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Bitmap Books’s Mega Drive/Genesis Visual Compendium Book Cancelled Due to Pressure from SEGA

Monday, January 9th, 2023

Previously scheduled to release in July 2022, Bitmap Books have sadly had to cancel the release of their The Unofficial MD/Gen: A Visual Compendium book after SEGA have threatened the publisher with legal action.

Creative director Sam Dyer has issued a statement that says the company cannot risk potential legal action by releasing the book as the company cannot afford the costs as a small business. SEGA are reportedly not negotiating with the company despite them previously giving Bitmap Books their official stamp of approval for their Master System: A Visual Compendium book from 2019.

The move is a strange one from SEGA who have largely ignored unofficial publications based on their intellectual properties in the past. Dedicated SEGA fanzines like SEGA Powered continue to see publication without SEGA’s approval alongside Hardcore Gaming 101’s excellent SEGA Arcade Classics books.

Bitmap Books are looking for a way to release the PDF of the completed book for free so fingers crossed all the work done for The Unofficial MD/Gen: A Visual Compendium book doesn’t go to waste. This entire situation is a massive loss for video game preservation as history books like these become important archival documents for generations to come. SEGADriven send our condolences to Bitmap Books and the plethora of writers involved in this now cancelled publication.

[Source: Bitmap Books]

SEGA Powered Kickstarting 2022 Hardback Annual

Tuesday, November 15th, 2022

The team at SEGA Powered magazine are putting together a special 2022 annual in celebration of the publication’s first anniversary.

SEGA Powered is an independent SEGA fanzine that features Dean Mortlock of SEGA Power fame as editor. The team have published 7 issues so far and this new annual will compile some of their best features with some additional new content.

The Kickstarter for the annual has 13 days left and is currently at £2066 funded. The goal to make the annual a reality is £5000.

If you’re interested you can head to the project’s Kickstarter page and look at he various tiers to see what suits you best. The annual is being offered as both a digital release and a physical hardback book.

[Source: SEGA Powered 2022 Annual Kickstarter]

Mega Drive/Genesis: A Visual Compendium 600 Page Book Releasing in July 2022 | Merchandise

Thursday, February 10th, 2022

Video game book publisher Bitmap Books is back with another entry in their ‘Visual Compendium’ series with the release of Mega Drive/Genesis: A Visual Compendium on the 1st of July 2022. This follows on from the publisher’s 2019 book SEGA Master System: A Visual Compendium which was officially licensed by SEGA. Interestingly, Mega Drive/Genesis: A Visual Compendium is not officially licensed by SEGA.

Mega Drive/Genesis: A Visual Compendium will feature articles on 250 games released for the Mega Drive as well as select 32X and Mega-CD games. The book will feature a foreward by former SEGA America CEO Tom Kalinske alongside interviews with Ryuichi Nishizawa of Wonder Boy fame, Lode Coen from Digital Pictures, Tom Kalinske, Randy Breen of Road Rash fame and David Perry of Earthworm Jim fame. The book will also feature contributions from Ed Annunziata, Mike Diver, Kurt Kalata, Hideo Kojima, Yuzo Koshiro, Henk Nieborg, Naoto Ohshima, Ken Sugimori, Yu Suzuki, Tony Takoushi and many more. The book is close to 600 pages long.

Orders will open for Mega Drive/Genesis: A Visual Compendium on the 1st of July 2022. Click here to be taken to the book listing on the Bitmap Books online store. If you’re interested in this latest publication from Bitmap Books, head on over to our review of SEGA Master System: A Visual Compendium from July 2019 for a good idea of what to expect with this book.

Sonic the Hedgehog Encyclo-Speed-Ia Book Releasing in the UK September 2021 | Merchandise

Monday, May 24th, 2021

The Sonic the Hedgehog Encyclo-Speed-Ia written by Ian Flynn and published by IDW is now confirmed for a UK release on the 16th of September 2021 and the 23rd of November 2021 for the deluxe edition.

Previously only announced for North America, the Sonic the Hedgehog Encyclo-Speed-Ia is an in depth Sonic the Hedgehog history book. The book will total 256 pages and is authored by Ian Flynn who has been writing Sonic the Hedgehog comics since issue 160 of Archie’s Sonic the Hedgehog.

While the standard edition releases a little earlier on the 16th of September 2021, the deluxe edition will feature the following extras:

– An exclusive mosaic cover.
– A slipcase featuring gold foil “Ring” treatment.
– A folio housing two archival gallery prints of Sonic and Dr. Eggman.

Click the links below to access the listings for both editions of the Sonic the Hedgehog Encyclo-Speed-Ia:

Sonic the Hedgehog Encyclo-Speed-Ia on Amazon UK.
Sonic the Hedgehog Encyclo-Speed-Ia (Deluxe Edition) on Amazon UK.

