Power-Up: How Japanese Video Games Gave the World an Extra Life
BradyGames' Power-Up: How Japanese Video Games Gave the World an Extra Life, by Chris Kohler, is a unique book that gives readers an entertaining and authoritative look at the indelible influence the video gaming, particularly, Japanese gaming, has had on the world.Power-Up is the first English-language work of its kind to examine the reasons behind the success of Japanese...more
However, the chapter on where to find games in Akihabara seemed to be more like a chapter out of a travel journal.
Even more dissapointing was the chapter on video games translation/l...more
It is a little slow in the middle when talking about soundtracks, particularly the section on the Final Fantasy Soundtrack Discography. However, this was the only part of the book where it wasn't a fascinating and enjoyable read to me.
Kohler is an obvious enthusiast who anyone that grew up in the states during the 80's will be able to relate to.
If you have ever wondered how the video game industry came to be and where it is going, this is book is the best place to start.
It also made me want to hop on a plane to Japan and blow my life's savings on used video games.