you might be disappointed. This is more a novelization of the events between Sega and Nintendo (mostly from Sega’s point of view as underdogs). The fact it was more a novelization is exactly why this book worked for me. I was able to connect with all of the players involved and it gave more of a human quality to the story. If you grew up with Nintendo and Sega (and have an interest in their histories), this is a great way to delve into the Sega part of it. The downside of the book is that it is strictly from Tom Kalinske’s and SOA’s point of view (you don’t get much from the Japan side of the company). This is a shame since it would have been nice to see things from SOJ’s perspective as well. But, for what it is, it was a great insight on the American side of things. I would definitely recommend this (with the caveat that you must want just the SOA side of the story).
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    Impressive

    This book is more than the history of my consoles of youth, it's
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