Console Wars stays one of the best ebook I’ve ever learn in regards to the gaming business. It’s the thrilling story of Sega of America taking over Nintendo’s console monopoly within the ’90s. We’ve identified that it might turn into a documentary, and now we’ve got a primary trailer.
The documentary shall be out there on CBS All Entry on September 23. In the event you’re like me, you have already got a subscription to CBS All Entry so you’ll be able to watch the brand new Star Trek reveals. This would be the service’s first documentary.
Trying on the trailer, I’m hopeful that this shall be a enjoyable watch. It contains interviews with lots of the key individuals of the story, notably Sega of America’s former president Tom Kalinske. He’s the Luke Skywalker of Console Wars‘ story, so doing a documentary with out him can be unimaginable.
The manufacturing values additionally look good. It appears like we’ll get to see lots of the ebook’s occasions recreated in pixel kind, and we additionally get archival footage from the previous commerce reveals the place individuals received to see milestones like Sonic the Hedgehog for the primary time.
The trailer additionally included a quick clip from Toejam and Earl in Panic on Funkotron, in order that’s superb.
Massive platforms for gaming tales
I’m glad that gaming’s historical past is getting highlighted on mainstream platforms. Earlier this yr, Netflix launched its own gaming documentary. Excessive Rating tells the story of gaming’s golden age over six episodes. It additionally goes over the Nintendo/Sega console battle.
Netflix and CBS see the worth in these tales. I hope that that is only the start. The business has so many tales to inform. Hell, I’d watch a whole documentary simply in regards to the Sega Channel, the bold 1994 Genesis add-on that allow customers obtain video games by means of a cable connection.
For a very long time, these tales have been inaccessible. Currently, a variety of them are coming to mild because of the work of YouTube channels specializing in gaming historical past, like The Gaming Historian. And even with this new curiosity from massive media firms, it’s nonetheless going to fall on smaller content material creators to show us about about extra obscure sides of gaming’s previous.
Heck, I typically hope to sometime turn into extra of a gaming historian than a cover-the-news-of-the-day journalist. Sooner or later, perhaps I’ll be executed reviewing new video games and overlaying console launches totally. I’ll retreat to my research (sooner or later, I’ll have a research, and it’ll be cool as hell) with a glass of scotch and write the magnum opus on the creation of The Secret of Monkey Island or one thing.
Till then, I’ll benefit from the works of others, like Console Wars.
The RetroBeat is a weekly column that appears at gaming’s previous, diving into classics, new retro titles, or taking a look at how previous favorites — and their design methods — encourage in the present day’s market and experiences. When you have any retro-themed tasks or scoops you’d wish to ship my manner, please contact me.