Book About the Development of Treasure’s Mega Drive Titles Seeking Kickstarter Funding | Merchandise

Thursday, November 19th, 2020

Raster Scroll have opened a Kickstarter for a new book called Legends of 16-Bit Game Development. The focus of the book is aimed at Treasure and their 16 bit Mega Drive titles that include Dynamite Headdy, Alien Soldier, Gunstar Heroes and more.

The book is authored by John Harrison who has extensively researched the company and is aiming to offer readers insight into the business-side of the developer, the actual game development process, key members of the development team and their backgrounds, and the reception of the featured games after their release.

The global online gaming and e-sports industry has reached a tipping point in popularity. With more than one billion PC gamers worldwide, the industry has evolved from a niche community connecting and playing at local LAN parties, to filling out stadiums via competitive platforms such as Intel Extreme Masters and ESL One, which are viewed by millions. In India, the industry has come full circle with PC gaming taking centre stage yet again. With the world’s largest youth population, India is one of the fastest growing gaming markets globally and going on top with network systems, and wifi for business compared is necessary to improve any business and more a gaming company as connection is essential. A recent KPMG report predicts online gaming revenue will touch ₹11,900 crore by 2023. It also states that the number of game developing firms in the country have increased ten-fold from 25 in 2010 to 250 in 2018.

If you’re interested in funding such a project then head on over to the official Legends of 16-Bit Game Development Kickstarter. Several tiers are available with the lowest starting at $30. Each book aims to include 250 pages of full colour content.

You can read an excerpt from the book by clicking here.

[Source: Kickstarter]

New Additions to Hardware and Merchandise Sections

Saturday, May 30th, 2020

A new selection of merchandise and hardware have been added to their respective sections on the website. See below for the full list of additions and direct links to each entry:

SEGA Game Gear Gear-to-Gear Cable added to Hardware
SEGA Dreamcast: Collected Works added to Book Catalogue
SEGA Pro Presents Guide to ’95 added to Book Catalogue
SEGA Arcade Pop-Up History added to Book Catalogue
Dreamcast Tips, Cheats, Solutions Volume 2 added to Book Catalogue
Virtua Fighter: Round One added to Home Video section

SEGA Arcade Pop-Up History | Review

Tuesday, February 25th, 2020

SEGA Arcade Pop-Up History is a wonderful idea in concept. What long-standing SEGA fan doesn’t want a book full of pop-up, cardboard models of some of SEGA’s most iconic, deluxe, arcade cabinets? That’s such a goofy and charming little concept that we instantly jumped on board as soon as this was announced on Kickstarter. But after pawing through the finished product, it often feels like the concept was far better than the end result.

Click here to read our full book review of SEGA Arcade Pop-Up History from Read-Only Memory.

Expanded Version of Cook and Becker Sonic Art Book to Feature 32 Extra Pages Including Sonic Mania Art | Merchandise

Friday, September 6th, 2019

Cook and Becker are releasing a revised edition of their Sonic the Hedgehog 1991-2016 art book with 32 extra pages that feature art from Sonic Mania and Sonic Forces. This new edition of the book drops the 1991-2016 suffix and launches in November 2019. It is available to pre-order from the official Cook and Becker website now.

This new and revised edition is priced at £38.15 and is available in hardback only. The original release of the book was quite a special little item and if you would like to learn more we have a page dedicated to it in our merchandise section.

Review – SEGA Master System: A Visual Compendium from Bitmap Books

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019

Bitmap Books’ Visual Compendium series are some of the most beautifully presented books about video games out there, and with their 6th entry in the series the team are focussing their sights on SEGA’s 8 bit powerhouse, the Master System. SEGA Master System: A Visual Compendium is a hefty, 432 page slab of nostalgia that highlights a strong portion of the Master System software library.

Click here to read our full review of SEGA Master System: A Visual Compendium. You can also view the entry on this book in our SEGA Book Catalogue by clicking here or you can browse the complete list of our features by clicking here.

The Nostalgia Nerd’s Retro Tech: Computers, Consoles, & Games | Review

Thursday, May 30th, 2019

Books written by YouTubers are fast becoming a common occurrence and now it’s time for Peter Leigh aka The Nostalgia Nerd to throw his hat in the ring. The Nostalgia Nerd’s Retro Tech: Computers, Consoles, & Games is a brief but well-presented history of retro computers and consoles that comes off like a cute, little handbook that guides you through some of history’s most famous (and infamous) gaming hardware.

Read our full review of The Nostalgia Nerd’s Retro Tech: Computers, Consoles, & Games by clicking here.

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