Yes! The Summer Video Game Bundle continues StoryBundle's tradition of enthralling video game content with twenty two books and magazine issues all in one place. You've got How Video Games Are Made by Russ Pitts, which takes you behind the scenes of Defense Grid 2, to Boss Fight Books: Bible Adventures, which explores the odd story behind the even odder Christian NES games, to Put This In Your Brain, a world exclusive to this StoryBundle compiling some amazing writing from the first year of game culture pub Unwinnable Weekly. This doesn't even cover the bonus items!
And special for the Summer Video Game Bundle, you can choose to donate part of your purchase to Pixelles, a non-profit initiative committed to helping more women make and change games!
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!"– GeekDad
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."– Forbes
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."– Nintendo Life
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."– JC Fletcher, Tiny Cartridge
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)
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, a total of twenty-two books and magazines, including HG 101 Presents: An Unofficial Guide to Castlevania, four volumes of Designers & Dragons, 12 volumes of SCROLL and The Untold History of Japanese Game Developers!
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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