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Over 440 Pages, With 26 Interviews, The Whole Backstory, Collectibles, Hardware, All The Unreleased Stuff... A Work Of Reference
Over 440 Pages, With 26 Interviews, The Whole Backstory, Collectibles, Hardware, All The Unreleased Stuff... A Work Of Reference
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THE PLAYSTATION

Simply revolutionary! With over 100 million consoles sold worldwide, the PlayStation truly changed the face of the gaming industry. The power of its technology, the design of its shell, the greatness of its library and marketing campaigns, all laying the groundwork for what has become one of the industry's most important driving forces. It was a culture-defining console, the combination of Ken Kutaragi's genius and the power of one the entertainment industry's most influential brands, as well as the boundless passion of so many other contributors over the years.

PLAYSTATION ANTHOLOGY

To celebrate a console that brought wonder into the lives of so many, and a brand that reshaped the whole entertainment industry, the authors retrace Sony's incredible journey, from the company's creation following World War II, to the machine's retirement in the early 2000's.  Throughout the 26 interviews, important figures of the period recount their experiences with unabashed honesty, painting a detailed picture of the great venture led by Ken Kutaragi. Much like the Nintendo 64 Anthology, the PlayStation Anthology is unique in both form and content. 

CONTENTS

HISTORY

To fully appreciate the scale of the PlayStation phenomenon, you first have to learn of its genesis and the context in which it was developed, and understand the commercial and marketing power of Sony itself.  The PlayStation Anthology sheds light on the birth of the PlayStation and Sony, the company's triumphs as well as its shortcomings, its strategies, technological advancements and, of course, its fantastical games library.

SUMMARY OF THE HISTORY SECTION

  • The Sony Miracle (1945-1958)
    Amidst the Reconstruction
    The Power of Innovation
  • Sony Corporation's Development and Struggles (1958-1990)
    A New Cultural Leader
    VCR, VHS or Betamax?
    A Paper Tiger
    Kids of the Digital Dream
    A New Generation Console
  • Gateway to the World of Video Games (1980-1994)
    In the Thick of It (1980-1988)
    Project "Play Station" (1988-1991)
    Sony: Locked and Loaded (1991-1992)
    The Revolution Underway (1992-1994)
  • PlayStation
    Historical Launch (1994-1995)
    A New Era (1995-1996)
    1997: The PlayStation Avalanche
  • Dawn of a New Millennium (1998-1999)
    A Market All to Itself
    Marketing and Sales Smarts
  • Sony Computer Entertainment: Redevelopment
    Economic Crisis in Japan
    The West: A Land of Opportunity 
  • Enemy Retaliation
    On the Road to E3
    One Step Further
  • Another New Generation
    Mass Market
    Sony, Sega, Nintendo: A New Power Balance
    Ever-Evolving New Hurdles
  • Curtain Call (2000-2006)
    Giants Counterattack
  • Live in Your World, Play in Ours (2000-2002)
    The Next Century
    Between Two Worlds (2001)
    New Harvest (2002)
  • The PlayStation Generation (2003-2005)
  • A Pivotal Time for the PlayStation

INTERVIEWS

To fully grasp the situation, the market, and the story, it is important to hear from those who experienced this epic from the inside. The authors got in touch with the people who helped build the legend that is the PlayStation.

