Console Wars: The Kotaku Book Review

Nintendo didn't just dominate the American video game industry in the late '80s. It was the video game industry. As the 1990s began, Nintendo held a stranglehold on 80 percent of the market, a statistic made all the more impressive when you realize that the other 20 percent was split among three different competitors.… » 5/14/14 12:15pm 5/14/14 12:15pm

How Sega Planned To Crush Nintendo, 24 Years Ago

Blake J. Harris' book Console Wars, out tomorrow, takes readers behind enemy lines to meet the men and women who created the exciting and exceptionally bitter rivalry between Sega and Nintendo. Below is an excerpt from the book, which details a pivotal meeting that took place in the fall of 1990 between Sega's board… » 5/12/14 11:00am 5/12/14 11:00am

The Console Wars Aren't Just Real, They're Personal

The Console Wars™ can often seem pretty dumb when you're looking at them from within the sane circle of your home outward onto the dregs of Internet forums. What should be intelligent discussions turn into nasty rivalries and insult-throwing with fans vehemently and blindly defending big corporations. It's all… » 1/14/14 5:14pm 1/14/14 5:14pm

It's Hard to Make a Game When Nintendo Doesn't Use Xbox Live, Says Dev

An unidentified developer of a third-party game that launched with the Wii U—and man, that shouldn't be too hard to narrow down—has written for Eurogamer a thorough post-mortem of his studio's experience developing for the console. It touches familiar themes of the console's struggles, but in a more detailed,… » 1/12/14 2:00pm 1/12/14 2:00pm

TIME Looks at the History of Consoles—Including the 5th-Gen 'S--tshow'

The launch of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 this year rounds out the eighth console generation, as good a time as any to look back on the seven preceding it, in this three part video series by TIME. Some familiar faces offer their insights on the overcrowded "shitshow" that was the fifth console generation. » 12/30/13 7:00pm 12/30/13 7:00pm

Report: PS4 Is ‘50% Faster’ Than Xbox One [UPDATE]

With about two months to go before the release of the Xbox One and PS4, there’s been a lot of buzz about the performance capabilities of both next-gen consoles. A new article over at Edge has sources apparently familiar with developing for both consoles saying that Sony’s upcoming hardware is more powerful. But the… » 9/13/13 12:45pm 9/13/13 12:45pm