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News: Konami Demands That Hardcore Gaming 101 Presents: Castlevania Book Be Removed From Sale

Konami Demands That Hardcore Gaming 101 Presents: Castlevania Book Be Removed From Sale

"Their qualm is that it's unlicensed, but it doesn't need to be"

At the request of Konami, the review-packed book Hardcore Gaming 101 Presents: Castlevania by Kurt Kalata has been removed from sale. The full colour book was only released two months ago on September 13th, and not only includes overviews of nearly every Castlevania title, but also...

Book Review: Sega Mega Drive/Genesis: Collected Works

Sega Mega Drive/Genesis: Collected Works

To be this good takes AGES

Back in the early '90s Sega and Nintendo were hostile enemies, and this rivalry trickled down to the people who played their products. Anyone old enough to have experienced this period will no doubt recall the heated playground debates about which console was best, and the splintered friendships caused by something as...

Book Review: Boss Fight Books - Super Mario Bros. 2

Boss Fight Books - Super Mario Bros. 2

Subcon-text

For how unique it is compared to other games in the Mario line, it’s amazing how easily Super Mario Bros. 2 is taken at face value or glossed over entirely. Many fans are happy to share the fact that the game is actually a reskin of Japanese title Doki Doki Panic after the original Super Mario Bros. sequel was deemed too difficult...

Book Review: The Untold Story Of Japanese Game Developers: Volume 1

The Untold Story Of Japanese Game Developers: Volume 1

Charting a golden era

When journalist and novelist John Szczepaniak launched his Kickstarter campaign back in 2013 to record the hitherto undocumented story of Japan's game development community, there were a few raised eyebrows around the web. His funding goal was a lofty one, and the task seemed almost herculean in scope — he planned to travel...

News: Trust Us, You Need This Super Famicom Box Art Collection Book In Your Life

Trust Us, You Need This Super Famicom Box Art Collection Book In Your Life

Update: Kickstarter now cancelled

Update: The Kickstarter has now been cancelled for the reasons explained by Stuart here: Hey folks. Firstly, I’d like to say a huge heartfelt thank you to everyone who has supported this Kickstarter project. I’ve had a whirlwind of a weekend with my inbox literally breaking with messages of support from fans...

Interview: Console Wars Author Blake J. Harris Discusses Film Adaptations and the Struggles of Sega

Console Wars Author Blake J. Harris Discusses Film Adaptations and the Struggles of Sega

Sega of America does what Sega of Japandon't.

Blake J. Harris presents the two contenders A couple weeks ago we reviewed Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle That Defined a Generation by New York City-based author Blake J. Harris, about the bitter rivalry between Sega and Nintendo in the early 1990s through the eyes of Sega of America head...

Book Review: Boss Fight Books - Chrono Trigger

Boss Fight Books - Chrono Trigger

There's more than one way to revisit the past

It's difficult to write about video games. Believe us, we know. The medium is, strictly speaking, a compound one. Whereas writing about works of art in most media entails a relatively straightforward discussion of how well or poorly the work in question used the tools available to that medium, writing...

News: Mega Drive: Collected Works To Include Input From Creators Of Ecco, Comix Zone And Vectorman

Mega Drive: Collected Works To Include Input From Creators Of Ecco, Comix Zone And Vectorman

US developers on-board for the definitive history of Sega's 16-bitter

We recently reported on the Kickstarter campaign for Sega Mega Drive / Genesis: Collected Works, and are happy to report that the project has already passed its initial funding goal of £30,000. However, Read-Only Memory founder Darren Wall has gotten in

News: Publisher Read-Only Memory Is Creating The Ultimate Retrospective On Sega's Mega Drive

Publisher Read-Only Memory Is Creating The Ultimate Retrospective On Sega's Mega Drive

Or the Genesis, if you're American

We recently investigated Read-Only Memory's excellent Sensible Software 1986–1999, a book which uncovers the history of one of Britain's most iconic games studios. Now, the publisher is back with another Kickstarter campaign, and this time it's Sega's legendary 16-bit console which is the main focus.

News: Meet Molotov Man, Sensible Software's Unreleased Answer To Bomberman

Meet Molotov Man, Sensible Software's Unreleased Answer To Bomberman

Little-known SNES outing is detailed in new book celebrating the UK studio

Sensible Software is a company which is perhaps more famous in the UK than the rest of the world. Founded in 1986 by Jon "Jovial Jops" Hare and Chris "Cuddly Krix" Yates, it produced titles for 8 and 16-bit computers, many of which were ported to consoles such as the Sega...

News: Prima Games Releasing Collector's Edition Guide For The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

Prima Games Releasing Collector's Edition Guide For The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

'Hoy collectors!

Last month Prima Games announced it would be releasing The Legend of Zelda Box Set in November, which contains official guides for several titles in the popular series. The books will naturally be enclosed in a treasure chest - though you'll need to perform the accompanying music yourself as you open it - and features a metallic...

Book Review: The Legend Of Zelda: Hyrule Historia

The Legend Of Zelda: Hyrule Historia

Consulting the legendary tome

It’s amazing to think that a game which started out as a very basic action RPG on the NES has morphed into one of gaming’s most enduring and famous properties, sparking everything from emotional debate to hushed reverence whenever its name is uttered. The Legend of Zelda series - apparently inspired by creator...