Seth Rogen is one busy dude. Recently linked to the ‘Uncharted’ movie, he is apparently the new go-to-guy in Hollywood for scripts. Seth and fellow comedy writer Evan Goldberg (no relation to Whoopie) have been brought in by Sony to write and direct ‘Console Wars’, an adaptation of the upcoming book “Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo and the Battle that Defined a Generation” by Blake Harris. The book focuses on the showdown between Nintendo and Sega that dominated the 90s and draws on hundreds of interviews to create a fleshed-out retrospective of the late 20th century gaming scene.
Sega, whose origins date back to 1940, took on the Japanese giant Nintendo with its Megadrive console, also known as the Genesis. Launched in 1988 its success was achieved through innovative technological developments such as the adoption of the CD-Rom, as well as the launch of the landmark title ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’.
Publisher Atlantic Books describes the work as, ‘a riveting behind-the-scenes business thriller that chronicles how Sega, a small, scrappy gaming company led by an unlikely visionary, took on the juggernaut Nintendo and revolutionized the video game industry.’ That gaming industry is now worth over 50 billion dollars and while Sega and Nintendo still exist they have been superseded by mega giants Microsoft and Sony who have taken over as battle opponents.
Produced by Scott Rudin, who brought us the Oscar winning Social Network, the film will no doubt prove to be an informative insight into two of the biggest pioneers in video game history.