I have a code for a free Summer Video Game Bundle from StoryBundle to give away to one of my readers!
To win, simply comment below and tell me what you are currently playing.
Boss Fight Books: Bible Adventures by Gabe Durham
“Brilliantly written and meticulously researched, Bible Adventures perfectly captures the wacky, wonderful story of Wisdom Tree from a larger perspective of the Christian product-consumer relationship. Featuring interviews with several ex-employees (including yours truly) and peppered with wit and personal anecdotes from the author, this book is a must-read.”
– Roger Deforest, Former Developer for Color Dreams/Wisdom Tree
Designers & Dragons – 1970s, 1980s, 1990s & 2000s by Shannon Appelcline
“How about four new books, each focusing on the gaming companies that formed in the 70s, 80s, 90s, and 00s? And these aren’t little thin volumes that quickly summarize the histories and individuals who were involved in the development of the hundreds and hundreds of RPGs since the 70s, either! The first volume comes in at 400 pages, and I’ve just finished reading it. In a word… outstanding!”
The Untold History of Japanese Game Developers by John Szczepaniak
“We now have a window into Japanese game development and its history where previously there was only hearsay and PR press releases. The absence of any PR people acting as gatekeepers is also very apparent here and the result is a clear and very human take on the people being interviewed. Much of what is revealed is also utterly fascinating. There are also poignant aspects to the book too, as many important and interesting figures have sadly passed away. These individuals are given obituary pages listing their works as well as their involvement. It’s eminently clear that this kind of book is very much long past due.”
HG 101 Presents: An Unofficial Guide to Castlevania by Kurt Kalata
“No stone has been left unturned in this lovingly constructed tribute to one of gaming’s most enduring franchises, and it’s clear that Kalata himself is a massive, massive follower of the games. It’s incredibly difficult to translate the appeal of a website into a printed book, but this venture is a wonderful success, striking the perfect the balance between text and imagery to create a tome which is easy to pick up for a quick read, but hard to put back down again afterwards.”
How Video Games Are Made by Russ Pitts
In this expertly penned tome, Russ offers a fascinating window into the inner workings of video game development and all the excitement and challenges that entails. It’s a rare look behind the curtain that’s a real treat — both in terms of the great writing and the interesting stories that unfold. Beyond that, it’s also a truly innovative approach to games journalism that you don’t see very often. Great stuff and a must-read whether you’re a fan of games, a person who makes them, or someone who makes a living writing about them!
– Amazon Review
SCROLL: #12 – Introducing MSX (Plus #1-11 Bonus!) by Ray Barnholt
“Scroll remains a singular achievement: a beautifully laid-out, well-written, well-researched magazine, with an interesting topic every time that is rarely discussed elsewhere.”
Put This In Your Brain: The Best of Unwinnable Weekly by Stu Horvath & the Unwinnable Writers
“From the moment it first appeared, Unwinnable has provided a consistent home to some of the most compelling, surprising and unusual essays about videogames and videogame culture to be found anywhere. Supporting more Unwinnable means more good writing coming into this world”
– Tom Bissell (Harper’s Magazine, Grantland, Gears of War: Judgement)
Thanks to Boss Fight Books for the code!
I’ll choose a winner at midnight on Monday, July 6th