Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle that Defined a Generation

Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle that Defined a Generation

A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: NPR, Slate, Publishers Weekly, Goodreads

Following the success of The Accidental Billionaires and Moneyball comes Console Wars—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 video game industry.

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.

Based on over two hundred interviews with former Sega and Nintendo employees, Console Wars is the underdog tale of how 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.

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Welcome to the Dreamhouse: Popular Media and Postwar Suburbs (Console-ing Passions)

Welcome to the Dreamhouse: Popular Media and Postwar Suburbs (Console-ing Passions)

In Welcome to the Dreamhouse feminist media studies pioneer Lynn Spigel takes on Barbie collectors, African American media coverage of the early NASA space launches, and television’s changing role in the family home and its links to the broader visual culture of modern art. Exploring postwar U.S. media in the context of the period’s reigning ideals about home and family life, Spigel looks at a range of commercial objects and phenomena, from television and toys to comic books and magazines.
The volume considers not only how the media portrayed suburban family life, but also how both middle-class ideals and a perceived division between private and public worlds helped to shape the visual forms, storytelling practices, and reception of postwar media and consumer culture. Spigel also explores those aspects of suburban culture that media typically render invisible. She looks at the often unspoken assumptions about class, nation, ethnicity, race, and sexual orientation that underscored both media images (like those of 1960s space missions) and social policies of the mass-produced suburb. Issues of memory and nostalgia are central in the final section as Spigel considers how contemporary girls use television reruns as a source for women’s history and then analyzes the current nostalgia for baby boom era family ideals that runs through contemporary images of new household media technologies.
Containing some of Spigel’s well-known essays on television’s cultural history as well as new essays on a range of topics dealing with popular visual culture, Welcome to the Dreamhouse is important reading for students and scholars of media and communications studies, popular culture, American studies, women’s studies, and sociology.

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God of War

God of War

Includes Bonus eGuide code: The Kindle version comes with a code that unlocks access to the full eGuide on primagames.com featuring searchable content, all optimized for a second-screen experience.
The Kindle Version Features:
Exclusive Foreword: Written by creative director Cory Barlog!
Stunning Art Section: Features pieces from the upcoming official God of War art book from Dark Horse!
Fan Art: Includes amazing art from dedicated fans!
Compelling Interviews: Hear from the talented minds behind God of War!
Comprehensive Walkthrough: We lead you step by step from start to finish, through the brutal Norse wildlands of God of War
Detailed Maps: Our maps reveal key locations, crucial items, and hidden secrets-never lose your way!
Expert Combat Tactics: We show you how to master vicious physical combat to vanquish every foe.
Exhaustive Data on Upgrades & Enemies: Complete analysis of how to upgrade Kratos' Leviathan Axe and Atreus' bow & arrow along with details on how to battle the hordes of Norse creatures they encounter.

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God of War: Collector's Edition Guide

God of War: Collector's Edition Guide

Exclusive PS4 Controller Skin: Only Available with this Collector's Edition Guide!

Exclusive Foreword: Written by creative director Cory Barlog!

Stunning Art Section: Features pieces from the upcoming official God of War art book from Dark Horse!

Fan Art: Includes amazing art from dedicated fans!

Compelling Interviews: Hear from the talented minds behind God of War!

Premium Hardcover Book: The gorgeous, exclusive design is a must have for any fan, and features the signatures of the entire development team!

Comprehensive Walkthrough: We lead you step by step from start to finish, through the brutal Norse wildlands of God of War

Detailed Maps: Our maps reveal key locations, crucial items, and hidden secrets—never lose your way!

Expert Combat Tactics: We show you how to master vicious physical combat to vanquish every foe.

Exhaustive Data on Upgrades & Enemies: Complete analysis of how to upgrade Kratos’ Leviathan Axe and Atreus’ bow & arrow along with details on how to battle the hordes of Norse creatures they encounter

Free Mobile-Friendly eGuide: Includes a code to access the eGuide, a web access version of the complete guide, optimized for a second-screen experience.

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The Complete Price Guide to Antique Radios: Pre-War Consoles

The Complete Price Guide to Antique Radios: Pre-War Consoles

The first and only comprehensive reference on console radios, with over 3,500 models individually pictured, described and valued. Includes tube and band count information and variations wherever possible. The author also provides important information about identification, grading and valuation in addition to historic insights. This invaluable reference also includes an expanded resource section listing dealers, collectors, experts, specialists, products, suppliers, restoration services and websites.

The 'Complete Price Guide to Antique Radios' series is the #1 identification and price reference for antique and vintage radio collectors, enthusiasts and dealers. The series documents, pictures and provides market values for over 12,500 collectible vintage radios. Each volume is a supplement/companion to the others in the series, with all different items in each. Each radio is individually pictured, described and valued. Listings are organized by manufacturer and model number. There are currently four volumes of 'The Complete Price Guide to Antique Radios' series: 'Machine Age to Jet Age (Tabletop Radios) Volumes One, Two, Three' , now referencing over 9,000 radios, and the newly published 'Pre-War Consoles', picturing over 3,500 models.

