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Literature / Ohga Shrugs

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In 1991, Nintendo shocked Sony executives by announcing that they were cancelling their deal to make the Nintendo PlayStation, instead collaborating with Philips. In real life, Norio Ohga sought revenge, and created the PlayStation brand to compete in the competitive games industry. The product was arguably the best known brand in video game history.

In this timeline, Ohga Shrugs.

This alternate history deviates from the usual political and military focus of the genre, instead focusing on, of all things, video game history. The history is presented through an encyclopedia format.


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Tropes included in this series :

  • Alternate History
  • Alternate History Wank: Arguably one for Sega, although the company admittedly never dominates.
    • Also arguably for the Game Boy, since there is never a valid competitor for it like the PSP was in real life.
  • Alternate Techline: Seventh generation consoles Revolution and Pluto are more powerful than our timeline's Wii, but weaker than the PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360.
  • Always Second Best: Sega to Nintendo, even if it is only by a small amount in the Dreamcast-era.
  • The Anime of the Game: Star Fox of all things gets one.
  • Arcade-Perfect Port: What this timeline's more powerful version of the Dreamcast becomes known for.
  • Balkanize Me: Inverted, as companies such as Square and Enix never become united.
  • Coca-Pepsi, Inc.: ANS is a recently formed combination of Atlus, Namco, and Sammy. It makes sense in context.
  • Console Wars: It's been Nintendo vs. Sega for over two decades, with neither side ever gaining a decisive victory.
  • Crapsack World: A bit of an overstatement, considering the light-hearted subject matter, but video games as an industry and an art form have progressed far less than in our timeline.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Basically, every time the Game Boy series has a competitor, this happens to it.
  • Different World, Different Movies: Some games like Mother 3 are on different platforms and released at different times than in our timeline.
  • Dueling Games
  • E3: Held every year since 1995, though some years are more exciting than others.
  • For Want of a Nail: One man's ability to let a grudge go changed an industry.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Nintendo still manages to decline and rise at similar times as in our timeline, albeit to a lesser extent.
  • Istanbul (Not Constantinople): The Wii equivalent keeps its original codename "Revolution," and the Wii U equivalent keeps the codename "Stream." Also, it's the "Game Boy 3DS."
  • Killer App: Every successful console eventually gets one. The main exception is the Pluto, which was left in the dust from 2006 to 2008.
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  • Media Watchdog: More prevalent than in real life, thanks to gaming's lesser popularity bringing less defenders.
  • Multi-Platform: Less common than in real life up until the seventh generation of consoles. And even then, there is still a wide PC/Console divide.
  • Oddball in the Series: Mother 4 takes a very different tone than Earthbound. What else would you suspect from the guy who made Shadow of the Colossus in real life?
  • Retro Universe: 20 years after the point of divergence, a lot of the big names in gaming are still big.
  • Richard Nixon the Used Car Salesman: Not everybody entering the gaming industry ends up in the same place. Some don't ever enter it at all.
  • Sliding Scale of Alternate History Plausibility: Types I and II.
  • Sprite/Polygon Mix: Used frequently on the Saturn.
  • Super Title 64 Advance: Game Boy 3DS games use the phrase "3D" a lot. Mario Kart is named "Nitro" on the Game Boy Nitro.
  • The Wiki Rule: Wikia is actually where the entire project is hosted.


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