The Video Game Bundle 7.0 continues our tradition of offering smart, interesting and readable video game culture & history books for at a price you set! Once again we asked industry expert Simon Carless to curate these eight books, and he's done a fantastic job choosing some acclaimed titles we're sure you'll enjoy.
In this bundle, we have Boss Fight books' tomes on Metal Gear Solid & Baldur's Gate II, 1983 Young Adult book Video War from Stephen Manes (banned from the B. Dalton book chain for foul language!), and Stay Awhile and Listen: How Two Blizzards Unleashed Diablo by David L. Craddock. In addition, we also have Jeremy Parish's Game Boy World 1989, HG101's Unofficial Guide to Konami Shooters, and Mona by Leigh Alexander and Emily Carroll (a 'tribute to Silent Hill 2'), with bonus audiobook. The bundle's charity benefactor is Prisoners Literature Project, which sends much-needed books to U.S. prisoners.
Game Boy World 1989 by Jeremy Parish
"Jeremy Parish's meticulous study of the Game Boy's birth catalogs twenty-five software titles from the first year of Nintendo's groundbreaking handheld. While the extensive historic treatments of popular classics like Super Mario Land and Tetris are certainly welcome, Game Boy World 1989 really shines in its exposure of the lesser-known launch titles. Parish makes astute observations on even the most mundane-looking games and paints a wonderful contextualized picture of the advent of handheld gaming. Plentiful box art scans, lovingly captured images, and a clean style tie the whole thing together."– Jared Petty, IGN
Stay Awhile and Listen by David L. Craddock
"A fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the storied history and development of Diablo and the early days of Blizzard Entertainment."– Dr. Ray Muzyka, co-founder of BioWare
Boss Fight Books: Metal Gear Solid by Ashly & Anthony Burch
"Ashly and Anthony Burch's work here is fascinating, thought-provoking stuff that has me considering the game in ways I hadn't thought of before. It also serves as a reminder that we can love something and be critical of it all at once."– Indie Games
Boss Fight Books: Baldur's Gate II by Matt Bell
"At once a memoir, a lecture on storycraft, an apology, and a love letter to the classic Dungeons & Dragons video game. [...] Bell reminds us that to write well—and to live well—we must remain true to our hidden, buried selves."– Fiction Advocate
HG101 Presents: The Unofficial Guide to Konami Shooters by Kurt Kalata
"I bought this on a whim to satiate a lifelong love of the Gradius franchise, but was amazed how much content, facts, and research went into this book. I bought the kindle copy, but will be upgrading to a physical copy immediately! If you love SHMUPs, Konami, Gradius (and more), video games - you should definitely pick this up."– Joe M., Amazon.com review
Shooter by Patrick Lindsey and Reid McCarter
"When a piece of criticism grabs you by the collar and demands you take a second look at something, you know it's doing its job right."– Nic Rowen, Destructoid
Video War by Stephen Manes
"A fun, modern, and above all teenage novel about fighting city hall."– L. A. Weekly
Pay what you want! You choose how much you want to pay for these awesome books. (Click on each book above to check them out.) You decide how much of your purchase goes to the author and how much goes to help keep StoryBundle running. If your purchase price beats $12, you get four more books, Game Boy World 1989 by Jeremy Parish, Boss Fight Books: Metal Gear Solid by Ashly & Anthony Burch, HG101 Presents: The Unofficial Guide to Konami Shooters by Kurt Kalata, Mona by Leigh Alexander and Emily Carroll and the bonus Mona audiobook!
Zero DRM. There's no DRM on any of our books. None. Why? For one, we don't believe DRM actually stops people from sharing what they want to share. Second, and most importantly, we don't believe we should be treating our customers as criminals. So go ahead and put these on your tablets, Kindles and smartphones, but if a friend wants to read the bundle, please have them buy one for themselves. With pay-what-you-want, we believe there's a price for everyone. Or better yet, buy one for them as a gift. Help support indie authors!
Support nonprofits. Best of all, you can also give a portion of the proceeds from each bundle to charity. To learn more about these charities and those they help, click the "Learn More" link next the charities when you purchase.
Easy delivery. It's super convenient to get these ebooks onto your reader of choice—just download and sync. Better yet, if you have a Kindle or Kindle-enabled tablet or smartphone, we can send the books directly to your device. No computer required.
Missed our previous bundles? Check them out here.