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Interview with Tom Kalinske--How Sega Japan Ruined Sega

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.

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The History of Sega

SegaSegaThere's a brief article at a site called "The Older Gamers Paradise" about The Rise and Fall of Sega. It's not so much a detailed factual history as an opportunity to reminisce with a former diehard Sega fanboy (who now sounds a bit jaded, if you ask me). He's got some interesting speculations Sega's most fateful mistakes, the biggest seeming to be creating massive consumer confusion around 32x and Saturn. Here's an interesting thought--If Sega had used the CD unit as a springboard until perfecting the Saturn, things might have gone differently. If you're a Sega fan (or just want to see what the nostalgia is like from someone who is), you'll enjoy reading the article.

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