The Boss Fight Bundle is your chance to get the first TEN books in the Boss Fight Books collection, plus their book of essays and short stories, all in one place. You're not going to find a more thought-provoking, interesting, personal and readable set of video game books anywhere.
Not familiar with Boss Fight Books? In the words of their founder, editor and publisher Gabe Durham, "We're not here to deliver the vast sweeping industry histories readers have already read, but to tell many smaller stories about the people who make games and the people who play them, about how we received games as kids and how they hold up as adults, about what happens when we take the critical tools that have for so long been applied to books, music, and film, and to apply those tools to a younger, hungrier art form."
This month, Boss Fight is at a critical point. They're hoping to fund the release of five new books in a Season 3 Kickstarter running right now alongside this bundle. Boss Fight has just come out with their best-loved book yet, Spelunky by Derek Yu, and are about to release their 12th book, World of Warcraft by Daniel Lisi.
You can read more about how the bundle was assembled here, and make sure to click on each cover for more info!
Continue? The Boss Fight Books Anthology by Gabe Durham
"The fact that the writers & editors approached this writing with such maturity, levity, and commitment to the medium & its aspects is what makes this a quality anthology. It truly embraces games as a medium rather than just a children's pastime. It shows the beauty, the horror, and the truth that video games have the power to unlock within our hearts & minds."– Matt Lewis
Boss Fight Books: Galaga by Michael Kimball
"'Galaga' rejects the Buzzfeeding of the immediate past, avoiding glib 'Remember this thing?' obviousness and petulant 'those were the days' nerd-culture nonsense for a literary experiment that takes aim at a classic arcade game and explodes it into 256 poignant pieces."– City Paper
Boss Fight Books: Chrono Trigger by Michael P. Williams
"If writing about video games had always been this good, we'd be having very difficult discussions about the medium right now."– Nintendo Life
Boss Fight Books: ZZT by Anna Anthropy
"Moving and interesting even if you've never played the game—and that might be the truest mark of a successful piece of criticism."– Matt Bell, author of 'In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods'
Boss Fight Books: Super Mario Bros. 2 by Jon Irwin
"A good Mario game is always about the secrets, about the warp zones, trick quicksand and Yoshi waiting atop the castle. Moments both humorous and poignant characterize this surprisingly human account… but I'll leave you to discover them yourself."– Entropy
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
Boss Fight Books: EarthBound by Ken Baumann
"The breadth of Baumann's interests and his infectious love for humanity make him the perfect writer to do this game justice."– The Rumpus
Boss Fight Books: Jagged Alliance 2 by Darius Kazemi
[Kazemi's book] weaves together industrial history, design analysis and Robert Yang-style code diving. The result is not just a good read, but also a blueprint for holistic critique. 8/10– Paste
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: Shadow of the Colossus by Nick Suttner
"Suttner's Shadow of the Colossus captures the essence, both mechanical and emotional, of what made the game so special."– IndieGames.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 Continue? The Boss Fight Books Anthology by Gabe Durham, Boss Fight Books: Galaga by Michael Kimball, Boss Fight Books: ZZT by Anna Anthropy, Boss Fight Books: EarthBound by Ken Baumann, Boss Fight Books: Metal Gear Solid by Ashly & Anthony Burch and Boss Fight Books: Shadow of the Colossus by Nick Suttner!
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.