The Interviewees Who Made History

  • Lorne Lanning (Oddworld Inhabitants – Abe’s Oddysee, Abe’s Exoddus)
  • Charles Cecil (Revolution Software – Broken Sword)
  • Yūji Horii (Enix – Dragon Quest)
  • Rodney Greenblat (PaRappa the Rapper)
  • Osamu Sato (Asmik – LSD)
  • Kanta Watanabe (Fill-in-Café – Panzer Bandit, Rakugaki Showtime)
  • Hitoshi Sakimoto (Square Enix – Vagrant Story, Final Fantasy Tactics)
  • Martin Edmondson (Reflections – Destruction Derby, Driver)
  • Hiromasa Iwasaki (Denkegi PlayStation)
  • Masaya Matsuura (Composer – PaRappa the Rapper)
  • Denis Friedman (Psygnosis – Adidas Power Soccer, The City of Lost Children)
  • Jason Rubin (Naughty Dog – Crash Bandicoot, Jak and Daxter)
  • Carlo Perconti (Toka – Burning Road)
  • Michiru Yamane (Composer– Castlevania)
  • Pascal Jarry (SCEE – Porsche Challenge, Rapid Racer)
  • Naosuke Arai (Technosoft – Thunder Storm)
  • Yokoyama Hideyuki (Atlus – Thousand Arms, Legend of Kartia)
  • Julien Merceron (Ubisoft – Rayman 2)
  • Yoshinori Kitase (Square Enix – Final Fantasy)
  • Tommy Tallarico (Composer – Time Crisis, Earthworm Jim)
  • Harada Katsuhiro (Namco – Tekken)
  • Minoru Kidooka (Arc – Guilty Gear)
  • Suda51 (Grasshopper – Silver Case)
  • Akitoshi Kawazu (Square Enix – Final Fantasy, SaGa Frontier)
  • Ian Livingstone (Eidos – Tomb Raider)
  • Hideaki Itsuno (Capcom – Street Fighter Alpha, Star Gladiator)
Interview With Jason Rubin (Naughty Dog)
Interview With Jason Rubin (Naughty Dog)

 

Interview With Harada Katsuhiro (Tekken - Namco)
Interview With Harada Katsuhiro (Tekken - Namco)

 

Interview With Hideaki Itsuno (Capcom)
Interview With Hideaki Itsuno (Capcom)

 

Interview With Lorne Lanning (Oddworld Inhabitants)
Interview With Lorne Lanning (Oddworld Inhabitants)

 

Interview With Charles Cecil (Revolution Software)
Interview With Charles Cecil (Revolution Software)

 

Interview With Yūji Horii (Dragon Quest - Enix)
Interview With Yūji Horii (Dragon Quest - Enix)

 

Interview With Yoshinori Kitase (Final Fantasy - Square)
Interview With Yoshinori Kitase (Final Fantasy - Square)

HARDWARE

 

RARE VERSIONS AND COLLECTOR’S EDITIONS

Year after year, the PlayStation was host to vast arrays of collector's edition games. In this section, you'll find all the most mythical and the most sought-after versions in chronological order.

 

CANCELED GAMES

COLLECTOR'S GUIDE (COLLECTOR'S EDITION ONLY)

The Collector's Guide of all official PlayStation games, in all territories: 17 games in 1994, 164 in 1995, 490 in 1996, 543 in 1997, 673 in 1998, 763 in 1999, 690 in 2000, 390 in 2001, 285 in 2002, 105 in 2003, 28 in 2004, 1 in 2005 and in 2006, making a total of 4150 unique games. The perfect tool for collectors who want full sets.

CLASSIC EDITION

ASSEMBLY (US & EUROPE)

  • Trim size: 8.50x10.5 inches (216x267mm) 
  • Cover: 4 pages, 4-color, Pantone silver, mat lamination, sport gloss UV varnish 
  • Paper cover: Gloss coated, high density
  • Inside: 360 pages, 4-colors printing on 135 gsm gloss coated paper
  • Binding: Hardcover, tread sewn, 2mm thick cardboard, head & tails, shrink wrapped
  • Weight: 1500 gr
Classic Edition
Classic Edition

COLLECTOR’S EDITION (Kickstarter Exclusive)

As an exclusive for those who back the Collector's Edition of the PlayStation Anthology, the book comes with its own silver dust cover and 16 never-seen-before extra pages.

