On today’s show, we’re talking with Blake J. Harris, author of Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle That Defined a Generation (Dey Street Books, June 2015). Harris explores the tense competition between Sega and Nintendo, two Japanese video game companies, in the early 1990s. Nintendo dominated the market so thoroughly in 1990 that no one expected any rival to wrest power from them. But when Tom Kalinske joined the American division of Sega, he used innovative tactics, trying to corner a different segment of the market to make the company a major player. Later in the hour, contributing editor Erin Blakemore talks about the spiritualist origins of the Ouija board.
Music this hour:
- “Soldiertype (militarised)” by Ketsa, from the album What’s Without’s Within
- “get out” by Jahzzar, from the album Sketches