Love video games? Then The Rogue Souls Bundle is PERFECT reading material for when you can't play video games!
Among the ten phenomenal ebooks we have in the bundle is You Died - The (Unofficial) Dark Souls Companion from Keza MacDonald & Jason Killingsworth, a history of FromSoftware's majestic, tough as nails action RPG that's at the same time interviews with key figures from playing & translating it, plus a bird's eye view of the entire phenomenon. Also we've got a StoryBundle exclusive Bug Voyáge! A Tour of Classic Game Glitches by John Harris. Harris has delved deep into classic games - from Pac-Man to Galaga and beyond - to point out some amazing glitches, how you trigger them, and the underlying logic that makes them possible. In addition to all the wonderful game ebooks, we're happy to feature the Video Game History Foundation as the designated charity for this bundle.
And that's just the beginning! Click here to read much more about the bundle, and make sure to click on each cover for reviews, a preview and a personal note from our curator!
Bug Voyage! (StoryBundle Exclusive!) by John Harris
"Video games are pretty cool when they're working, but WAY cooler when they ALMOST work. If you've ever felt the pang of existential terror when you clipped through a wall, John Harris will make you feel better. And if you haven't, he'll tell you how to get started!"– Zachary Spector
Boss Fight Books: World of Warcraft by Daniel Lisi
"An excellent snapshot of a player's experience with a game while trying to negotiate their place in both an adolescent and virtual world. It's a quick, thoughtful read that kept me engaged throughout."– 8/10 - Paste
You Died: The Unofficial Dark Souls Companion by Keza MacDonald and Jason Killingsworth
"Amazing… You Died deserves spots on shelves. It deserves to be copied and emulated a hundred times over. Give me fifty more of books with this much heart and serious attention to the micro and macro waves of how games wash over players and bystanders alike."– 9/10, Paste Magazine
Heterotopias 001 by Gareth Damian Martin
"Heterotopias is a smart and beautiful zine, the meeting point between Foucault and video games I never knew I wanted"– Martin Robinson, Features Editor, Eurogamer
Red to Black - The Making of Rogue Legacy by David L. Craddock
"Indie game development is as much about the story behind the game as it is the game itself, and Red To Black is an engaging tale and another gem in Craddock's stellar series of game design narratives. It's full of controversy, conflict, family, and the iterative design of gameplay mechanics around player experience goals. You know, the building blocks of all classic drama."– Bryan J. Carr, Ph.D. Game Studies, University of Wisconsin Green Bay
Dungeon Hacks by David L. Craddock
"Classic roguelike games may seem like yesterday's news, but they inspire game designers the world over to this day. Dungeon Hacks tells their story in compelling fashion and explains what they still have to teach us."– Warren Spector, director of Deus Ex and Disney's Epic Mickey
Boss Fight Books: Mega Man 3 by Salvatore Pane
"[A] marvel [...] Pane has penned incisive criticism that enhances its 8-bit source material."– Entropy
HG101 Presents: Data East Arcade Classics by Kurt Kalata
"Pound for pound, Data East arguably isn't in the same league as some of the other heavyweights of arcade gaming's golden era, but that's what makes the company's output ? and this book ? so interesting. It's also a vital piece of history as Data East isn't around these days to iterate on the ideas and concepts it crafted during the '80s and '90s, so be sure to pick up a copy if you have any interest in retro or coin-op gaming."– Damien McFerran, Nintendo Life
Good Nintentions 1985 by Jeremy Parish
"Good Nintentions 1985 is a journey through the first year of the NES, carefully exploring the black box launch titles that accompanied the console's US debut. The deeply-researched prose is accompanied by rich captured game imagery pleasingly laid out in a clean, appealing style. Good Nintentions is a delightful deep dive into the Nintendo revolution focusing on the substance and design of classic hardware and iconic games."– IGN.com
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 $15, you get Bug Voyáge! (StoryBundle Exclusive!) by John Harris, You Died: The Unofficial Dark Souls Companion by Keza MacDonald and Jason Killingsworth, Dungeon Hacks by David L. Craddock, Boss Fight Books: Mega Man 3 by Salvatore Pane, HG101 Presents: Data East Arcade Classics by Kurt Kalata and Good Nintentions 1985 by Jeremy Parish!
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.
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