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Power Button - Episode 134: Behind The Lines Of Console Wars With Blake J. Harris

Power ButtonWar is hell, but Console Wars is pretty awesome.  On this episode of Power Button we're joined by the author of the recently released Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle that Defined a Generation and one of the masterminds behind the upcoming Wikimusical, Blake J. Harris, to talk about the process of writing a book that chronicles the rise of Sega in the early 1990s as Sega of America CEO Tom Kalinske worked to turn the Sega Genesis and Sonic the Hedgehog into legitimate competition for Nintendo and its Super NES.  We'll hear stories about Sega of Japan clashing with Sega of America for control of the soul of the company, Sonic's original design as a fanged guitar-playing beast, how Sony's involvement with both Nintendo and Sega that led to the rise of the PlayStation, MGM's deal to make a theatrical Sonic the Hedgehog movie in the mid-1990s, and so much more.  You may think you know the story of Sonic versus Mario, but you won't see the complete picture until now.  Download this week's episode directly from PTB, listen with the player below, find us on Stitcher, subscribe via iTunes, toss this RSS feed into your podcast aggregation software of choice, and be sure to catch up on past episodes if you're joining us late. Remember that you can reach us via , you can leave a message on the Power Button hotline by calling (720) 722-2781, and you can even follow us on Twitter at @PressTheButtons and @GrundyTheMan, or for just podcast updates, @ThePowerButton.