Interview with Tom Kalinske--How Sega Japan Ruined Sega

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Sega-16.com has published an interview with Tom Kalinske, former president of Sega US. If you're a Sega fan or just interested in their rise and fall, it's worth your while to check this out. In a nutshell, Kalinske seems to imply here that what really ruined Sega was the overbearing Japanese division, whose petty jealousy and petulance over the American division's success caused them to turn down opportunities that would've kept them in the ring. For instance, they refused to purchase SGI's technology on the grounds that it "wasn't good enough," yet that same tech ended up in the Nintendo64. The Japanese division also refused to go in with Sony, who (after also being rejected by Nintendo) ended up releasing its Playstation (d'oh!). However, of course we have to bear in mind who all of these views are coming from, and it's no surprise that Kalinske wants to make himself look brilliant and everyone who disagreed with him as idiotic.

I notice he doesn't have too much to say about the 32x, though he does admit that it's better to just hold off for a new console than depending on an expansion or upgrade for a current one. Seems like a lesson worth remembering!

Link via Opposable Thumbs, who also offer some commentary on the interview.

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Well, Melf has done it

Well, Melf has done it again!

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