Playing at the Next Level: A History of American Sega Games

McFarland, 21.10.2016 - 312 Seiten
Today a multinational video game developer, Sega was the first to break Nintendo's grip on the gaming industry, expanding from primarily an arcade game company to become the dominant game console manufacturer in North America. A major part of that success came from the hard work and innovation of its subsidiary, Sega of America, who in a little more than a decade wrested the majority market share from Nintendo and revolutionized how games were made. Drawing on interviews with nearly 100 Sega alumni, this book traces the development of the company, revealing previously undocumented areas of game-making history, including Sega's relationship with Tonka, the creation of its internal studios, and major breakthroughs like the Sega Channel and HEAT Network. More than 40 of the company's most influential games are explored in detail.

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Sega History Timeline
The Return of the American Video Game Market
Sega Establishes Itself in America
The SegaTonka Alliance
Taking the First Step
Building the American Arm of Software Development
Sega Multimedia Studio
Product Development Enters a New Era
The Coming of FullMotion Video Games
BlueSky Software
Westwood Associates
Sega Interactive Development Division
Sega Midwest Studio
Sega Reorganizes Internally

Contracting Third Party Studios
Genesis Does
Realtime Games Software
Sega Scores a Touchdown
Along Came a Spider
GEMS Shine on the Genesis
ToeJam Earl Studios
Sega Technical Institute
Changing of the Guard
New Leadership for an Expanding Market
Novotrade International
The Hardware Revolution
Alpha Amoeba Group
Omega Group
Sega Gets Serious About Sports
The Sega Channel
Twice the Bits Twice the Problems
Sega Saturn Tiger Team
The Winds of Change
All Good Things
Full Circle
Works Cited

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Über den Autor (2016)

Ken Horowitz is a professor of English and has written about Sega and video games for over a decade for his website, Sega-16, as well as for numerous other websites and magazines. He lives in Puerto Rico.

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