ASSEMBLY (US & EUROPE)

  • Trim size: 8.50x10.5 inches (216x267mm)
  • Cover: 4 pages, 4-color, Pantone silver, mat lamination, sport gloss UV varnish
  • Paper cover: Gloss coated, high density
  • Inside: 424 pages, 4-colors printing on 135 gsm gloss coated paper
  • Binding: Hardcover, tread sewn, 2mm thick cardboard, head & tails, shrink wrapped 
  • Weight: 2000 gr 

CUSTOM PLAYSTATION EDITION PACK (10 Available Worldwide)

Included in this package is the Special Kickstarter Collector’s Edition, along with a limited, numbered and signed PlayStation, custom-painted by French artist, Joffrey.  

Numbered And Signed PlayStation - By Joffrey
Numbered And Signed PlayStation - By Joffrey

Joffrey: The Artist Behind The Geekstructure

With his deconstructive, offbeat style, Joffrey is something of a marginal artist. Totally nuts, wacky, and ultimately charismatic, he makes it his business to elevate the classics, creating unique works of art that both exuberant and unusual. You can check out some of Joffrey's creations on the Geeks-Line website: http://www.geeksline-publishing.com/14-joffrey

STRETCH GOALS

50K – Exclusive Bookmark
80K –
All of the above, plus an extra 16 pages
100K –
All of the above, plus an extra 16 pages

SHIPPING

SHIPPING TO EUROPE

All European deliveries (outside Switzerland and Norway) will be carried out by Amazon, so as to guarantee optimal service in terms of delivery dates and packaging. For Switzerland and Norway, all deliveries will be made by respective national post services.

SHIPPING TO THE USA

Orders within the USA will be processed by a USA-based company specializing in the distribution of books. This minimizes any issues that occasionally arise with Kickstarter fulfillment. We will be working with the printers to devise the best packaging solution.

SHIPPING TO THE REST OF THE WORLD 

For all orders shipping outside of Europe or the USA (Canada, South America, Oceania, Asia), the postage fees involved (FedEx, UPS, USPS, national postal services, etc.) will be unavoidably expensive. Unfortunately, our books are too bulky to allow us to negotiate special postage rates. We would like to apologize in advance for this additional expense.

All orders are shipped with a tracking number that will become available as soon as your package is sent out.

Books Will Be Shipped Late Summer 2017.

Geeks-Line, A Guarantee Of Quality
Geeks-Line can be trusted to deliver on their promises and produce a product of the highest possible quality.

Customer Testimonials:

Cristopher A:
You guys definitely have a long-term buyer if future books are of this quality.

Nikki C:
Glad I backed this. Great work.

Jose M:
I just received my book: It's awesome.

Mike L:
Hey! I just received my book! Thank you! It looks amazing, I cannot wait to read it.

Jonathan W:
Absolutely beautiful! So happy that the finished item looked exactly like the one we were shown. Thank you and well done on a fantastic job!

Joris D:
Awesome book guys, thanks! 

Copyrights:

All interviews and visuals were provided and approved by the relevant right holders.We would also like to extend our gratitude towards SCEF, who helped us bring this book together by giving us access to their archives.

Music : Celebration - purple-planet.com

Our partners

 

Established in 2008, retrogamescollector.com has grown into a popular and highly regarded source of news and information regarding retro gaming and retro gaming culture. Regular features include 'Show us Your Collection' where gamers from around the globe show off their vintage consoles, computers and games. We are proud to be supporting Geeks-Line with their campaign for an English version of the excellent PlayStation Anthology.

 

The Retrogamesmaster Team supports Geeks-Line books. They are of top quality and content. I am lucky to own the N64 Book and the content and quality is amazing. Back this project.Retrogamesmater.co.uk celebrate retro and indie gaming and soon to feature in The Button Bashers Movie and The Commodore Story Movie. We have many interviews with people from the industry come and see us at retrogamesmaster.co.uk

We hope you will support our campaign.
Thank you.

Risks and challenges

This book is an adaptation of the “PlayStation Anthologie” already published in France. It has been reworked and rewritten in order to meet the specific requirements of the American and British markets. It is currently 95% complete. The only risk of it not being published is by not reaching the Kickstarter goal.

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