Game Over (book)

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Game Over: How Nintendo Zapped an American Industry, Captured Your Dollars, and Enslaved Your Children
Game Over (First Edition).jpg
Cover of the first edition
Author David Sheff
Country United States
Language English
Publisher Random House, Inc. (New York)
Publication date
1993
Media type Hardcover, paperback
Pages 445 (First edition, including index)
ISBN 0-679-40469-4
OCLC 26214063
338.7/617948/0952 20
LC Class HD9993.E454 N577 1993

Game Over: How Nintendo Zapped an American Industry, Captured Your Dollars, and Enslaved Your Children is a non-fiction book written by David Sheff and published by Random House, New York in 1993.

Overview[edit]

The book details the history of Nintendo Company, Limited and its rise to become the most powerful electronic gaming company in the world as of 1993. The book also provides a history of the worldwide electronic gaming industry as a whole from the 1960s to the 1990s.

The book is notable in that the author extensively interviewed numerous established figures in the industry, such as Howard Lincoln, Nolan Bushnell, Shigeru Miyamoto (spelled as "Sigeru" in the book), Alexey Pajitnov, and others, including people who spoke anonymously. Despite the title, the book is fairly neutral; it mainly relates the history of the company while looking at both the positives and negatives of their business practices.

Portions of the book were originally published in San Francisco Focus, Men's Life, Rolling Stone, and Playboy magazines.

Revisions[edit]

Since its initial publication, Game Over has been reprinted under many different titles, although usually retaining the term "Game Over" somewhere in the title, one example being Game Over: Nintendo's Battle to Dominate Videogames.

Game Over: How Nintendo Conquered the World[edit]

This edition, published by Vintage Press in 1994, contains a new foreword written by author David Sheff pertaining to the controversy over video game content in the early 1990s.

Game Over: Press Start to Continue - The Maturing of Mario[edit]

In 1999, a revised edition of the book entitled Game Over: Press Start to Continue – The Maturing of Mario (referencing Nintendo's famous character Mario) was released. Among error corrections, photographs and new chapters written by Andy Eddy were added.

Coronet Books Free Giveaway[edit]

An edited version was printed by Coronet Books and given away free with the May 1999 issue of Arcade magazine.

References[edit]

  • Game Over: How Nintendo Zapped an American Industry, Captured Your Dollars, and Enslaved Your Children by David Sheff, 1993, Random House.