11-2 | The Sega Arcade Revolution: A History in 62 Games

Book Review

The Sega Arcade Revolution: A History in 62 Games

Ken Horowitz
New York: McFarland, 2018. 43 photos, bibliography, and index. 310 pp. $39.95 Paper. ISBN: 9781476672250

by Alexander Smith

First Paragraph:

Few scholars have studied Sega longer than Ken Horowitz. Since 2003, Horowitz has administered the Sega-16 website while interviewing dozens of programmers, designers, producers, and executives who created games for Sega-console platforms. The culmination of this research arrived in 2016 in the form of Playing at the Next Level: A History of American Sega Games, which covered the exploits of Sega of America from its founding in 1986 to the conclusion of the Dreamcast era. In 2018 Horowitz returns to tell the other side of the Sega story—the thriving arcade game development divisions that redefined the medium on numerous
occasions. The result is a book remarkably broad in its coverage but uneven in its depth and focus.