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Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars (Consoles) Signature Series Guide (Brady Games) (Bradygames Signature Series)

Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars (Consoles) Signature Series Guide (Brady Games) (Bradygames Signature Series)

BradyGames’ Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars Signature Series Guide includes the following:

  • A comprehensive walkthrough of the entire game.
  • Detailed area maps pinpointing critical locations.
  • In-depth listing of all available weapons and equipment.
  • Expert strategies for all modes of gameplay.
  • Signature Series guide features bonus foldout and more!

Platform: PS3 and Xbox 360

Genre: Shooter

This product is available for sale worldwide.

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PlayStation 4 Pro 1TB Limited Edition Console - God of War Bundle [Discontinued]

PlayStation 4 Pro 1TB Limited Edition Console - God of War Bundle [Discontinued]

Limited Edition God of War PS4 Pro Bundle
This Limited Edition God of War PS4 Pro bundle includes a fully customized PS4 Pro console inspired by Kratos’s Axe, a Leviathan Gray DUALSHOCK 4 controller with insignia, God of War game on Blu-Ray disc, and digital content.

It is a new beginning for Kratos. Living as a man outside the shadow of the Gods, he ventures into the brutal Norse wilds with his son Atreus, on a perilous journey to fulfill a promise. Wield your axe as a brutal weapon, or as a versatile tool for exploration. Master your rage, mentor your son to do the same, and make amends for the shortcomings of your past.

God of War PS4 Pro Features
4K TV Enhanced - When played on a 4K TV, God of War outputs in a dynamic 4K resolution achieved through a stunning 2160p checkerboard. HD TV Enhanced - 1080p HD TV players will benefit from increased image clarity via the supersampling of a higher 4K resolution onto their display. HDR Compatible - Players with HDR displays can experience God of War with HDR lighting and a wide color gamut.

PS4 Pro

4K TV GAMING & MORE

The most advanced PlayStation system ever. PS4 Pro is designed to take your favorite PS4 games and add to them with more power for graphics, performance, or features for your 4K HDR TV, or 1080p HD TV. Ready to level up?

• 4K TV Gaming – PS4 Pro outputs gameplay to your 4K TV. Many games, like God of War, Call of Duty: WWII, Gran Turismo Sport, and more, are optimized to look stunningly sharp and detailed when played on a 4K TV with PS4 Pro.
• More HD Power – Turn on Boost Mode to give PS4 games access to the increased power of PS4 Pro. For HD TV Enhanced games, players can benefit from increased image clarity, faster frame rates, or more.
• HDR Technology – With an HDR TV, compatible PS4 games display an unbelievably vibrant and lifelike range of colors.
• 4K Entertainment – Stream 4K videos, movies, and shows to your PS4 Pro.

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A History of Video Games in 64 Objects

A History of Video Games in 64 Objects

Inspired by the groundbreaking A History of the World in 100 Objects, this book draws on the unique collections of The Strong museum in Rochester, New York, to chronicle the evolution of video games, from Pong to first-person shooters, told through the stories of dozens of objects essential to the field’s creation and development.

Drawing on the World Video Game Hall of Fame’s unmatched collection of video game artifacts, this fascinating history offers an expansive look at the development of one of the most popular and influential activities of the modern world: video gaming.

Sixty-four unique objects tell the story of the video game from inception to today. Pithy, in-depth essays and photographs examine each object’s significance to video game play—what it has contributed to the history of gaming—as well as the greater culture.

A History of Video Games in 64 Objects explains how the video game has transformed over time. Inside, you’ll find a wide range of intriguing topics, including:

  • The first edition of Dungeons & Dragons—the ancestor of computer role-playing games
  • The Oregon Trail and the development of educational gaming
  • The Atari 2600 and the beginning of the console revolution
  • A World of Warcraft server blade and massively multiplayer online games
  • Minecraft—the backlash against the studio system
  • The rise of women in gaming represented by pioneering American video game designers Carol Shaw and Roberta Williams’ game development materials
  • The prototype Skylanders Portal of Power that spawned the Toys-to-Life video game phenomenon and shook up the marketplace
  • And so much more!

A visual panorama of unforgettable anecdotes and factoids, A History of Video Games in 64 Objects is a treasure trove for gamers and pop culture fans. Let the gaming begin!

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The Art of Splatoon

The Art of Splatoon

The Art of Splatoon contains 320 inkredible pages of artwork, including 2D and 3D illustrations of your favorite characters, maps, concept art, weapon and gear design, storyboards, sketches, hand-drawn comics . . . and that's only an inkling of what's inside. We're not squidding around: this is a must have for all fans of Splatoon!

Character illustrations!

Concept art!

Behind the scenes notes!

All the content that splatters most!

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