• Service Games

  • The Rise and Fall of SEGA: Enhanced Edition
  • De : Sam Pettus
  • Lu par : Tom Racine
  • Durée : 17 h et 13 min
  • Version intégrale Livre audio
  • Date de publication : 03/11/2014
  • Langue : Anglais
  • Éditeur : David Munoz
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Starting with its humble beginnings in the 1950s and ending with its swan-song, the Dreamcast, in the early 2000s, this is the complete history of Sega as a console maker. Before home computers and video game consoles, before the Internet and social networking, and before motion controls and smartphones, there was Sega. Destined to fade into obscurity over time, Sega would help revolutionize and change video games, computers and how we interact with them, and the Internet as we know it. Riding the cutting edge of technology at every step, only to rise too close to the sun and plummet, Sega would eventually change the face of entertainment, but it's the story of how it got there that's all the fun. So take a ride, experience history, and enjoy learning about one of the greatest and most influential companies of all time. Complete with system specifications, feature and marketing descriptions, unusual factoids, and now enhanced Europe-specific details, exclusive interviews, and more make this the definitive history of Sega available. Listen and learn about the company that holds a special place in every gamer's heart. Funded on Kickstarter.

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  • Austin
  • 05/01/2015

The Story of the Fall of Sega

Let me preface everything I'm about to say with a quick tl;dr: If you are a Sega fan and are looking for an interesting history of just how Sega fell so quickly look no further.

Now that that's out of the way let me expand on that thought. This book is an interesting listen, but not an engrossing one. All the time I was listening I couldn't help but compare it to "Console Wars" by Blake Freeman, and often times I felt like this book came up lacking, but then I thought on it for a moment and I came to the real heart of the issue. Console Wars entertains first and informs second while Service Games does just the opposite. If you want a story that dramatizes the rise of Sega by elevating the team responsible to the height of heroes of the industry and does so expertly this is not the book for you, Console Wars is. This book reads like an essay written for a college level business class not a novel.

That last sentence there really describes all of the problems I found with the book perfectly. While I was consistently presented with new factoids about Sega's fall I was rarely entertained by them. The best example of this comes with the amount of time spent discussing the CPUs of all of the consoles. Not a single evolution in the technology is even remotely glossed over, which while very interesting at an academic level, left me thinking get on with it more often than not.

This only leaves one real complaint unsaid: the focus given on Sega's fall versus its rise. The title may lead you to believe this is the complete history of that company we all love and hate, but really it isn't. The first few decades of Sega's history are so sparsely covered when compared to how much time is given to its mistakes it isn't even funny. I know for many the failings of Sega are more interesting than its beginnings but I was left wanting.

Summary time for the time strapped: This book tells the story of Sega's fall in a dry yet interesting matter that glosses over two of the most engrossing aspects of the company: its humble beginnings and the very human story behind the scenes.

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  • Samuel R.
  • 08/08/2015

Pure Greatness

Wow very detailed in the complete history of Sega from beginning to now. It sucks to hear how Sega of Japan killed this company from creating hardware with all thier. stupid desicions and arrogance. Sega was great and i wish they still made consoles. one of the best Video game books ever

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  • uliburb
  • 21/04/2015

I didn't even know I cared about Sega!

I didn't grow up playing Sega games. I played the Sonic games in my youth, as well as Toejam and Earl, but at other kids' houses. Still, Sega pervades the video game industry whether you played their games, so I remember Panzer Dragoon and the Dreamcast a bit. This book though—it made me CARE.

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  • Jason Reed
  • 19/02/2015

Slow moving

Although this book is deeply researched it lacks entertainment value. I found myself getting restless halfway through. Not a terrible book but "Console Wars" is far better.

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  • John Morgan
  • 30/08/2018

Amateurish at best.

After a couple hours, I'm finally giving up on this audiobook. I've trudged my way to the launch of the Mega Drive / Genesis, and just can't bring myself to go on.

