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The unofficial MD/GEN: a visual compendium

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Please note that this book is 100% unofficial. It's an independent celebration of the Mega Drive/Genesis and a compendium of its most iconic games. 

SEGAs history in video gaming is long and storied, and while everyone may have their own favourite era, it was the arrival of the Mega Drive/Genesis that really heralded the glory days for the company. It established SEGA as a global competitor and inspired the creation of a brand with an edgier image than that of family-friendly Nintendo. Video games became more than just childrens toys.

The unofficial MD/GEN: a visual compendium is a celebration of this success, featuring over 250 games and accompanied by quotes and commentary from both the original developers and leading video game journalists. The book not only includes well known hits such as Toejam & EarlContra: Hard Corps, Aladdin, Desert Strike and Ecco the Dolphin, but also delves into lesser known realms, with titles such as Alisia Dragoon and El Viento. Also covered are key releases for the 32X and CD add-ons, such as the interactive movie Night Trap.

With a foreword by David Perry (Cool Spot, Earthworm Jim), The unofficial MD/GEN: a visual compendium isn’t just a pretty picture book – it includes comprehensive written features on the history of the Genesis/Mega Drive hardware, plus in-depth articles on the iconic 32X and CD add-ons. Also included are extensive interviews with Ryuichi Nishizawa (Wonder Boy), Lode Coen (Digital Pictures), Tom Kalinske (SEGA), Randy Breen (Road Rash) and David Perry (Earthworm Jim).

The unofficial MD/GEN: a visual compendium is our biggest visual compendium to date, at nearly 540 pages in length. The book is printed lithographically to the highest standards, ensuring really vibrant colours throughout, and pages with a luxurious, high-quality feel to them. Each copy comes with a spot varnished cover, a spot varnished protective dust jacket, and thread-sewn binding. Every book also includes an animated-effect lenticular heavy board slipcase that offers protection for years to come.

Includes contributions from:
Ed Annunziata, Naosuke Arai, Tony Barnes, Randy Breen, Didier Chanfray, Lode Coen, Dave Cook, Paul Cuisset, Paul Davies, Steve DeFrisco, Steve Dietz, Mike Diver, Mike Ebert, Gary Foreman, Will Freeman, Matt Furniss, Chris George, Kotaro Hayashida, Andrew Hayward, Stieg Hedlund, Ken Horowitz, Kazuyuki Hoshino, Brandon Humphreys, Stephen Hutchins, Yoji Ishii, Steve Jarratt, Greg Johnson, Kurt Kalata, Tom Kalinske, Rich Karpp, Yoshiki Kawasaki, Koichi Kimura, Yoshio Kiya, Rieko Kodama, Hideo Kojima, Ayano Koshiro, Yuzo Koshiro, Bill Kroyer, Michael Latham, Mark Lesser, SEGA Lord X, Daniel Major, Graeme Mason, Frank Matzke, Damien McFerran, Masakuni Mitsuhashi, Peter Moraweic, Joe Morici, Dean Mortlock, Tokihiro Naito, Satoshi Nakai, Henk Nieborg, Ryuichi Nishizawa, Naoto Ohshima, Maki Ohzora, Yoshiki Ooka, Craig Padilla, David Perry, Jeff Peters, Mike Posehn, Julian Rignall, Martin Robinson, Carlo Savorelli, Mac Senour, Greg Sewart, Justin Siller, Jim Simmons, Phil South, Hideyuki Suganami, Yutaka Sugano, Ken Sugimori, Masayuki Suzuki, Yu Suzuki, John Szczepaniak, Hiroyuki Takahashi, Tony Takoushi, Yuihiko Tani, Jesse Taylor, Katsuya Terada, John Tobias, Dan Tootill, Yuichi Toyama, Mark Turmell, Brittany Vincent, Richard Walker, Dave Warfield, Evan Wells, Pete Williamson, Steve Woita, Tetsuya Yamamoto, Toshiki Yamamura, Kouji Yokota and Kouichi Yotsui.

Book Specifications

540 pages. 170mm × 230mm. 3mm protective board slipcase with ‘animated’ lenticular fascia. Edge-to-edge high quality lithographic print. Sewn binding for enduring quality and the ability to lay flat for ideal double-page image viewing. Spot varnished cover and dust jacket. Coloured bookmark ribbon. Shrink-wrapped. Free PDF for viewing on the go.

Games featured


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Reprint Updates

This first edition may have received minor updates when reprinted. If not specified here, these changes will not be significant, and likely be small text amends.

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