Pop-Up Book Showcases Yu Suzuki's 80s Sega Game Cabinets

posted on by Jennifer Sherman

Darren Wall and his team are holding a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for their SEGA Arcade: Pop-Up History book project. If funded, the book will feature pop-up paper sculptures of five of Yu Suzuki's iconic "body sensation" video game cabinets: Hang-On, Space Harrier, OutRun, After Burner, and Thunder Blade.

The crowdfunding campaign's goal is to raise 40,000 pounds sterling (about US$52,796) to fund production of the book. The Kickstarter-exclusive version of the book will feature an embossed silver foil cover. As of the posting of this article, the campaign has raised 27,489 pounds sterling (about US$36,374) toward its goal. The campaign will close in 25 days.

The Kickstarter campaign describes Suzuki's game cabinets:

In the early 1980s, Yu Suzuki, a young videogame developer working at SEGA developed a series of groundbreaking arcade games – physically impressive, custom-built cabinets that utilised motion control, hydraulics and frenetic pseudo-3D visuals. These games provided players with immersive, heart-pounding simulations of motorcycle racing, air-to-air combat, and high speed driving.

Wall is providing the concept and design for the project. Helen Friel is in charge of paper engineering, and Kam Tang is providing the illustrations. Keith Stuart is writing the book. The staff developed and created prototypes for the project over a 12-month period.

If funded, the book is slated to ship in April 2019. The Kickstarter campaign's page features videos that showcase the book's prototypes.

Source: SEGA Arcade: Pop-Up History Kickstarter campaign page

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