This is an extremely shallow look at Sega's history, focusing almost solely on it's home console platforms (and the associated sales performance and marketing), with only passing mentions of actual games or Sega's arcade division (the primary focus of the company for a large portion of it's history). The author is working with an extremely limited amount of factual information, and rather than do additional research, he simply takes real data (hardware release dates, specifications, and sales numbers) and attempts craft a narrative almost entirely based on assumption that reveals an extremely childish understanding of the subject matter. Multinational corporations are portrayed as singular, emotional beings that are seemingly motivated only to best their hardware rivals, and are often attributed completely historically inaccurate reasoning for business and creative decisions.

I'm going to make the assumption that this book gains SOME depth as it reaches an era were Sega of America became an actual industry force (thereby giving the author access to already existing English-language interviews and such), but I just can't go on with this.

If the author is going to spend the first few chapters of a historical text drawing upon ZERO historical information other than the aforementioned dates and sales data... fabricating a narrative that has no understanding of business or the production of creative products.... and making a singular citation... to an Internet FAQ (I'm not kidding), this book is not worth anyone's time.

If you take the subject of game history at all seriously, or care for your non-fiction to contain real information, DO NOT drop money or a credit on this amateurish product.

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  • Techgeeknerd85
  • 17/03/2018

Okay, but not without its issues

Editor and narrator could have done a much better job. Quote... Unquote. Quote... Unquote, was heard far too often and was very annoying. Also, there's an audio issue about 28 seconds into chapter 5 where the narrators voice slowly fades away into silence for a couple seconds then returns to normal, so we miss out on several words of that sentence. Overall the book was alright, but I enjoyed Console Wars much better as that narrator did a better job, and it lacked the several annoyances of this book.

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  • Chris Covington
  • 02/02/2018

awesome book!

very informative and well written, you can tell the author really studied segas history. fantastic book!

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  • Korey Burns
  • 04/01/2018

A Great Read for Sega Fans!

What made the experience of listening to Service Games the most enjoyable?

I appreciated the detail that this book went into when retelling the events that led to Sega's rise and fall. I've seen reviewers claim it was dry and not as interesting as Console Wars. I haven't read that yet, but I found the details to be welcome and informative.

What other book might you compare Service Games to and why?

Although I have not read it yet, I imagine this book has a lot in common with Console Wars. They do touch on that in this book, but from a Sega lens.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The narrator was clear and added in some nuance to stories when appropriate. I disliked his pronunciation of certain words though. He mispronounced companies like ATLUS and also fluctuated in tone between chapters. Some chapter titles felt like he was practically yelling, while others were spoken at a normal level.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I'm well aware of the missteps of Sega when it came to the Saturn. But hearing it again in detail still amazes me. I liked the detail they went into and how Sega of Japan was a key factor in what ultimately happened.

Any additional comments?

If you are at all interested in this topic (especially if you were a Sega kid growing up), do yourself a favor, and get this book. Many of the reviews scared me in not getting this sooner. I don't feel that this book is dry at all and I found the level of detail in this book appropriate and attention grabbing. Buy the book and form your own opinion like I did.

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  • Rob Nava
  • 23/09/2017

Great. Not excellent.

The information was there, and that was entertaining, but the organization felt haphazard. It repeats itself often. You definitely get a feeling that this was pieced together from articles and authors. There is no cohesion. While it does go from
beginning to middle to end, the specific timeline between each "era" moves back and forth seemingly at random. The performance was grating at first. It sounded like a radio announcer trying to act. It's not the same skill. A lot of times it sounded as if the performer was reading copy for a radio commercial. Then there was his pronunciation of Shenmue. Omg. "Shenmuey." It made me want to skip ahead. The funny this is that before we got to that part, and truthfully in some parts afterwards, I was very impressed with his pronunciation of foreign names and words. The director simply didn't do his job on Shenmue. Someone should have corrected him. Having listened to Console Wars, which is a dramatized version of the history of sega, I'd recommend Console Wars over this one. Still, if you are a voracious consumer of video game history, you will not be disappointed.

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  • Victor Laster
  • 21/09/2017

SEGA!!!!

Great history of Sega. Very thorough about the start and , rise, and decline of the gaming giant.