In November 2013, Darren Wall began a Kickstarter to fund the ultimate documentary art book to celebrate
25 years of the Sega Mega Drive/ Genesis. In less than 48 hours, he had reached his goal of £30,000 ($47,000). By the time the Kickstarter ended on December 9th, over 2,000 backers had pledged £98,000 ($154,000) to the project. Published by Read Only Memory, this collected works is not only the definitive history of the Mega Drive/Genesis, but the best book about video games I have ever seen.
The book was produced in collaboration with Sega and is the only licensed history of the console. The first thing that got me when I opened the package was the hardcover, foil blocked black on black cover. When you open the book and start turning the pages you can feel the paper is high stock. Of course, there is a written history of the console, but the real gem of the book is the pictures. Full page photos of the different versions of the console, the CD add-on, the power base converter and more. There are two gatefold pages of the blueprints of the Mega Drive and Genesis, along with concept drawings of controllers and the hardware itself, most of which has never been seen outside of Sega of Japan.
Read the rest of this article and check out this full issue of a classic video game magazine at OldSchoolGamer.Com. Check out the whole magazine at https://www.oldschoolgamermagazine.com/magazinearchive/cc5/. Be sure to sign up to get Old School Gamer Magazine Digitally for free by clicking here!
Also make sure to check out information about how to subscribe to the print version of Old School Gamer magazine – subscription details are at https://www.oldschoolgamermagazine.com/product/old-school-gamer-1-year-subscription/