Finally, we can all find out what Genesis does that Nintendon't.
Some backstory -- home console gaming was in its infancy in 1977 when the Atari 2600 came out. It was a nice little machine. If you owned one, you probably liked playing Pole Position, Dig Dug, Pitfall and Pac-Man. But that was about it. The faux-wood paneling, the terrible-looking graphics and the oftentimes unresponsive controller meant that something needed to change. But the Atari folks (along with the rest of the American gaming industry) couldn't quite find the right formula to make gaming an at-home mainstay.
And then Nintendo released the Famicom (or the Nintendo Entertainment System, if you're nasty from North America or Europe). 1985 was the year Super Mario came into 60 million homes, and it was the year that videogames were saved. For the remainder of the '80s, gaming was ruled by Nintendo.
Do you know what that is?
Thankfully, that is not the subject of CONSOLE WARS: Sega, Nintendo and the Battle that Defined a Generation, a forthcoming book by Blake Harris. No, that book is about the most exciting time in videogame history -- the '90s. It was when Sega, after years of having its Master System get trounced by the NES, dropped the Sega Genesis like it was a gauntlet. Nintendo responded by releasing the SNES, and, as the title of the book suggests, it was all-out war for the rest of the decade.
Now, THAT is the kind of story that's worth adapting into a movie. Which is precisely what's happening. CONSOLE WARS will be adapted by writers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, and it will be produced by Scott Rudin. If you're wondering why that name sounds familiar, it's because Rudin also produced The Social Network.
The story of Facebook is a dirty one, full of betrayal. The story of Sega vs. Nintendo has an intrigue all its own. So we're pretty pumped to see the story of a plumber and a blue hedgehog beating the hell out of each other get a dramatization. Because that, friends, is a true battle of the titans.
(via Bleeding Cool)